Operating Hours & Seasons

The Golden Spike National Historical Park 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.

Winter Season: Engine House Open for Visitor Viewing

From mid-October to late April the locomotives of Golden Spike National Historical Park 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 Saturdays. Tours are available at 11:00am, 1:00pm, and 3:00pm on Saturdays. Call Visitor Center at 435-471-2209 x 429 to verify Engine House hours.

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.

Summer Season: Locomotive Demonstrations

Golden Spike National Historical Park 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.

Demonstration runs:
10:00 am - Arrival of the Jupiter
10:30 am - Arrival of the No. 119
1:00 pm - Jupiter & No. 119 Demonstration run
4:00 pm - Departure of No. 119
4:30 pm - Departure of Jupiter

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).

Last updated: March 9, 2020

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Mailing Address:

P. O. Box 897
Brigham City , UT 84302


(435) 471-2209 x429

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