The National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center is located five miles east of Baker City, Oregon, at 22267 OR Highway 86, Baker City, OR 97814. Take Exit 302 from Interstate 84. For directions, click here.
The Oregon Trail Interpretive Center tells the story of the emigrant experience through exhibits, programs, films and special events. The Center focuses on six themes related to westward migration and settlement. 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.
There is no restaurant available on site. Information desk staff are available to answer questions about the facility or other area attractions, and to provide any other assistance necessary to make the visitor experience safe and enjoyable.
Only service dogs performing tasks for persons with disabilities will be allowed inside the facility (as per Americans with Disabilities Act Title ll and Title lll revised September 15, 2010).
Pets are not permitted inside the Interpretive Center, but are allowed on the outside trails. Pets must be leashed and attended at all times; owners are responsible for pick-up and proper disposal of pet waste.
From Boise, Treasure Valley, Ontario:
Take I-84 to Baker City exit 302; turn right onto Highway 86 following signs to Interpretive Center and Hells Canyon. Proceed five miles to entrance drive for Interpretive Center, left turn onto driveway.
From Portland, Tri-Cities, Pendleton:
Take I-84 east to Baker City, exit 302. Turn left onto Highway 86 following signs to Interpretive Center and Hells Canyon. Proceed approximately five miles to entrance drive for Interpretive Center, left turn onto driveway.
From John Day, Bend, or central Oregon:
Take Highway 7 into downtown Baker City. Turn right at intersection of Main Street and Campbell Street. Follow Campbell Street to intersection with I-84. Enter the westbound interstate and take Exit 302 in approx. 2 miles. Turn right onto Highway 86 approximately five miles to entrance drive for Interpretive Center, left turn onto driveway.
From Halfway, Richland, Cambridge:
Take Highway 86 heading west towards Baker City to Milepost 7. Interpretive Center entrance drive is on the right.
The Oregon Trail Interpretive Center is designed to be barrier free.
Although located atop a hill, the main parking lot and building are on one level.
Paved trails are designed at grades of 5% or less. Telescopes, shade shelters, benches and pullouts provide opportunities for rest and observation along the trails.
Wheelchairs and strollers are available to borrow during your visit to the Interpretive Center.
Hearing assistance devices are available by request to use in the theater and exhibits. Videos are close captioned.
Staff at the Interpretive Center can accommodate many other needs for accessibility. Please call ahead of your visit (541-523-1843) to plan for any additional concerns about fully utilizing the site, exhibits, and programs.