The mission of the California Trail Center is to interpret the California Trail experience, its related themes, and provide educational and cultural enrichment to the general public. Through interpretation the Trail Center will contribute to the appreciation and preservation of historic and cultural sites and, by forging strong community partnerships, and enhance sustainable tourism in the region.

Scotts Bluff

Scotts Bluff

At the California Trail Interpretive Center you can learn about Scotts Bluff, one of the most famous California Trail landmarks […]

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Ruby Mountains

The Ruby Mountains

The Ruby Mountains are an important historical and national conservation area approximately 30 miles east of the California Trail Interpretive […]

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“The Woman Who Sings to Birds,” by Terry Howard

Through Our Own Eyes: A Native American Youth Art Exhibition

Through Our Own Eyes is a temporary exhibit that features paintings by Native American students from Owyhee Combined School, located […]

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Temporary Exhibit: EIDOS

The California Trail Interpretive Center presents a temporary exhibit, “EIDOS:  Contemplating the Pioneer Experience,” by San Francisco Artist Ann Belden. […]

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Fort Bridger

Fort Bridger

Fort Bridger is just one of the many stops pioneers made on their westward journey, and you can learn about […]

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Sutter's Fort

Sutter’s Fort

Learn about the importance of Sutter’s Fort in the establishment of the west coast of the United States when you […]

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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

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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The Simplicity Of Pioneer Life

The Simplicity Of Pioneer Life

The simplicity of pioneer life and its allure can be experienced first-hand at The California Trail Interpretative Center in Elko, […]

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Fort Sutter

Forts Along The California Trail

At California Trail Interpretive Center in Elko, Nevada, you can step back in time to learn about the old forts […]

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Group Visits

Group Visits

The California Trail Interpretive Center located in Elko, Nevada is a prime location for Nevada field trips, group hikes, group […]

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California Trail Exhibits

Pioneer History Museum

The California Trail Interpretive Center in Elko, Nevada, is a pioneer history museum that takes visitors through a historical immersion like […]

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Shoshone Mural

Tribes On The California Trail

Native Tribes Of Nevada Prior to European contact, the Newe (Western Shoshone) and Numa (Northern Paiute) peoples were some of […]

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