News & Updates

News & Updates

Wyoming Community Foundation Grant awarded

Huge shout out and gracious thank you to the Wyoming Community Foundation for their generous support of our mission.  The $5,000 award in 2019 to be used in 2020 went specifically toward maintaining our wagon fording experience and the newly upgraded theater lighting system.  The Center is committed to having state of the art quality exhibits for the tens of thousands of visitors who come through our door each year!

The Wyoming Community Foundation is a nonprofit organization that works with donors to support the charitable causes they care most about. In 2019 the Wyoming Community Foundation granted over $11 million to charitable causes across the state.

For information call 307-721-8300 or visit their website at

Junior Ranger Program

The Jr. Ranger program encourages youth to explore natural and historical sites with self-guided activities.  Participants complete the booklets to earn badges. 

The current online version of the 308/319 (The National Historic Trails) guides families on the route between Casper and Independence Rock with special stops at  Bessemer Bend, Willow Springs ( a Pony Express Station), Prospect Hill, and Avenue of Rocks along the way.  A driving map with mileage is included for parent drivers.

The booklet was created by an educator from the Teachers on the Public Lands program.

Its the perfect way to social distance with your family and discover history in Wyoming.

Booklets are downloadable at:

Theater Lighting Upgrade

Planning began last summer (2019) to overhaul the entire theater lighting system at the Trails Center.  The Foundation carefully invested in the future of Footsteps to the West as well as the possibility of additional and alternate productions in our state of the art theater.  The work was completed by Clearwing Integration Systems and Hypertec, Inc.  Both companies did an outstanding job, and utilizing the time while the Center was closed due to Covid 19 worked brilliantly.  Features which were removed from the production over the years due to technical difficulties and equipment failures were restored to the Footsteps production, and we welcome you to come experience it anew!  We have added a sixth projector and the lightning feature back to the original program.  Also, the colors are richer and brighter than ever.  Come check it out! 


Willard Family Remembers Ancestor

This article written by Vicki Hood won a first-place award in the Wyoming Press Association awards in January of 2014. G.O. Willard's name can be found at Register Cliff near Guernsey, WY, and his ancestors have honored him greatly by keeping him memory alive.

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New Scrim in the Mormon Handcart Cold Room Theater

The scrim in the Cold Room theater of the Mormon Handcart Gallery was vandalized and in need of repair. The Foundation ordered new material, and Carol Thorup volunteered to sew the hems and pockets to make this piece ready for installation. Installation is COMPLETE! It looks wonderful! Maintenance is an important part of keeping world class exhibits ready for our visitors! Many THANKS to Jared Fleming who maintains this facility and Lance & Carol Thorup who generously donate their time!

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Volunteer Luncheon was a HUGE success!

We celebrated the many fine folks who volunteer their time here at the Trails Center on Saturday, October 13 as the snow rolled into town. A feast from HQ BBQ and cake made with love by Jean Smart at Ridley's bakery filled our bellies, and Jason Vlcan presented a magnificent slideshow highlighting the wonderful adventures our volunteers enjoyed this past year! Come volunteer with us! We promise fun and crazy weather at the very least!

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National Historic Trails
Interperative Center

1501 N. Poplar St
Casper, WY 82601

(307) 265-8030

Hours and Fees:

Tuesday — Saturday
9:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Always FREE Admission - to the Trails Center

Our Mission:

To enhance and maintain the interactive exhibits, dioramas and award-winning orientation movie at the National Historic Trails Center.

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