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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.

spcMill-at-Night2-1South Pass City Mills at Night

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 Event Canceled for 2020


June 1, 2020

Gold Rush Days, annually the highest attended event hosted by South Pass City State Historic Site, has cancelled the 2020 edition of the celebration in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gold-Rush-Days34The board of the Friends of South Pass and the staff of the historic site felt that site could not provide adequate physical distancing and maintain the quality of the event.

“Our visitors are accustomed to a fun family event where children run freely and experience all South Pass City has to offer,” Steve Beazley, President of the Friends of South Pass City said. “We felt we were not able to provide this kind of environment this year.  We are all saddened by the cancelation but encourage people to come back in 2021.”  

Gold Rush Days 2021 is scheduled for July 10 -11.

Despite the Gold Rush Days cancellation, South Pass City has announced that Carissa Mill Tours will resume this summer. They are scheduled to begin June 20, and will be held each Saturday and Sunday, 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. through September 7. Reservations are required. Please call 307-332-3684 or visit www.southpasscity.com for more information.

South Pass City State Historic Site is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic we are asking all visitors to practice social distancing, wear face coverings and respect other visitors.

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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 call ahead to confirm hours of operation and special guidelines.  




COVID-19 hours are 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily.

Historic Buildings and Exhibits:

  • May 15 to September 30: Open daily, 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Closed October 1 to May 14

Grounds and Trails:

Open sunrise to sunset, year-round, weather permitting.



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 South Pass City Historic Site
 125 South Pass Main St
 South Pass City, WY 82520

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