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!
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.
Wyoming is known for their extreme temperatures throughout the year. Even though you may think of Carbon County, Wyoming as primarily a summer destination there are also lots of great winter activities. Carbon County has fantastic snowmobiling trails and is considered a top destination by snowmobile enthusiasts.
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.
Here in Carbon County, the travel, tourism and hospitality industry is celebrating the power of travel as part of National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW), slated for May 6 - 12, 2018.
Held annually in May, NTTW unites states, communities and businesses across the country to champion the impact of travel and what it means to American jobs and economic growth. In Wyoming, tourism is the state’s second-largest industry and is a major economic driver as travelers spent more than $3.5 billion in the state in 2017. Carbon County is kicking off NTTW on Monday, May 7th to highlight the importance of the industry on a local level with Governor Matt Mead honoring us as a guest server at Lollypops in Saratoga from 1:30-2:15PM. Be sure to stop by, join in the fun, have a scoop or two of ice cream, and talk tourism with our Governor.
They’re woven together by ranching, coal, oil and a growing wind turbine industry. Break up your drive by stopping at some of these small-town attractions.
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