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National Oregon / California Trail Center

Address: 320 North 4th Street, P.O. Box 323, Montpelier, ID 83254
Phone Number: 208-847-3800
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Ranked #1 of 1 Attractions in Montpelier
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Cultural
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Owner description: 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

The National Oregon/California Trail Center was a unique place to stop on our way home from our late season vacation. We stopped by to see what the huge blue roofed building was in this small town. We were greeted by friendly staff and even though they were on their "Winter Hours" and the Living History Tour was closed for the... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

We were in the area in October and have always been interested in Oregon Trail history so we thought we'd check it out. According to the website the museum is closed after Labor Day but the visitor center is open 10a to 2p daily. They failed to mention that if the museum is closed there isn't ANYTHING to do at... More

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

We are sorry that you visited during our off season with our schedule posted on our web site. We are a small non-profit organization with a limited budget and try to be open as much as possible. We take group reservations for the off season and then are open 7 days a week from May through September. We apologize if... More

Burlington, Vermont
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24 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

This is a locally funded, no government money (or influence) fabulous attraction. It explains the hardships, trials and tribulations or the families who plunked down their hard-earned money and headed west with their babies, the family jewels and anything else that could be stuffed into those covered wagons. I was so impressed. It's an unexpected treasure out in the middle... More

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Fish Haven, Idaho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

The Oregon Trail Center in Montpelier, ID is an amazing, fun, educational experience that's a must see when driving through SE Idaho. Many of the other reviewers have already described all the great programs, the rails and trails museum, and the mural painted on site. So I want to comment on Pegleg's Trading Post - the gift shop. There you'll... More

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Reno, Nevada
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28 reviews 28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

This was such a great experience and we almost didn't do it because I was being cheap. I'm so glad we did. We stopped at a mercantile, rode in a wagon, stopped at a camp with a "campfire" and talked to the people who were stopped there. The kids were engaged and involved the whole time. The staff really went... More

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Stillwater, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Very educating and informative. The Quilts on the top floor were fantastic. The people who made them were very talented people. The basement had a railroad museum the was very interesting. The main floor had pictures painted by an artist that were unbelivable. They had his wives name, his face and an indian hidden in each picture. We took the... More

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Ford City, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

This place offered an opportunity to experience the trails right down to a simulated stage coach ride. The "moose ears" were fantastic. The employees there really love their jobs and it shows. The quilts are on the second floor and are extremely beautiful -and for sale. Don't forget to say hi to Brittany!!!

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Smithtown, New York, United States
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

We came here as part of a guided tour. What a great place! The staff is dressed in period costumes and they walk you through a dramatic presentation of the Oregon Trail. A cup of coffee and snacks come with the ticket. It is a great stop en route from Jackson to Salt Lake City.

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Clearwater, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

This museum is a delightful blend of paintings and memorabilia of the Oregon Trail and railroads (downstairs). The staff was in period dress and character. The gift shop is large and stocked with lots of interesting stuff. Spending a few hours here is a good investment of your time.

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Woods Cross, Utah, United States
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Enjoyed the presenters and learned lots of information. Glad we drove over but wish it cost a little less. But I still recommend going.

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