The California Trail Interpretive Center is located off I-80, at Hunter Exit 292, 8 miles west of Elko, Nevada. Take Exit 292 off I- 80. Drive past the kiosk through the entrance gate. The Trail Center is 0.5 miles down the road. Open Year Round, Wednesday thru Sunday 9 am – 4:30 pm Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day
Congressional legislation established the California Trail Interpretive Center “…to facilitate the interpretation of the history of development and use of trails in settling the western portion of the United States…”
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.
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.
Many emigrants left their literal mark on a granite cliff in modern-day Elko County which came to be known as Record Bluff. Many of these marks have faded with time, but some are still visible today.