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The California Trail Interpretive Center EntranceGain a greater understanding of the California Trail story through interactive exhibits and videos. An outdoor pioneer encampment features covered wagons, handcarts, and tents. Contrasted with this is the traditional Shoshone summer camp. Education programs are offered throughout the year. Enjoy easy hiking trails adjacent to the Trail Center. Parking is available for cars, trucks, RVs and campers. For more information call 775-738-1849.

The California Trail Interpretive Center, operated by the BLM, is located eight miles west of Elko at Hunter Exit 292.

Current operating hours are Wednesday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

We will be closed Christmas and New Years Day.

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For more information go to www.californiatrailcenter.org  

Join Us for March's Activities

There will be demonstrations every day at 11 a.m. and programs every day at 2 p.m.

March Schedule of Events

California Trail Interpretive Center Junior Explorer Book


Nevada Junior Explorer Adventure Book

California Trail Interpretive Center 
Junior Explorer Book

The mission of the California Trail Interpretive 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.


Nevada Junior Explorer Adventure Book

The NEW Nevada Adventure Book for Junior Explorers features stories, activities and games about interesting BLM sites all around the State. Once you finish reading the book and completing all the activities, you can take the completed book to any BLM Nevada office, sign the Junior Explorer pledge and receive an official BLM Nevada Junior Explorer pin.

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2014 Trail Days


 Oxen powered wagon being led in front of the California Trail Center during the 10th Annual California Trail Days
2013 Trail Days


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“Gold! Gold! Gold!” New California Trail Interpretive Center Exhibit Highlights the International Gold Rush to California

The new California Trail Interpretive Center exhibit includes interative activities for children. The California Trail Interpretive Center is now complete.

During the last week of December, the Center installed its final exhibit that interprets the California Gold Rush and its impact to U.S. and world history. 
“The California Gold Rush sparked an international migration, and resulted in the birth of Sacramento and the new state of California,” said Park Ranger Alex Rose. “The exhibit includes hands on activities for children. Kids will have the opportunity to learn what a bag of gold could purchase in 1849, and will be able to build their own small log cabins.”
The interactive exhibit includes a passport stamping station at Sutter’s Fort, and highlights shipping routes that were used during the Gold Rush, as thousands of emigrants from throughout the world hurried to California.

The California Gold Rush catapulted the growth of California. In 1846, there were approximately 7,600 Euro-American settlers living in California. By 1852, the number grew to 225,000.

Come out now and check it out!

Last updated: 03-05-2015