The California Trail Interpretive Center, which opened near Elko, Nevada, in June, offers the opportunity to experience what cross-country travel was like from 1841 to 1869.
The Bureau of Land Management operates the center, with staff members dressed in historical clothing and with exhibits that include an outdoor Shoshone camp and a wagon encampment. The centers offers daily educational presentations at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on topics such as historic firearms, pioneer cooking, mountain men and Great Basin Native American baskets. Admission to the center, which is located at Hunter, eight miles west of Elko, is free. For information, visit californiatrailcenter.org or call (775) 738-1849.