California Trail Interpretive Center Trail Days June 3-4 – surviving the trail!


Bureau of Land Management

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ELKO, Nev. –The California Trail Interpretive Center is hosting the 18th annual California Trail Days pioneer re-enactment this Saturday and Sunday, June 3-4, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The family friendly event is open to everyone. Located eight miles west of Elko on I-80, Hunter exit 292 and as always FREE Admission!
Visitors will have the opportunity to tour the pioneer encampment and Shoshone summer camp, experience Dutch oven cooking, wagon rides and a Pioneer Dance with live music on Saturday night. Participants can learn how to shoot a bow, throw an axe, play pioneer games and sign up to become an official California Trail Center Junior Ranger. The weekend will also host the second year of the Owyhee Combined School art exhibit, showcasing the art of the Owyhee youth which will be displayed through October 2023.

“Trail Days 2023 will be a hands-on event for the whole family and a chance to learn what it was like for brave pioneer families traveling the California Trail in the 1850s,” said Park Manager Paul Brownlee. “This is our signature event with something for everyone from toddlers to seniors and will kick off a summer full of events and programming.”

Programming will be held throughout the event including the following: 

11:00 a.m. Anatomy of a Wagon (45 mins)
12:00 p.m. Central Pacific Railroad and Promontory Point (30 mins)
1:00 p.m. Preserving Gravelly Ford Documentary (45 mins)
2:00 p.m. Anatomy of a Wagon (45 mins)
3:00 p.m. Honey, Mud & Maggots: Medical Practices of the Trail (50 mins) (Saturday Only)
*Be Advised: This program contains material related to maggots and decomposition that some may find uncomfortable. 
3:00 p.m. Elko Area Stops on the California Trail (50 mins) (Sunday only)
7:00 p.m. Pioneer Dance with Live Music (Saturday only)

For more information call Paul Brownlee, Thomas Valencia or CTIC Information at 775-738-1849

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