About California Trail Interpretive Center
We'll Impress You
Where History Comes Alive
Visit the California Trail Interpretive Center located at the junction of the infamous Hastings Cutoff and the California Trail eight miles west of Elko on I-80 at Hunter Exit 292. Learn the stories of the pioneers who endured the 2000-mile trek to California; some seeking land, some gold, others seeking adventure, and some for reasons we may never know.
Experience life-size dioramas, original murals, exhibits on the native peoples, and multimedia productions. Hike, accessible trails, walk through a wagon encampment, and see a Shoshone village. Hear the words of the pioneers and learn of the successes of the Bidwell-Bartleson party and the events that lead to the Donner Party disaster. Come see the Elephant at the California Trail Interpretive Center where History Comes Alive.