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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 to Celebrate National Public Lands Day on September 28


Contact:  Joe Ellis, 307-332-3684

South Pass City to Celebrate National Public Lands Day on September 28

Wyoming State Parks, the Friends of South Pass, the Wyoming Wilderness Association, the Wyoming Outdoor Council, and the National Outdoor Leadership School will celebrate National Public Lands Day, September 28, at South Pass City with the Run the Red half marathon, 45K, and 120K races, alongside all-day events and a trail stewardship project.

Originally conceived to honor the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act of 1964 and the 30th anniversary of the Wyoming Wilderness Act, the Run the Red races have become an annual celebration of Wyoming's wildest places. 

The races begin at South Pass City and interested runners can register for Run the Red at www.wildwyo.org/run-the-red.

Other events scheduled at South Pass City on September 28 include a guided Jeep Tour of the northern Red Desert with the Friends of South Pass at 9:15 a.m., and a volunteer stewardship opportunity starting at 9:30 a.m. to help maintain the trails at the historic site, sponsored by the Wyoming Outdoor Council.  Tools and gear will be provided for anyone interested in helping with trail maintenance.

At noon, Naturalist John Mioncynski will lead a nature hike on the trail from South Pass City to the recently opened English Tunnel, a gold mine dating back to 1868.

At 1 p.m., staff from the state historic site will provide a guided tour of the Flood and Hindle Trails around South Pass City as well as a guided tour of the Carissa Mine at 2:30 p.m.  Lander’s Ananda Yoga Studio will offer a Slow Flow Yoga session at 3 p.m.

A series of guest speakers will talk beginning at 4 p.m., including: Clare Gallagher, one of the top female ultra runners in the country and a Patagonia sponsored athlete; John Mionczynski, a local naturalist and ethnobotanist; and Martin Blackburn, a member of the Northern Arapaho Tribe who will speak about the cultural significance of the Red Desert.

Musical entertainment will begin at 5 p.m. with John Mioncynski on piano, followed by the Low Water String Band from 6 to 8 p.m.

For more information, please visit https://www.southpasscity.com/run-the-red.

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Important Information:

In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, all Wyoming State Park: overnight camping facilities, cabins, yurts, group sites/shelters, showerhouses, some non-essential restrooms, and playgrounds are closed until further notice.

All parks currently remain open for day-use outdoor recreation activities including: trailheads, hiking/biking trails, boat ramps, fishing access, essential restrooms, individual picnic areas/tables. Normal park fees apply; visitors are urged to use fee canisters. 

State Historic Sites are closed to the general public until further notice. 

While we encourage citizens to enjoy the great outdoors while maintaining social distances, please know the Governor has also urged citizens to stay home whenever possible. This is an ever-changing situation. 








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

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