Golden Spike National Historical Park is a fantastic location to bring school field trips! We encourage schools to schedule trips early to ensure adequate staff is available at the site. The locomotives are available for viewing year-round but only operate from May 1st through Columbus Day. Some of the programs available for school groups are listed below.
School Group Reservations
Big Fill Loop Trail – (75 min.) This is a 1 ½ mile walking trail. The trail show cases construction techniques used in the building of the railroad. The hike can be self-guided or ranger-guided.
Ranger Programs – (30 min. each, topic is dependent on staff on duty)
It's Snow Problem: Snow Removal was a major problem for the Central Pacific Railroad during construction. Learn about how the CPRR cleared the way through snow packed tracks and how snow removal equipment evolved in the 19th century.
Communications: Besides the ease in travel across the country, the completion of the transcontinental railroad brought about remarkable change in communications. Explore how a telegraph works and how the 2nd transcontinetial telegraph line was built next to the first transcontinential railroad.
This is America Charlie Brown (30 min) Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus and the whole peanut gang discovers the story behind the building of the First Transcontinental Railroad. Animated, fun-filled musical adventure for kids of all ages.
Jupiter & 119 (25 min) With little more than photographs to go by, O’Conner Engineering craftsman work to recreate the beautifully detailed Jupiter and No. 119. These two locomotives now steam down the tracks at Golden Spike NHS every May – Sept.
The Great Train Robbery (10 min) This 1903 silent film produced by Thomas Edison was one of the first feature motion pictures ever made.
Last updated: March 9, 2020