History

  • 5 Ghost Towns To Explore

    Carbon County Ghost Towns

    Carbon County is famous for its abundance of outdoor recreational activities but the county also has a spooky side.

    Many of Carbon County's early inhabitants were miners. The mining community was transient, accustomed to leaving if better mineral deposits were found elsewhere. This created ghost towns which offer an excellent choice for exploration and geocaching. Here are a few of these spooky ghost towns!

  • Downtown Rawlins Mural Tour

    A Walk Through Carbon County History

    Whether you’re an art lover or history buff, the murals scattered around downtown Rawlins – all painted by local residents – should be  able to whet your appetite if you’re just in town for a day.

  • Exploring the Carbon County Museum

    Carbon County Museum

    History, legend and lore can be found in every corner of Carbon County.

    The Carbon County Museum, open year round, tells the stories of the region and its communities. It interprets the history of the region, including the vast Native American influence, the coming of the railroad, the outlaws of the Old West, and the ranchers who continue to work the area.

  • Tour the Old Pen

    The Old Pen

    Old Pen Tours are a popular Rawlins activitiy.

    During its more than 80-year history as a corrections facility, approximately 13,500 inmates called the Wyoming State Penitentiary in Rawlins “home.”

    Wyoming’s Frontier Prison, often referred to as the “Old Pen,” housed 11 women from when it opened in 1901 until 1909, at which point it became a facility primarily for men.

  • Trail Across Carbon County, Wyoming

    Carbon County Trails

    Nothing beats the authentic, peaceful trail systems that travelers experience in Carbon County, Wyoming.

    This vast 7,964 square mile county takes in the towns of Rawlins (the county seat), Sinclair, Hanna, Medicine Bow, Elk Mountain, Saratoga, Riverside, Encampment, Savery, and Baggs. Boasting two scenic byways over the Snowy Range and Battle Mountain, the North Platte and Little Snake River Valleys, Encampment River, Saratoga natural Hot Springs, numerous designated wilderness areas and the Contintental Divide trail, outdoor enthusiasts can seek many types of of adventures. Located off the beaten path, visitors will find an abundance of well known trails passing through Carbon County that are rich with cultural and historic stories of cowboys, Indians, fur trappers, emigrants and outlaws, that exist today as they did in the late 1800's.