Basic Information

6200 North 22300 West
Promontory Summit, UT 84307

From Interstate 15 headed north, take exit 365 via Utah State Highway 13/83; approximately 32 miles west of Brigham City. From Interstate 15 headed south, take exit 40 via Utah State Highway 102 to highway 83; approximately 32 miles west of Tremonton. From Interstate 84 headed south, take exit 26 via Utah Sate Highway 83; approximately 22 miles form Howell.

Golden Spike National Historic Site Visitor Center

The Site closes Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day. There may be other closures of the Site due to weather or other extenuating circumstances.

Standard Hours

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Additional Information

Golden Spike National Historic Site is located in a high desert environment on the north end of the Great Salt Lake. The lake and channeling of winds through the valley, where the site is located, can cause very unique weather conditions. The temperatures can reach over 100 degrees in the summer and into single digits in the winter. Winds can cause severe cold in the winter. Visitors are recommended to check forecasts before coming to our site and come prepared for changing weather conditions.

Entrance Fees:

Golden Spike Winter Entrance Fee - $5.00

The per vehicle fee covers all occupants in a single private vehicle. The fee will allow visitors access to all resources to the public; including auto tours, walking trails, films, exhibit area, ranger guided programs, other seasonal activities. If visitors have any of the America the Beautiful Inter-agency passes, these will cover the pass holder and anyone that is in their personal vehicle. During the colder winter season the per vehicle fee is reduced and some activities may be unavailable.

Golden Spike Summer Entrance Fee - $7.00

The per vehicle fee covers all occupants in a single private vehicle. The fee will allow visitors access to all resources to the public; including auto tours, walking trails, films, exhibit area, ranger guided programs, other seasonal activities. If visitors have any of the America the Beautiful Inter-agency passes, these will cover the pass holder and anyone that is in their personal vehicle. During the warmer summer season usually all of the resources are available. Check with our staff for times

Entrance Passes:

Golden Spike National Historic Site Annual Pass - $15.00

This is an annual pass that covers entrance fees at Golden Spike National Historic Site for the pass holder and occupants within a single noncommercial vehicle OR the pass holder and three persons (16 and older) where per person fees apply. This pass is available to anyone 16 or older. The Agencies are NOT responsible for misplaced, lost or stolen cards. The pass can be signed by two pass holders.

Golden Spike National Historic Site Visitor Center

Golden Spike National Historic Site's Visitor Center is recommended as the first place to stop for any visitors coming out to our site. The visitor center contains the Western National Parks Association bookstore, an exhibit area, two theaters, and a welcoming staff that will help visitors get the most out of their visit. The visitor center is open daily from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Mountain Standard Time (excluding Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's days). We do honor Daylight Savings Time.

 
Historic Bridge
Transcontinental Railroad Bridge with train constructed in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah.

Andrew J. Russell 1869

Connecting to the Past
Golden Spike National Historic Site preserves 2,735 acres of land surrounding a 15 mile stretch of the original Transcontinental Railroad. The site is located in a remote valley on the north end of the Great Salt Lake. There is only one paved road that will bring visitors out to the site.

The site where the last spike was driven is located within a hundred yards of the Visitor Center and is commemorated by a polished wooden tie with a plaque resting inches from where the 1869 ceremony was held.

The paved road to the site is safe for travel except for occasional days during the winter season, when staff will post closure signs for the public to avoid the steeper climb that carries them up into the Promontory Summit Valley.
Visitors are encouraged to call ahead if icy conditions are prevalent in the area, before heading out to the site.

Be Prepared

Golden Spike National Historic Site's location may result in visitors having to endure high winds, insects, heat, cold, and encounters with wildlife. Our staff recommends that the public plan ahead and prepare for these possibilities.

  • Stay Safe - With limited cell coverage, read up on how to stay safe in remote areas and be aware gas and other services are not available within 27 miles.
  • Weather - The mountainous terrain, proximity to the lake, and limited opportunities for shelter can cause unique weather related inconveniences. Visitors are encouraged to check local weather forecasts before coming to the site.

Be Aware

  • Pets - Pets are welcome at Golden Spike National Historic Site. We do ask animals are kept on leash, they are not brought into the Visitor Center, and that owners take care of any waste connected with their animals.
  • All Terrain Vehicles, Shooting, & Hunting - Recreation connected with these activities is not permitted within the site. There are other options to explore opportunities connected with these activities within the surrounding area.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

P. O. Box 897
Brigham City , UT 84302

Phone:

(435) 471-2209 x29
You can reach our staff by phone at the listed number. Staff should answer the phone between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM Mountain Standard Time. We do honor Daylight Savings Time. If you do not reach someone, please leave us a message and we will get back with you.

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