Bear Lake Valley Map

Bear Lake Valley Museums, Byways & Historic Activities

Bear Lake history - The Oregon/California Trail Center

History of the Bear Lake Valley | Monuments | Butch Cassidy

 The Bear Lake valley is a land rich in culture and history ranging from its pioneer ancestry to the influence of the railroad. So pull up a chair, sit a spell, and check out the links on the left to find out more about Bear Lake valley's illustrious past!

Experience Bear Lake Valley history at the amazing places below!

Paris, Idaho 83261

This place of worship is recognized as one of the true pioneer landmarks of the West and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 1889, this Romanesque Mormon tabernacle was constructed of red sandstone that had to be transported by wagon or sled from a quarry 18 miles away. A free, self-guided tour reveals intricate wood ceilings and stone carvings. A small museum houses heirlooms and objects of art left by the homesteaders. Guided tours are also available.

(800) 448-2327
Montpelier, Idaho 83254

Explore the stories and adventures of emigrants who traveled the Oregon Trail. Travel back to 1849. Hear the story of Peg Leg Smith and his trading post. Visit with pioneers in their wagon train encampment at the Clover Creek grazing area. Hear their story. Learn about their dream. Some of the wagon ruts can still be seen. Allinger Community Theatre offers Theater Events and Concerts.

They also host Conventions and Meetings for up to 150 people. They provide in house food services for breakfast, lunch and dinner and they can arrange for open bar service. Group lodging close by. Free Wifi available. Projectors and screens in each of the 3 spacious meeting rooms. They also arrange recreation packages for your group in the Bear Lake area.

(208) 847-3800 or (866) 847-3800
Garden City, Utah 84028

The Bear River Heritage Area begins in the Bear Lake Valley and follows the Bear River to the Great Salt Lake. Visit their website to find a fascinating variety of natural, historical and cultural experiences found within the Bear River Basin of Northern Utah and Southeastern Idaho.

(877) 772-7242 or (435) 752-7242
Paris, Idaho 83261
The museum displays local history artifacts and is located directly across the street from the Paris LDS Tabernacle in Paris, Idaho. Mid-town on west side of U.S. Highway 89 in Paris, Idaho. Open Memorial Day to Labor Day, 9:30 am to 5 pm.
(208) 945-9606

Dig and Keep Real Fossils with American Fossil

Kemmerer, Wyoming 83101

Dig and keep real fossils! American Fossil gives you the opportunity of a lifetime. Join us at the only quarry in the world where you can keep every fossil you find. Located less than an hour from beautiful Bear Lake, this is the perfect getaway for families, individuals, or even corporate groups. 


1 801-836-7269
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