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Reenactors during Last Spike Ceremony
Reenactors during a May 10 ceremony

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Welcome to Golden Spike National Historical Park!

Golden Spike has numerous programs and activities that occur daily:

  • During the summer season, May 1st through mid-October, the visitor center is open 7 days a week, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. All outside attractions are open from dawn to dusk, year round. The Visitor Center is seasonally closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from October 18th through April 30th.

  • Restrooms are at the visitor center.
  • Timed Entry Reservations are not required.
  • Golden Spike includes two driving tours, a hiking trail, and is near other local attractions that can be found on our Things To Do Page.
  • Costumed Reencactments of the 1869 ceremony start Memorial Day Weekend (May 28th and 30th) and occur every Saturday until Labor Day Weekend (September 3rd). Recommended arrival times are before 10:00am and 1:00pm in order to view the Locomotive Ranger Program and the Reenactment. Show times are:
    • 10:45 AM Following the arrival of the No. 119
    • 1:00 PM Following the 1:00 PM Locomotive Ranger Program
  • Locomotive Ranger Programs are given throughout the summer starting May 1st and ending Mid-October. The locomotives undergo periodic maintenance during the summer, please check our Boiler Wash Schedule to see if one of the locomotives may not be available to the public.
    • 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

  • Engine House Talks are given during the winter months starting October 21st and ending April 30th. The talks are typically a short introduction to the locomotives followed by Q&A. During busy weekends or holidays the Engine House may be open from 10:30 AM to 4:00 PM with a ranger available for questions.
    • 10:30 AM Talk
    • 1:00 PM Talk
    • 3:00 PM Talk
  • The nearest gas and food services are 27 miles away in Corinne, UT, but drinking water and picnic tables are available at visitor center.

Get on Track to Explore Golden Spike

  • In Basic Information, learn some important facts about how to best spend your time in the site.
  • In Directions, learn the best route to Golden Spike from the major routes that pass through the area from Utah and Idaho.
  • Explore the park Calendar to learn about upcoming ranger programs, special events, and other
    visitor activities.
  • The site is located in a remote area of Utah. See the Safety page and Things to Know Before you Come for information on what to plan on and bring.
  • In Fees & Passes, find out what fees will apply during the time you will be visiting.
  • Recreate Responsibly: When recreating, the public is encouraged to follow local area health guidance including the practice of frequent hand washing, social distancing, avoid crowding, wearing masks, if appropriate, and avoid high-risk outdoor activities. 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. The listed areas and activities are for visitors to enjoy. However, operations continue to be modified, and services may be limited as needed for public health and safety.

Visitor Center Information


Closures & Seasonal Exceptions

Last updated: October 2, 2022

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P. O. Box 897
Brigham City , UT 84302


435 471-2209 x429

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