BLM Nevada-Elko California Trail Center

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.


Lea Garcia

Acting Trail Manager


Mailing Address:
1 Trail Center Way
Elko, NV 89801
Phone: 775-738-1849
Fax: 775-753-1056
TTY/Federal Relay System: 1-800-877-8339
Currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic


The visitor center, grounds and trails at the California Trail Center are closed to the public at this time.

These actions allow us do our part to address COVID-19 by following guidance from the CDC and recommendations from state and local public health authorities.

If you have questions or want to learn about other trails or areas open to the public, please contact the Elko District Office at 775-753-0200