Visitors relying on GPS Units, in order to direct them to our site, need to be cautious once they turn off State Highway 83. Several different GPS systems have misdirected visitors headed to our site. Road signs are more reliable as you approach the site. More »
Wash out on West Auto Tour
In August 2014 Golden Spike National Historic Site had a large amount of rain fall in a short period of time. This rainfall caused flooding which washed out a portion of the historic grade. This damage has resulted early closure of the West Auto Tour.
Be A Junior Ranger
Golden Spike National Historic Site is happy to participate in the Junior Ranger Program. As part of this program, visitors can participate in activities that allow them to learn why the site was set aside as one of the more than 390 designated National Park units throughout the United States.
Golden Spike offers two Junior Ranger activity books for visitors to use as they explore the site. In order to complete the activity book, be sworn in as a Junior Ranger, and receive the Junior Ranger Badge visitors should plan at least 30-40 minutes. For more information contact us by phone, e-mail, or come and see our staff at the Visitor Center.
Join Our Junior Ranger Team!
The Junior Ranger Program is for kids ages 6 through 12. It's challenging and fun, and you get a great badge to show off to all your friends. Just ask the ranger at the Visitor Center front desk for a Junior Engineer Program, complete the activities, answer the questions, and bring it back to us, then you will be awarded a certificate of completion and a Junior Ranger badge. All of the information you need to answer these questions is located somewhere in the park.
The Junior Fireman Program is an all new program for kids 3 to 5 that has fun activities created for younger children to help them learn about the history of the transcontinental railroad, and the locomotives. After completion of the activities children receive a certificate of completion.
Good luck! We hope this inspires you to visit and see the real thing!
Did You Know?
They did not drive the Golden Spike. It was made of 17.6 carat gold, and would not have survived a blow from a spike maul. More...