Outdoor Activities

Current Park Operations - October 16, 2020

Welcome to Golden Spike National Historical Park! Since mid-March, 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.

Most park operations resumed in late May and continue on their seasonal schedule. However changes to programs, operating hours or facility closings may occur without warning if conditions warrant. 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 increase access on a park-by-park basis. 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:

OPEN:

While locomotive demonstrations have concluded at their customary time for the season, there is still plenty to experience on a crisp fall day at Golden Spike.

  • Visitor Center Bookstore and associated exhibits are open 7 days a week. Face coverings and physical distancing is encouraged. Capacity of bookstore is currently regulated based on public health guidance.
  • Restrooms are open 9 am to 5 pm daily, located at the main visitor center complex. Restrooms will be closed from 5 PM to 9 AM in accordance with CDC guidance on cleaning.
  • Junior Ranger program activities are available online or may be obtained at the ranger information desk.
  • Park Stamp is available outside during normal business hours.
  • Ranger information booth open 9:00 am to 4:30 pm daily. Otherwise, park staff are available out in the park or by phone to answer questions and provide information.
  • All park roads, historic features, auto tours, and trails remain accessible 7 days a week, including the:

    • East Auto Tour and West Auto Tour (weather permitting)

    • Big Fill Loop Trail

    • The Last Spike Site

    • Picnic areas around visitor center and park restrooms

  • Engine House: This is a great opportunity to get a glimpse of what it takes to maintain authentic Victorian era steam locomotives! From mid-October to late April the locomotives of Golden Spike National Historical Park are in the Engine House undergoing maintenance.
    • Access to the Engine House is generally available to the public Monday - Sunday, 10:00 am - 11:30 am and 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm.
    • Please note, the Winter Engine House access schedule will be determined based on COVID-19 public health guidance and the maintenance schedule.
    • It is strongly advised to call ahead on the day you intend to visit, to verify Engine House access, as it is subject to change based on visitor safety and type of maintenance being performed on any given day. 435-471-2209 x429
  • Drinking water is available in visitor center restrooms. Visitors are encouraged to be prepared and bring their own drinking water and food or snacks.

CLOSED:

  • Theater in visitor center remains temporarily closed until further notice.


ENTRANCE FEES:

Private, non-commercial vehicle: $20
Motorcycle: $15
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 at this time.

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 are dedicated to maintaining full operations and appreciate your support and patience during this time.

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 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.

Weather

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, water, bug spray, and layers of clothing is suggested if you plan on being outdoors. Promontory Summit Weather

 

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

P. O. Box 897
Brigham City , UT 84302

Phone:

(435) 471-2209 x429

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