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Overland Trail

Program Details

Ancillary instruction will add to interpretations at the established historic sites along the way.  Readings will further excite and inform students about the places they will visit along the Trail.  This is a part of american history that is still very much visible and where changed, easily within the realm of description and imagination to bring it back to life.  We can think of a few places in the United States where this is apparent.

Selection Criteria:


There are no pre-requisites, although participants might enjoy the course more with some broader historical perspectives, such as completion of HIST 1700 or HIST 2700/2710. (These are not pre-requisites).

Participants must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older.
  • Be a high school graduate or above.
  • Participants seeking academic credit for the program must be able to read the required text and participate in discussions.


  • Various historic sites in Utah and Wyoming along the California Trail

Program Dates:

July 5, 2021- July 10, 2021



Suggested Payment Schedule:

  • Deposit: $200
  • March 5, 2021: $240
  • April 2, 2021: $240
  • May 7, 2021: $240
  • June 4, 2021: $240
  • July 2, 2021: $239

Must be paid in full by July 5, 2021

Payments can now be made online! Visit this website for instructions on how to pay your deposit online and future payments. Charges should show on your account within 48 hours after registration. Note that you will be charged credit card assessment fees if you use a card in person, over the phone, or online. You will not be charged these fees if paying by cash, check, or ACH bank transfer online.


Monday- July 5, 2021: Depart Ogden from Lindquist Hall to Casper, WY
Tuesday- July 6, 2021: Visit National Trails Museum
Wednesday- July 7, 2021: Depart from Casper to Cody, WY
Thursday- July 8, 2021: Depart from Cody to Yellowstone Park
Friday- July 9, 2021: Depart Jackson, WY to Evanston
Saturday July 10, 2021: Depart Evanston to Ogden, UT

Academic Courses

Students who participate in this study abroad program will be able to register for up to three (3) semester credits through Weber State University in 

  • HIST 4920

Program Directors

Program director and trip leader Gene Sessions has taught Utah and Western History at Weber for 45 years and has published several books and articles on Utah and the West.  Val Parrish is a former K-12 history teacher who has served as co-leader on this same trip at least a half-dozen times.  


Trip Cancellations

If Weber State cancels a trip for any reason, all participants will be refunded 100% of funds paid to the school. If a participant withdraws from the program for any reason, they are subject to the refund policy found on the first page of the application.  Deposits are always non-refundable, unless the program is canceled by Weber State.  No refunds will be issued 30 days prior to program start date. 

Refunds will NOT be given to students due to COVID-19 concerns. Before programs were canceled last year, every student was given the option to withdraw from programs without penalty due to COVID-19. This year students are applying, cognizant of the pandemic. Weber State will not intentionally place students into high risk situations. We will work together with Program Leaders and Departments on canceling should the destination demonstrate increased risks, be they from COVID or any other concern. As such, students must abide by the standard refund policy.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Study Abroad Office at (801) 626-8711.