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Fort Bridger State Historic Site maintains and interprets historic structures and remnants from its 5 eras of occupation which include the Mountain Men, Mormons, Military, Milkbarn/ Motel and Museum. The site also interprets the many trails that came through Fort Bridger including the Oregon Trail, California Trail, Mormon Pioneer Trail, Pony Express Trail, Overland Trail, Cherokee Trail and Lincoln Highway. The fort is not far off the interstate and is a great place to stop, relax and learn our history.

Visit Jim Bridger's famous trading post on The Oregon Trail as well as the fort built by the US Army and the old hotel on the Lincoln Highway.

Fort Bridger is located in southwest Wyoming approximately three miles off I-80 (exit 34). The site includes 37 acres with 27 historic structures, 4 historic replica structures, and 6 modern structures. Some natural sights you will find at Fort Bridger include the Groshon Creek, aspen groves, and many historic pines from the military era.

 

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The entrance to the Fort Bridger State Historic Site featuring David Clark’s statue of Jim Bridger.​

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Replica of Jim Bridger’s Trading Post.​

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This building was built as an infantry barracks, used as a milk barn, and now serves as the museum.​

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The 1884 Commanding Officer’s Quarters.

Groshon-Creek

The Groshon Creek flows through the middle of the fort.​

Wyoming State Parks Celebrates National Public Lands Day with Volunteer Opportunities, Bike Events

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September 17, 2020

 

In celebration of National Public Lands Day, Bear River, Fort Bridger, and Sinks Canyon state parks and historic sites are hosting a series of events and service projects on Saturday, September 26.  It is the nation’s largest single-day volunteer event for public lands with thousands of projects taking place.  

“National Public Lands Day provides an opportunity to give back to the community through volunteer service,” said Chris Floyd, Manager of the Wyoming Office of Outdoor Recreation.  “We are pleased to have several exciting service projects lined out in the western part of the state this year." 

Bear River

Bear River State Park is partnering with the Bear River Outdoor Recreation Alliance to clear willows next to a main trail, reroute/repair a drainage ditch to prevent flooding, and trail leveling and surfacing with road base. Volunteers are asked to meet at the parking area across from the corrals at 9:30 a.m.

Additionally, Bear River State Park will host a Bike Your Park event. Riders can participate in a country-wide event while experiencing some of the Rio Oso Bike Trails. There are two options, one route is along the Bike Pump Trails (roughly two miles) and a longer version 5-8 miles. Participants should meet in the Rendezvous Area Parking Lot at 10 a.m.

Fort Bridger

 Fort Bridger State Historic Site is partnering with the Fort Bridger Historical Association and the Fort Bridger Rendezvous Association to replace the blacksmith/gift shop Trading Post roof. This project involves taking dirt off of the roof, laying down new water-free plastic, placing woven willow branches on top of the plastic and adding dirt and grass seed on top of the willow branches.  The project starts at 9 a.m. and ends when the project is completed.  Lunch will be provided for volunteers.

Fort Bridger is also hosting a Bike Your Park event, which will be a two-mile ride starting at 10 a.m. at the front entrance parking lot.

Sinks Canyon

Representatives from several agencies will be on hand including Wyoming Game and Fish, American Alpine Club and the Sinks Canyon Natural Resource Council offering different perspectives about challenges and opportunities facing recreation from 3 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at the Sawmill Campground group shelter.

Additionally, Sinks Canyon State Park staff will be on hand to discuss the nearly completed park master plan as well as recreational opportunities at the park. 

The American Alpine Club will be providing SWAG to the first 25 people who arrive and offering raffles for prizes throughout the day.

The Central Wyoming Climbers Alliance will also host a volunteer cleanup opportunity nearby at Wild Iris in the Shoshone National Forest. Volunteers are asked to meet at the Aspen Glades parking area off Limestone Road at 9 a.m. Tools will be provided. Work will take place approximately a half-mile from the trailhead. Improvements to the trail will involve working on the downslope of the trail, as well as raking spoils and naturalizing. Work is expected to last until approximately 1-2 p.m.

Finally, the Lander Cycling Club will host a trail maintenance day with work on the Lower Sinks Canyon Trails.  Volunteers should meet at Sinks Canyon Campground at 10 a.m.

In recognition of their efforts, the Sinks Canyon Natural Resource Council will host a free dinner for volunteers and participants in these projects at the Sawmill Campground group shelter at 5 p.m.

Wyoming State Parks – Big Horn District

The Wyoming State Park Bighorn District and the Bighorn Basin Outdoor Recreation Collaborative are partnering with the town of Greybull to host an outdoor recreation summit at the town park from 9 a.m to 2 p.m.  Two service projects will follow the summit on public lands in and around town. These projects include the assembly of new playground equipment at the park and the cleaning of an illegal dumping site that has been heavily abused and littered with trash.

During all events, recommended social distancing practices will be in place.

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History of Fort Bridger

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The wheel of the historical hub of trade and travel was painted by Bonnie LaFond and depicts the five eras of Fort Bridger History.

 

 

 

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COVID-19 Coronavirus
Important Information:

Historic sites are now open with social distancing in place, including a limited number of visitors in some locations. Please check the hours below and call ahead to confirm hours of operation and special guidelines. 

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Museum:

  • The Fort Bridger Museum is closed for maintenance until November 20, 2020.

Historic Buildings:

  • May to September: Open Daily 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Grounds:

  • Open year-round, sunrise to sunset

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 Fort Bridger State Historic Site
 37000 I-80BL
 Fort Bridger, WY 82933

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