(August 22, 2021)
The National Park Service is working service-wide with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic. Based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, access to Golden Spike National Historical Park is as follows:
Open: Visitors Center and all public areas including the Last Spike Site, East and West Auto Tour and the Big Fill Hike trail.
While the listed areas are accessible for visitors to enjoy, a return to full operations will continue to be phased, and services may be limited. When recreating, please follow local area health orders via the NPS Public Health Update (U.S. National Park Service) and recreate responsibly by keeping social distance, wearing a face covering when social distance cannot be maintained, avoiding high risk activities, and staying home if you feel sick.
The CDC has offered guidance to help people recreating in parks and open spaces prevent the spread of infectious diseases. We will continue to monitor all park functions to ensure that visitors adhere to CDC guidance for mitigating risks associated with the transmission of COVID-19 and take any additional steps necessary to protect public health.
Summer Operations - 2021
Welcome to Golden Spike National Historical Park! Since March of 2020, Golden Spike has maintained access to all outdoor historic and recreation features and kept visitor center restrooms and picnic areas open throughout this critical period, to afford the public healthy options for outdoor recreation. The park is operating on its normal summer schedule.
The National Park Service (NPS) continues to work with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and is using a phased approach to provide appropriate access on a park-by-park basis. Changes to programs, operating hours or facility closures may occur without warning if conditions warrant.
Based on guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, access to Golden Spike National Historical Park is as follows:
The Visitor Center is open 7 days a week, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Face coverings, physical distancing and building occupancy is regulated based on current public health guidance. At this time, and consistent with CDC guidance regarding areas of substantial or high transmission, visitors to Golden Spike National Historical Park, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear a mask inside all park buildings.
- Restrooms are open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily, located at the main visitor center complex.
- Junior Ranger program activities are available online or may be obtained at the ranger information desk.
- Park Cancellation Stamp is available during normal business hours.
- Park Orientation Film is shown every half hour.
All park roads, historic features, auto tours, picnic areas, and trails are accessible 7 days a week, including the:
- Locomotive Ranger Programs are given throughout the summer starting May 1st and ending October 11, 2021.
- 10:00 AM Arrival of the CPRR Jupiter
- 10:30 AM Arrival of the UPRR No. 119
- 1:00 PM Demonstration run with both locomotives
- 3:50 PM Departure of the UPRR No. 119
- 4:30 PM Departure of the CPRR Jupiter
Private, non-commercial vehicle: $20
Individual (hiker, bicyclist): $10
All park visitors are required to pay an entrance fee or have a valid federal recreation pass to recreate at the park. Permits are good for seven consecutive days. Fees apply to those 16 years old and older. Entrance Fees are paid at the visitor center by CREDIT CARD ONLY.
When recreating, the public are required to follow current health guidance, including wearing face coverings, and are recommended to physical distance, frequently hand wash, and avoid crowding in both indoor and outdoor settings. The CDC has offered guidance to help people recreating in parks and open spaces prevent the spread of infectious diseases. Visitors are encouraged to follow CDC suggestions for mitigating risks associated with the transmission of COVID-19 and are responsible for taking appropriate precautions to protect their own health. Operations may be modified, and services may be limited as needed for public health and safety.
Depending on the season, the weather can be unpredictable in the Promontory mountains. Please check the forecast before you travel to the park. Packing sunscreen, plenty of water, bug spray, and layers of clothing is suggested if you plan on being outdoors.
Promontory Summit Weather
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About Conditions Update:
We make every effort to update this page in a timely manner. While most operations have resumed, changes to programs, operating hours or facility closings may occur without warning. Before traveling to the park, feel free to call ahead to check on current operations at 435-471-2209. Golden Spike employees remain committed to maintaining full operations and appreciate your support and patience during these uncertain times.