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The Lewis & Clark Expedition, also known as the Corps of Discovery, camped at this location from September 9-11, 1805 and then again on June 30-July 3, 1806. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1960 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1966. Travelers' Rest State Park is the only archaeologically-verified campsite of the Expedition. The site features a trail with interpretive panels describing the Expedition, the wildlife, and Native Americans who used the location as a campsite. It was also a place where several trails intersected. The Visitor Center includes exhibits of archaeological finds, indigenous history and culture, and a hands-on area for young children. The park opened in 2004.

Sign at entrance to Travelers' Rest State Park on Highway 12

A wood and stone sign featuring a large cottonwood leaf and a banner reading Travelers' Rest State Park

Flags fly over a red roofed building under a blue sky with puffy white clouds

Indigenous interpreter Buck Morigeau with children

An indigenous man kneeling next to interested children with a tipi in the background

Visitors enjoy exhibits

Interior of visitor center with exhibit panels and artifacts

When the site was declared a national landmark, it was actually off by a mile and half. Studies in the early 1980s and later early 2000s (coinciding with the excavations) finally established the correct location of the campsite and the boundaries of the park.,_Montana)

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Travelers' Rest Connection

Travelers' Rest Connection

Travelers' Rest Connection