National Historic Trails Interpretive Center

The National Historic Trails Interpretive Center is operated by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), U.S. Department of Interior. We are a public-private partnership between the BLM, the National Historic Trails Center Foundation, and the City of Casper, Wyoming.  

The Trails Center commemorates Native American history, early explorers, and the travel corridor of the Oregon, Mormon, California, and Pony Express trails, as well as the Bridger and Bozeman trails through hands-on, interactive exhibits, multi-media programs, and virtual education opportunities.  

Virtual interpretive programming and visits to the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center are free!  

The Mission of the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center: 

The NHTIC interprets the significant role of the area’s historic trails in the history of the U.S. by providing exceptional visitor, educational, and volunteer programs.  NHTIC staff seeks to promote public understanding of both America’s western native cultures and historic westward expansion while highlighting the BLM’s role as active stewards of public lands. 

For more information about the trails as well as a link for a downloadable map, please click here

Hours

Hours

Open seven days a week:  9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Trails Center is CLOSED on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day. We are OPEN to visitors on all other federal holidays. 

For current information call (307) 261-7700

Admission if FREE!

Events

2022 Activities and Events

Holiday on the Homestead

December 10 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Wyoming Gingerbread House Competition
Enter homemade edible versions of Wyoming structures to be judged by visitors. Entries must be at the Trails Center by 4 p.m. on Dec. 9. For contest rules, visit nhtcf.org/. Sponsored by the National Historic Trials Center Foundation.

Hands-on activities

  • Rag dolls – create a handmade gift for you child
  • Origami cup and ball – test your pioneer dexterity skills by creating your own game
  • Tree cookie ornaments –  recycle trees into a lovely ornament for your home
  • Cookie decorating – frost your own tasty holiday cookie
  • Pony Express letters to Santa – write a letter and watch as the National Pony Express Association delivers it to Santa on horseback
  • Military encampment – join living historians as they portray military life on the wintery frontier
  • Seymour Antelope – Hang out with the Bureau of Land Management’s official mascot
  • Prairie sweet shop – hand-dip chocolates from the Dutch oven with our pioneer women

Live Performances

  • 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. – The Bighorn Basque Club will sing, dance, and recall stories from the home country, bringing Wyoming’s Basque culture to life.
  • All day – Award-winning fiddler Erica Flom will perform pioneer music and holiday favorites.

Holiday on the Homestead is free to the public. However, visitors are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to benefit local non-profit, the Wyoming Food for Thought Project. Needed items include peanut butter, fruit cups, cereal boxes, ramen noodles, and granola bars. As an added gift, everything in the Trails Center bookstore will be on sale for 15% off for this day only.

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Hands-On History Club* - History Club is geared for 2nd to 5th graders, but all ages are welcome. Chaperones are required to stay on-site for the duration of the program and are invited to participate in the activity. 

Trail Treks** Know Before You Go  –  All trail treks depart at 8:00 a.m. from the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center parking lot: 1501 North Poplar, Casper, WY - unless otherwise noted.

Please bring sack lunches, drinks, sunscreen, and wear appropriate clothing and apparel. Be prepared for inclement weather throughout the day. Transportation to these sites will not be provided and carpooling is encouraged! 4-wheel drive and high clearance vehicles are recommended.

Registration is required to participate! For more information and/or to register for any trail trek, please contact Jason Vlcan at 307-261-7783.
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Volunteer

Volunteers at the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center contribute close to 5,000 hours of time towards furthering the mission of the center and the BLM. We welcome volunteers and the breadth of experience they bring to the daily operations of the NHTIC.  

There is a volunteer opportunity for everyone! Contact the Center at (307) 261-7700 for more information.  

For additional volunteer opportunities with the BLM and other federal agencies, check out volunteer.gov. 

Contact Us

Phone
307-261-7700

Contact
blm_wy_trailscenter@blm.gov

Address
National Historic Trails Interpretive Center
1501 North Poplar Street
Casper, WY 82601

Directions
The Trails Center is located off Interstate 25 North of exit 189, or East of exit 190

Map showing the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center in Casper, Wyoming.
National Historic Trails Interpretive Center Visitor Location Map, Casper, Wyoming.

Education

Educational Resources

For a wealth of resources on the trails, including maps, FAQs, basic facts, teaching trunks, and more, please see our Educational Resources page.

NHTIC Photos

National Historic Trails Interpretive Center