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Trail Expansions at South Pass City

In 2003 when Wyoming State Parks acquired the Carissa Mine a stand out feature of the purchase was 204 acres of land that surrounded the mine and the historic site.  In 2009 the historic site added another 98 acres to the site through a patent transfer with the BLM.  All in all SPC now has nearly 400 acres along Willow Creek. 


The property is very rich in history so the historic site has built 4 miles of interpretive trails to get visitors to some of the most remote spots on the historic site.  Interpretive text, guided walks and demonstrations also add to the visitor’s experience of a beautiful part of Wyoming.


These trails have been very popular.  So the historic site has partnered with the Bureau of Land Management to extend these trails onto adjacent BLM land.  The expansion will allow for more interpretation of the history of South Pass as well as provide opportunity for back country horsemen, trail runners and day hikers. 


The BLM and SPC want to deeply involve the public in the development of these new trails.  We want your input on design, interpretation and the future of this wonderful resource.  There will be several onsite tours in the summer of 2023.  With a special walk on September 23rd in conjunction with Run the Red:  A Race for Open Space.


The following are links to the existing trails system at SPC, a copy of the February 2, 2023 press release and a map of the proposed new system.


Please join us.


If you would like to comment on the proposed trails or have any questions you can email Jared Oakleaf at or Joe Ellis at

Existing Trail Map

February 2nd, 2023 Press Release

Proposed Trail Locations

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