Things To Do

Get Your West On in Carbon County, Wyoming!

Things To Do in Carbon County, Wyoming

Camping

Camping

Summertime in Carbon County, Wyoming means camping. Families get together to pop up a tent, catch some fish and grill up some steaks.

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Hot Springs

Hot Springs

Time spent soaking in hot springs can be restorative, healing or just plain fun. The quiet and picturesque resort town of Saratoga, Wyoming holds a true Carbon County gem; Hobo Hot Springs. Much of the history of Saratoga revolves around the world famous mineral hot springs

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Museums & History

Museums & History

History, legend and lore can be found in every corner of Carbon County at its delightful community museums scattered throughout the northern plains.

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Golfing

Golfing

Carbon County has a great selection of golf courses including Rochelle Ranch Golf Course in Rawlins, the Saratoga Resort & Spa Golf Course and Pro Shop in Saratoga and the Sinclair Golf Club in Sinclair, Wyoming.

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Fishing

Fishing

If you’re looking for picturesque mountain views and incredible fishing Carbon County Wyoming is your destination.

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Scenic Drives

Scenic Drives

Drive through the mountains and prairies of Carbon County, Wyoming to observe our bountiful wildlife and breath taking scenery. Wyoming is home to some of the best kept secrets in the natural world.

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Rafting & Kayaking

Rafting & Kayaking

River fun abounds in Carbon County. The Encampment river boasts some of the best technical kayaking in the state, while the North Platte River is known for its white water and scenic float trips.

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Hiking

Hiking

Some of the finest places in Carbon County can be accessed by hiking one of our hundreds of miles of hiking trails. Grab your gear and head out on one of our hiking trails for some exciting western adventure.

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Hunting

Hunting

If hunting is on your agenda southern Wyoming is unparalleled. As the least populated state in the union, Wyoming’s wide open spaces offers some of the best hunting opportunities to be found.

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Fair & Rodeos

Fair & Rodeos

The fair & rodeo season kicks off with the Woodchoppers Jamboree & Rodeo in June and culminates with the annual Carbon County Fair & Rodeo. Other favorites include Saratoga's Bullfest, the Snake River Lions Club Rodeo and more.

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Cowboy Gathering

Cowboy Gathering

The annual Grand Encampment Cowboy Gathering is a truly unique event organized by ranchers, musicians, poets and writers living in the area as a way to help preserve and promote ranching, cowboy culture and lifestyle.

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Bird Watching

Bird Watching

If bird-watching is your bag, Carbon County boasts a whole bevy of feathered residents. Carbon County’s variety of habitats provide for excellent bird-watching opportunities.

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Shooting Ranges

Shooting Ranges

Rawlins features both an indoor and outdoor shooting range. Trap, Skeet and 5 stand shotgun shooting, rifle range, indoor firing lanes, and instruction are available. Both indoor & outdoor ranges are open to the public.

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Discover Dinos

Discover Dinos

Carbon County, Wyoming has its own collection of places to vist for paleontologists and paleo-enthusiests including Como Bluff & the Fossil Cabin.

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Nordic Skiing, Dog Sledding & Snowshoeing

Nordic Skiing, Dog Sledding & Snowshoeing

Popular public cross-country skiing spots in the county include the Bottle Creek Trails west of Encampment and the Brush Creek Trails southeast of Saratoga.

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Snowmobiling

Snowmobiling

Snowmobiling is a popular winter activity in Carbon County, Wyoming. Snowmobiling is a great way to see the winter scenery. For thrill seekers there are plenty of high adrenaline adventures to be had as well.

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Sinclair, Wyoming is beautiful, peaceful and centrally located.

"The Oasis in the Desert."

Sinclair Wyoming

We are conveniently located between the mountains and desert on Interstate 80, six miles east of Rawlins, Wyoming. As for local statistics and climate, Sinclair has a population of 450 people. It is located at an elevation of 6,592 feet. The town comprises an area of approximately one square mile. It has a semi-arid and low relative humidity climate.

Sinclair is a gateway to a rich history and several recreational areas including: Historic Sinclair, Parco/Sinclair Museum, Seminoe State Park, Sinclair Golf Club and Recreational parks.


BUSINESS LOCATED IN SINCLAIR:

  • Su Casa Café
  • The Corner Bar
  • Sinclair Wyoming Refining Company
  • I-80 Travel Plaza

Sinclair Highlights:

Visitors to Sinclair will find beautiful and imposing structures, all following the same general Spanish architectural style in several buildings and residential sections. Most original town sites are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. (Wyo. place #250.)

A large unique fountain rests in the town plaza, erected in 1927 to honor Parco's founder, Frank E. Kistler. The town name was changed to Sinclair in 1943. The fountain was recently renovated and is on all summer.

The First National Bank of Parco was open from 1924 until 1933. The interior was finished in American Walnut. Parco/Sinclair Museum now occupies this site. Sinclair's Lasting Legacy project was opened in August 1990.

Relive the past of Parco/Sinclair through our memorabilia, artifacts and potpourri. The museum is open year round and is free to the public.

Sinclair, Wyoming

Each community in Carbon County, Wyoming has its own unique flavor, area attractions and community events. Explore them all!

Fishing - Hunting - Snowmobiling - Hiking - Hot Springs - Exploring! When "It's Time to Get Your West On" find it all in Carbon County! Only 6 hours from Yellowstone and 3 hours from Rocky Mountain National Park!

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

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

Rawlins, Wyoming is a vibrant community with plenty to do & see.

Rawlins has much to offer visitors. Stop by one of our historic sites such as the notorious Frontier Prison or the Carbon County Museum. Take a trek downtown for shopping, dining, drinks and more. While you are downtown consider taking the downtown mural tour. This downtown educational walking tour celebrates the history of Carbon County through murals created by local artists. You will also want to check out the local events like SummerFest & the Carbon County Fair & Rodeo.

FRONTIER PRISON Built around the turn of the century from sandstone milled in the county, the prison housed criminals until the new state prison was built in 1981. On the National Register of Historic Places, the prison hosts a variety of activities and events with tours available from June through Labor Day weekend. Visit Website

CARBON COUNTY MUSEUM The Carbon County Museum houses an extensive collection of photographs and artifacts including boots, an ashtray and everyday items crafted from the anatomy of notorious outlaw Big Nose George. Visit Website


HISTORIC DOWNTOWN RAWLINS  A nationally designated historic district, downtown Rawlins is rich in 19th century architecture. Named for General John A. Rawlins, who commanded an expedition through the area, Rawlins traces its origins to the late 1860's and the early history of the Union Pacific Railroad. A 60 – 90 minute historic walking tour provides visitors with a fascinating glimpse into Rawlins' colorful past. Walking Tour guides can be picked up at the murals or click here for to download PDF version.

RAWLINS RECREATION CENTER This modern recreation center offers a host of indoor activities including three full-size basketball courts, a walking track, racquetball, handball courts, and a full indoor shooting range.



Old Union Pacific Train Depot Located at 400 West Front Street in Rawlins. Built at the end of the 19th century, it was given as a gift to the City of Rawlins and then refurbished at the end of the 20th century. There are now meeting rooms and a kitchen designed to accommodate small to medium sized groups.


Rochelle Ranch Golf Course Golfing at Rochelle Ranch Golf Course is 18 holes of outdoor  scenery at its best. This prairie golf course has a restaurant, bar, driving range and on-site golf pro. Great views and a good chance of seeing wildlife right on the course make this an adventurous golfers dream. The course is 7,925 yard in total and borders lakes and wetlands. The rates are reasonable and the atmosphere is casual.  This course open around April 1 each year. 307-324-7121 Visit Website

Rawlins Outdoor Shooting Complex Besides Trap, Skeet and 5 stand shotgun shooting, we have a 15 shooting position 300 yard rifle range, 1,000yard black powder rifle cartridge range and we are currently constructing a 10 position pistol range. Open to the public 307-324-PLAY

Carbon County Visitors Center in Riverside  Stop in for friendly information about Carbon County. A wealth of information is available. Staff will provide you with information about fishing, hiking, camping and public land access. Open 7 days a week 8:00 am – 6:00 pm. 215 Hwy 70 307-327-5600

Indian Bathtubs The Encampment River Valley was a gathering place for Indian tribes in the 1800’s as they hunted during the summer months. The deep holes in a granite outcrop east of the river naturally gathering snow melt and rainwater. The tribes-the Ute, Arapaho and Cheyenne-are said to have used the natural formations as bathing holes. Local residents call them the Indian Bathtubs. The hike to these formations is ¾ of a mile.

Battle Highway The Battle Highway along Wyoming’s Highway 70 stretches across the Sierra Madre Mountains from Riverside to Baggs. The scenic highway is open Memorial Day through October. Historic sites along the way include Battle ghost town and the Edison Monument commemorating the place where, while fishing on Battle Lake, Thomas Edison got the idea for the first light-bulb filament. Battle Pass, on the Continental Divide, provides a sweeping view of the Sierra Madre Mountain Range. Traffic on the highway is light and wide shoulders make this an excellent bicycle route as well.

Hunting, Fishing & Camping Hunting, fishing and camping are all big activities in the Riverside region. Camping is available in the Sierra Madre Mountains to the West and the Snowy Range to the East. Hike to many alpine lakes or hunt with one of experienced outfitters.

Rafting Raft the North Platte River or the Encampment River. There are 12 + river accesses in the Encampment/Riverside area. Bring your own gear or let our knowledgeable river runners do all the work. Scenic and whitewater rafting available in the area.

Medicine 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. The area now called Medicine Bow National Forest was a favorite location of the Plains Indians long before the white man appeared. The mountain mahogany found in mountain valleys produced bows of exceptional quality. Various tribes would assemble to collect this wonderful wood and construct bows. At such times, with many people gather, ceremonies were held to make "medicine," cure diseases and call on the "Great Spirit." In other words, the various Plains Indian peoples came together to make medicine while making bows. Thus, the area became known as Medicine Bow. For more information visit website

Fishing on the North Platte River Fishing on the North Platte River is a treat for both novices and experts. Not only is the Platte one of the few rivers that flows North, but more than 65 miles have been designated as a "Blue Ribbon" trout fishery by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. With more than 2300 fish per mile and ratings among the highest for productivity, availability, and aesthetics, the North Platte is well deserving of this title. Since implementing a slot limit in 1980, the size and health of the fish has improved greatly. In fact, it has improved so much that the Game and Fish no longer stocks the North Platte, allowing the river to return to a natural state. Also contributing to this natural state is the fact that from it's origins in the mountains through Saratoga the river is not dammed. This creates a 141 mile freestone fishery, something unique not only in Wyoming, but in the U.S. as well. As the North Platte flows through our valley the diverse terrain of Wyoming is apparent, changing from alpine mountains to high-desert plains in less than 70 miles. Wildlife is abundant, including deer, antelope, big horn sheep, elk, blue herons, and more nesting pairs of bald eagles than anywhere else in Wyoming. Spin fishermen are encouraged to visit mid-June through July, while fly fishing is at its best from mid-July through the fall. In Wyoming it is important to remember that the river water running through private land is public, but the river banks and river bottom are considered private property. Although there are many public access areas along the North Platte, many people prefer to hire the services of a local outfitter.

Farmer’s Market
Call for information on the Farmer's Market (307) 327-5119

Bear Trap Café & Bar
120 Riverside Ave
Phone: 307-327-5277

Carbon County Wyoming

  • Antelope
  • Aspen Alley
  • Autumn/Winter 2013 Photo Contest 2nd Prize Winner
  • Autumn/Winter 2013 Photo Contest Honorable Mention
  • Autumn/Winter 2013 Photo Contest Winner
  • Badger