The National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center sits atop Flagstaff Hill with panoramic views of the Elkhorn mountains and the ruts of the Oregon Trail in the Baker Valley below. The Interpretive Center includes an outdoor wagon encampment, interpretive trails, indoor and outdoor exhibits, interpretive programs, living history demonstrations, and hosts numerous special events and workshops throughout the year.
The 500 acre historic site has over four miles of interpretive hiking trails, including an easy access path to original ruts of the Oregon Trail carved by pioneer wagons migrating to Oregon 150 years ago. The hilltop facility offers stunning views, and includes permanent exhibits, a full scale wagon train diorama, and a special interest gift shop.
The Leo Adler Theater hosts lectures, films, music and dramatic presentations. There is a replica gold stamp mill and gold panning demonstration area. Ample parking, picnic area, easy access from the interstate.
A range of both self-guided and facilitated activities offer something for the entire family and all ages. Group tours are welcome. 22267 Highway 86, five miles east of I-84 exit 302 from Baker City.
On the Hell’s Canyon Scenic Byway, and part of the National Landscape Conservation System. Open daily except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. Managed by the Bureau of Land Management and the local Trail Tenders volunteers. Federal recreation fee is charged; federal recreation passes accepted.
Monthly calendar of programs, events and workshops can be found at oregontrail.blm.gov. 541-523-1843.
In addition to the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, history enthusiasts visiting Baker County will also enjoy visiting the numerous other area museums, and heritage sites including the Sumpter Valley Railroad, the Sumpter Dredge State Heritage Area, and historic downtown Baker City.