End of the Oregon Trail Visitor and Interpretive Center

1726 Washington St, Oregon City | 503-657-9336

Our operating hours are: Sunday 10 am-5pm, and

Monday through Saturday 9am-5pm.

Last admission to the Interpretive Center is 3:00pm.


Brings the sweet warm air & fun at the End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive and Visitor Centers!!  Join us for seasonal crafts, activities, events and more!  

 Watch “Oregon’s First People”,  experience our new exhibit, “Jewish Settlers on the Oregon Landscape,” and travel on our outdoor self-guided Overland trail representing the 2000-mile adventure.

Summer brings outdoor activities like gunny sack races, gardening and ……..

  • Native Garden Planting: Learn more about the popular plants of the Oregon Trail era (and their impact on our contemporary ecosystems) while potting and planting your own native plant.
  • Salmon Activity: Roll the dice and determine how far you’d make it as a salmon in Oregon waterways.

This activity will introduce guests to the difficult life cycles of salmon, and their crucial importance for Oregonians.

Animal Identification: Why were beavers so popular during the 1800s? What do beavers have to do with Abraham Lincoln’s famous Hat?  Visitors will learn about the important native animal species real furs and hides of Oregon.

For complementary admission for the Interpretive Center you may check out a Cultural Pass from the Canby Library, or one of the Clackamas County Library locations.  Find out more information and details regarding our programs, events, and new exhibits here on the website

When you visit, make sure to see our new film, Oregon’s First People.

Check out the preview below!

Oregon's First People
Oregon’s First People is now showing in the Theater, several times a day


The End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center has produced virtual content that people can experience online. You can join Bethany Nemec, End of the Oregon Trail Interpreter, for an engaging presentation of Oregon Trail history talks, as well as historian Dr. Stephen Beckham.


  1. Barlow Road on the Historic Oregon Trail — The Oregon Trail was a long and arduous journey, but the last stretch was the most difficult by far. Three enterprising men—Samuel Barlow, Joel Palmer, and William Rector—set to explore a new and safer route across the Cascade Mountains. They created the Barlow Trail toll road. Dr. Stephen Beckham, a historian of the American West, recounts the journey and explains how the road came about, how it was used, and what happened afterward.
  2. That Long Looked-For Place: The Oregon Trail Journey — can be enjoyed by viewers of any age and is based on the school group presentation with new additional details, facts, and funny stories.
  3. Women of the West: Pioneer Women on the Oregon Trail — Delves into the unique pioneer experience of women along the Oregon Trail, using quotes from real pioneer diaries to highlight the attitudes, responsibilities, hardships and ingenuity of pioneer women.

These videos contribute to the mission of the End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center to preserve the heritage and interpret the history of the Oregon Trail in a way that is authentic, diverse, and inclusive. Trailers are viewable below and our YouTube channel:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXyZx7kd7h6ohLfeWjZvufw. Full videos can be accessed on our website with a $10 viewing contribution.

Barlow Road: Oregon Historic Trail

We are pleased to announce a new series of video presentations! Visit our new videos page to see the trailers for these intriguing new videos, and access to the full-length (approximately 30 minutes) feature presentations – Barlow Road: Historic Oregon Trail, The Oregon Trail Journey, and Women of the West.

Mission Statement

Clackamas Heritage Partners responsibilities as guardians of our mission, to “preserve the heritage, educate the public and interpret the history of the Oregon Trail, Clackamas County and Oregon City the western terminus of the Oregon Trail.” Providing unique enriched programs, diverse and authentic stories of history impacted by the Westward Migration ending at “The End of the Oregon Trail” influencing the development of the Oregon territory.  

We are also open for facility rentals. Please contact us for more information via the facility rental form (near the bottom of the facility rentals page). Thank you!

Oregon Trail Experience
Self Guided
OR Guided by an interpreter

Fun for Visitors

• Historic games & crafts

Daily history talks