News & Updates

News & Updates

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! 

In case you hadn't heard...

We are "softly open!"  The Trails Center is operated by the Bureau of Land Management under the Department of the Interior, and we are currently operating under federal guidelines for phase two reopening.  We are "softly open" Tuesday through Saturday each week from 8:00 to 4:30, and ask that you call ahead to be sure if you are planning to visit.  These days and hours are subject to change at anytime! The phone number at the front desk is 307-261-7780.  Please call with any questions you may have. When you visit please remember to responsibly distance yourself from other guests and be aware that Covid-19 remains a serious concern.  

Bookstore goes ONLINE!

To search for books, maps, educational games, and other merchandise, visit the Rocky Mountain Conservancy website.

The Rocky Mountain Conservancy (formerly the Rocky Mountain Nature Association) is one of sixty-five cooperating associations nationwide that work with the national park system.

Established on July 8, 1931, it is one of the oldest cooperating organizations in the nation. Its nonprofit, corporate charter was issued on June 20, 1955.

Mission Statement and Activities

The Rocky Mountain Conservancy promotes stewardship of Rocky Mountain National Park and similar lands through education and philanthropy. Since 1931, the Rocky Mountain Conservancy has been producing educational publications, offering educational adventures, supporting research, and providing aid and philanthropic support to Rocky Mountain National Park and our other public lands partners.

To search for books, maps, educational games, and other merchandise, visit the Rocky Mountain Conservancy website.


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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CSI: Casper Seasonal Interpreters

This temporary exhibit explores the mysteries and wonders of Wyoming through the creative eyes of our seasonal interpreters. "CSI: Casper Seasonal Interpreters" will be available during normal business hours from October 3 through November 28. This exhibit’s goal is to connect participants with public lands, and in turn with America’s natural and cultural heritage.

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National Historic Trails
Interperative Center

1501 N. Poplar St
Casper, WY 82601

(307) 265-8030

Hours and Fees:

Tuesday — Saturday
8:00 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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