If you drive north or south on Highway 97 near Okanogan, you drive right by a historical marker put up in a widening by the Okanogan Historical Society. It marks one part of the actual Cariboo Trail. The historic 800-mile Cariboo Trail, also referred to as the Okanogan Trail, follows the Okanogan River and extends into the Cariboo Mining district of British Columbia.
This historic route was used by Okanogan Indians for thousands of years, and later by fur brigades, cattlemen, cowboys, miners and surveyors. In case you're curious, travelers are likely to see deer, big horn sheep and occasionally moose—but definitely not caribou.