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California Trail Days
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california trail days
Photo Credit: California Trail Interpretive Center
California Trail Days
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California Trail Days
California Trail Days
California Trail Days
Northern Nevada
Northern NV

Get a glimpse of the pioneer experience during California Trail Days.

Between 1841 and 1869, more than 250,000 people packed their lives into covered wagons and attempted the 2,000-mile journey out west. While the tales of these brave pioneers seeking gold, land, and adventures are always on display at the California Trail Interpretive Center, history literally comes alive during the museum’s annual California Trail Days.

Fun and free for the entire family, get to Elko to see an 1850s wagon encampment come to life. Pioneer reenactments and Chautauqua-style presentations demonstrate how men and women had to hunt, cook, and survive while attempting to cross the country. Attendees can also ride in a covered wagon, play pioneer games, learn about American Indian arts, and enjoy live music performances. Tons of kids’ activities take place, too, including shooting a bow and arrow, sack races, and more.

For the complete schedule of California Trail Days events, visit the California Trail Interpretive Center’s website.

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