1965 - 2015 : Celebrating 50 years of helping you make lasting, outdoor memories!

Coeur d' Alene's Old Mission Snapshot

Location
28 miles E of Coeur d' Alene, ID
60 miles E of Spokane, WA
141 miles NW of Missoula, MT
382 miles N of Boise, ID
 
Day-use amenities 
Picnic areas, flush toilets, group use area, visitor center and gift shop, museum, handicap accessible, boat ramp
 
Activities
Exploring history, picnicking, special events
 
Hours
Summer hours are 9 am to 5 pm – April through September
Winter hours are 10 am to 3 pm – October through March
Closed major holidays in the winter
 
WiFi
Yes, at the visitor center
 
Park entrance fee
$5 per vehicle
 
Sacred Encounters Exhibit
$5 per person
$10 per family
 
Tour buses and organized educational visits please contact the park
 
 
 

Coeur d' Alene's Old Mission State Park and the Sacred Heart Mission are the perfect setting for a magical, romantic wedding experience.

Next Events

No events found.

See all Coeur d' Alene's Old Mission events


Welcome to Coeur d' Alene's Old Mission State Park

The Coeur d' Alene's Old Mission State Park spotlights the oldest building in Idaho.  The Mission of the Sacred Heart was constructed between 1850 and 1853 by Catholic missionaries and members of the Coeur d' Alene Tribe.  Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Sacred Heart Mission and the Coeur d'Alene's Old Mission State Park provide an educational experience not found anywhere else, giving visitors an opportunity to examine the dynamics and complexities between Jesuit missionaries and the tribal people among whom they settled in a beautiful park setting.  The park features the Sacred Heart Mission church, a restored Parish House and a historic cemetery.  
 
The visitor center includes a gift shop and a new award-winning exhibition "Sacred Encounters: Father De Smet & the Indians of the Rocky Mountain West" to help tell the fascinating story of the Mission, the Tribe and the missionaries.
 
Located near the Trail of the Coeur d' Alenes, one of the most spectacular biking trails in the Western United States, the Mission is an excellent place to stop for the day while on the trail, a wonderful place to view Idaho history and architecture and one of the most beautiful locations for a wedding and reception.

Video Tour of the Sacred Encounters Exhibit

See video

Sacred Encounters Exhibit 

A world-class exhibit, Sacred Encounters: Father De Smet & the Indians of the Rocky Mountain West is now open at Coeur d' Alene's Old Mission State Park.

The 5,000 square foot, $3.26 million exhibit includes artifacts from some of the most important museums in the world including the Smithsonian and Museum of Natural History.

The exhibit tells the story of how Jesuit missionaries came to the interior Northwest at the invitation of the Coeur d' Alene and Salish tribes and the profound effects this sacred encounter had on both cultures.

Hours
Summer hours are 9 am to 5 pm – April through October
Winter hours are 10 am to 3 pm – November through March
Closed major holidays in the winter

Weddings at Old Mission 

Coeur d' Alene's Old Mission State Park and the Sacred Heart Mission are the perfect setting for a magical, romantic wedding experience. The Mission and grounds provide a beautiful and tranquil location for an intimate wedding or a wedding with a guest list of up to 500 people.

The Mission is available for weddings, regardless of religious backgrounds. Wedding ceremonies may be held within the Mission, which holds up to 100 guests, or in the West Courtyard where the charm of the landscape is accented by scenic vistas. Both areas provide a unique historic and sacred backdrop for your special day and are available at affordable prices.

More information about Weddings at Old Mission (PDF) can be found here.

For more information on planning your wedding at Old Mission, please contact Kathleen Durfee, Park Manager, at (208) 682-3814.


Coeur d' Alene's Old Mission Park Fees

Motor Vehicle Entrance Fee

$5 per vehicle

   

 


Coeur d' Alene's Old Mission State Park

Javascript is required to view this map.
31732 S Mission Rd, Cataldo, ID 83810

 

Download Old Mission Maps

Location Map

Year-Round Trail Map


See video

The Idaho State Parks Passport: Providing Savings for 2013!

When implemented, the Idaho State Parks Passport will allow Idaho motorists to check "Yes!" to support Idaho State Parks by agreeing to pay an additional $10 in conjunction with renewing their license plates through the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) and County Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) Offices.  The Passport sticker will allow participating Idahoans unlimited daytime entry to Idaho state parks, IDPR operated recreation areas and boating access sites. The Passport will also provide nightly discounts on camping.  

When you pay the additional $10 for your passport, you'll receive a sticker that will adhere to your motor vehicle.  The sticker will provide unlimited access to all 30 state parks for the entire registration year.  

Out-of-state guests will have a savings option too, with the purchase of an Idaho State Park Motor Vehicle Entry Fee (MVEF) Annual.

 

What Will $10 Buy You and Your Family?

  • Admittance to all 30 Idaho State Parks for a year
  • Nightly discounts on camping
  • Hundreds of miles of hiking, cycling, mountain biking and Nordic trails
  • Your favorite boat launches
  • Countless historical and cultural sites within your state parks

Good for Idaho, Good for Idahoans!

Idaho‘s State Park Passport is simply a sustainable way to pay for the maintenance and management of Idaho’s 30 cherished state parks.  For those Idahoans who choose to participate in the program, the Idaho State Parks Passport sticker will replace the $5 per motor vehicle entry fee currently in place at state parks while also providing nightly discounts on camping.  

Out of State Guests

Our out-of-state guests have savings options too! You can purchase a $40 Motor Vehicle Entry Fee (MVEF) Annual and receive access to all of Idaho's State Parks and nightly discounts on camping. MVEF Annuals can be purchased at any Idaho State Park and online.

 

Coeur d' Alene's Old Mission Snapshot

Location
28 miles E of Coeur d' Alene, ID
60 miles E of Spokane, WA
141 miles NW of Missoula, MT
382 miles N of Boise, ID
 
Day-use amenities 
Picnic areas, flush toilets, group use area, visitor center and gift shop, museum, handicap accessible, boat ramp
 
Activities
Exploring history, picnicking, special events
 
Hours
Summer hours are 9 am to 5 pm – April through September
Winter hours are 10 am to 3 pm – October through March
Closed major holidays in the winter
 
WiFi
Yes, at the visitor center
 
Park entrance fee
$5 per vehicle
 
Sacred Encounters Exhibit
$5 per person
$10 per family
 
Tour buses and organized educational visits please contact the park
 
 
 

Coeur d' Alene's Old Mission State Park and the Sacred Heart Mission are the perfect setting for a magical, romantic wedding experience.

Next Events

No events found.

See all Coeur d' Alene's Old Mission events

Welcome to Coeur d' Alene's Old Mission State Park

The Coeur d' Alene's Old Mission State Park spotlights the oldest building in Idaho.  The Mission of the Sacred Heart was constructed between 1850 and 1853 by Catholic missionaries and members of the Coeur d' Alene Tribe.  Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Sacred Heart Mission and the Coeur d'Alene's Old Mission State Park provide an educational experience not found anywhere else, giving visitors an opportunity to examine the dynamics and complexities between Jesuit missionaries and the tribal people among whom they settled in a beautiful park setting.  The park features the Sacred Heart Mission church, a restored Parish House and a historic cemetery.  
 
The visitor center includes a gift shop and a new award-winning exhibition "Sacred Encounters: Father De Smet & the Indians of the Rocky Mountain West" to help tell the fascinating story of the Mission, the Tribe and the missionaries.
 
Located near the Trail of the Coeur d' Alenes, one of the most spectacular biking trails in the Western United States, the Mission is an excellent place to stop for the day while on the trail, a wonderful place to view Idaho history and architecture and one of the most beautiful locations for a wedding and reception.

Video Tour of the Sacred Encounters Exhibit

See video

Sacred Encounters Exhibit 

A world-class exhibit, Sacred Encounters: Father De Smet & the Indians of the Rocky Mountain West is now open at Coeur d' Alene's Old Mission State Park.

The 5,000 square foot, $3.26 million exhibit includes artifacts from some of the most important museums in the world including the Smithsonian and Museum of Natural History.

The exhibit tells the story of how Jesuit missionaries came to the interior Northwest at the invitation of the Coeur d' Alene and Salish tribes and the profound effects this sacred encounter had on both cultures.

Hours
Summer hours are 9 am to 5 pm – April through October
Winter hours are 10 am to 3 pm – November through March
Closed major holidays in the winter

Weddings at Old Mission 

Coeur d' Alene's Old Mission State Park and the Sacred Heart Mission are the perfect setting for a magical, romantic wedding experience. The Mission and grounds provide a beautiful and tranquil location for an intimate wedding or a wedding with a guest list of up to 500 people.

The Mission is available for weddings, regardless of religious backgrounds. Wedding ceremonies may be held within the Mission, which holds up to 100 guests, or in the West Courtyard where the charm of the landscape is accented by scenic vistas. Both areas provide a unique historic and sacred backdrop for your special day and are available at affordable prices.

More information about Weddings at Old Mission (PDF) can be found here.

For more information on planning your wedding at Old Mission, please contact Kathleen Durfee, Park Manager, at (208) 682-3814.

Coeur d' Alene's Old Mission Park Fees

Motor Vehicle Entrance Fee

$5 per vehicle

   

 

Coeur d' Alene's Old Mission State Park

Javascript is required to view this map.
31732 S Mission Rd, Cataldo, ID 83810

 

Download Old Mission Maps

Location Map

Year-Round Trail Map

See video

The Idaho State Parks Passport: Providing Savings for 2013!

When implemented, the Idaho State Parks Passport will allow Idaho motorists to check "Yes!" to support Idaho State Parks by agreeing to pay an additional $10 in conjunction with renewing their license plates through the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) and County Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) Offices.  The Passport sticker will allow participating Idahoans unlimited daytime entry to Idaho state parks, IDPR operated recreation areas and boating access sites. The Passport will also provide nightly discounts on camping.  

When you pay the additional $10 for your passport, you'll receive a sticker that will adhere to your motor vehicle.  The sticker will provide unlimited access to all 30 state parks for the entire registration year.  

Out-of-state guests will have a savings option too, with the purchase of an Idaho State Park Motor Vehicle Entry Fee (MVEF) Annual.

 

What Will $10 Buy You and Your Family?

  • Admittance to all 30 Idaho State Parks for a year
  • Nightly discounts on camping
  • Hundreds of miles of hiking, cycling, mountain biking and Nordic trails
  • Your favorite boat launches
  • Countless historical and cultural sites within your state parks

Good for Idaho, Good for Idahoans!

Idaho‘s State Park Passport is simply a sustainable way to pay for the maintenance and management of Idaho’s 30 cherished state parks.  For those Idahoans who choose to participate in the program, the Idaho State Parks Passport sticker will replace the $5 per motor vehicle entry fee currently in place at state parks while also providing nightly discounts on camping.  

Out of State Guests

Our out-of-state guests have savings options too! You can purchase a $40 Motor Vehicle Entry Fee (MVEF) Annual and receive access to all of Idaho's State Parks and nightly discounts on camping. MVEF Annuals can be purchased at any Idaho State Park and online.