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Discover the Wild West: Medicine Bow and Its Surroundings

If you're looking for a Wild West adventure, Medicine Bow and its surroundings offer a wealth of attractions that will transport you back in time. From the iconic Virginian Hotel to the unique Dinosaur Fossil Cabin and the paleontological paradise of Como Bluff, there's something for everyone.

Plan a Visit to Medicine Bow, Wyoming

Located in the old railroad depot built in 1913, the Medicine Bow Museum offers visitors a glimpse into the town's history.

Como Bluff Dinosaur Sight National Register of Historic Places.

Como Bluff Dinosaur Sight National Register of Historic Places.

Como Bluffs is one of the largest and most renowned fossil beds ever discovered. Seven miles east of Medicine Bow stands the Como Bluff Museum Building, made entirely out of dinosaur bones and was featured in Ripley’s as the “Oldest Building in America” The Como Bluff dig site is currently closed to the public.

Owen Wister Cabin

Owen Wister Cabin July 22, 1885

Wister came to Medicine Bow with the owner of the ranch. As there were no rooms available, he slept on the counter of the General Store, South of the tracks, now known as the Owen Wister General Store. Wister made several trips West, and the names and events over a period of the next 15 years were kept in a series of diaries. They contained a full and realistic account of his western experiences with cattle thieves, ranchers, cowboys, saloons and their keepers, and Indians. He used these colorful events to provide the material for his western novel "The Virginian," which was published in 1902. (The setting - Medicine Bow, Wyoming) "The Virginian" was the first Western ever written. It brought world wide recognition to Medicine Bow and made famous the phrase "When you call me that, smile. The T.V. show, "The Virginian" was introduced in the 1962-63 season, and was based on Wister's book. James Drury was the Virginian, Doug McClure was Trampas, and Lee J. Cobb was the Colonel.

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The Virginian Hotel Built in 1911

The Virginian Hotel has four Antique Suites and Twenty-six antique rooms of individual western splendor - A National Historic Landmark. Time has stood still for "The Historic Virginian Hotel" - It has retained the style and air of old, continuing a world famous reputation of our welcome and hospitality. The Virginian Hotel received its prominence in a novel by Owen Wister called "The Virginian.

Things to Do & See in Medicine Bow


Constructed in November 1913. the Medicine Bow Museum is situated in the town of Medicine Bow, Wyoming, and is housed in the old railroad depot building.

Virginian Hotel

Since 1911 "The Historic Virginian Hotel" has been the gathering place in southern Wyoming. Offering accommodations in twenty-one rooms of western splendor.


Carbon County is a prime destination for hunting enthusiasts. With a diverse range of wildlife and habitats, including mule deer, elk, antelope, moose, and bighorn sheep.


Carbon County offers some of the best fishing opportunities in the region. With over 300 miles of blue-ribbon trout streams, and rivers.

Seminoe State Park

Nestled in the Seminoe Mountains, Seminoe State Park is a hidden gem in Wyoming. It’s a place where history and nature intersect, and visitors can immerse themselves in both.

Shopping and Dining in Medicine Bow, Wyoming

Carbon County offers a unique shopping and dining experience for visitors. The charming downtowns of Rawlins, Saratoga, and Encampment offer a variety of locally-owned shops and boutiques, where visitors can find one-of-a-kind gifts, souvenirs, and handmade crafts. From antique stores to western wear shops, there is something for everyone. While in Medicine Bow check out the C Spear Bar and Grill.

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Discover Seminoe State Park - Carbon County, WY

Seminoe State Park is a beautiful state park located in Carbon County, Wyoming that is perfect for boating, fishing and recreation out on the water. Anglers will want to make sure to visit Miracle Mile, a stunning stretch of the North Platte River famous for fly fishing and huge trout.

The camping and ATV trails are fantastic Explore Seminoe State Park - Carbon County, WYSeminoe State Park is surrounded by huge white sand dunes that any ATV enthusiast looking to explore the area will enjoy.

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