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California Trail Historic Interpretive Center

1 Trail Center Way, Elko, NV 89801
+1 775-738-1849
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History in an interesting way!

The California Trail Historic Interpretive Centre documents the experiences of 250,000 Americans... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Brenda B
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

I am definitely bringing my granddaughter next time I'm in Elko to bring her here. Everyone was... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Get hands-on with Western history at the California Trail Interpretive Center, where visitors can immerse themselves in the experiences of emigrants and Native Americans during the United States' period of Western Expansion. Programs and live demonstrations every day: the calendar is on our website. Fun and educational for all ages, with hiking trails for the more adventurous sorts!
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1 Trail Center Way, Elko, NV 89801
+1 775-738-1849
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The California Trail Historic Interpretive Centre documents the experiences of 250,000 Americans who made the courageous trip from civilization to make a new life in California. We had been driving through Nevada and I had thought to myself "How did the pioneers do this trip...More

Thank Brenda B
Reviewed 1 week ago

I am definitely bringing my granddaughter next time I'm in Elko to bring her here. Everyone was nice and even though it's free (they do have a donation box) it's very well maintained and a delightful experience.

Thank MemoryInvestments
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a must visit if you are in the area. Another well done National Park Service interpretive center. The day we visited the local Shoshone tribe was selling and demonstrating local art work. Had a very informative discussion with one of the artists. All...More

1  Thank Susanleeco
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Excellent presentation of the history of the emigrants to CA both indoors and out. Really a well-done and informative exhibit of history. Great place to visit and learn.

Thank timothym931
Reviewed 13 October 2017

This place was so well thought out. It is a little treasure if you are interested in life and culture in the 1800s as families moved from the Midwest to the West in search of gold and a new life. It is so hard to...More

Thank Abby P
Reviewed 8 October 2017

One hundred seventy years ago, where now I-80 and a major rail line run beneath the contrails of trans-continental flights, people walked west along the Humboldt River carrying all their worldly belongings as they walked to California and a new life. The Center sits at...More

1  Thank czarlisle
Reviewed 4 October 2017

this was a neat place. they started in Kansas city an headed west in the mid 1800,s. it was educational for kids an adults.

Thank stevierays55
Reviewed 2 October 2017

Having passed by this on our way to California from Colorado, we decided to check it out on our return trip as the reviews said it was free so what could we lose.?. It surpassed any expectations! The gift shop was reasonable, the restrooms were...More

Thank Sharolyn L
Reviewed 1 October 2017 via mobile

One of the best, informative, and well done exhibits I have ever seen. Wish I had more time to feel the immersive experience you get as the richly detailed displays and visuals show. The actual setup of real wagons and campsite helped to underscore the...More

Thank Frenchwriter2000
Reviewed 22 September 2017 via mobile

Revisited on our way back to California. Had visited a few weeks earlier with grandkids. Extremely well done and informative museum. Wonderful at any age.

Thank Linda55555
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Jim W
26 September 2016|
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Response from California Trai... I | Property representative |
We are a free facility. No admission charge and our events are free as well. Our bookstore is also a non-profit and is tax free.