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.


Independence-Rock-Sweetwater-River

The Sweetwater River

At the California Trail Interpretive Center, we bring the stories and adventures of emigrants to life as they traveled along […]

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Mormon Station

Mormon Station

The historic Mormon Station was a life-saving stop along the California Trail. Located in Nevada, this was a crucial point […]

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California Trail Rivers

Rivers along the California Trail

At the California Trail Interpretive Center in Elko, Nevada, we love bringing this historical landmark to life for you with […]

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"Twin Fawns" by Mark Hayward

Temporary Exhibit: “Nevada Wild”

Photo above: Twin Fawns by Mark Hayward. The California Trail Center is presenting a temporary exhibit, “Nevada Wild: An Exhibition […]

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Bidwell-Bartleson Party

Bidwell-Bartleson Party

Learn about the emigrant party who started it all, the Bidwell-Bartleson party, at the California Trail Interpretive Center. As the […]

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History Of The Covered Wagon

History of the Covered Wagon

Wagon trains were the home and community of westward-bound emigrants, and you can see the types of wagons they traveled […]

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