Silas Walker, Deseret News
FILE - Photos from an exhibit on the first transcontinental railroad are pictured at the Capitol in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019.

SNOWVILLE, Box Elder County — Ahead of the 150th anniversary of the driving of the golden spike, the Bureau of Land Management is offering two free automobile tours along the transcontinental railroad grade backcountry byway.

The tours will take place on Saturday, April 20, and Saturday, May 4, from 8:30 a.m. to about 5 p.m., according to a news release from the bureau.

During the outing, BLM workers will lead participants, who will follow in their own vehicles, along "remote and scenic portions" of the railroad grade.

"Numerous stops along the byway provide visitors with the opportunity to view engineering features created by Chinese, Irish, and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' workers using hand tools and dynamite. The tour will also visit historic town sites and view examples of the various culverts, wooden trestles, cuts, fills, sidings, and artifacts found along the grade," the release states.

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The tours will start at the Flying J, 90 S. Stone Road, in Snowville, Box Elder County, and travel west from Kelton to Terrace before returning to Snowville.

"Vehicles must be in good working order and have at least one functional spare tire," according to the release. The BLM also urges attendees to come prepared with adequate food, water and clothing for varying weather conditions.

Each tour has a 15-car limit, with one car per party, officials said.

Pre-registration is required for the tours at

For more information, contact Ray Kelsey at