2,000 Miles of Adventure

Between 1841 and 1869, up to 250,000 people sold their belongings, packed wagons, and set out for California. Learn the stories of the pioneers who endured the 2,000 mile trek; some seeking land, some gold, others seeking adventure, and some for reasons we may never know. Discover in their words 2,000 miles of adventure.


The Elephant

The Elephant

“I suppose,“ said Meek, that it comes from circus talk, like when you went to the circus folks’ll ask: ‘Well […]

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California Trail Center

The Plaza

This to-scale model of the Great Basin depicts the many trails pioneers took to cross the desert from Salt Lake […]

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View of the Ruby  Mountains and Hastings Cutoff in the background

Hike the Trails

  Enjoy the easy hiking trails adjacent to the Trail Center, which offer spectacular views of the Ruby Mountains, the […]

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Gift Shop

California Trail Shop

The emigrants felt such relief and excitement upon entering John Sutter’s store at the end of their journey along the […]

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Original Art

Gain a greater understanding of the California Trail story through original sculptures, murals, and artwork.

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Wagon Encampment

Encampments

Covered wagons, hand carts, and tents depict a typical pioneer encampment. Contrasted with this is the traditional Shoshone village. Learn about […]

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