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:  8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Closed on most federal holidays
For current information call (307) 261-7700

Admission if FREE!

Events

2022 Activities and Events

Weekend Programs:

May 21 at 11 a.m.: The Evolution of the Military Uniform
Natrona County JROTC students will model military uniforms, starting with the Civil War era through present day and giving a brief overview of the history along the way.

May 21 at 2 p.m.: The Fort Bridger and Fort Laramie Treaties of 1868
Local writer and history Tom Rea returns to the Trails Center, outlining how the treaties came to be signed, how they were both understood and misunderstood at the same time, and why they still matter today.

May 28: CLOSED

May 29 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Native American Art Demonstration
Gerald Cournoyer is an accomplished painter and member of the Oglala Sioux tribe. Drawing from his heritage, Cournoyer's paintings combine symbolic colors with features inspired by Lakota culture. Visit the Trails Center and experience a live demonstration by Cournoyer!
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Trail Treks*  –  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! 4wheel drive and high clearance vehicles are recommended.

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