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 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Trails Center is CLOSED on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Years Day. 

For current information call (307) 261-7700. 

Admission is FREE!

Events

Spring Programs

July 13 @ 1 p.m.: The 1906-08 Journey of Ute Indians Across Wyoming 
Featuring Donovin Sprague, Miniconjou Lakota and Sheridan College faculty member

July 14 @ 1 p.m.: Libations Along the Pioneer Trails 
Featuring NHTIC Interpreter Matthew Hughey

July 20 @ 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Basket Making Workshop
With local historic re-enactor Jean Smart. Pre-registration required. 

July 21 @ 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.: Pioneer Music & Storytelling - The Legacy of Wyoming 
Featuring the renowned Buffalo Bill Boycott and Dr. Jo 

July 27 @ 12 - 5 p.m.: American Solar Car Challenge Event 
The NHTIC will be the 2024 host site and finish line, with solar cars displayed in the parking lot as they arrive. 

July 28 @ 1 p.m.: Medicine on the Pioneer Trails
Featuring local historic re-enactor Nic Skalicky

August 3 @ 1 p.m.: A Look at One Wyoming and Nebraska Monument 
Featuring local historian Kylie McCormick 

August 3 @ 2 - 5 p.m.: Drop Spinning Workshop
With Joe Rodgers. Pre-registration required. 

Youth Programs

Junior Ranger Programs: 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. 

July 13 - The Way of the Plains Indian 
Test your ancient survival skills by learning how to hunt with an atlatl and use the different parts of the bison. 

July 20 - Gold Rush! 
It's 1849 and gold's been discovered in California! Come get your hands dirty as we try our luck panning for "gold."

July 27 - Life on the Trail 
Need a friend to keep you company on the trail? Come make your own rag doll just like the pioneer children did! 

August 3 - The Ferocious Fur Trade 
Hear some stories about the tough, determined, and resourceful fur traders that helped shape our nation. Now's the chance to touch the furs of the animals they were chasing!

Storytime with Seymour Antelope: 10 a.m.

Join the BLM's mascot, Seymour Antelope, on the second Tuesday of each month for stories and snacks at the Trails Center. 

  • July 9
  • August 13
  • September 10 

Pioneer Trail Treks**

July 20: County Roads 308/309 - The Oregon Trail Road
Known as the Oregon Trail Road, this trek follows County Roads 308 & 309 west of Casper with numerous trail-related stops showcasing pioneer trail history. 

August 24: Western Nebraska to the Iron Bridge at Fort Laramie
Join us as we travel to Henry, Nebraska, where our journey begins following the pioneer trails. Stops will include pioneer related sites, including several pioneer graves. The trek concludes near the Fort Laramie area. 

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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