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Oregon Trail Tour

Oregon Trail Tour – Along the Barlow Road

October 15 – 17, 2021

Tour &Workshop with Wendell Baskins

Overland pioneers travelled over 1800 miles on the Oregon Trail before getting to the most difficult leg of the journey through the Gorge. One perilous option was traveling on makeshift rafts from The Dalles, down the whitewater of the Columbia—many often did not survive.

In 1844, an alternate route was created: the Barlow Road. Starting in the Dalles and traveling through Dufur to Mount Hood to Oregon City, this rugged overland toll route was not much easier, often taking 2 weeks to cover 150 miles of rugged terrain.

The silent reminders of this journey are in evidence today if you know where to look. Join the curious to explore the surviving remnants of this last section of the Oregon Trail from The Dalles through Dufur and beyond.

Join expert Oregon Trail and Barlow Road storyteller and tour leader Wendell Baskins for a fun weekend as you actively explore the trail in this region that is often hiding in plain sight.

  • Friday you’ll gather in the evening and meet other tour participants over dessert followed by an engaging presentation by Wendell Baskins.
  • Saturday you’ll roam the area by tour bus, reviewing the journey on the Barlow with fellow adventurers. Box lunch is provided for a picnic lunch along the trail.
  • Sunday after leisurely breakfast and check out, you’ll travel by caravan to The Dalles. You’ll deepen your understanding of the Oregon Trail and Barlow Road, exploring the history and lore at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Museum and Wasco County Historical Society Museum.

Lunch is on your own as you travel back home at your leisure.

All other meals and activities included. Some light hiking may be necessary.

ADVENTURE ON THE OREGON TRAIL’S BARLOW ROAD:

This weekend for two includes lodging for 2 nights, all meals listed above, transportation and workshop presentations and museum admission.

Based on double occupancy. Inquire at Balch Hotel for single rate. ·        

 Traditional room (European Style): $499 plus tax (more than $523 value) for 2 ·        

 Signature room (with Bath en Suite): $629 plus tax (valued at more than $673) for 2

CALL 541.467.2277 Reserve your spot in this unique exploration of the history and geography of the Dufur area. BOOK YOUR PACKAGE TODAY:

October 15-17

Please Note:

Cancellation prior to seven days of this event results in a 75% refund.

Cancellation prior to three days of this event results in a 50% refund.

Cancellation within 72 hours of this event – no refund