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Oregon Trail Interpretive Park

Oregon Trail Interpretive Park

Stop at this park near La Grande to see traces of the Old Emigrant Road, where historic wagon ruts are visible and ponderosa pine trees still show marks made by wagons coming through the Trail.

Oregon Trail Interpretive Park at Blue Mountain Crossing is where the Oregon Trail passed through the rugged Blue Mountains. Knowing that this was the last mountain range they would cross must have helped emigrants find the strength to climb the Blue Mountains. Trail swales and scars on stately Ponderosa pines made by passing wagons reveal the struggle emigrants faced in this rugged, and beautiful, mountain range.

Site Information
The Interpretive Park is managed by the U.S. Forest Service and offers a half-mile, wheelchair-accessible interpretive loop, walking paths along Oregon Trail swales, and occasional living history programs. Bicycle and equestrian use is allowed on the trails. Amenities include picnic tables, drinking water, and restrooms. Interpretive panels throughout the park help to tell the story. This is a great place for kids to stretch their legs and their minds. Modest admission is charged.

Contact Info

I-84 to exit 248, take Hwy 30 for one-half mile
La Grande, OR