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.

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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Native American Tribes

Tribes On The California Trail

A visit to the California Trail Interpretive Center in Elko, Nevada, can bring you face to face with the many […]

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California Trail Pioneers

California Trail Pioneers

The California Trail Interpretative Center in Elko, NV, is the place to go if you want to find out more […]

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Along the California Trail

Along the Trail

Native Americans, Mountain Men, and Pioneers lived, worked, traded, and traveled on the California Trail. Their stories are as varied […]

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Hike The Trails

Trail Geology

Discover the unique trail geology that guided early pioneers along the California Trail at the California Trail Interpretive Center in […]

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Original Art

Gain a greater understanding of the California Trail story through original sculptures, murals, and artwork. Learn more about the artists and […]

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California Trail Mountain Man

Mountain Men

The California Trail Interpretative Center of Elko, Nevada is the place to learn more about the lives and influence of […]

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California Trail Library

Library

 Welcome to the California Trail  Research Library Hours: Wednesday 1:00-3:00 Friday 1:00-3:00 Saturday 9:30-11:30 Are you looking for a unique source for […]

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Mountain Man Jedediah Smith

Jedediah Smith

Jedediah Smith was born in New York in 1798 and would become the most extensively traveled mountain man in unknown […]

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Mountain Man FAQ

Mountain Men FAQ

What clothing did mountain men wear? Mountain men would often start off their trapping career in ordinary cotton pioneer clothes.  […]

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Basin and Range Geology

Basin and Range Geology

If you’re driving to the California Trail Interpretive Center, you’ll notice the same thing the pioneers did more than a century […]

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City of Rocks Geology

City of Rocks

People have been continuously camping at the City of Rocks in Idaho for several thousand years, which is impressive in […]

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Independence Rock Geology

Independence Rock

Independence Rock, located in modern-day Wyoming, was the second big monolith the emigrants came across on their journey from the […]

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Chimney Rock Geology

Chimney Rock

You would think that the rocks along the California Trail would look exactly the same to us today as they […]

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Grandkids Appreciating Our History

This article produced in partnership with TravelNevada. Immersion at the California Trail Interpretive Center We’re always overjoyed to have the […]

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Making History

Discovering and Making History

How the California Trail Center became part of our California Trail story This article produced in partnership with TravelNevada Exploring […]

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Pioneering Fun

Pioneering Fun on a Road Trip Stop

Educational fun at the California Interpretive Center This article produced in partnership with TravelNevada The warning bells of a backseat […]

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Education Resource Guide

Educator Resource Guide

To supplement your visit to the center or studies about the California Trail, we have put together an engaging educator […]

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