Description - Golden Spike National Historic Site consists of nearly 3,000 acres immediately west of the Promontory Mountains in northern Utah. At this facility visitors can learn the significance of the transcontinental railroad on United States economic, cultural and social history. This historic site is open year round except for a few holidays during the winter.
- Promontory Point plays a very significant role in American history. The interpretive programs and exhibits at Golden Spike National Historic Site attempt to educate visitors on the significance of the Transcontinental Railroad. A visitor center within the park provides audiovisual programs, exhibits, a book store and a knowledgeable staff to enlighten visitors. Two working steam engines, which are replicas of the two that met at this site are housed and maintained within the park. A short interpretive trail leads visitors over the original railroad bed built in the Nineteenth Century.
Recreation - Recreation opportunities at Golden Spike include viewing interpretive and working exhibits on railroad construction, timekeeping, cultural archaeology and Lucin Cutoff. Walking and biking, on the parks roads and trails as well as scenic driving opportunities are available on site. A variety of ranger-led programs, reenactments and demonstrations are performed throughout the year.
Climate - Summers are generally hot and dry in northern Utah, with cold, snowy winters. Layered clothing is recommended, especially in spring and fall. Good walking shoes are necessary. Mosquitoes are common around the visitor center, so carry repellent.
Golden Spike National Historic Site is located 32 miles west of Brigham City via Highways 13 and 83. It lies on the northeastern shore of the Great Salt Lake, immediately west of the Promontory Mountains.