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 Elephant

“I suppose,“ said Meek, “that it comes from circus talk, like when you went to the circus folks’ll ask: ‘Well […] Read More

For Teachers

The California Trail Interpretive Center is excited to host your next field trip! Our free education programs follow Nevada Education and […] Read More


The California Trail Interpretation Center is home of a wide variety of exhibits and activities to enjoy. From art to […] Read More

Closure Information

December 22, 2018

During the December 2018 federal government shutdown, we will share updates as to how it affects the California Trail Interpretive […] Read More

Temporary Exhibit: Whose Land Is This?

December 17, 2017

Pictured above: An 1816 map of the United States, along with nearby British and Spanish possessions.   On display from […] Read More

Through Our Own Eyes: A Native American Youth Art Exhibition

September 14, 2017

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

Temporary Exhibit: EIDOS

September 10, 2017

The California Trail Interpretive Center presents a temporary exhibit, “EIDOS:  Contemplating the Pioneer Experience,” by San Francisco Artist Ann Belden. […] 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
2 months ago
Our #JrRanger program today was KNOT a bad time. Next Saturday come learn about The Arabia, a steamboat that sunk and was recovered 132 years later & our Jr Ranger Program on Sunday will be all about animal skins and skulls!
For more info: @blmnv
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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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