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Western Historic Trails Center

Western Historic Trails Center


Thursday: 9AM–4:30PM / Friday: Closed / Saturday: 9AM–4:30PM / Sunday: 9AM–4:30PM / Monday - Wednesday: Closed / **Please call the phone number provided to confirm hours of operation
Free Admission
lat: 41.2286486 long: -95.9007496

In late July of 1804, Lewis & Clark arrived in present-day Council Bluffs. The Western Historic Trails Center, located on the banks fo the Missouri River in Council Bluff, Iowa, details their journey from St. Louis to the Pacific. Still, the Western Historic Trails Center doesn’t only pay tribute to Lewis & Clark’s journey, but other historical trails are featured as well.

The Western Historic Trails Center is the perfect place to spend an afternoon learning about history, enjoying a musical performance, or even just to stretch your legs. The building itself was designed and built by the National Parks Service as a center of exploration in 1997. Here, visitors have the opportunity to retrace the steps of pioneers who came after Lewis and Clark, walking not only the trail blazed by the two intrepid explorers but also the Oregon Trail, the California Trail, and the Mormon Trail.

Exhibits include sculptures by Timothy Woodman, photos, maps, and quotes pertaining to the trails and America’s history of Westward Expansion. Outdoor picnic areas offer a tranquil place to enjoy the sunshine and scenery. Walking and biking paths wind through 400 acres of prairie along the scenic Missouri River, offering a glimpse into what the two explorers and the Corps of Discovery observed more than 200 years ago.

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