California Trail Historic Interpretive Center, Elko

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Congressional legislation established the California Trail Interpretive Center " facilitate the interpretation of the history of development and use of trails in settling the western portion of the United States..."

Visitors have the opportunity to experience multimedia exhibits, life size dioramas, and video productions. They can hike trails, attend interpretive programs, and speak with staff. From this experience visitors will gain an understanding of what is one the most formative events in American history - Westward Expansion. For travelers who use our international travel planner, Elko holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the California Trail Historic Interpretive Center and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • It's the only reason to take this exit off Interstate 80 - there are no gas stations or other amenities - but it is totally worth a visit. And you definitely can't complain about the price (free...  more »
  • Don't drive past this incredible historic museum - center. Look for the signs along I-80 west of Elko, Nevada. This center has excellently portrayed the history of the California Trail. They use...  more »
  • The education series the center has been doing is fabulous. Both kids and adults alike can learn interesting and useful information that dates back to the pioneer days. The center itself is clean and well kept. The exhibits are informative and interactive. Highly recommended!
  • Great adventure, we backtracked 10 miles to find it-worth it! Building, artifacts, paintings all beautiful. Staff (I missed getting this photographer/former schoolteachers name ) walked around and filled us with fascinating historical lore. Worth a stop. We spent an hour and could have stayed longer. Great job there :)

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