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South Pass City has a variety of interesting and educational activities for visitors throughout the summer. When the presence of volunteer staff permits, not only can you walk through each of the 17 restored and exhibited original structures, you can enjoy an ice cold sarsaparilla and a game of billiards on a restored 1860s period table, as well as hear the ring of a hammer on steel when the blacksmith shapes hot iron. Each day, one can shop in the historic Smith-Sherlock General Store or pan for gold in the clear waters of Willow Creek. In the Interpretive Center, you can also learn about other gold producing methods that have been used around South Pass City throughout its history.

For folks with as much interest in nature as history, South Pass City is home to a three-mile Volksmarch Trail where you can enjoy viewing some of the area's wide array of wildlife. mule deer, antelope, moose and beaver are just a few of the animals that can be seen. For birders, many species call this area home at different times of the year, including mountain blue birds, finches, hawks and eagles. Anglers will enjoy blue ribbon fishing for brook, rainbow, brown and cutthroat trout in many of the area's streams and lakes.

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The Continental Divide National Scenic Trail also passes through town. Popular among serious hikers and mountain bikers, the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail runs the length of the Rocky Mountains from Canada to Mexico. Each year, numerous bikers and hikers utilizing this trail visit the site. Many use the general delivery at the General Store's post office for re-supply, and enjoy a tour through town before continuing on their journey.

South Pass City - Gold Rush Days


Contact: South Pass City, 307-332-3684


            Experience all things South Pass City during the historic site’s annual Gold Rush Days, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., July 8-9.

            Cost of the event is $5 for adults and $3 for children 12 and younger.

            Hosted by South Pass City and the Friends of South Pass City, visitors experience the rich mining history of the region through gold panning, prospecting, drilling demos and a demonstration of the awesome machines of the Carissa Mine.

            Additionally, the event features a vintage Base Ball Tournament with players in 1906 uniforms and wearing 1906 uniforms.

            Music echoes from the saloons and visitors can try their hand at games like Faro and billiards just like South Pass City’s inhabitants in the late 1800s.



Wyoming State Parks, Historic Sites & Trails
A Division of Wyoming State Parks & Cultural Resources
2301 Central Avenue, 4th Floor, Cheyenne, WY 82002



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We are open. Please view our hours to find a good time to visit!




9 a.m. - 6 p.m. 1-4 p.m. winter. Grounds sunrise to sunset.


  • Site grounds open year-round, weather permitting.
  • Exhibit buildings & visitor center closed October 1 - May 15.

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