Street Address
1 Interpretive Center Way
Elko, NV 89801
Mailing Address
BLM California Trail Interpretive Center
3900 E Idaho Street
Elko, NV 89801
Open Year Round
Sunday, Wednesday - Saturday9 AM - 4:30 PM
Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day
Museum Type(s)
Gift Shop
Lisa Dittman, Owner


Western History: interactive exhibits and brand-new facilities, 8 miles west of Elko, Nevada just off I-80 at Hunter Exit 292. Free admission for all ages!

Between 1841 and 1869, up to 250,000 people sold their belongings, packed wagons, and set out for California. Learn the stories of the pioneers who endured the 2,000 mile trek; some seeking land, some gold, others seeking adventure, and some for reasons we may never know. Discover in their words 2,000 miles of adventure.


The Southern Nevada Conservancy is a cooperating interpretive association in support of the mission of the California Trail Interpretive Center. The primary purpose of the Southern Nevada Conservancy is to "enhance overall conservation, recreational activities, education, and interpretive activities by providing partnerships between SNC and the land management agencies."


Senator Reid wrote and passed the legislation (Public Law 106-577) authorizing the Trail Center and has appropriated $12 million in federal funds for the project in recent years. The Trail Center is poised to become a major western cultural and educational attraction.

Artifacts Collections

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.


Hike the Trails

Enjoy the easy hiking trails adjacent to the Trail Center, which offer spectacular views of the Ruby Mountains, the historic South Fork Canyon and the Humboldt River. The trails are roughly 4,500 feet long. About 2,300 feet of trail are Americans with Disabilities Act compliant.


Wheelchair Accessible


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.

Gift Shop