Resting quietly between the desolate beauty of the Red Desert to the west and the majestic Sierra Madre Mountains to the east, the Little Snake River Valley is one of the most isolated places in Wyoming. There is a strong sense of history here exemplified by the many old log cabins scattered around the area. However, the people who make the valley their home will tell you that the real magic here is the easy pace of life.

Savery, Wyoming

Savery, Wyoming

The towns of Savery, Dixon, and Baggs, follow the line of Savery Creek as it crosses the valley, providing irrigation for the expanses of farmland all around. Few places offer as much for sportsmen and adventurers as the Little Snake River Valley. Hunting, fishing, and camping, the valley has it all. The wide-open country ensures an experience that is hard to find anywhere else. Are you up to the challenge?

Among the landmarks of Savery is the Little Snake River Valley Museum, which is on the National Register of Historic Buildings. It’s open from Memorial Day to late October, which gives visitors a chance to see and enjoy the rich history of the area. An important part of that history is the two-story log cabin sitting on the museum grounds. This cabin was built by, and was the long time home of, Jim Baker. Baker was an important figure in the valley, first as a mountain man and explorer, then later as one of the original settlers and local traders. Nearby Baker Peak is named for him. Baker and his wife, along with other family members, are buried in the Baker Family Cemetery a mile outside of Savery. Don’t forget to make a stop in the Savery Store while visiting. You can grab a cold drink, a quick snack, and perhaps even hear a few tall tales.

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The Little Snake River Museum

Little Snake River Museum

The Little Snake River Museum is located in south-central Wyoming near the Colorado border in Savery.  It was the Savery School for many years until 1972 when the Little Snake River Valley Schools were consolidated and all valley students were sent to Baggs. The main building houses several exhibits including the Dr. Noyes Room and the John Terrill Room. There are several more rooms brimming with various items from the Valley's past. Also on the grounds are other buildings from around the valley that reflect the history of the community. Outside is a barbecue unit and picnic tables.  The public may use these facilities. Large tours or activities should be arranged for in advance. 

Jim Baker's Cabin was located originally in the Little Snake River Valley near where Savery Creek empties into the Little Snake River.  It was built in 1873 and was originally three stories high.  The cabin stood by a spring and was located approximately midway of the distance across the Little Snake bottomland. This location allowed a commanding view of the area could be had and no sniper's bullet could be effective from the cover of the surrounding hills. 

Strobridge-Groshart-Hays House
located at the Little Snake River Museum house was built in 1882 by W. T. Morgan for Mr. Strobridge.  The house was sold to Miles and Mary Groshart in about 1890.  They raised five children here and also two grandchildren when their daughter died.  The house was bought by bill and Mildred Hays in 1945 and later sold to Tom and Rusty Cobb in the late 1960's. The Cobb family donated it to the museum grounds on December 19, 1993.  It has now been restored to the beautiful home it once was. 

The Blair Cabin was the home of John and Emma Blair.  It was built in 1882 and was located between Baggs and Dixon.  The cabin was given to the museum by descendents of the Blairs and was moved to the museum grounds in 1987.  The furnishings in the house belonged to the Blairs and were also donated by members of the family. 

The Dutch Joe Schoolhouse was moved from Dutch Joe to the museum grounds.  All eight grades were taught in its one room.  There are old school books, original desks, blackboard, water bucket and such as was used in country schools during the 20's and 30's. 

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The Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests

The Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests extend from north central Colorado to central Wyoming. The Forests encompass portions of many mountain ranges including the Gore Range, Flat Tops, Parks Range, Medicine Bow Mountains, Sierra Madre, and Laramie Range. Fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, cross country skiing and camping are all recreational opportunities available in the Medicine Bow National Forest near Dixon.

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Tourist Activities in Savery

Ladder Ranch

ladder ranch

Ladder Ranch and the Little Snake River Valley is rich in recreational opportunities. At the ranch, summer activities include fishing, hiking, biking, photography, wildlife viewing and horseback riding. Winter activities include cross country skiing and snowmobiling (bring your own equipment), wildlife viewing and ice fishing. Guests can take part in the activities on the ranch, which might include trailing cattle or sheep, taking supplies to our sheepherders in their high country camps, branding calves, docking lambs and evaluating range lands. 

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The Boyer YL Ranch

boyer yl ranch barn

The Boyer YL Ranch has been a favorite guest ranch in the Little Snake River Vallery since 1926. Located along the Savery River in Southern Wyoming, close to the Colorado border this historic site offers accommodations for up to 18 people. Individual guests, groups and families are invited to enjoy horse back riding, tennis, swimming, hiking, mountain biking, fishing, gourmet cooking and more. Great for group events including family reunions, seminars, workshops or just a group of friends.

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Peak View Outfitters

At Peak View Outfitters visitors can fish the beautiful Little Snake River and the clear mountain streams of southwestern Wyoming! Peak View Outfitters provides fully guided 1 to 5 day fishing trips for rainbow, native and brook trout with access to several miles of private streams and waters. Big game hunting is available in October. Bow Hunting is their specialty. In the winter hunt by snowmobile. Lodging may be provided if requested in advance.

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Savery Creek Outfitters

Savery Creek Outfitters provides a fully guided hunt from the time the hunter arrives until the hunter departs. We provide all game care in the field, and at the hunter’s request will transport your game to the local meat processor. Comfortable cabins and a lodge where delicious home-cooked meals are served contribute to the homestyle hospitality of your stay. Hot showers and a pool table add to the comfort of your stay.  The lodge and cabins are also available for private summer/winter get a-ways. These will be arranged around the client’s schedule and needs.

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Spotlight - Savery

Jim Baker Historical Spot Jim Baker was born in Illinois and joined the American Fur Company at the age of 20. He became acquainted with the Colorado and Wyoming territory during expeditions. Later he settled in Savery, WY and lived the rest of his life in this quite and beautiful area.  Jim Baker is buried in the Baker Cemetery just west of Savery, Wyoming.

Jim Baker began construction of his cabin fortress in 1873, this scenic valley was not only the home of Baker and his family but also contained the teepees of the Snake or Shoshone Indian tribe which adopted him.

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