Golden Spike National Historic Site

Golden Spike National Historic Site

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Golden Spike National Historic Site

Utah

(435) 471-2209

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Things To Do

Overview

Completion of the world's first transcontinental railroad was celebrated here where the Central Pacific and Union Pacific Railroads met on May 10, 1869. Golden Spike was designated as a national historic site in nonfederal ownership on April 2, 1957, and authorized for federal ownership and administration by an act of Congress on July 30, 1965.

Map of Golden Spike

Latitude, Longitude: 41.601143, -112.568138

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Activities

  • Bicycling

    Bicycling available.

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    The West Auto Tour is a 14-mile loop drive. As you ride on the original Central Pacific grade, look for the Union Pacific parallel grade; pass through several cuts; view fills, a stair-step cut, rock and wood culverts, and a distant glimpse of the Great Salt Lake. Pass the spot where the Central Pacific workers laid 10 miles of track in one day. The East Auto Tour is a 2-mile loop drive. Along the way, see the Union Pacific's last cut; several trestle abutments and fills; drive through cuts made by blasting rock; and walk to the Chinese Arch, a natural limestone formation, a memorial to the thousands of Chinese who helped build the Transcontinental Railroad. Descend the steepest mile of railroad grade in Utah as you leave the tour.

  • Hiking

    Big Fill Loop Trail 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 - a large ravine filled in so the trains could maintain their 2% or less grade, and see the site of the Union Pacific's trestle. 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 quite a few cuss words.

  • Picnicking

    Picnicking is available.

Directions

Driving

Golden Spike is located 32 miles west of Brigham City via Highways 13 and 83.

Flying

The nearest airport is Salt Lake City International Airport which is two hours away.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(435) 471-2209

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