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Trails Center
Release Date: 10/25/13
Contacts: Lesley A. Elser    

Attention all Kids: Trails Center is Free!

The National Historic Trails Interpretive Center (NHTIC) provides educational and fun opportunities for families. And for youth through 15 years old, admission is free.

The Center is located at 1501 N. Poplar Street, Casper, Wyo., and is currently operating under regular hours from Tuesday – Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Trails Center offers interactive, engaging exhibits that bring Wyoming and U.S. history to life. The Center interprets Native American culture and our historic trails of migration. Other themes include the Pony Express Trail and the Transcontinental Telegraph.

Visitors have the opportunity to experience the following:

  • Take a virtual wagon ride. Feel the bumps and jolts of the wagon as you take a virtual wagon ride across the North Platte River.
  • Push a virtual hand cart. Nearly 3,000 Mormon settlers made their journey pushing and pulling hand carts. See if you have what it takes to make it across the Rocky Mountains.
  • Ride in a stage coach. Sit in the Trails Center’s virtual stage coach, and ride by wagons and a buffalo herd.
  • View “Footsteps to the West.” The 18-minute film combines light, sound, and images to re-create the lives of the pioneers as they traveled west. Many of the stories were taken from the journals and diaries of pioneers.

The Trails Center also offers a bookstore stocked with history books, gifts, toys and Wyoming-made products.

The NHTIC honors federal recreation passes, including the Senior Pass, Annual Pass, Access Pass and Golden Age Passport. The Trails Center also sells federal recreation passes.

For more information, contact the Trails Center at 307-261-7780.

The NHTIC is a part of the BLM's National Landscape Conservation System (NLCS). The areas of the NLCS are specifically designed to conserve, protect and restore the exceptional scientific, natural, cultural, ecological, historical, and recreation values of these treasured landscapes.

The NHTIC is a public-private partnership between the BLM and the National Historic Trails Center Foundation.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

Trails Center   1501 North Poplar Street      Casper, WY 82601  

Last updated: 10-28-2013