OCTA Calendar

All IOCTA sponsored events, outings, and activities have no cost and are open to everyone. Please join us!

Upcoming 2023 Events

2023 Convention: Gehring, NE. More information coming soon.

March 1, 8, 15: Boise Community Education courses on the Oregon Trail in Idaho

April 15: Annual spring byway tour with potluck lunch at Springbriar Winery

May 11-13: City of Rocks activities and spring chapter meeting


Recent 2022 Events

October 15: The fall chapter meeting will be held at the Sweetbriar Vineyard and Winery. The winery is located 8 miles north of Mountain Home on Highway 20. The meeting will start at 10:30 am. The winery will provide hamburgers and brats for lunch. Please bring your own drinks and a side dish or dessert to share. Wine will be available for purchase. After lunch we will explore the area along Rattlesnake Creek in search of emigrant graves, then drive east a few miles to reset concrete Oregon Trail posts which have fallen over. I am also trying to find a time to lead a tour of the Oregon Trail from Fort Boise to Farewell Bend. This route goes north out of Vale and across the desert on some very dusty roads.

October 1-2: We are working out the details for an outing on the Jeffreys Route for October 1 & 2. This will involve remarking part of the trail across the desert and visiting the trail on INL land. Details will follow soon.

August 28-September 3: The OCTA convention is in Casper, Wyoming. Details are available on the OCTA website.

May 14: Spring Chapter Meeting
Perkins Restaurant in Burley, Idaho, at 10:00am. Further details will be posted soon.

May 13: Granite Pass Tour
Meet at Subway near Burley Inn at 9:00am. Follow the California Trail up to Granite Pass then continue down the California Trail on the west side. This will be different than last year when we did not follow the CT down the west side but took the rough Vipont Mine Road instead. We hope to be able to get on the bluff above the Devil’s Grave descent and possibly explore routes down the hill.

May 12: California Trail exploration
Meet at City of Rocks visitor center at 12:00 noon. Metal detecting on private property under the direction of the COR archaeologist.

May 21: Cadaver dog possible grave searches
Meet at Weatherby Rest Area, I-84, 13 miles northwest of Huntington, Oregon, at 10:00am. Weatherby Rest Area is approximately 90 minutes from Boise. People coming from the west should meet at a large gravel parking lot just north of I-84 at the Durkee exit at 10:30am. We will use trained cadaver dogs to check a couple of suspected graves on the Oregon Trail near Durkee, Oregon, near the top of the Burnt River canyon. Durkee is 10 minutes from the Weatherby Rest Area. We will then return to the rest area for a lunch break before working the dogs on the Van Orman burial site near Huntington and another grave near Birch Creek.

April 23: Annual Main Oregon Trail Back Country Byway Tour
Meet between Albertsons and McDonalds at Federal Way and Gowen Road at 8:45am. This year’s tour will be special with a lunch break at Rattlesnake Creek instead of the Pilot Truck Stop. More details are available here.