Get Off The Grid in Sweetwater County

Looking for a truly unplugged, raw trip full of gorgeous scenery, untouched trails and some good-old-fashioned peace and quiet? Look no farther than Sweetwater County, Wyoming.

Annaliese Wiederspahn

July 07, 20203 min read

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Looking for a truly unplugged, raw trip full of gorgeous scenery, untouched trails and some good-old-fashioned peace and quiet? Look no farther than Sweetwater County, Wyoming—where you can really get off the grid* and relax in paradise.


Although Sweetwater County’s two main towns, Rock Springs and Green River, are pretty large and perfect for family vacations, the lesser-known town of Eden Valley is the perfect escape for those looking to get off the beaten path.

Eden Valley offers a historical snapshot of life in the 1800s. Visit Eden Valley if you are looking for historical trailslake fishing at Big Sandy Reservoir or camping.

So where should you stay? A stay in a hotel, motel or inn in Rock Springs, Green River or Farson can offer cell phone and internet access in between your off-the-grid day trips. Or pitch a tent in the wilderness to truly keep you off the grid. Find the lodging option that works best for you.


Whether you prefer high-flying sandy fun on the Killpecker Sand Dunes, traditional off-road rides on some high-country trails or gorgeous scenic views on a traditional scenic byway or drive, Sweetwater County has it.

The only rules? Bring your own four-wheel-vehicle, snacks and water. And make sure you tell someone where you’re going. Out here, there is no cell service and you are truly off the beaten path.


Whether you prefer lake fishing in a remote reservoir or beautiful streams and rivers, catch the big one here. With diverse waterways including Flaming Gorge Reservoir, Jim Bridger Pond, Fontanelle Reservoir, Hams Fork, LaBarge Creek and Big Sandy Reservoir, Sweetwater County is a fisherman’s paradise. 

Depending on which waterway you choose, catch catfish, mountian whitefish, smallmouth bass, kokanee salmon, or brown, mackinaw or rainbow trout. Finish off your day cleaning your fish by the shore and cooking them over your campfire.


With 90 miles of shoreline in the Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area in Wyoming, there is plenty of area to explore. And what’s even better? Our side of the reservoir is much less developed than Utah’s, leading to one of the most quiet, serene escapes possible with this expansive reservoir.

With activities like hiking, fishing, mountain biking, off-roading and more, Flaming Gorge Country is an ideal escape. Bring your own ATV, boat or bike to explore the area. Visiting in the winter? Bring your own skis, ice fishing gear and more to enjoy winter activities while staying off the grid. 


A camping retreat is the perfect trip to give you a break from technology and day-to-day life. But you can do that almost anywhere across the country. So why choose Sweetwater County?

With more than 10 formal campgrounds with ammenities ranging from RV electrical hookups and maintained bathrooms to a patch of dirt and a fire pit, you’ll find the perfect one to suit your needs. Pitch a tent on your drive to one of the area’s National Parks to take in some of the area’s unique wildlife, rock formations, scenic vistas and more.

*Disclaimer: Sweetwater County offers true “off-the-grid experiences.” Cell service is limited or not available at all. Make sure you have extra water, food and a high-clearance, four-wheel-drive vehicle with a spare tire to traverse dirt roads in the area. Let someone know where you are headed and when you plan to return.

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Annaliese Wiederspahn

State Political Reporter