Wyoming's Carbon County invites you to come discover the Western frontier where history still lives and you can "Get Your West On."
Whether you’re ATVing, cycling, climbing, hiking, horseback riding, skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing or driving and enjoying the scenery, we are sure you will appreciate the serene mountains, fertile river valleys, and the exotic high desert. You’ll completely understand why everyone who has discovered Carbon County as their personal getaway agrees that it is Wyoming’s best kept secret. Carbon County wildlife includes moose, elk, black bear, mountain lions, pronghorn antelope, big horn sheep, blue grouse, bald eagles, pine martins, coyotes, foxes and more! There is so much to discover you will want to return year after year.
Carbon County’s variety of habitats provide for excellent bird-watching opportunities. Just ask Palma Jack, a volunteer instructor at the Carbon County Higher Education Center. Jack, who teaches introduction to bird watching, is an enthusiast as well.
“One of my favorite places is Saratoga Lake. It’s such a great bird sanctuary,” Jack said. At Saratoga Lake, one can spot in the marshes shorebirds like avocets, striking black-and-white stilts with red legs, sandpipers, plovers and long-billed dowitchers. Mid to late April, pelicans will roost at the lake in
huge quantities – 70 birds or more.
Throughout Carbon County, Canada geese appear on lakes and ponds in the spring, followed by migrating terns, then nesting shorebirds. Ducks congregate by the hundreds at tiny Odd Fellows Park in Saratoga.
April through June are peak bird watching months, with male bird’s plumage coming into brilliant technicolor life in order to attract a mate.
In sagebrush country, an observer may see sage, vesper and Brewer’s sparrows; sage thrashers, sage grouse and green-tailed towhees.
Chukars and pheasants sometimes show themselves in the farmland along the North Platte River.
In the Sierra Madre and Snowy Range mountains, Clark’s nutcrackers or “camp robbers” frequent campgrounds seeking handouts. Hummingbirds flutter around flowers or feeders throughout the county.
Carbon County is home to several different raptors, the scientific name for birds of prey.
Look along fence posts and on top of power poles for raptors ranging from pretty little kestrels to the large golden eagles. Ferruginous, red-tailed and Swainson’s hawks are also common.
Bald eagles and ospreys, or fish eagles, are often found perched in old cottonwoods along the county’s rivers looking for their next meal.
Two more areas for great bird watching are along Wyoming Highway 789 between Baggs and Meeker, Colorado, and along Wyoming Highway 130 between Saratoga and Encampment.
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
Archery is available at the Outdoor facility!
Outdoor Shooting Complex
P.O. Box 953
2201 E. Gun Club Road
Rawlins, WY 82301
The Indoor Shooting Facility is located within the Rawlins Family Recreation Center. Open from November 1st to April 30th, the range is composed of 8 firing lanes allowing discharge of weapons with velocity up to 2000 feet per second.
The automated target retrieval system works with individual target control units located at each firing position allowing shooters to have independent control of their lane. The system also supports a master control unit used for league and tournament play.
Open shooting is encouraged. Targets, ammunition and safety equipment are available for sale or use within the range. There are pistols and .22 rifles available for rental.
A variety of programs through the NRA are offered to the community. Classes in handgun operation for women, .22 rifle safety and shooting for youth, as well as league and tournament play for adults are regularly scheduled.
The facility is used as a training facility for several law enforcement agencies thought out the state.
1616 Harshman St.
Rawlins, WY 82301
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday – Friday 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sunday and Monday closed to shooters, Open to archery
May 19th – Cowboy Action - Great Divide Outlaws - Pistol Range
June 9th – Hunters Safety – Wyoming Game & Fish – Rifle BarnJune 9th – Hunters Safety – Wyoming Game & Fish – Rifle Barn
June 9th & 10th – ATA Trap Shoot – Red Desert Trap Club – Trap Fields
June 16th – Cowboy Action – Great Divide Outlaws– Pistol Range
June 16th & 17th – 2018 Wyoming Iron Mike – WSSA – 1000 yd range
June 30th – Tigner 5-Stand Memorial Shoot – 5-Stand Range
July 9th-13th – Jr. Rifle – Rifle BarnJuly 9th-13th – Jr. Rifle – Rifle Barn
July 21st – Hunters Safety – Wyoming Game & Fish – Rifle Barn
July 21st – Cowboy Action – Great Divide Outlaws – Pistol Range
July 21st & 22nd - 2018 WYOMING MID-RANGE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP – WSSA – 1000 yd Range
July 28th – Rawlins Steel Match – Great Divide Shooters Association – Pistol Range
July 29th – Steel Challenge – Great Divide Shooters Association – Pistol Range
August 10th – Jim Farver Memorial Trap Shoot – Trap RangeAugust 10th – Jim Farver Memorial Trap Shoot – Trap Range
August 18th & 19th – 2018 WYOMING LONG RANGE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP – WSSA – 1000 yd Range
August 25th & 26th – ATA Trap Shoot – Red Desert Trap Club – Trap Fields
August 25th – Cowboy Action – Great Divide Outlaws – Pistol Range
August 25th – Open Sight-In Day
September 22nd & 23rd – ATA Trap Shoot – Red Desert Trap Club – Trap Fields
September 22nd – Cowboy Action - Great Divide Outlaws – Pistol Range
September 22nd – Open Sight-In Day
October 27th – Cowboy Action – Great Divide Outlaws – Pistol Range
Come dig up dinosaurs just like those seen in the Disney/Pixar's The Good Dinosaur"!
Learn more about the recent partnership between the Wyoming Office of Tourism and Disney®/Pixar here. You can also check out the Wyoming Office of Tourism page: https://www.facebook.com/visitwyoming for updates on dino digs.
You can also check out the new Wyoming Office of Tourism video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACBWB9isqyk
Wyoming's beautiful landscapes serve as a backdrop for the animated feature film. Wyoming has a rich collection of fossils represented in dinosaur and natural history museums around the world and Wyoming dinosaur enthusiests and visitors can even participate in exploring Wyoming's pre-historic history by participating in dino digs at various public and private land locations.
The fossil cabins is located on US Route 30/287 around 5 miles east of Medicine Bow in Carbon County, Wyoming. The cabin was built alongside the Lincoln Highway in 1932 by Thomas Boylan using dinosaur bones he collected from nearby Como Bluff.
The cabin is supposed to contain around 5,800 dino bones and has been called the "world's Oldest Building". It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places for being unique and for being directly related to the nation’s first transcontinental highway.
The Fossil Cabin at Como Bluff is on privately held land.
Como Bluff is the place where the fossils from the Fossil Cabin came from. This ridge of the Morrison Formation is where some of the best preserved dinosaur bones have been found. Dinosaurs roamed the earch for 165 million years and may large terrestrial species inhabited current day Wyoming. Experts say it is a matter of time, place, and climate that prompted dinosaurs to live here. Como Bluff became famous for the start of the "bone rush" by fossil collectors.
Dinosaur hunting became the rave in the scientific world, and Como Bluff was at the center of such discoveries and the road to scientific fame. There were large numbers of dinosaur bones found in the Morrison Formation at Como Bluff and most were considered exceptionally preserved. Individual dinosaur bones had been found in England, western Europe, and eastern United States, but not like what was found at Como Bluff. Here complete or nearly complete skeletons were being discovered. Learn more about the facinating history of the dinosaur rush here: http://www.wsgs.wyo.gov/public-info/guide-como-bluff
You can see Como Bluff from Hwy 30 about 5 miles east of Medicine Bow, Wyoming. Como Bluff is about 10 miles long and 1 mile wide.
Four types of sauropods were found at Como Bluff. These included the plant-eating Apatosaurus (the correct name for Brontosaurus), Diplodocus, at 90 feet long, Camarasaurus, and Barosaurus. Other large herbivores that inhabited the area during the late Jurassic period included the Stegosaurus (known for its heavy armor), and Camptosaurus, Laosaurus, and Dryosaurus. Carnivores included the Allosaurus, Ceratosaurus, and Ornitholestes.
Dinosaur bones collected from the Morrison Formation of southern Wyoming can be viewed at the University of Wyoming Geological Museum in Laramie.
Exploring "Carbon County's Dino-Mite Past" : New Outdoor Dinosaur Exhibit - May 1st, 2016 - September 30, 2016 from 10 am - 6 pm at the Carbon County Museum. Carbon County's Dino-mite Past, a new, interactive, outdoor exhibit exploring Carbon County's paleontological history includes three standing excavation tables. Sized for toddlers, children, and adults, each table holds faux dinosaur fossils to simulate paleontological digs.
Interpretive signage exploring Carbon County's prehistoric past helps direct visitors in their interaction with the exhibit space and is designed to complement new dinosaur-focused touch-interactives planned for the museum gallery.
This exhibit and many other features of Carbon County Museum's grounds are open May 1 through September 30, annually. Outdoor exhibits are free and accessible to the public 7 days a week. Please utilize museum grounds and features with respect for your museum and our neighbors.
Event Information can be found here: http://carboncountymuseum.org/component/ohanah/outdoor-dinosaur-exhibit?Itemid=
check the Carbon County Museum's web site for more information and updates: http://carboncountymuseum.org/
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
The #1 championship cliff-top tee begins a golf experience you won't soon forget. The first hole and Pines Golf Shop, located just a few feet from your lodge room, begins our challenging and scenic 3269 yard nine hole course, mature and lush with wooded areas and wetland habitat. Cart Rentals Available.
Sinclair, Wyoming 82334
Golf Course Type: Semi-Private
Course Holes: 9
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