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California Trail Historic Interpretive Center

Closed Now: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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Worth the stop!

This center is about 10 or so miles west of Elko on the westbound side of the highway. We have... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Stephanie M
Valley Springs, California
Great stop

We visited the center while meeting family in Elko. The center is new since the last time we were... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Greg P
North Richland Hills, Texas
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Get hands-on with Western history at the California Trail Interpretive Center, where visitors can immerse themselves in the experiences of emigrants and Native Americans during the United States' period of Western Expansion. Programs and live...more
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1 Trail Center Way, Elko, NV 89801
+1 775-738-1849
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This center is about 10 or so miles west of Elko on the westbound side of the highway. We have stopped here before and I wanted my sister who had never been there to experience it. It is free to experience but they do have...More

Thank Stephanie M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the center while meeting family in Elko. The center is new since the last time we were in town. We did not plan enough time to fully absorb all the center has to offer. We look forward to returning, in the near future.

Thank Greg P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The best interpretive centre we have been to = and we have been to many. SO loved the info on the California trail, the hardships of the wagons heading west and all the information provided as well as the displays, wagons and more - THANK...More

Thank cgarson
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've driven past this BLM museum several times and knew that one day I would finally visit it. I did so and was very pleased with what I found. The museum is small and laid out well. It has several displays on the outside of...More

Thank Steve W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is one of the best historical museums of American history that I have been to. This museum is free. New. Interesting. And easy to follow. The video/anamatronic of the Donner party fiasco was awesome! There are frequently presentations at the museum. I got to...More

Thank kayakergrl2017
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is one of the best places I've stumbled across! It's very interactive, it has a great little gift shop. There's a lot to read about on the grounds. Additionally, if you are interested in the Donner Party, this is a very important location as...More

Thank leighlati
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I think I read every sign and pondered each thought and journal entry here. I felt the museum had done a great job teaching you about the trips the two different traveling groups had at different time frames and the events that surrounded their journeys...More

Thank jbreur1570
Reviewed 25 July 2018

There are a couple of informative signs outside the main gate, but we were very disappointed the Center is closed two days a week.

1  Thank Bob S
Reviewed 21 July 2018 via mobile

People complain about driving I-80 through Nevada. A visit to this museum will put it in a whole new perspective as you gain insight into what it was like for settlers to traverse this terrain on foot. Definitely worth a visit. The museum is well...More

1  Thank NV-ichthyosaur
Reviewed 9 July 2018 via mobile

This was an awesome spot to stop on our way to Elko. Very engaging dioramas and hands on materials to explore. Unfortunately one of the big features was out of service, but would definitely recommend- worth the stop and admission is free!

Thank Autumn G
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Jim W
26 September 2016|
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Response from California Trai... I | Property representative |
We are a free facility. No admission charge and our events are free as well. Our bookstore is also a non-profit and is tax free.