National Oregon/California Trail Center in Montpelier Idaho
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National Oregon/California Trail Center

The National Oregon/California Trail Center is located near the Idaho/Wyoming border
on what was once a major stopping point for emigrant wagons on the original old Oregon Trail



Learn about the Oregon TrailThe NATIONAL OREGON/CALIFORNIA TRAIL CENTER, located in MONTPELIER, IDAHO, offers visitors a unique and entertaining interpretive indoor adventure; simulating an actual wagon train experience of the 1850s. Re-enacted entirely within our comfortable center, this interpretive experience features historically accurate interpretive areas and live actors.  Patrons will go back in time to visit a gun shop, mercantile, ride in a covered wagon and spend time around the evening encircled wagon train at the Clover Creek Encampment.    

The National Oregon/California Trail Center and the City of Monpelier, Idaho are located on the historic Oregon/California Trail, mid-way between Jackson/Yellowstone and Salt Lake City. Our hotels, restaurants and location are within the beautiful Bear Lake Valley and offer the tourist traveler a unique vacation stopover.

Step Into the Days of the Oregon Trail by taking our simulated Wagon Trail Adventure. You and your family will become members of a simulated wagon train headed west and be guided by our live cast of pioneers whose dialogue and stories will make the adventure come alive! Sign up at our front desk.

The Center also offers spacious and clean restrooms, the Peg Leg Smith Trading Post gift shop, exhibits , Rails and Trails Museum, the Allinger Community Theatre, an original art exhibit of Oregon Trail paintings by Idaho artist Gary Stone and the beautiful murals of artist-in-residence John Wayne Cook.  This will be an experience you will never forget!


Message from our CEO, Jack Rockefeller

From all of us at the Oregon Trail Center, we want to wish you and yours a very happy and safe new year. For those of you who have visited the center, we look foward to welcoming you back soon!

We’ve started unrolling a few plans that will enhance our already stellar wagon train experience during 2017, so please drop by when you’re looking for another dose of trail history. The Oxen are ready to receive you, and our many partners in Montpelier and Bear Lake County will also step up to provide you with a true Old West experience.  

We’re always looking for suggestions and comments on your experiences here, so please drop us a note with anyting that comes to mind -, and for the most generous amongst you, please join our donor group - Friends of the Trail Center - by using this link:  MAKE A DONATION ONLINE.  Have yourselves a wonderful year and we’ll see you very soon!

 Happy Trails,  Jack 
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