Plan a trip to a place with plenty of room to roam and “Get Your West On” in Wyoming’s Carbon County! Explore Carbon County’s rich history full of colorful characters and infamous outlaws, warm up with a soak in our natural hot springs or hike & mountain bike in an outdoor lover’s paradise.
Popular outdoor activities include hiking, fly fishing, rafting, mountain biking and ORVing! We have hundreds of miles of trail to explore including a beautiful section of The Continental Divide Trail.
While much of the state’s tourism is contained in the national parks in the north, the southern half of the state enjoys a slower lifestyle. Driving along any of the highways connecting the small towns in Carbon County is reminiscent of the true Old West; dude ranches galore and fly fishing without competition.
Rawlins & Sinclair
Once a remote and rowdy railroad stop, Rawlins — along with nearby Sinclair — delivers a welcoming, Old West atmosphere and lots to do. No matter the season, you’ll love Seminoe State Park’s otherworldly grandeur, along with downtown Rawlins’ numerous dining and shopping options. Rawlins is a town with rich history, and the Wyoming Frontier Prison Museum is not to be missed. The museum contains hundreds of artifacts from the prison, including inmate artwork, profiles of inmate breakouts, and even a hilarious glossary of prison “terms”. Take one of Rawlins’ downtown walking tours for historic insight. During the warm seasons you can spend some time playing Rochelle Ranch Golf Course’s rolling greens.
Heading south out of Rawlins, the drive is surrounded with vast open spaces with peaks of the Snowy Range rising in the distance. We suggest rolling your windows down and belting out country songs on this drive. Consider staying at the Historic Wolf Hotel and Saloon. Yes, they call it a ‘saloon’ and not a ‘bar’—and there are two swinging doors to enter. From the hotel, you can easily visit shops and restaurants around town.
Known just as much for blue-ribbon trout fishing as for its toasty mineral hot springs, Saratoga is a nature-lover’s paradise cradled by massive peaks (thanks to its close proximity to both the Snowy and the Sierra Madre Mountain ranges!). You’ll appreciate this laid-back town for its easy access to all the things you want to do in Wyoming, like hiking, camping, hunting, Nordic skiing, snowmobiling and more.
Saratoga is a destination for many things, but namely its hot springs. Hobo Hot Springs is conveniently located downtown, open 24 hours and completely free to use!
Encampment & Riverside
Found along the foothills of the Sierra Madre Mountain Range, Encampment and Riverside offer a double dose of outdoorsy bliss for the adventure-savvy traveler. Stop for Grand Encampment Museum’s artifacts and rugged views of Medicine Bow National Forest (enjoyed best on foot along a section of the Continental Divide Trail).
Start planning your visit to Carbon County at our website: www.wyomingcarboncounty.com complete with a lodging and dining directory to help you find your perfect basecamp.
DAY 1: Rawlins – Take a guided tour of the Wyoming Frontier Prison and hundreds of artifacts, prisoner’s stories of life behind bars, attempted escapes, and their artwork. Hike along a portion of the Continental Divide Trail or explore one of four other walking trails. Experience Rawlins’ award-winning Main Street’s unique shopping and dining locales.
DAY 2: Saratoga – Discover the unspoiled charm and western heritage of this great town. Sign up for a guided fishing tour or scenic float trip on the North Platte River. Take a leisurely soak in the Hobo Hot Springs free and open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
DAY 3: Grand Encampment & Little Snake River Museums – With over 30 historic buildings between the two museums, each have unique stories of the Great Migration west. Stories and artifacts from Copper Mines, Mountain Men, Train Robbers and more. The two museums anchor the east and west side of the Battle Pass Scenic Highway crossing the Continental Divide at Battle Pass Summit.
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