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National Oregon / California Trail Center

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Address: 320 N 4th St, Montpelier, ID 83254-1256
Phone Number: +1 208-847-3800
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The National Oregon/California Trail Center is at the junction of US 89 at...

The National Oregon/California Trail Center is at the junction of US 89 at 320 North 4th Street. The Trail Center Depicts the 2000-mile trek on the Oregon Trail in "Living History Tours." A wagon master guides visitors through an interactive tour that includes a ride in a simulated covered wagon ride. The rails and trails museum within the center displays artifacts, diaries, relics and pioneer memorabilia of Bear Lake Valley.Living history tours 10-5, May-September or by appointment in groups of 15 or more.

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Step Back In Time

Wonderful display of railroad relics and pioneer artifacts. It was very interesting. I love hearing about the pioneers and seeing what they wore and how they lived.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Mary Lou S
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Montpelier, Idaho

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Montpelier, Idaho
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wonderful display of railroad relics and pioneer artifacts. It was very interesting. I love hearing about the pioneers and seeing what they wore and how they lived.

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Thank Mary Lou S
San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

While the exhibit area is free and has several interesting displays, paying for the optional tour experience is well worth it. Not only was the tour very informative but we actually felt like we were transported back in time to the actual Oregon trail... and, as it turns out, we sort of really were!

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Thank Steven D
Rochester, NY
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

Our stop here was a part of our Caravan Bus Tour. We were given a lecture about how the settlers endure the hardship of months on this trail to head out west. Some of the people on our bus tour were a little intimidated by the gentlemen who instructed us about the "white rags". I guess some people were afraid... More 

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Thank Alain L
Central PA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

Stopped here as part of a bus tour. They seem to get a lot of business this way - not sure how many 'regular tourists' stop here. We had lunch included. Again, not sure if this is normal. The food was good and more than enough to eat. The 'journey' west was well done, taking us from buying supplies to... More 

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Mena, AR
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

We stopped here hoping to be informed about the Oregon trail. What we got was a show that was not all that informative, the so called museum was nothing but old trail artifacts not really sure what that has to do with the Oregon Trail. Upstairs was a quilt show.

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Luv2TravelOften1, Public Relations Manager at National Oregon / California Trail Center, responded to this review

We're sorry that we did not impress you although we believe you missed the whole purpose of our facility. Thankfully, the high majority of the folks that review us on TripAdvisor disagree with your impression. Did you take the living history tour which makes our facility unique and a labor of love? If you didn't, you missed out on why... More 

Surfers Paradise, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

This well presented step back in time is situated on the authentic trail. As a group of 8 we were taken "back in time" to get a very thorough understanding of what it cost and why people made the hazardous trek across the country. We saw the wagon, supplies and extras people carried. We then "travelled" in a wagon and... More 

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Enfield, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

On a tour bus heading to Jackson Hole we stopped here for lunch and a tour of the museum. Lunch was served in 6-passenger covered wagon booths and was a lot of fun. the tour itself is very informative - I guarantee you will learn a thing or two you never knew before, and the staff are all extremely friendly.

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Thank Ken_Blanchard
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

Really enjoyed this stop on our tour. Very good interpretation of how pioneers traveled the Oregon Trail. Appreciated the fact that many special needs kids were employees of the center. You could tell they really enjoyed their jobs.

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East Northport, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

At the center one embarks upon a simulated wagon train experience. Interpretive guides, within the center, help visitors outfit a wagon, go on a Disney like wagon ride, and have a campfire talk. One learns that settlers needed about $100,000 in today’s money to make the trip and that only about 75% survive the journey.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

The team was excellent and very welcoming. The experience and education was fantastic - we learned quite a bit about what the original travelers endured/experienced. It was a great learning experience and was fun!!! Thank you so much for the fantastic walkthrough!!!

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