South Pass City State Historic Site

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South Pass City State Historic Site

Wyoming

(307) 332-3684

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Overview

South Pass City has a variety of interesting and educational activities for visitors throughout the summer. Depending on volunteer staff availability, visitors can walk through each of the 17 restored and exhibited original structures, enjoy an ice cold sarsaparilla and a game of billiards on a restored 1860s period table, as well as hear the ring of a hammer on steel when the blacksmith shapes hot iron. Each day, one can shop in the historic Smith-Sherlock General Store or pan for gold in the clear waters of Willow Creek. In the Interpretive Center, you can also learn about other gold producing methods that have been used around South Pass City throughout its history.

For folks with as much interest in nature as history, South Pass City is home to a three-mile Volksmarch Trail where you can enjoy viewing some of the area's wide array of wildlife. mule deer, antelope, moose and beaver are just a few of the animals that can be seen. For birders, many species call this area home at different times of the year, including mountain blue birds, finches, hawks and eagles. Anglers will enjoy blue ribbon fishing for brook, rainbow, brown and cutthroat trout in many of the area's streams and lakes.

The Continental Divide National Scenic Trail also passes through town. Popular among serious hikers and mountain bikers, the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail runs the length of the Rocky Mountains from Canada to Mexico. Each year, numerous bikers and hikers utilizing this trail visit the site. Many use the general delivery at the General Store's post office for re-supply, and enjoy a tour through town before continuing on their journey.

Map of South Pass City State Stie (WY)

Latitude, Longitude: 42.476212, -108.796277

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Activities

  • Fishing

    Brook, rainbow, brown and cutthroat trout are available in the area.

  • Historic Sites

    Visit one of the most authentically restored historic sites in the West.

  • Picnicking

    Picnicking is available.

Seasonality/Weather

Open May 15th though September 30th from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm daily.

Directions

Driving

South Pass City State Historic Site is located 2 miles off Highway 28, 35 miles south of Lander, Wyoming. South Pass City is located just 13 miles from Willie's Handcart Historic site in the heart of historic Oregon Trail Country.

Phone Numbers

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(307) 332-3684

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