South Pass City

Lander, Wyoming

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Located 35 miles south of Lander, in the southernmost foothills of the Wind River Range, this is a historic day hike in high altitude, rolling prairie country. Leave Lander driving south on U.S. Highway 287. Wyoming 28 forks west 9 miles from town. This scenic highway takes you 25 miles to a South Pass City State Historical Site sign where you turn south and follow a well-graded gravel road for 2.5 miles to a large parking lot beside the historic city. Wyoming has made excellent efforts to preserve its heritage, and here is an area where history and hiking now merge. This is a day hike worth seeking and hiking. Its uniqueness and beauty won’t disappoint you. Be advised that this is probably some of the windiest country in the world.

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"Located 35 miles south of Lander, in the southernmost foothills of the Wind River Range, this is a historic day hike in high altitude, rolling prairie country.

Leave Lander driving south on U.S. Highway 287. Wyoming 28 forks west 9 miles from town. This scenic highway takes you 25 miles to a South Pass City State Historical Site sign where you turn south and follow a well-graded gravel road for 2.5 miles to a large parking lot beside the historic city.

Wyoming has made excellent efforts to preserve its heritage, and here is an area where history and hiking now merge. This is a day hike worth seeking and hiking. Its uniqueness and beauty won’t disappoint you. Be advised that this is probably some of the windiest country in the world."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Lander
Distance: 6
Elevation Gain: 400 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Local Contacts: South Pass City State Historical Site (307) 332-3684
Local Maps: Obtain a Volksmarch map from the supervisor of the South Pass City Historic Site. The topography is located on USGS South Pass City quad.
Driving Directions: Directions to South Pass City

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May 2018