The National Historic California Trail Interpretive Center began as a
private citizens' grassroots effort to establish an Interpretive Center
with the objective of developing an understanding and appreciation of
the thousands of pioneers who traveled along the California Trail from
the 1840s to 1870s.
Managed by the Bureau of Land Management, the Trail Center is
located at the junction of the historic Hastings Cutoff and the main
California Trail, at Hunter Exit 292, just west of Elko and two
miles from the Greenhorn Cutoff of the trail. The California Trail
Heritage Alliance was formed to support the Trail Center and the
historic California Trail.
The Trail Center brings the history of the Trail alive, giving visitors
a unique insight into the life of the pioneers who settled Nevada,
Oregon, and California. It features over 15,000 sq.ft. of colorful,
informative and interactive exhibits, a meeting room, a 16,000 sq.ft.
plaza and easily accessible hiking trails.
California Trail Heritage Alliance
Welcome! First, a bit of background: