The mission of the California Trail Center is to interpret the California Trail experience, its related themes, and provide educational and cultural enrichment to the general public. Through interpretation the Trail Center will contribute to the appreciation and preservation of historic and cultural sites and, by forging strong community partnerships, and enhance sustainable tourism in the region.

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Colonel John Jack Myers

You can learn fascinating facts about the California Trail and hear the stories of some of its most famous travelers, […]

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Ash Hollow Complex

The California Trail Interpretive Center is home to interactive exhibits and information about the people and landmarks of the historic […]

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Devils Gate Wyoming

Devil’s Gate

At The California Trail Interpretive Center, we invite you to learn about Devil’s Gate in Wyoming, a trail landmark for […]

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“Through Our Own Eyes: A Native American Youth Art Exhibition”

The California Trail Interpretive Center presents its third annual temporary exhibit that features paintings by Native American students from Owyhee […]

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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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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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California Gold Rush

California Gold Rush

Few periods of U.S. history evoke a sense of adventure and excitement like the California Gold Rush, and you can […]

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Pony Express

Pony Express

The Pony Express is a fascinating part of the history of the American West, and you can learn more about […]

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The Mormon Trail

The Mormon Trail

Learn about the Mormon Trail at the California Trail Interpretive Center. This journey for the Mormon immigrants began in 1846 […]

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Scotts Bluff

Scotts Bluff

At the California Trail Interpretive Center you can learn about Scotts Bluff, one of the most famous California Trail landmarks […]

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Ruby Mountains

The Ruby Mountains

The Ruby Mountains are an important historical and national conservation area approximately 30 miles east of the California Trail Interpretive […]

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Temporary Exhibit: EIDOS

The California Trail Interpretive Center presents a temporary exhibit, “EIDOS:  Contemplating the Pioneer Experience,” by San Francisco Artist Ann Belden. […]

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Fort Bridger

Fort Bridger

Fort Bridger is just one of the many stops pioneers made on their westward journey, and you can learn about […]

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Sutter's Fort

Sutter’s Fort

Learn about the importance of Sutter’s Fort in the establishment of the west coast of the United States when you […]

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Washoe Indian Tribe

No visit to the California Trail Interpretive Center would be complete without learning about the Washoe Indian tribe. This nomadic […]

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California Trail Facts

If you’ve never visited us at the California Trail Interpretive Center in Elko, you might be asking yourself, “What is […]

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Paiute Numa Indians

Numa Indians (Northern Paiute)

Visit our Numa Indian exhibit at the California Trail Interpretive Center in Elko, Nevada to learn more about this semi-nomadic […]

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