California Trail Center

We are a Bureau of Land Management interpretive center focusing on the California Trail experience and its global impacts from 1841-1869.

We have dioramas and interactive exhibits that immerse the visitor in the trail experience. We feature costumed interpretation and demonstrations of daily life for both Native Americans and pioneers. We feature a reconstructed Shoshone village and wagon encampment.

We have a partnership with the non-profit Southern Nevada Conservancy. We sell books, children’s gifts, apparel, candy, and other miscellaneous Trail related items.


Paul Brownlee

BLM Park Manager

Cheryl Miller

Park Ranger - Outreach


Mailing Address:
1 Trail Center Way
Elko, NV 89801
Phone: 775-738-1949
Fax: 775-753-1056
Open daily 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

TTY/Relay System

If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability, please dial 7-1-1 to access telecommunications relay services.

Visitor Center, Grounds and Trails are now open seven days a week starting June 6, 2022. 

If you have questions or want to learn about other trails or areas open to the public, please contact us at 775-738-1849