Historical Attractions

National Oregon California Trail Centre Montpelier

Where is it at?

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National Oregon California Trail Centre
320 North 4th Street
P.O. Box 323
Tel: 208 847 3800


The National Oregon/California Trail Center is located in the beautiful Bear Lake Valley within the town of Montpelier, Idaho at the junction of scenic highways 89 and 30, near the Idaho, Utah and Wyoming borders. It is mid-way between Jackson/Yellowstone and Salt Lake City.

Where are we going today?

The California Trail Center interprets the story of the pioneers who braved the arduous, 6 month, 2,000 mile journey across the unsettled American West from Missouri to the Oregon Territory.

The interpretation of this epic migration is told using live actors within historically accurate interpretive areas located in the center. Vistitors join a simulated wagon train headed west and experience what it was like to prepare for the journey. The Center also includes the Peg Leg Smith Trading Post gift shop, two sets of large and spacious public restrooms, the beautiful Allinger Community Theatre for viewing films and experiencing cultural/musical events, the Simplot art exhibit featuring the Oregon Trail paintings of Idaho artist Gary Stone, and the Rails and Trails Museum that highlights the heritage of the Bear Lake Valley as well as exhibits from the Bear Lake County Historical Society, Union Pacific and Daughters of Utah Pioneers.

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$10
  • Children$3 to $7
  • Free Under: 3 years.

When can we go?

May 1st through September 30th Sunday through Thursday 9am to 5pm, Friday and Saturday 9am to 6pm. O

Teachers corner

The National Oregon/California Trail Center offers special tours for school groups and annually brings in hundreds of students from Idaho, Wyoming, and Utah. Outreach program also available..

Any Top Tips?

Make sure you find the simulated Wagon Trail Adventure!.

Can I get one of those?

Pioneer themed goodies at Pegleg Smith's Trading Post..

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    Excellent living history museum. You will leave knowing a great deal about the Oregon Trail and with a new appreciation for this part of our nation's history. Wonderful simulated wagon train ride. Good for all ages.

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