Available for pre-formed groups
Begins and ends in Denver
NOTE: Many of the Oregon Trail sites visited on this itinerary are included in our June 18-24, 2011 Guaranteed Departure: the Old West Trail.
Includes: deluxe motorcoach, professional tour director/historian, 5 nights’ lodging, 5 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 evening meals, all admission and park entrance fees, baggae handling, airport transfers.
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- Oregon Trail campfire cookout
- Scotts Bluff National Monument
- Fort Laramie
- Register Cliff
- Oregon Trail wagon ruts
- National Historic Trails Center
- Fort Caspar
- South Pass
- Independence Rock
- Fort Bridger
Day 1 – Airport transfers included. Enjoy an Oregon Trail campfire cookout in the shadow of one of the trail’s most distinguished landmarks, Chimney Rock. We’ll sing songs around the campfire and reflect on the spirit of the pioneers who passed this way on their westward journey. Overnight: Scottsbluff, NE. (D)
Day 2 – Visit Scotts Bluff National Monument before moving on to Wyoming and an interpretive tour of Fort Laramie, a major military post along the Oregon Trail. Wagon wheel ruts are still visible at nearby Guernsey State Park; and Register Cliff, which rises 100 feet above the prairie, reflects names and hometowns of thousands of pioneers who passed by in the 1850′s and 1860′s. Overnight: Casper, Wyoming. (CB)
Day 3 – Visit National Historic Trails Center and Fort Caspar, a faithful replica of the military post built here in 1858. Although it had only a brief lifespan, its location marks a crucial crossing (by either bridge or Mormon ferry) of the Platte River by westering pioneers. The plains of central Wyoming are little changed from 150 years ago when the pioneers approached the Continental Divide. We’ll experience our own wagon ride here in authentic Conestoga wagons that retrace the actual route of our predecessors. Overnight: Casper. (CB,L)
Day 4 – Pioneers embarking on the hazardous Oregon Trail knew at the outset that they had to begin late enough in the spring to have grass for the livestock, but early enough to cross the mountains before the first major snowfall. Those fortunate enough to reach Independence Rock by the Fourth of July knew that they had accomplished both goals. The occasion was one of celebration, a pause to rest the livestock, wash off the trail dust and of course, carve their names on the rock. Overnight: Evanston, WY. (CB)
Day 5 – Visit Fort Bridger, Wyoming’s oldest permanent settlement Established in 1842 by mountain man Jim Bridger, the fort served the Overland Stage, Pony Express and Union Pacific as well as the weary Oregon Trail emigrants. Overnight: Denver (B,D)
Day 6 – Airport tranfers included. (B)