The Golden Spike National Historic Site visitor center and Western National Parks Association Parkstore are open to the public year around - seven days a week from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The site is located within the Mountain Time Zone and honors Daylight Savings Time. The Visitor Center and Parkstore are closed briefly for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day. All outside features remain open.
Summer Season: Locomotive Demonstrations
Golden Spike National Historic Site is home to the steam locomotives Juptiter and No. 119. These are replicas of the originals that met at Promontory Summit on May 10th, 1869 for the wedding of the rails ceremony. They operate daily from May 1st through mid-October, except on boiler wash days (see schedule below). Demonstration runs start at 10:00am with the arrival of the Jupiter followed by the arrival of the No. 119 at 10:30am. Both locomotives do a demonstration run at 1:00pm and then depart for the Engine House at 4:00pm (No. 119) and 4:30pm (Jupiter).
Locomotive Boiler Wash Schedule
Return to Service
|Union Pacific - 119||Tuesday, May 29||Return to service 2:00 pm May 30|
|Central Pacific - Jupiter||Tuesday, June 5||Return to service 2:00 pm June 6|
|Union Pacific - 119||Tuesday, June 26||Return to service 2:00 pm June 27|
|Central Pacific - Jupiter||Monday July 2||Return to service 2:00 pm May July 3|
|Union Pacific - 119||Tuesday, July 31||Return to service 2:00 pm August 1|
|Central Pacific - Jupiter||Tuesday, August 7||Return to service 2:00 pm August 8|
|Union Pacific - 119||Tuesday, September 4||Return to service 2:00 pm September 4|
|Central Pacific - Jupiter||Tuesday, September 11||Return to service 2:00 pm September 12|
Summer Season: Big Fill Loop Trail Ranger Program
Golden Spike National Historic Site features a 1.5 mile trail that showcases the building techniques of the railroad and one of the largest engineering projects of the railroad. Ranger led hikes on the trail are offered on Sundays in the summer at 2:00 pm starting from the Big Fill Trail Parking Lot. There is no water, shade, or benches on the trail. Visitors should wear appropriate footwear, carry water, and plan on an hour and a half to complete the hike. Occasionally the program is offered on Friday afternoons at 2:00 pm. Call the visitor center at 435-471-2209 ext 429 to inquire about availablity.
Summer Season: Reenactment of the Driving of the Last Spike Ceremony
From Memorial Day to Labor Day a dedicated team of volunteers perform the reenactment of the Driving of the Last Spike Site ceremony. Audience members are frequently recruited to take part in this historic event! Summer reenactments are on Saturday's and Holidays and take place at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm (following 1:00 pm Locomotive Demonstration).
Winter Season: Engine House Open for Visitor Viewing
From mid-October to late April the locomotives of Golden Spike National Historic Site are in the Engine House undergoing maintenance. The Engine House is generally open to the public for self-guided tours during the weekdays and ranger led tours on weekends. Times for the tour vary depending on staffing and visitation.
Year Round: Big Fill Loop Trail
This is a mile and a half round-trip walking trail. You will be walking out on original Central Pacific grade and back on the Union Pacific grade. The trail allows you to see and even walk out on the Central Pacific's Big Fill. Walk through cuts, over fills, and see drill marks where workers blasted rock away. Keep in mind, all of this was accomplished by simple tools, sweat, and an amazing amount of endurance.
Year Round: Auto Tours
Golden Spike National Historic Site offers two opportunities to drive the transcontinental railroad grade and see just what workers were building in 1869. The East Auto Tour is two miles long and allows visitors to see cuts, fills, and culverts. The West Auto Tour is seven miles long and is home to the "10 Miles of Track, Laid in one Day" sign where the Central Pacific Railroad built 10 miles and 56 feet of track on April 28th, 1869. The West Tour is regularly closed in the winter and the East Tour may be closed during inclement weather.
*Auto Tours are not approved for RV's or vehicles pulling a trailer. The availability of the Auto Tours is subject to change without notice.