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

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

Exhibits

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

California Trail Center

April 2016 Programs

April 10, 2016

ELKO, Nev. –  April may be famous for showers that bring May Flowers, but at the California Interpretive Trail Center […] 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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Mountain men enjoyed making up tales about themselves and others, but some of their real adventures were stranger than fiction. Join us today at 2 pm for stories about the explorers of the West that sound like tall tales, but actually happened. https://t.co/If8gvYUjNq @blmnv https://t.co/xwwT7RD9Mx CATrailCenter photo
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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