OCTA’s  36th  Annual  Convention

The 2018 convention will be hosted  by the Utah Crossroads Chapter in Ogden’s Eccles Convention Center - August  6-10. 

The theme,  Rails and Trails- confluence and impacts at Crossroads  of the West will be explored through three primary methods: Speaker presentations,  field-trips and activity/workshops across 4
general topics: 

  • Native American History – the earliest crossroads  of the west
  • Transcontinental Railroad
  • Mountain men
  • Explorers and Emigrants pre 1847 

The traditional book room, silent auction, raffles, Awards & recognition Evening and Evening music groups will be enjoyed by all.   

The Convention will focus on Northern Utah and will not repeat information covered in the prior OCTA Conventions held in Salt Lake City. 

Attendees  have many choices.  Discover more on this page and download the UTAH Auto Interpretive Guide to easily guide you on the trails during your trip to the Convention. 

Don't like registering online? Mail in your registration forms to OCTA by printing and filling out pages 7 & 8 of The Complete 28-Page Registration Book below.


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Attendees can choose from: 6 pre and post-convention tours which cover; a) Native American cultural tour and Rock Art. B) Central Overland Trail, 3) Bicycle ride down Echo Canyon and the history of this route into the northern Utah area, 4) Retracing the Bryan Russell route, 5) Hastings route, 6) Hensley/Salt  Lake Cutoff. 



Experience 12 Activity stations covering such topics as;  1) Oxen use and training, Experiencing history through new approaches  by the BLM,  2) Native American songs and poetry, 3) Tracing your ancestors as they moved across the continent, 4) Marketing the natural beauty of the west - early photographs and processes. 



Choose between 4 beautiful and interesting bus tours with guides and resource specialists; 1) Bidwell/Bartleson route, 2) Transcontinental route, 3) Echo and Weber Canyon use of Native Americans, explorers and mountain men, 4) Bear River Shoshoni Native American tour.   



Choose from 8 speakers;  1) Northern Utah - Why this theme, 2) First occupants & geomorphology and the Massacre site, 3) Construction of the Transcontinental – why the route, workforce groups, 4) Trailing the Mountain men, 5) Explorers and emigrants pre 1847, 6)  New West through lens of photographers.