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National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center

National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center

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.

Using life-size displays, films and live theater presentations, this Center tells the story  of Oregon Trail pioneers, explorers, miners and settlers of the frontier west. The 500 acre site includes remnants of the historic Flagstaff Gold Mine, actual ruts carved by pioneer wagons, and magnificent vistas of the historic trail route. 

For a wealth of resources on the Oregon Trail, including maps, FAQs, basic facts, teacher guides, and more, please see our History and Educational Resources page. Our Events and Programs page provides additional information on current and upcoming activities at the Center, calendars, and programming.

Hours

Hours of Operation

The Center is currently closed in accordance with the Oregon governor’s “freeze” to slow the spread of COVID-19.  

The outdoor wagon encampment, trails and access to the historic ruts are open daily.

While visiting, we strongly encourage all visitors to make smart decisions and follow CDC public health guidance to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. These measures include: 

  • Practice social distancing by maintaining 6 feet of space between you and others using this site.
  • Wear cloth face coverings where social distancing is difficult (except for those who are under age 2 or have trouble breathing).
  • Wash your hands often. While you’re outdoors, use hand sanitizers.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Most importantly, please stay home if you don’t feel well.

Directions

Directions

The National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center is located five miles east of Baker City, Oregon, on Highway 86, Exit 302 from Interstate 84, 125 miles northwest of Boise, 95 miles southeast of Pendleton.

Group Visits

School Groups

Field trips can be arranged at any time of the year and require pre-registration. Please view our 2020 Field Trip Planning Guide for more information on our educational activities and programs, and recommendations for a successful visit.  To schedule your visit, submit a Reservation Request Form at least 3 weeks before your requested visit date.  For more information, please call 541-523-1843 or email BLM_OR_NH_Mail@blm.gov.

Commercial Tour Groups or Organized Groups of Ten or More

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. Please review our group policies. To schedule a ranger-led program, please call 541-523-1843 or email BLM_OR_NH_Mail@blm.gov.

Fees & Passes

Fees & Passes

The Center honors and issues all America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands passes (senior, annual, military, access, volunteer, and Every Kid Outdoor Pass for 4th Graders). 

April – October

  • Adult (16 and over): $8.00/2 days 
  • Youth (15 and under): Free
  • Seniors (62 and over): $6.00/2 days
  • Commercial groups: $6.00/person
  • Scheduled Educational groups (with a certified teacher): Free

November – March

  • Adult (16 and over): $5.00/2 days
  • Youth (15 and under): Free
  • Seniors (62 and over): $4.00/2 days
  • Commercial groups: $6.00/person
  • Scheduled Educational groups (with a certified teacher): Free

Contact Us

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Events & Programs

Please call 541-523-1843 or see our Events and Programs page for more information.

Education and History

For a wealth of resources on the Oregon Trail, including maps, FAQs, basic facts, teacher guides, and more, please see our History and Educational Resources page.