Each October “The Trappers Camp” (formerly "River Trip") program brings California history to life for one week in the city of Red Bluff, and one week in the town of Colusa. During our Living History program you and your class will be transported back in time to an 1840’s fur trapping camp along the Sacramento River. The class will get to experience four interpretive stations that make up the complex operations of the camp.
- 2012 Trappers Camp (River Trip) Success Stories
- Hundreds of students go back in time at Colusa park -- Sun Herald
- Trapper Camp Application
- First Contact (Teacher's Letter)
- Map to Red Bluff
- Map to Colusa
If you wish to attend the Sutter's Fort Trappers Camp please complete the application and send it to:
Sutter’s Fort Trappers Camp
2701 L Street
Sacramento, CA 95816
- If you have questions about the Trappers Camp please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions.
- The entire presentation takes 2 hours and will begin promptly at the appointed time. You should plan to arrive at least 30 minutes early.
- Fees for the program are $4.00 each for both adults and students.
Station 1:“Traders Tent”- the class will appoint a “Chief” to negotiate the trapping rights with the visiting trappers.
Station 2 and 3: “Hunters Tent” and “Camp Keepers Tent”- the class will learn the many challenges faced in keeping a large group of men fed and healthy in the wilderness.
Station 4: ''Trappers Tent'' - the class will learn just what brought this group to the wilds of California.