Mormon Handcart Visitor Center

See different locations in Wyoming where a group of 600 pioneers, many walking with their possessions in handcarts, experienced dangerous hardships until they were rescued by the saints from Salt Lake City. These sites offer families and youth groups an opportunity to learn and experience the trecherous circumstances handcart pioneers endured. In 1865, Edward Maritin left Iowa with a group of Mormon Pioneers, bound for Salt Lake City. They were too poor to buy horses and covered wagons, so most brought their belongings in handcarts. They left late in the season, with inadequate provisions, and were trapped in a blizzard near present day Alcova, some 30 miles from Casper. Of the 600 who made the journey, 150 died of starvation and exposure before the rest were rescued by a team from Salt Lake City. Because of the great number of visitors, missionaries take care to schedule each facility and activity; please call to schedule a reservation. Open 9aM-4PM daily with extended hours in the summer. For more information, visit