The Sublette Cutoff of the Oregon Trail passes 5 miles north of Fossil Butte National Monument. "Emigrant Springs", an aspen grove and spring where weary emigrants rested before venturing west, is accessed via 15 miles of gravel road. Graves of emigrants who died along the trail in the 1800's are accessible from the main gravel road via one mile of deeply rutted dirt road. A high clearance vehicle is recommended. Contact the Kemmerer Bureau of Land Management office at 307-828-4500 for information.
Fort Bridger State Historic Park is approximately 60 miles south of the national monument. Fort Bridger, established as an emigrant supply stop along the Oregon Trail in 1843, became a military outpost in 1858. Several restored historic buildings, a trading post and museum remain on site.
Last updated: February 5, 2015