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.

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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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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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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California Trail Center

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 Western Emigrant Trail Collection and Bob Pearce Memorial Digital Collection Are you looking for a unique source for historical […]

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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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