Current Winter Operations - 2021
Welcome to Golden Spike National Historical Park! Since March of 2020, 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. Park operations continue on their seasonal schedule.
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 provide appropriate access on a park-by-park basis. Changes to programs, operating hours or facility closures may occur without warning if conditions warrant.
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:
During the Winter season the Visitor Center and Park Bookstore are open Thursday - Monday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM and closed on Tuesday and Wednesday. Face coverings, physical distancing and building occupancy is regulated based on public health guidance.
- Restrooms are open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily, located at the main visitor center complex. Restrooms will be closed from 5:00 p.m. to 9 a.m. 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 during normal business hours.
All park roads, historic features, auto tours, picnic areas, and trails remain accessible 7 days a week (weather permitting), including the:
- Engine House: This is a great opportunity to get a glimpse of what it takes to maintain the intricate workings of authentic Victorian era steam locomotives! After the May - October operating season, the locomotives Jupiter and 119 of Golden Spike National Historical Park are brought inside for annual maintenance. The winter maintenance season is generally from mid-October to early May.
- Access to the Engine House is generally available to the public Thursday - Monday, 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
- Please note, the Winter Engine House access schedule will be determined based on COVID-19 public health guidance and the maintenance schedule. Face coverings, physical distancing and building occupancy is regulated based on public health guidance.
- 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.
- Winter Operating Schedule begins January 01, 2021, the Vistior Center, Park Store and Engine House will be CLOSED on Tuesday and Wednesday.
- The West Auto Tour is seasonally closed from late November to late May (effective December 01, 2020).
- Theater in visitor center remains temporarily closed in response to public health guidance.
Private, non-commercial vehicle: $20
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.
When recreating, the public is encouraged to follow local area health guidance including the practice of frequent hand washing, social distancing, wearing face coverings, if appropriate, and avoid crowding in both indoor and outdoor settings. 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.
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.
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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 these uncertain times.