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.


Paul Brownlee

Trail Manager


Mailing Address:
1 Trail Center Way
Elko, NV 89801
Phone: 775-778-6080
Fax: 775-753-1056
Friday's and Saturdays from 9AM to 4 PM.

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 open on limited days and hours.

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