Oregon National Historic Trail

National Monuments & Historical Sites in Montpelier
National Monuments & Historical Sites icon.

There are a number of ways to enjoy the Oregon National Historic Trail including auto-touring, visiting interpretive sites, hiking, biking or horseback riding trail segments and visiting museums. Depending on which segment you would like to explore, some or all of these activities may be available.

More than 2,000 miles of trail ruts and traces can still be seen along the Oregon National Historic Trail in six states-reminders of the sacrifices, struggles, and triumphs of early American settlers.

Sulphur Springs, near the community of Soda Springs, Idaho, intrigued many Oregon and California bound emigrants. Numerous diaries and journals note the bubbling soda waters and thermal pools – curiosities never before seen by most who passed this way in the 1840s-1860s.

Oregon National Historic Trail, National Oregon / California Trail Center

Things To Know

  • There are no user or entry fees for the Oregon National Historic Trail. Fees may be charged at some trail-related federal, state, or locally owned historic sites and interpretive facilities.
  • The Trail is not a traditional National Park area with campgrounds, lodges and borders. Reservations for camping and lodging may be available in many areas.
  • Many trails, roads, and sites have uneven terrain, tripping hazards and other obstacles. Wear appropriate footwear and make sure your tires are in good condition if traveling on undeveloped roads.
  • Weather can change rapidly, especially in high elevation mountainous terrain. Bring appropriate clothing layers, sunscreen and any other items to protect you from the elements.

Tips for Traveling in Idaho

There's so much to explore in Idaho, but where should you begin? Check out our weekly travel tips and start planning your next adventure.