Golden Spike National Historic Site

EASY 4 reviews

Golden Spike National Historic Site is a 0.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Corinne, UT that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking and is accessible from May until June.

0.2 miles 0 feet Loop

kid friendly

walking

views

Golden Spike National Historic Site is home to the steam locomotives Jupiter and No. 119. These engines are fully-functional replicas of the original locomotives that met here on May 10, 1869, for the "Wedding of the Rails" ceremony. These locomotives do not run during the winter season. On the site where the Union Pacific and Central Pacific Railroads met in 1869, Golden Spike is the scene of an annual re-enactment each May marking the anniversary of the original ceremony, which completed the nation's first transcontinental railroad. An annual Railroader's Festival is also held each August. Working replicas of the 1869 steam locomotives, Jupiter and 119, are in operation from May-October. There are also two auto tours and an easy 1.5 mile (2.4 km) trail called the Big Fill Loop Trail. The visitor center is open year-round with slide programs, films, and museum exhibits. Reenactment Ceremony Step back in time to join Leland Stanford, Thomas Durant, and others to relive one of our nation's significant events. Reenactments of the "Golden Spike" ceremony are held on Saturdays and holidays between May 1st and Labor Day at 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., at trackside in front of the locomotives, the same location where the original ceremony was held over 145 years ago on May 10, 1869.

hiking
2 months ago

From the visitor center you can drive back up the road to the Big Fill hike which takes you along the original route of the railroad to where they first had a trestle of the valley and then later filled it in. It was a nice peaceful hike (only ones on the trail) with a few signs explaining what you were seeing.

scenic driving
2 years ago

walking
2 years ago

Promontory Point, UT. The site where the East and the West railroads met.

scenic driving
3 years ago

Site of the linking of the trans-country railroad. a cermony was held to drive the last spike in that track. Re-enactments are held about once a month.