DATES OPEN:Most grounds open year round, weather permitting; exhibit buildings open June 1—Labor Day; visitor center and museum open April 1—October 31 (weekends only in April and October, by appointment)
HOURS: 9 AM to 4:30 PM April through October, 9 AM to 5:30 PM June through August; grounds open from 8:30 AM until sunset
FACILITIES: Visitor center, museum, restrooms, picnic area, drinking water, gift shop, and trails (including the Volksmarch trail). Note: camping is prohibited.
ADMISSION: Resident day use fee $1.00, non-resident day use fee $2.00. Guided bus tours are available for $2.00 per person. There is no fee charged for persons 17 years of age & younger at Historic Sites.
HANDICAPPED ACCESSIBLE:Most facilities and trails are accessible.
LOCATION: Approximately 3 miles south of Evanston—from I-80, take Exit 34 and follow the signs.
Originally set up as a supply post for westward emigrants along the Overland and Oregon-Mormon Trails, Fort Bridger was built along the Blacks fork of the Green River in southwest Wyoming. Along with Louis Vasquez, Jim Bridger, the famous mountain man and fur trader, established the outpost in 1843. Bridger moved on to other pursuits in 1853, leaving Vasquez with the fort. Shortly thereafter, Vasquez sold Fort Bridger to area Mormons who burned the settlement during the Utah War in 1857 to prevent the U.S. army from using it. By 1858, however, the skirmish between the Mormons and the U.S. military subsided, and the army purchased and rebuilt Fort Bridger to protect laborers working on the transcontinental railroad. By 1890, with the end of the Indian Wars, Fort Bridger sat empty, and many of its buildings were sold and dismantled. However, several historic buildings remain at the fort, which have been restored. Visitors will also find a reconstructed trading post, an interpretive archaeological site, and a museum housing artifacts from the different periods of Fort Bridger’s use. Come during the summer to tour the fort with costumed interpreters who bring history to life. Other special events include an annual moonlight tour of the fort in July and the Mountain Man Rendezvous held every Labor Day weekend.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
ON THE WEB:
AT THE LIBRARY:
Fort Bridger, Wyoming: Trading Post for Indians, Mountain Men and
Westward Migrants, by Hunt Janin (McFarland and Company, 2007).
Wyoming’s Historic Forts, by Barbara Fifer with photographs by Fred
Pflughoft and David Morris. Farcountry Press, 2002.
Protect Our Heritage!
Help preserve Fort Bridger for future generations. Please do not remove artifacts or natural resources or disturb plant life. Please keep pets on leashes and do not throw objects such as Frisbees or balls. Additionally, the following items are prohibited: firearms, fireworks, alcohol, bicycles, horses, and metal detectors.
To report vandalism, call:
Fort Bridger Office