SARATOGA

Saratoga, Wyoming -  In 1884 Fenimore C. Chatterton named the town Saratoga after an Iroquois Indian word Sarachtoue, which translates to “place of miraculous water in the rock.” Saratoga sits atop one of the most active mineral hot springs in Wyoming. Natives, and later European settlers, both believed in the healing powers of the natural mineral baths. In 1877, William Caldwell set up a bathhouse near the springs which attracted visitors from all over the country, and even from as far away as England. It was believed at the time that the mineral baths could cure all sorts of ailments and conditions. In the past, Saratoga has depended on such industries as copper mining, lumber milling, cattle ranching, sheep herding, and local supply depot. More recently Saratoga has rediscovered itself as a second home for the rich-and-famous and a must-see place for visitors.

Visit Saratoga, Wyoming

Relatively unknown compared to other tourist destinations in Wyoming, Saratoga still holds its unspoiled charm and western heritage to heart. Exemplifying this heritage are places like the historic Wolf Hotel built in 1893, by German emigrant Frederick Wolf. This glorious old brick building still stands as a centerpiece of the town and welcomes guests year-round. Other attractions include the Hobo Hot Springs. This is a natural mineral pool where visitors can swim and relax in the hot-baths 24-hours a day free of charge. Saratoga Hot Springs Resort offers visitors many anemities including a microbrewery, day spa and guided outdoor adventures, while the Saratoga museum is open during the summer affording visitors a peek into the town’s rich past.

The Saratoga National Fish Hatchery, built in 1915, lies just to the north of town. Visitors are welcome, and the tour is something both children and adults will enjoy. Seemingly out of place in the small rustic town is Shively airfield. Although there is no commercial service available here, its 8,400-foot runway is capable of handling all sorts of aircraft including private jets.

Saratoga is a sportsman’s paradise offering anglers a true blue ribbon trout fishing experience in the nearby North Platte River. There is also access to big game hunting of all kinds in the nearby mountains and plains. Local guides and outfitters are happy to show their favorite places to “bag a big one”. Saratoga is host to many events throughout the year. The Ice Fishing Derby held at Saratoga Lake draws anglers from all around. Also there are rodeos, brew festivals, chili cook-offs, outdoor concerts, art festivals, and even chariot races each year, here in Saratoga. Contact the Saratoga Platte Valley Chamber of Commerce for specific information when visiting The Good Times Valley.

Saratoga Highlights

Hobo Hot Springs SaratogaHobo Hot Pool The hot pool is located on Walnut Street. Much of the history of Saratoga revolves around the world famous mineral hot springs and thermal waters. Native Americans would come and soak in the hot springs which were considered neutral territory. Eventually a bath house was built as more and more visitors began coming to the Platte Valley. The same waters that brought the first settlers into the fertile North Platte River Valley still attract travelers and natives. Free and open to the public 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, the Saratoga Hot Pool is the ultimate for healthy relaxation with water temperatures ranging from 106 to 119 degrees.

The Historical Wolf HotelThe Historical Hotel Wolf opened its doors on New Years Eve in 1893 with a gala masquerade ball. Over its lifetime, The Wolf has served as a stop on the Stage line, a barber  shop, a guide/outfitter service, a drive through liquor store and an art gallery. It has also played home to many visiting celebrities. The Wolf Hotel is on the National Register of  Historic Places. Today the Hotel Wolf has been restored and looks much as it did in 1893.

Saratoga LakeSaratoga Lake Saratoga Lake is a favorite spot for fishing, boating, water skiing, and wind surfing. Just a mile and a half and a few minutes north of town off WYO 130/230, the lake is noted for a year-round fishing excellence. A boat dock makes loading and unloading a piece of cake. Also, the lake campground provides water and electrical hook-ups fora fee and is operated by the Town of Saratoga at 326-8335.

Shively Field Saratoga also has an airport with an 8,400 ft paved and lighted runway, with a rotating beacon, tie downs for small aircraft and parking for others. Saratoga Aviation is the fixed base operator and can supply jet A and 100 low lead aviation fuels. Car rentals are available from the FBO.

Platte Valley Community Center

Platte Valley Community Center (PVCC)
The Platte Valley's home for art shows, wedding receptions, presentations, performing art, workshops, meeting spaces, educational enrichment and cultural experiences. 210 W. Elm Ave. Saratoga, WY • (307) 326-7822 Visit Website


Kathy Glode Park in Saratoga, WyomingVeteran’s Island and Kathy Glode Park
Families gather at Veteran’s Island and Kathy Glode Park for picnics, outdoor playground equipment for the kids, skate park and river access. In the winter ice skating is available.


Saratoga Fish HatcheryThe Saratoga National Fish Hatchery is operated by the US Fish and Wildlife Service is located 4 miles northeast of Saratoga Wyoming off State Highway 130. The hatchery present dates back to 1915 and raises rainbow, brook, Snake River cutthroat, Colorado River cutthroat, and the endangered Greenback cutthroat for stocking. Adult cutthroat, brown and lake trout are kept there for breeding. Visitors are welcome to visit the display room, tank room, rearing ponds and raceways. Trout eggs produced from the broodstock are shipped to other federal and state hatcheries nationwide where they are raised for stocking. In 1995 and 1996 the hatchery underwent extensive renovations including the addition of new concrete raceways for the fish. Admission is Free. Visit Website

Saratoga Museum

The Saratoga Museum is housed in what was originally the railroad depot for the town, which was moved to the south hill across from the airport several years ago. Since then the complex has grown to include a caboose, boxcar and other exhibits as well as an extensive guide to the past of Saratoga and the Platte Valley. Archeology exhibits, regional railroad display, Bison diorama, history of the local Episcopal Church, several hands-on displays and a summer concert series all make it worth your while to stop at the museum. Local volunteers are very knowledgeable and the museum is open from Memorial Day through Labor Day from 1 to 5 pm. In the off season tours can be easily scheduled. Visit Website

Medicine Bow National ForestMedicine Bow National Forest Like those distance days, the mountain peaks of Medicine Bow National Forest are a welcoming sight. Besides the promise of relief from summer heat, these mountains offer a wide variety of recreational opportunities. Rock-climbing, rafting, boating, fishing, and trails, available for foot, motorized and stock, are some of the activities enjoyed in the Forest. A number of developed camping locations, located close to recreational activities, offer a convenient place for an overnight stay as well as longer visits.  Visit Website

The Red Sage Spa Located in downtown Saratoga, the Red Sage Spa offers Massage, Body Treatments including mud wraps and body polishes as well as traditional treatments like facials, pedicures and manicures.  307-326-8066

Blackhawk Gallery Spend some time in the Blackhawk Gallery in down town Saratoga. Bronzes, paintings, art glass, sculpture, porcelain and pewter giftware, pottery, Zuni fetishes and more. Call for special events and art shows. Hours: Mon – Sat 10 am – 5 pm & Sun 11 am – 3 pm 307-326-5063 Visit Website

saratoga spaSaratoga Hot Springs Resort  Indulge in some much-needed ‘me’ time with pampering spa treatments designed to relax the mind, body and spirit through the nurturing, health-healing touch of our skilled therapists. The Saratoga Hot Springs Resort occupies the original State Bath House, which was built in 1902. Ideally located at the back of the mineral hot spring courtyard, the Spa offers a welcoming and relaxing environment for treatments and services. Plus a fine selection of retail products including Phytomer Skincare-the latest in marine biotechnology, swimsuits, jewelry, Farm House Fresh soaks and scrubs and Naturopathica body oils. Open daily from 9am to 7pm and by appointment at 307-326-5261, ext. 208. Learn more at: http://saratogahotspringsresort.com

saratoga golf courseSaratoga Hot Springs Resort Golf Course and Pro Shop Opened for play since the 1950s, this scenic 3,580-yard, 9-hole course is well known for its cliff-top tee, three over river shots and wildlife rich setting. It offers challenge to golfers of all levels and abilities with excellently conditioned fairways and greens that straddle the North Platte River. It’s the type of course you will enjoy playing again and again.

Stop by the Pro Shop and visit with Matt Daubner, PGA Head Golf Professional. Matt offers private lessons, which is the fastest way to learn. The Pro Shop has everything you need to improve your game including accessories, rental clubs, equipment, and golf apparel. Learn more at: http://saratogahotspringsresort.com

Drinks & Dining - Saratoga

Bella's Bistro Classic Italian Restaurant. Elegant Affordable Dining. Closed Tuesday. Open 5-9 Weekdays, 5-10 Friday & Saturday 218 North 1st Street, Saratoga, WY 82331 307-326-8033

Del Rio Café by the River. Serving Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. 110 E Main St, Saratoga, WY 82331 307-326-dRio (3746)

Duke's Bar and Grill  Sports Bar and Delicious American Food. Open Lunch and Dinner 11:00 am- 10:00 pm, 7 days a week. The bar is open 11:00 am - 2:00 am 110 East Bridge Street, Saratoga, WY 82331 307-326-DUKE (3853)

The Historic Hotel Wolf Superb lunch and diner menu, fresh salad bar, mouth watering dessert menu featuring world famous cheesecake. Old West Style Saloon with a fine selection of wine, cocktails, beer. Banquet and meeting rooms available. Hotel Wolf in on the National Register of Historic Places. 101 E Bridge Street, Saratoga, WY 82331 Visit Website

JW Hugus & Co Dine by the river on the deck. 405 North Street, Saratoga, WY 82331 1st 307-326-5046

Lollypops serves breakfast, lunch and dinner along with specialty coffees, lemonade & homemade ice cream. Make sure to check out their outdoor deck seating and a great western feel. 107 E Bridge Street, Saratoga, WY 82331 307-326-5020

Platte River Pizza Co. 113 West Bridge, Saratoga, WY 82331 307- 326-8932

Silver Saddle Restaurant at the Saratoga Hot Springs Resort - Whether you’ve come off the trail or spent the day relaxing poolside, head to the Silver Saddle Restaurant to enjoy fine dining indoors or on the outdoor terrace, weather permitting. Meals at the Silver Saddle Restaurant are the creative works of Head Chef Brian and reflect fine western dining and satisfying home cooking, using local ingredients, prime cuts of meat and unique flavors.

Open 7 days a week for Brunch from 7am to 1:30pm and Dinner from 5:30pm to last seating at 8:30pm. A children’s menu and full bar service are available. See website for menus at: http://saratogahotspringsresort.com/silver-saddle-restaurant/ 601 Pic Pike Rd, Saratoga, WY 82331 307-326-5261

Snowy Mountain Pub & Brewery at the at the Saratoga Hot Springs Resort - The Snowy Mountain Brewery is one of Wyoming’s oldest breweries. It’s the kind of place you want to stay a while and enjoy an extensive menu deep with pub eats and 8 craft beers on tap, plus seasonal brews.

The Snowy Mountain Pub offers a unique dining experience as a mix of sports pub and throwback to the wild west. Saddle up to the bar on stools made from six-shooters and patinated saddles. Unwind or challenge friends to a game of pool, foosball or chess while sipping cold craft brews, amid seasonal memorabilia and big game mounts. Pub menu is available 7 days a week from 2pm to 9pm. See website for menu at: http://saratogahotspringsresort.com/snowy-mountain-brewery/ 601 Pic Pike Rd, Saratoga, WY 82331. (307) 326-5261

Shopping - Saratoga

Laura M You just can’t go to Saratoga without shopping at Laura M. This store is named after its owner, Wyoming Fashion Designer, Laura M. Laura M designers her own collection of hats, clothing, bags and jewelry. Come in and fall in love. 307-326-8187 Visit Website

Hat Creek Trading Post If your shopping in Saratoga a stop at the Hat Creek Trading Post is a must –do. Specializing in western wear, hats, tack, jewelry, Native American pottery, hand woven rugs, ranch collectibles, cowboy prints, souvenirs and more you are bound in find what you are looking for and more. 307-326-5755

Shively Hardware Hardware, snowmobile sales and more. Phone: 307-326-8880

Blackhawk Gallery Art gallery 307-326-5063

The Outhouse Gift Shop Generalitems, gifts, etc. 307-326-3884

The Flower Pot Flowers, plants, cards and gift merchandise 307- 326-5831

Lori's Sewing Nook Sewing notions, mending, etc. 307- 326-5012

Hack's Tackle Caps, t-shirts and full line of fishing merchandise 307-326-9823

River Guides - Raft Rentals

Blaine’s Scenic River Trips - Saratoga Specializes in scenic float trips for families and groups interested in wildlife viewing, natural history, Wyoming and local history and geology. Float with the most knowledgeable and experienced guides on the North Platte or Encampment River. Fly and spin fishing equipment, lunch, bottled water, soft drinks, binoculars, guide books, sunscreen and floatation devices provided. 6 Hour and evening float trips. 307-329-5030 307-326-3528

Hack’s Tackle and Outfitters - Saratoga Hack’s Tackle and Outfitters offers full and half day scenic float trips, full, half day and overnight fishing trips raft and canoe rentals and shuttle services for all North Platte River accesses. There is also an onsite fly and tackle shop. 307-326-8561 View Website

SnowyStony Creek Great Rocky Mountain Outfitters – Saratoga Stony Creek Outfitters offers Scenic Float trips down the North Platte River. Enjoy a full day or half day ride. Lunches are provided by request for an additional fee. For the truly adventurous overnight and extended float trips are available. 307-326-8750 View Website

Trophy Room Outfitters – Saratoga Enjoy the scenery of the beautiful North Platte River. Half and full day trips available. 307-326-9613

Saratoga Wyoming Gallery

  • Brew Fest
  • Museum Pavillion
  • North Platte River
  • Downtown Saratoga
  • Hobo Hot Springs
  • Shoot Out
  • Snowy Range
  • Snowy Range
  • Cathy Glode Park
  • Saratoga Museum
  • Hotel Wolf
  • Saratoga Parade 4th of July
  • Miracle Mile
  • Mirror Lake
  • Saratoga Lake
  • Saratoga Lake