The world changed here. On May 10, 1869 one of the greatest technological achievements of the 19th century, the completion of the first transcontinental railroad across the United States, occurred on Promontory Summit. On May 8, 9 and 10, 2021 Golden Spike National Historic Park will commemorate the 152nd anniversary of the completion of the nation’s first transcontinental railroad. The event will include: re-enactments of the original 1869 ceremony, re-creation of the historic “champagne photo,” steam locomotive demonstrations and exhibits of historic objects found along the railroad. Ticket times are Saturday May 8 at 9:30am, 12:30 pm and 3:30 pm; Sunday and Monday May 9 and 10 at 11:30am and 2:30pm.
Golden Spike National Historical Park is implementing a ticket reservation system in order to offer this event and meet CDC, state and local guidance related to Covid-19. Each vehicle, regardless of the number of occupants, will be required to have a single ticket. The park entrance fee and a reservation fee, totaling $20, will be collected with each ticket. Pass holders will pay only the reservation fee of $2. Tickets must be purchased online at Recreation.gov or using the Recreation.gov mobile app. Tickets will not be available at the park.
Visitors to the park can see the location of the driving of the Last Spike, 1869 railroad construction features, walk or drive on the original railroad grade, and get an up-close view of Victorian era replica locomotives. During the event the Last Spike Site at the Visitor Center will be open to ticket holders only. No ticket will be required to access the Big Fill Overlook, Big Fill Trail and East Auto Tour (weather permitting). Visitors can also visit the Transcontinental Railroad Grade National Backcountry Byway which is the longest contiguous stretch of original railroad grade remaining in the United States to the west of the park.
One ticket is required per vehicle, reguardless of the number of occupants.
The National Park Service and State of Utah require the use of face masks for events over 50 people. Please maintain a distance of 6 feet from other people who do not live with you.
Annual and Lifetime pass are accepted as your entrance fee. Pass holders will be required to pay the $2.00 reservation fee.
The park entrance fee will be collected with each ticket issued. Entrance to last spike site and the special event is limited to the time listed on the ticket. The park entrance fee is valid for 7 days from the date of the ticket for entrance to the other areas of the park.
This event uses a timed entry reservation system in order to host the event and meet the CDC, state and local health guidance related to COVID-19. A ticket is required for each vehicle attending the event.
Visitors must be prepared for variable weather conditions. There are limited opportunities for shelter from the weather.
There may be limited services available at the park during the event. Access to the Visitor Center may be limited to meet public health guidelines.
Please have a printed or digital copy of your reservation ticket available to be verified at the park entrance. Annual and lifetime passholders will also need to present their pass.
Primary Booking Window: Tickets will be available April 27, 2021.
Cancellation and Changes
You may cancel your reservation up until the start of your ticket time. You may also change your date and ticket time up until the start of your ticket time. There are no refunds for the $2.00 reservation fee per ticket.
Private Vehicle Entrance Rates
Vehicle Entry: $20.00 (including Reservation Fee $2.00 per ticket, nonrefundable)
Annual/Lifetime Pass Holder $0.00 (Reservation Fee $2.00 per ticket, nonrefundable)
Buy Annual/Lifetime Pass at park (Reservation Fee $2.00 per ticket, nonrefundable) Visitors may purchase their annual or lifetime pass upon arrival to the park.
Please be prepared to show your pass when arriving at the park.
6200 North 22300 West Promontory Summit UT 84307