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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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Finally Stopped!

This was very interesting! Stopped here on our way through, passed it up many times, it was worth... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Donna V
Modesto, United States
Worth the stop

Great displays and dioramas - outside displays as well. There are also some walking trails... read more

Reviewed October 28, 2018
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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 weeks ago

This was very interesting! Stopped here on our way through, passed it up many times, it was worth it!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Donna V
Reviewed October 28, 2018

Great displays and dioramas - outside displays as well. There are also some walking trails - wonderful for stretching your legs and walking the dog (take your waste bags!!). Great views. This is a very informative center on the California Trail and the life on...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 24, 2018 via mobile

Great information about a topic I was unfamiliar with, The California trail. Interesting connection to the Donner Party

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 14, 2018

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

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 4, 2018 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.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank J8414ERgregp
Reviewed October 2, 2018

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

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 24, 2018

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

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Steve W
Reviewed September 22, 2018 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

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank kayakergrl2017
Reviewed September 20, 2018

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

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank leighlati
Reviewed September 16, 2018

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

Date of experience: September 2018
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Jim W
September 25, 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.