39th Annual OCTA Convention

The Oregon-California Trails Association and the California/Nevada Chapter of OCTA present “Through the Lens of History – Preserving the Past […] Read More

We’re Open!

The California Trail Center is finally open again! Our days/hours of operation will be limited as we align our staffing […] Read More

Shop

Select items are available for purchase through our partners, Southern Nevada Conservancy

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Fine Arts Exhibit: Nevada Wild

“Nevada Wild 2020” includes dozens of paintings, multimedia, photographs and sculptures by Nevada artists. The exhibit opens January 2 and […] Read More

Library

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

The Mad River, Humboldt County, California, At Sunrise

39th Annual OCTA Convention

August 26, 2021

The Oregon-California Trails Association and the California/Nevada Chapter of OCTA present “Through the Lens of History – Preserving the Past […] Read More

We’re Open!

July 21, 2021

The California Trail Center is finally open again! Our days/hours of operation will be limited as we align our staffing […] Read More

Mobile App

May 4, 2020

The California Trail Interpretive Center is pleased to announce the release of our new mobile app! The CTIC Mobile app […] Read More

Fine Arts Exhibit: Nevada Wild

January 10, 2020

“Nevada Wild 2020” includes dozens of paintings, multimedia, photographs and sculptures by Nevada artists. The exhibit opens January 2 and […] Read More

Our Mission

The California Trail Interpretive Center interprets the California Trail experience, its related themes, and provides educational and cultural enrichment to the general public.

White Wagon
3 weeks ago
In order to ensure the safety of our visitors and staff, our annual holiday craft event will be split into 3 Saturday prgrams in December. The first Saturday (Dec 4th) you'll get to make Log Cabins out of pretzels. Hot chocolate served each event. https://t.co/9agl8xW5aW
The California Trail Interpretive Center

The California Trail Interpretive Center

Between 1841 and 1869, up to 250,000 people sold their belongings, packed wagons, and set out for California. The California Trail Interpretive Center offers dioramas and interactive exhibits that immerse the visitor in the trail experience of those who endured the 2,000 mile trek.

Exhibits, Demonstrations & More

At the California Trail Center in Elko, Nevada you will have the opportunity to experience multimedia exhibits, life-size dioramas, original art, and video productions. You can hike the trails, attend interpretive programs, and speak with knowledgeable staff.

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