Mission StatementOur mission is to enhance the California Trail Experience for our community, visiting public, and future generations.
CTHA actively promotes trail protection and preservation through outreach at local schools and engagement with state and federal agencies and private land owners.
Our members volunteer their time, energy, research and expertise in a variety of ways.
The California Trail Heritage Alliance, founded in 1995, is dedicated to the protection and preservation of the California Trail, the Hastings Cutoff and other trails in northern Nevada. We approach this in several different ways. These include trail marking, trail mapping, and site (trail) Stewardship. Education and interpretation of the trails is also an important aspect of trail protection and preservation. Through a grant from the Union Pacific Foundation, educational trunks have been placed at the California Trail Center in Elko, NV for use by classroom teachers. CTHA members also participate in periodic events at the Trail Center including presentation of educational programs. Promoting local and regional visitation to the California Trail Center is another means of providing education and information to the public about the fascinating history of the emigrant trails and the importance of protecting and preserving them.
How You Can Help!
We welcome your help in protecting and preserving our national historic trails. Here are some things can do:
- Join a trail marking trip – these trips are scheduled during the summer months. Contact us for more information.
- Join a trail mapping trip – these trips are scheduled during the summer months – contact us for more information.
- Get trained as a site steward through the NV State Historic Preservation Office program and adopt a site to monitor
- Work on trail signage and interpretation – this involves year around effort – contact us for more information.
- Develop an educational program – this can be done any time. Contact us with your ideas.
Help Us Save the TrailsBecome a member of CTHA and work on local trail-related projects. Donate to CTHA and specify that your donation be used for trail protection and preservation. CTHA is a 501(c) (3) organization. Your tax-deductible donation will help fund important trail preservation work. You may send a check payable to the California Trail Heritage Alliance to CTHA to P. O. Box 1778, Elko NV 89803 or make a secure online donation. A tax receipt letter will be provided.
News & Events
CTHA has been publishing informative, interesting and educational newsletters since 2014. The most recent editions are here for your convenience. Older editions can be obtained upon request. Newer editions are available with the purchase of a membership in the California […]
The Western Emigrant Trail Collection (WETC) is located at Great Basin College. The collection contains many books and research materials related to the Emigrant Trails and the region. The WETC is a partnership between the Oregon-California Trails Association, the California […]
The FWS is reviewing the draft MET Mapping report from the 2018 field season. Plans are in development for the 2019 field work.
The Elko “Hot Hole” is a camp site mentioned in many of the emigrant journals and diaries. CTHA, through a matching grant from Travel Nevada has completed fencing the site with an attractive fence which allows visitors to see this […]