Closure Information

To ensure the safety of our staff and visitors during the Covid-19 outbreak the California Trail Center will be closed […] Read More

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

California Trail Days 2020

Join us in June 2020 for our annual weekend-long interactive wagon encampment and pioneer experience! Between 1841 and 1869 over […] 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 Elephant

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

Closure Information

March 19, 2020

To ensure the safety of our staff and visitors during the Covid-19 outbreak the California Trail Center will be closed […] 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

Through Our Own Eyes: A Native American Youth Art Exhibition

November 21, 2019

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

California Trail Days 2020

June 7, 2019

Join us in June 2020 for our annual weekend-long interactive wagon encampment and pioneer experience! Between 1841 and 1869 over […] 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
1 year ago
Unfortunately the weather has prevented our crocheting instructor from making it to the center today and we will have to cancel our Crocheting class today. We will try to reschedule it in the near future. Apologies for any inconvenience.
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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