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National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center

22267 Oregon Highway 86, Baker City, OR
+1 541-523-1843
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Ranked #1 of 9 attractions in Baker City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Museums, Tourist/ Visitor Centers, Performances
Owner description: The National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center offers living history demonstrations, interpretive programs, exhibits, multi-media... more » Owner description: The National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center offers living history demonstrations, interpretive programs, exhibits, multi-media presentations, special events, and more than four miles of interpretive trails. We offer a variety of interpretive programs and special exhibits year-round. One mile of well-preserved ruts lie on the Interpretive Center grounds, and are accessible by the trails or from a turnout on Highway 86 about a half-mile west of the Center's entrance. « less
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Temecula, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

we went to the Interpretive center and it was so wonderful for history. it was amazing to see how the pioneers traveled and the meetings with the Indians. I stood in the wagon ruts that are preserved and it was great

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Palo Cedro, CA
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78 reviews 78 reviews
5 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We were skeptical about the Interpretive Center, but, once we went, we were amazed at the quality of the interpretation and exhibits. Good work BLM!

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Salem, Utah
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

We loved it! The museum has activities for kids and takes you through the journey. You can decide what to pack in your wagon and then choose your route along the way. You make a choice and lift a door to see what the result would be. GORGEOUS views and great trails.

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4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

We enjoyed the highly educational and life-like displays throughout the museum. I felt as if we were there with the pioneers traveling across the plains. It tugged at my heart feeling the raw courage and emotional pain they experienced on the trip. I would definitely recommend this for all ages.

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Portland, Oregon
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

We were not planning on stopping here on our way from Portland to Coeur d'Alene. However, our 10 year old had just finished studying the Oregon Trail and really wanted to stop. We begrudgingly turned off and started up the hill to the Center. Wow! What a great display. The life-size recreations of wagons and livestock, along with many displays... More

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USA
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

A very informative museum in a beautiful setting overlooking the Oregon Trail. You can make an afternoon of it by touring the museum and then walking the hiking trails down to the actual Oregon Trail. How amazing is it to have stood in the actual ruts of the Oregon Trail! Thank you for preserving this part of our American history.

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Alhambra, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

This is close to Baker City and if you want to refresh your history and learn more about the period of the migration and the people, this is well worth a visit. Allow enough time as the exhibit is extensive and I finally had to drag my wife out of there so we could be on our way. And if... More

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Bend, Oregon
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64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

I think this is an amazing museum. The exhibits are wonderfully crafted, and walking through the place you really get a feeling of what it must have been like to be on one of the wagon trains. To stand in the middle of one of the main exhibits and stare out the huge windows at the barren landscape of Flagstaff... More

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Orlando, Florida
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68 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Museum was wonderful (free with national park pass). Lots of interactive exhibits, but our favorite was the one with the small covered wagon that we had to fill/pack with blocks to represent items we would take in the journey. We also liked standing in some of the real wheel ruts left behind. Instead of hiking to those, when we left... More

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Green Valley, Arizona
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129 helpful votes 129 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Located six miles east of Baker City (exit 302 off I-84) on Hwy 86 atop Flagstaff Hill overlooking Baker Valley is 23,000 sq. ft. National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center with its 4.2 miles of hiking trails. There is a charge unless you have a National Park and Federal Lands Pass. Picnicking is allowed, but bring your own food as... More

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