Connecting to the Past
Golden Spike National Historical Park 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.
Golden Spike National Historical Park'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.
Last updated: November 6, 2020