California National Historic Trail

California National Historic Trail Interpretive Center

Latitude, Longitude: 40.835630, -115.767630

The California National Historic Trail Interpretive Center is overseen by the Bureau of Land Management is located in Elko, Nevada. The center's main exhibit hall guides visitors through six different geographical zones--across the Great Plains and crossing the Sierra Nevada, for instance--of the California National Historic Trail. Observe replicas of Shoshone American Indian dwellings and an outdoor wagon encampment. Pionneers were so awed by the massive, exotic western frontier, they called the experience "seeing the elephant." View sculptures of the symbolic elephant and listen to dramatic journal readings at the center. Walk the 1-mile interpretive trails nearby. Special events are hosted year-round.

Contact the center for more information at (775) 753-0200 or visit