FAIRFIELD In celebration of the 150th anniversary of Camp Floyd, park staff in partnership with the Fort Douglas Museum are conducting a historic-trail ride June 20 and 21 from Fort Bridger, Wyo., to Camp Floyd in Utah's Cedar Valley.
Participants will travel in 14-passenger vans on a portion of the path taken by Capt. James Simpson in 1858 to establish a new route from Fort Bridger to Camp Floyd.
The ride will tour Forts Bridger and Scott, remain overnight in Evanston, return through Echo Canyon and end at Camp Floyd.
The tour is limited to 27 participants and requires advance reservations and a fee of $130 per participant, based on double occupancy. Fee includes transportation, park entrance fees, motel (based on double occupancy) and two lunches. Reservations must be received by Tuesday, May 20. Author and historian John Eldredge will be the tour guide and will relay stories of the Army's experiences traveling from Fort Bridger to Camp Floyd in spring 1858.
Soldiers from Johnston's Army arrived in Salt Lake City June 21, 1858, to establish federal authority in Utah territory and serve as a "posse comitatus" for the territorial governor. The troops had spent a miserable winter at Fort Bridger before arriving in Utah and establishing Camp Floyd. The Army was recalled back East in 1861 due to the Civil War.
Camp Floyd State Park is located 22 miles southwest of Lehi on state Route 73 in the town of Fairfield. The park and museum are open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information about the park or the historic trail tour, contact the park at 801-768-8932, or contact the Fort Douglas Museum at 801-581-1251, or e-mail [email protected].