We have driven past the Cataldo Mission countless times or our way to Montana. It is one of those places we always talked about visiting but never managed to actually visit. I am not sure why it took us so long to pull off I-90 and visit the Cataldo Mission also known as Coeur d’ Alene’s Old Mission State Park Idaho!
We visited on a cold snowy afternoon in December and loved it. We did not go inside of the Cataldo Mission on this trip. After watching the 20 minute video at the visitors center we can’t wait to go back and visit the inside of the mission.
The mission is the oldest standing building in Idaho! The architecture and history of the building are fascinating.
I am not normally a history video person. I tend to nod off normally or get bored quickly. This did not happen with the movie at the visitor center. From the moment it started I was drawn into the history of the mission and the surrounding area.
I had no idea there was such a rich history that combines the local Couer d’ Alene tribe with missionaries. The Cataldo Mission was the heart of the area and really helped shape North Idaho as we know it now.
There are two options for visitors at the Cataldo Mission. You can pay $5 to see the 20 minute video and learn about the Cataldo Mission. They also have an artifacts museum that is $10. We did not have a chance to visit the artifacts museum but hear it is fantastic.
The visitors center is state of the art! There is a great gift shop and clean restrooms. If you are driving aong I-90 it is so worth stopping! Make sure you try one of the maple caramels they sell in the gift shop! They taste like maple bars and are downright ah-mazing!