Rugged and unspoiled terrain awaits you as you step back in time along this historically rich section of Trail. South Pass City, is a historical site that offers one of the most authentic and enjoyable experiences in the west. Seventeen of the towns 23 original structures have been restored and exhibited with artifacts from these original buildings. The famous South Pass, which is a few miles south of South Pass City, is the gentle grade of the emigrant trails, rising to an elevation of only 7,526 feet. This feature provided the 19th century emigrants with a relatively “smooth” crossing of the Continental Divide.  Without South Pass, wagon travel across the continent would have been very difficult and today, one could wonder if Oregon and California would have become a part of the United States without the existence of this pass or where the 49ers might have crossed in their rush westward to California.. The CDT also intersects with four historic trails at South Pass; California, Oregon, Mormon and Pony Express. Contact: CDTC at 1-720-340-CDTC (2382) or Shoshone National Forest Washakie Ranger District 307-332-5460 and Lander Bureau of Land Management Field Office307-332-8400

Difficulty: Difficult/Strenuous

Length: 10 miles, one-way.

Directions: South Pass City: From Lander, drive 9.0 miles to the junction of WY 28 and US 287. Follow WY 28 until 19.2 and turn left (south) onto a paved road. The road drop as way from WY 28 for 3.0 miles to Atlantic City. There are two developed BLM campgrounds along this road. Follow the signs and drive another 4.5 miles along the improved road to South Pass City.

Maps: USGS 7.5 Quadrangles: South Pass City, Anderson Ridge, USFS: Bridger Teton National Forest /Pinedale Ranger District, BLM 1: 100,000: South Pass, Lander

Other Information: Bridger-Teton National Forest –