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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Grandkids Appreciating Our History

This article produced in partnership with TravelNevada. Immersion at the California Trail Interpretive Center We’re always overjoyed to have the […]

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Making History

Discovering and Making History

How the California Trail Center became part of our California Trail story This article produced in partnership with TravelNevada Exploring […]

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Pioneering Fun

Pioneering Fun on a Road Trip Stop

Educational fun at the California Interpretive Center This article produced in partnership with TravelNevada The warning bells of a backseat […]

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Education Resource Guide

Educator Resource Guide

To supplement your visit to the center or studies about the California Trail, we have put together an engaging educator […]

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The Elephant

The Elephant

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

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California Trail Center

The Plaza

This to-scale map of the Great Basin depicts the many trails pioneers took to cross the desert from Salt Lake […]

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California Trail Center

Hike the Trails

Enjoy the easy hiking trails adjacent to the Trail Center, which offer spectacular views of the Ruby Mountains, the historic […]

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Gift Shop

California Trail Shop

The emigrants felt such relief and excitement upon entering John Sutter’s store at the end of their journey along the […]

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Wagon Encampment

Encampments

Covered wagons, hand carts, and tents depict a typical pioneer encampment. Contrasted with this is the traditional Shoshone village. Learn about […]

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Foundation and Donations

Support the Trail Center

Donations Your contribution to the California Trail Interpretive Center provides critical support to much needed educational programs, events and special […]

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Marking the Trail

Trail Management

Can I Visit the California Trail? Yes! Over the years most of the original California Trail has been obliterated. Interstate […]

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The California Trail

California Trail

The California trail is a historic trail that stretched about 2000 miles west across the United States running from the […]

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The Plaza

Trail Center

At the California Trail Center in Elko, Nevada you will have the opportunity to experience multimedia exhibits, life size dioramas, […]

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California Trail Center Exhibits

Exhibits

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

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