The Joining of a Nation May 10, 1869 the Union and Central Pacific Railroads joined their rails at Promontory Summit, Utah Territory and forged the destiny of a nation. Golden Spike National Historic Site shares the stories of the people and settings that define the completion of the first Transcontinental Railroad.

long flat and kinda boring. You drive past the transcontinental rail road visitors center a few miles to find the trail head. great if you a new rider looking for a place to get some seat time where there are no people. other then that it's not the most exciting.

hiking
2 months ago

My husband and I hiked this trail on April 22. What a fun, unique trail!

According to the signage at the trail, completing the big fill loop is actually just 1.5 miles. Alltrails adds extra mileage in case you want to continue walking down the train grade.

This trail is a great source of historical information about promontory point and the construction of the transcontinental railroad. Along the 1.5 mile loop, every few hundred yards, there is a signpost with a number. You call the phone number, enter your signpost number, and listen to the pre-recorded message about the historical significance of that site. The only drawback is that this area is so remote, so we didn't always have cell reception. If our call wouldn't go through, we'd just catch up at the next sign.

We did the first half of the loop, continued down the train grade for another mile or so, then turned around and finished the second half of the audio tour. I don't think we made it to what alltrails considers to be the "end" of the trail.

We wish we had brought more water because it was a warm day and there was zero shade along the trail. We enjoyed seeing the little marmots scurrying around. We also saw some mice and a baby snake.

Obviously, train history might not be super exciting for everyone, but we had fun!

on Big Fill Trail

hiking
2 months ago

The big fill trail is an easy, informative and educational hike in Box Elder County. The county has done an excellent job in providing signage to get to the trailhead including a parking lot and a couple of picnic tables. Along the trail there are points of interest signs and you can also call a number that will give you a narrative of the hike as you go along telling you the history of the railroad in the area. We saw several yellow bellied marmots which we call rock chucks, lizards and a variety of birds.

off road driving
7 months ago

National Parks Service doesn't allow OHV on the site any longer. We just drove down the road and pulled off somewhere and were only able to drive to the Jetty. It seems everywhere on either side of the road is private land which we weren't willing to test.

Beautiful trail. Very informative. Take water.

hiking
Sunday, October 02, 2016

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.

walking
Saturday, June 21, 2014

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

off road driving
Sunday, March 24, 2013

Some of this trail is on the actual railroad roadbed.

scenic driving
Sunday, March 24, 2013

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.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
Saturday, October 15, 2016

scenic driving
Sunday, October 05, 2014