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.


Native American

Washoe Indian Tribe

No visit to the California Trail Interpretive Center would be complete without learning about the Washoe Indian tribe. This nomadic […]

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Covered Wagon Facing the Long Road Ahead

California Trail Facts

If you’ve never visited us at the California Trail Interpretive Center in Elko, you might be asking yourself, “What is […]

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Paiute Numa Indians

Numa Indians (Northern Paiute)

Visit our Numa Indian exhibit at the California Trail Interpretive Center in Elko, Nevada to learn more about this semi-nomadic […]

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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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