National Oregon / California Trail Center

National Oregon / California Trail Center, Montpelier: Address, Phone Number, National Oregon / California Trail Center Reviews: 4.5/5

National Oregon / California Trail Center

National Oregon / California Trail Center
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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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ShannonKL
7 contributions
Jun 2022 • Solo
This museum and the people who guide you through it bring the history of one of the most amazing events in American history come alive as if you were a traveler. Please don’t miss the opportunity to “experience” the westward movement in the 1800’s. Truly a gem!!!!
Written June 23, 2022
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helensims61
Wark, UK355 contributions
May 2022 • Solo
What a great place stopped here on a coach tour. Talk all about how hard it was to cross country in search of a better life. Loved sitting in the old wagon to get a feel what it would be like bouncing around
Written May 26, 2022
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Roxann K
Ann Arbor, MI8 contributions
Aug 2021
We were looking for something to do on East side of Idaho, and came upon this museum. We were amazingly surprised at how cool it was. The displays they have set up make you feel like you are actually on the trail heading west. This is one of the most innovative museums I have come across. And, being a fundraiser, great job on the donor wall!!! We live pretty far away, but if I am ever in this area again, I will definitely visit again. The staff and volunteers are super-super friendly. Well Done.
Written January 17, 2022
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Palomino922
Virginia Beach, VA1,024 contributions
Aug 2021
This is a gem of a stop. There is an area within the center that an interpreter can guide you through. In the center is supposedly remnants of the exact location of a campfire from the Oregon Trail. You can feel the actual dirt. His commentary was so interesting. He spoke in the first person..."I'm a trapper who became a trail guide...' Apparently this area is has a fee for entrance but it seems he took exception to our tour group. Upstairs are gorgeous handmade quilts hanging on the walls and on Mondays, the ladies work on quilts in the back room. Lovely artwork. There is an interesting gift store and small cafe....and of course rest rooms.
Written September 6, 2021
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MNDoodles
Stillwater, MN631 contributions
Jun 2021
We spent two fun and educational hours at this awesome museum. For a small charge, take the guided interactive tour to really get a taste of what life was like on the Oregon trail. You can view some exhibits at no charge, and shop in the well-stocked gift shop, but don’t miss the guided tour. There also was a beautiful quilt exhibit upstairs, some are for sale made by locals. The gift shop has great selections for adults and kids, unique items I hadn’t seen before, like natural raspberry syrup. Downstairs are many artifacts from early pioneers and settlers of the community. We had fun using a gorgeous old cash register and looking at the cheesemaking equipment from early Swiss immigrants. This place gets a high five from us. We highly recommend it for all ages.
Written July 1, 2021
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JesN1980
Canonsburg, PA62 contributions
Jun 2021
This is a great collection and tour to experience the Oregon Trail. The volunteers did an amazing job taking you back in time. The wagon simulation ride was spot on! Definitely worth taking the tour.
Written July 1, 2021
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Tony K
Moreno Valley, CA705 contributions
Jun 2021 • Couples
A good overall Oregon Trail informative experience on what it would of been like. You have to pay extra for the Living History Tour which where you learn about traveling on the Oregon Trail and rake simulated bumpy ride in a Covered Wagon for about 4-5 minutes while listening to some diaries being read to you. The basement is a museum of all kinds of antiques etc found/donated from surrounding area. The entrance are has a wall of 44 really cool paintings depicting travel on the Oregon Trail. In each painting the Artist hides a picture of his face, a Native American and his wife’s name “ BEV”. It’s kinda fun to try and find all 3 in every Painting…we didn’t but found a lot of them. Also there is a huge mural painted by same artist on wall entering Living History Tour area. All in all they’ve done a good job.
Written June 11, 2021
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ritasally56
34 contributions
May 2021 • Couples
We drove from Texas, building our vacation around this museum. We had checked the website for days and hours of operation. We arrived only to find a sign saying it's closed until the end of the month. We checked the website again and it STILL says it is open. BITTERLY disappointed. We would have come at a different time, had we known. We'll probably never pass this way again.
Written May 6, 2021
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P9220WBterrym
Borger, TX49 contributions
May 2021 • Couples
We were so bummed when we pulled into the parking lot to find a sign indicating they were closed! Totally understandable to be closed at this point but we had checked and double checked the website as we planned our trip! Just wish we would have had an indication on the website as we were planning our trip around this stop.
Written May 6, 2021
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John J H
Longwood, FL94 contributions
Oct 2019
A great place to stop on your way west towards Salt Lake City from the Grand Teton's and Jackson Hole. The folks hosting this original way-stop along the "Trail" are very friendly, knowledgeable, and professional. Included is a mini-tour of the way it was for pioneers making their way west to a new land and new life. We learned a lot and enjoyed the break from our motor ride to Salt Lake.
Written September 14, 2020
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