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



Open seven days a week:  8 a.m. to 5 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 is FREE!


2023 Activities & Events

Weekend Programs

September 9 starting at 8 a.m.: The Oregon Trail Road near Casper, Wyo. (Trail Trek)
Known as the Oregon Trail Road, this trek will follow County Roads 308 and 319 west of Casper with numerous trail-related stops.

September 9 & 10 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.: The Fur Trade Era and Rendezvous Living History Event 

September 23 at 1 p.m.: Marking Fort Bonneville
with local historian Kylie McCormick. 

Youth Programs 

September 16 at 11 a.m.: Homesteading Skills - Dutch-oven Cooking 
Fix dinner and dessert like a pioneer. 

October 21 at 11 a.m.: Outlaws of the West
Help catch notorious outlaws of the West with skillfully designed wanted posters. 

November 18 at 11 a.m.: Pioneer Engineering - Wagon Building 
Pioneer our own prairie schooner and improve your knowledge of wagon building. 

December 16 at 11 a.m.: Holiday Tea Party 
Celebrate the season with a holiday tea party, hosting Victorian games and treats. 

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.



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.  

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Contact Us



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

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.


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