South Pass Historic Mining Area

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South Pass Historic Mining Area

Wyoming

(307) 332-8400

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Overview

This 30-square-mile area was a focal point for the discovery of gold in 1842 and the resultant 1867 gold rush that settled this part of Wyoming. By 1868, about 1,500 people lived in the District towns of South Pass and Atlantic City, but by 1872 the boom was over and the area was all but abandoned. BLM maintains 2 campgrounds and the ghost town of Miner's Delight in the area. Other attractions in the vicinity are the South Pass City State Historic site, the Wild Iris world-class rock-climbing site, remnants of five National Historic Trails (the Continental Divide, Oregon, Mormon Pioneer, California, and Pony Express Trails), and a Volksmarch Trail. Miner's Delight ghost town is in a beautiful spot near the Continental Divide in central Wyoming, and is a silent witness to the heyday of Wyoming's gold mining era. One of the state's earliest communities--gold was discovered there in 1868--the ghost town yields important clues about the early history of Wyoming and the gold mining culture.

Map of South Pass Mining Area

Latitude, Longitude: 42.528290, -108.732376

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Activities

  • Bicycling

    Bicycling is possible throughout the area.

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    Driving between hiking, Miner's Delight ghost town, and scenic views, there is much to see along this 30-square-mile area.

  • Camping

    There are two BLM managed campsites here.

  • Fishing

    Fishing is allowed. Follow Wyoming regulations.

  • Hiking

    There are many trails to discover in the area and nearby.

  • Historic Sites

    Visit the Miner's Delight ghost town and learn about the gold rush here in Wyoming.

  • Horseback Riding

    Horseback riding is allowed along some of the trails.

  • Hunting

    Hunting is allowed. Contact park for rules and availability.

  • Off Highway Vehicles

    Off-road driving is allowed in certain areas.

  • Picnicking

    Picnic areas are found throughout the area and at the Miner's Delight ghost town.

  • Winter Sports

    The trails are beautiful to discover in the winter months.

Seasonality/Weather

Open year-round. The ghost town is open from May 15th to September 30th, yearly.

Directions

Driving

Located on the Atlantic City Road seven miles from Hwy. 28.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(307) 332-8400

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