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.


Making History

Discovering and Making History

Exploring the California Trail Interpretive Center Last summer, when the dawn was just a whisper of light over the hills […]

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Pioneering Fun

Pioneering Fun on a Road Trip Stop

Educational fun at the California Interpretive Center The warning bells of a backseat scuffle were unmistakable. “Turn it down, Aiden!” […]

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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 map 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 historic […]

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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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