Transcontinental Railroad Backcountry Byway (BCB) East Access
The Transcontinental Railroad National Back Country Byway, also known as the Central Pacific Railroad Grade, is administered by the Bureau of Land Management for public use and enjoyment. Due to its unique history and scenic beauty, the Transcontinental Railroad Grade is a designated Area of Critical Environmental Concern and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The 90-mile Backcountry Byway begins west of lands managed by the National Park Service at the Golden Spike National Historic Site. The byway follows the old railroad grade through the remnants of railroad sidings, towns, and trestles. You should carry plenty of water, spare tires and be prepared for gravel roads in a remote setting. Today, cattle graze where thousands of Chinese immigrants labored in 1869 to open the West to industry and commerce. The Transcontinental Railroad Back Country Byway is interpreted at over 20 sites along the grade. Enjoy the past as you travel this route on your public lands.