Underwriting provided by:
The Laura Moore Cunningham
Foundation

Oregon Trail — Bear Lake Scenic Byway

"The Oregon trail in relationship to the scenic byway system allows modern individuals to be able to access this trail through their vehicles. You can travel this scenic byway and you can still see, touch and view the vistas they would have viewed over 165 years ago."
        --Becky Smith, National Oregon-California Trail Center Executive Director

The Oregon Trail-Bear Lake byway begins in the far southeast corner of the state, near the Idaho and Utah border. From there it runs north and west for more than a hundred delightful miles.

The first big feature along the byway is one of its namesakes, beautiful Bear Lake. The lake has been called the Caribbean of the north because of its distinctive turquoise waters. North of the lake, in Montpelier, visitors can learn about the great migration west at the National Oregon-California Trail Center. The center transports travelers back to Oregon Trail days. In this living history museum you can actually become part of a wagon company headed west.

The scenic byway follows the route of the trail closely as it continues the way of the wagons into Soda Springs. The area attracted emigrants in search of soothing minerals pools and there are now thirteen identified Oregon-California Trail sites in the area. Soda Springs is also home to the world's only captive geyser, timed to spout into the air every hour.

More springs are found further along the byway in Lava Hot Springs. Here, more than two million gallons of sulfur-free water welcome visitors to the pools for a long hot soak. And after enjoying the soothing waters of Lava Hot Springs you can head north to historic Chesterfield. The Mormon frontier community located right on the Oregon-California Trail has been almost completely refurbished.