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 Interpretive Center (CTIC) will resume a five-day operating schedule beginning on Wednesday, April 6, 2022. Operating hours […] Read More

Shop

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

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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 Elephant

“I suppose,“ said Meek, “that it comes from circus talk, like when you went to the circus folks’ll ask: ‘Well […] 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 Interpretive Center (CTIC) will resume a five-day operating schedule beginning on Wednesday, April 6, 2022. Operating hours […] 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

Through Our Own Eyes: A Native American Youth Art Exhibition

November 21, 2019

Through Our Own Eyes Returning This Summer! After a 2 year hiatus due to the closing of schools to reduce […] 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.

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Big thanks to Southside Elementary Kindergarteners for visiting us yesterday!

Teachers: for more info on Field Trips at the California Trail Center visit https://t.co/YDyKVU1Lmf https://t.co/A10LSz9IbQ
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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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