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National Historic Oregon
Trail Interpretive Center

Group Visits

  1. To make the most of your group's time while visiting, we highly recommend you call ahead. This will ensure our staff is prepared to handle your group's needs and will get your group listed on the reservation schedule. Planning ahead will help your visit run smoothly. Please call 541-523-1843 or e-mail BLM_OR_NH_Mail@blm.gov. Please read our Group Use Policy (PDF).
  2. The parking and visitor loading area has space available to accommodate several sizes of vehicles, including large motor coach.
  3. Commercial tour groups are $5.00 per person (one guide and one driver/coach are free). We accept cash, checks, money orders, traveler's checks, or Visa or MasterCard. No foreign currency accepted. No Federal Passes are honored when participating in a commercial tour group.
  4. Organized group activities of ten or more people may qualify for the group rate, or may require a Special Recreation Permit. Please read our policy and definitions for more information on planning an organized group activity, reserving the picnic shelter, using the theater, or other special group use.
  5. The Center's facilities meet ADA standards.
  6. The exhibits are self-guided and include interactive displays and several short interpretive videos. Plan a minimum of one hour to thoroughly tour the exhibits. Plan additional time if your group will take in a theater program or outdoor event.
  7. The Center has 4.2 miles of interpretive trails. For a group walk to the wagon ruts, plan an additional one hour and 45 minutes round-trip for the hike. Appropriate attire (sturdy shoes, rain gear, sunscreen, etc.) and water bottles/canteens are recommended.
  8. Lodging and lunch facilities are available in Baker City, about five miles from the Center. For more information or assistance arranging for catered meals, contact Baker County Visitors and Convention Bureau (1-800-523-1235).
  9. No food or drink is permitted inside the Center. A picnic shelter is available on a first come/first served basis. Vending machines are available at the picnic shelter during summer months. Smoking is prohibited on-site, except in enclosed vehicles.
  10. Pets are not permitted inside the Interpretive Center. Elsewhere on the site, pets must be leashed and attended at all times; owners are responsible for pick-up and proper disposal of pet waste.
  11. Please contact the Center as soon as you know dates and times of your school or commercial tour group visit (541-523-1843). If you anticipate that your group may arrive earlier or later than originally scheduled, please call us as far in advance as possible. If you find it necessary to cancel or change the date of your group's visit, please advise us.
  12. Additional guided tours or special activities for your group may be available by arrangement with our volunteer group Trail Tenders. Please check their website for more information.

Please let us know if we can assist further in planning your group's visit. We look forward to seeing you at the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center!