Visiting South Pass


South Pass lies off State 28, about 40 miles northeast of Farson, Wyoming, and 40 miles southwest of Lander. To see the pass and traces of the Oregon Trail close-up, drive State 28 to the first hill west of the Sweetwater Bridge. Turn south on Oregon Buttes Rd.; in less than 3 miles, a historical marker directs you west to the pass. Back on State 28, the BLM has installed an interpretive display 4 miles west of Sweetwater Bridge.

The Rock Springs, Wyoming, office of the BLM (280 Hwy. 191 N.; 307/352-0256) is planning summer tours of South Pass; call for a schedule. South Pass City-based Trails West (800/327-4052) leads horseback and wagon train trips through South Pass.

Just northeast of the pass, South Pass City and Atlantic City date from the mining boom of the 1860s. Both are worth visiting. Now a state historic site, South Pass City has a good museum plus restored homes and businesses. Atlantic City looks like a ghost town but isn't. The Atlantic City Mercantile (307/ 332-5143) serves lunch and dinner; you can also dine or stay overnight at the Miner's Delight B & B (332-0248). …

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