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California Trail Historic Interpretive Center

1 Trail Center Way, Elko, NV 89801
+1 775-738-1849
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Unexpected Gem

As we traveled across Hwy 80 in Nevada on the lookout for possible fun stops to break up the drive... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Placerville, California
An unexpected revelation on I-80

A world class museum and experience for the whole family. Will hold your interest for 1-5 hours. It... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Rich B
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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 demonstrations every day: the calendar is on our website. Fun and educational for all ages, with hiking trails for the more adventurous sorts!
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“donner party” (25 reviews)
“wagon trains” (5 reviews)
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1 Trail Center Way, Elko, NV 89801
+1 775-738-1849
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As we traveled across Hwy 80 in Nevada on the lookout for possible fun stops to break up the drive, I was delighted to see signs advertising the California Trail Historic Interpretive Center. We stopped and discovered a fairly new facility with attractive and informative...More

1  Thank kgwyn77
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A world class museum and experience for the whole family. Will hold your interest for 1-5 hours. It has to be experienced to understand what it has to offer.

Thank Rich B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited again the California trail Historic Interpretive Center. Its a superb place to learn more about the historic trails and the difficulties enoucntered. There was also this time a special exhibit called Through Our Eyes Only. It was very nice artwork done by Native...More

Thank mini
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When we first arrived a Park Ranger gave a short presentation from a large map on the various trails the settlers took and also explained what happened to the Donner Party. There were a lot nice exhibits of what hardships the settlers faced on their...More

Thank Herbie1958-2017
Reviewed 20 June 2017 via mobile

This museum is a little gem of a stop on I-80. We spent almost 90 minutes in the exhibits and completing their free Jr Ranger Activity book. There was a wonderful costumed interpreter in the lobby and the exhibits were nicely laid out and informative....More

Thank purplegirl22
Reviewed 5 June 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed all the information here and the stories we listened to in the video rooms and audio phones. History is very important to us all and when you get the chance to go back in time through venues like this, don't miss out!!

Thank Gary C
Reviewed 28 May 2017 via mobile

We learned a lot about the early settlers who made their way west and what the conditions were like. Reinforcing what my teenager learned in history class. Worth a visit!

Thank Martha777lv
Reviewed 28 May 2017

Interesting little side trips that you can see on the long stretch of I-80. This little stop has some really educational interpretive

1  Thank demoneye
Reviewed 21 May 2017

This museum is on the old California immigrant trail and thus provides great context to think about the experience of those immigrants. The exterior has their route choices in colored brick along with interpretive monuments, nicely done. The interior is a single loop in historical...More

Thank ErvanInFremont
Reviewed 21 May 2017 via mobile

They tell the story of the wagon trains trip to settle in California. Very well done, both the indoor and outdoor exhibits told the story in a way that made it easy to put yourself in their place. We were driving through and only had...More

1  Thank 283Deb
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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.