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.


Fort Laramie Site

Fort Laramie

Visit the California Trail Interpretive Center in Elko, Nevada, and feel the excitement of the thousands of travelers passing through […]

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W Shoshone

Western Shoshone

Join us at the California Trail Interpretive Center in Elko, Nevada, and learn the ancient ways of the Western Shoshone. […]

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Chimney Rock Landscape

Chimney Rock

Chimney rock was one of the most prevalent landmarks along the California Trail. Hundreds of thousands of people used this […]

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Bison On Trail

Animals Along The California Trail

The California Trail was a trail that spanned over 2000 miles for immigrants as they moved westward for gold or […]

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Chimney Rock

Landmarks Along The California Trail

In addition to the great interactive exhibits we have at the California Trail Interpretive Center in Elko, Nevada, many of […]

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Pioneer Wagons

Pioneer Wagons

The California Trail Interpretive Center in Elko, Nevada has a wealth of knowledge about the pioneer wagons that settlers used […]

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