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National Travel Site Selects Centennial as Wyoming’s “Must-Visit” Community

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If you read the food, entertainment, and travel site “Thrillist”, you know they love to put together lists.

We paid close attention to their latest list entitled “The Must-Visit Small Town In Every State” and were pleased to find it included one of Wyoming’s own.

There’s a lot of must-visit small towns in Wyoming.  In fact, compared to many states, every town in Wyoming could be classified as a small town.

Regardless, the magazine chose the non-incorporated community of Centennial as their favorite pick. 

What kind of methodology did the writers use in selecting their favorite community?  None, really. All personal opinion.

We stand by their methodology — although there are many communities in Wyoming that would be the ranked No. 1, depending on who you asked.

What did they like about Centennial?

“This tiny outpost features all the best things about Wyoming — friendly bars, wide-open spaces, great music, and access to some of the most starkly beautiful outdoor recreation you’ll find anywhere,” they wrote.

They also like the party aspect:

“On a given weekend the town is liable to turn into a party, especially when the right bands are passing through, and it’s the home of the most truly great winter party you’ll ever find: The annual Poker Run (see the video above), where a few hundred well-lubricated skiers tumble down the mountain and crash-land in Centennial’s welcoming arms.”

If you plan to visit this must-visit community, get reservations. The writer obviously knows that it can only handle so many people.

“Sitting 8,000 feet up, 30 miles outside of Laramie at the foot of the Medicine Bow mountain range, Centennial consists mainly of a couple hotels and bars/music venues that play host to hikers, campers, skiers, and snowmobilers on their way into or out of the mountains.”

To read the full-list of every must-visit community in the country, check out their article.

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Visit Sweetwater County: Guide to Camping

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UNDER WYOMING’S WIDE OPEN SKIES

From OHVing and hiking to boating and fishing, stay close to the action in Sweetwater County.

Camping is one of the best ways to escape into nature and experience the area’s stunning landscapes.

Our guide to camping in and around Rock Springs and Green River will help you find the perfect campsite for your next outdoor adventure.

FIREHOLE CANYON CAMPGROUND

On the northeast shore of Flaming Gorge Reservoir, the Fire Hole Canyon Campground is located 30 miles south of Rock Springs. There are 40 paved, non-electric sites for tent and RV camping, each featuring a shaded cabana, picnic table and fire ring. Campground amenities include showers and restrooms, and drinking water. The lake offers opportunities for boating, water skiing, swimming and more. Campsites can be reserved up to six months in advance while some are available on a first come, first serve basis. The campground is open May through September.

In a Nutshell: You’ll wake up to beautiful views at this lakeside campground. The site is great for tent camping or RV camping if you don’t require electric hookups. Experience Lake Flaming Gorge with fewer crowds and don’t forget to bring your boat! Nightly rates range from $20-40.

BUCKBOARD CROSSING CAMPGROUND

The Buckboard Crossing Campground is located along the northwest shore of Flaming Gorge Reservoir next to the Buckboard Marina. The campground has 66 sites for tent and RV camping, several with electric hookups, shaded cabanas, grills and/or fire rings. Other basic amenities include showers, restrooms and drinking water. This site offers great opportunities for fishing, boating, water skiing, swimming, and more. Groceries, rentals, fuel and fishing licenses are conveniently available at the adjacent marina. Campsites can be reserved up to six months in advance while some are available on a first come, first serve basis. The campground is open May through September.

In a Nutshell: This is another campground great for watersports and closer to Rock Springs and Green River than the Lucerne Valley Campground. The adjacent marina is convenient if you need to rent a boat or purchase extra supplies. Nightly rates range from $20-28.

LUCERNE VALLEY CAMPGROUND

The farthest trek out of town is the Lucerne Valley Campground in Manila, Utah. The campground sits along the shores of Flaming Gorge Reservoir with more than 140 campsites for tent and RV camping. Cabin camping and group camping is also available here. Various loops offer differing amenities including electric hookups, showers and restrooms, shaded cabanas, picnic tables, fire rings and drinking water. Nearby recreational activities include fishing, boating, water skiing, swimming and more. The adjacent Lucerne Marina offers groceries, rentals, fuel and fishing licenses. Campsites can be reserved up to six months in advance while some are available on a first come, first serve basis. The campground is open May through September.

In a Nutshell: Stay in the heart of Lake Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area. This larger campground is more central to trails, attractions and the visitor center. If you’re looking to rent a boat, the nearby marina is the place to go. Nightly rates range from $20-140. Full season rates are also available.

ROCK SPRINGS KOA

The Rock Springs KOA is just 15 minutes outside of downtown Rock Springs. This Kampsite of America location offers RV sites, tent sites and camping cabins year-round along with numerous amenities for a comfortable camping experience. Campground amenities include a general store, electric hookups, showers and restrooms, laundry facilities, WiFi and cable. Long-term camping is also available at weekly and monthly rates. With a swimming pool, playground and dog park, visitors of all ages can enjoy a variety of activities while camping here.  

In a Nutshell: If you’re willing to spend a little extra, this private campground has added amenities and services ideal for extended stays. It’s location is central to outdoor activities while still being conveniently close to the vibrant town of Rock Springs.

THE TRAVEL CAMP

Located off of I-80 and two miles from the town of Green River, The Travel Camp is a convenient campground with 71 full hookup sites for RV and tent camping. The Travel Camp has a full set of amenities including a general store, electric hookups, showers and restrooms, laundry facilities, WiFi, cable and fire pits. Long-term camping is also available at weekly and monthly rates. Nearby, anglers can walk just five minutes for fishing the Green River.

In a Nutshell: The Travel Camp is another private campground offering additional amenities that keep camping comfortable. It’s a great choice if you’re interested in fishing or extended stays with close proximity to business and attractions in the town of Green River. Nightly rates range from $20-38.

KILLPECKER SAND DUNES OPEN PLAY AREA CAMPGROUND

Just under an hour north of Rock Springs is the Killpecker Sand Dunes Open Play Area. The area has a developed campground featuring basic amenities including a vault toilet and fire rings. From the campground there is easy access to recreational activities such as hiking, horseback riding and ATVing. The Killpecker Sand Dunes is a valuable habitat for wildlife and requires special management to protect its resources. To protect this habitat, the area is closed to motorized vehicles from May through June. No fees or reservations are required to camp here.

In a Nutshell: This campground offers a more primitive escape into nature at no cost. Camping in this unique environment offers a one-of-a-kind experience and beautiful views of the high desert landscape. If you like adventure, activities are abound at these natural sand dunes.

Visit Sweetwater County: SEEDSKADEE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE

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EXPLORE NATURE THIS SUMMER

Stretching along 36 miles of the Green River in southwest Wyoming, you’ll discover Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge.

Not only is this 27,230-acre refuge home for migrating birds and a variety of animals, it is also a historical crossing for pioneers and nomadic Native American tribes. 

For those who haven’t had the pleasure of visiting this scenic sanctuary, it is a dream landscape for outdoor enthusiasts, history buffs and photographers. 

THINGS TO DO AT SEEDSKADEE

Guests to the refuge will be pleasantly surprised by the numerous winter activities available on-site.

Seedskadee is famous for its birding and Gold Medal fishing, but did you know you can also ride horses and ATVs, hunt, camp and so much more?

You can also view exhibits, take a class, or use viewing scopes at the Visitor’s and Environmental Education Center.

WINTER WILDLIFE AT SEEDSKADEE

Each season brings new temperatures, influencing changes to the wildlife and plants and making each visit unique. 

During winter, this panoramic area is particularly breathtaking and becomes the perfect home for arctic rough-legged hawks, as well as migratory birds like rosy-finches, waterfowl and trumpeter swans. 

Many visit throughout winter just to see the big game mammals, such as elk, moose, pronghorn antelope and white-tailed deer.

If you’re vigilant, you may even see well-hidden creatures like great horned owls or river otters. Learn more about the wildlife seasons in Seedskadee

Seedskadee is open daily except for scheduled protective closings and holidays, so it’s easy to see why thousands of nature-lovers and sportsmen alike venture to the region year-round.

Planning your visit is simple and well worth the short drive from your base camp in Green River or Rock Springs

Take a virutal tour of Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge! 

Cody Stampede Organizers Prepare For Rodeo As Originally Planned

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By Wendy Corr, Cowboy State Daily

Just three weeks ago, representatives from the six major rodeos in Wyoming — including the Cody Stampede — stood together and announced plans to cancel their events due to coronavirus concerns. 

But the Cody Stampede Board, acting with the approval of the state Department of Health, is planning to hold the 101st annual rodeo as originally scheduled July 1-4.

Mike Darby is co-president of the Cody Stampede Board. He said the board decided to go ahead with the event despite the challenges presented by the COVID-19.

“We’re allowed 600 people in the stands total right now, plus the contestants,” he explains. “We are applying for a variance — we’re writing that as we speak. We capped our entries off for our timed events at 150.”

In fact, Darby said the rodeo has even added an event this year.

“We’re looking at having all our normal events, plus we’re adding breakaway roping for the women,” he said. “We’re going to have all the top talent that’s available, all the top contestants.”

Additionally, the Cody Stampede Parade Committee announced that the parades on July 2, 3 and 4, along ith entertainment in Cody City Park on July 3 and 4, will take place as originally planned, thanks to the continued easing of health restrictions by the Health Department.

Darby pointed out that because of Cody’s decision, other rodeos around the state may be following suit.

“There are some rodeos that have asked how we did this for our Cody Nite Rodeo,” he said. “I have forwarded the exception that we wrote and that was accepted by the state so that we can have people in our stands, and I haven’t heard whether (other rodeos have) been given the OK to go ahead or not.”

Darby said moving forward with the annual celebration is something the community needed after the struggles that 2020 has presented so far.

“It’s gonna be a landmark year, given everything that’s going on in COVID 2020, so to speak, and we’re doing our best to bring the best show that we can to the public,” he said.

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Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Will Happen (With Some Changes)

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The show must go on. And in Sturgis, South Dakota, that means the 80th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally will not succumb to the coronavirus and will be held on its regularly scheduled dates.

That’s not only good economic news for South Dakota but for Wyoming as well as towns in the northeast corner of the Cowboy State have their own celebrations tied to the annual rally.

Like many events that have not been canceled due to the pandemic, things will be a bit different this year in Sturgis — at least in the city limits.

The City of Sturgis, while agreeing to be part of the annual celebration, announced some changes to this year’s event.

“The City sponsored celebratory events including opening ceremonies, parades, B1 Flyover, and entertainment and live music at Harley-Davidson Rally Point have been canceled,” the city said in a news release. “Photo towers will not be installed.  These changes are designed to reduce the large crowd gatherings in the downtown core.  We look forward to offering events again in 2021.”

Randy Peterson, the owner of the original website dedicated to promoting the Sturgis Rally, said he was pleased with Monday’s city council’s vote to be a part of the rally. He said with or without the city’s OK, it would have happened anyway.

“You can’t cancel what you don’t own,” he said last week. ”You can choose to participate or choose not to participate, but the Sturgis Rally will still go on regardless of what the City of Sturgis chooses.”

“A sampling of more than 50 local businesses and campgrounds had already stated they would be open for business, but with the City’s involvement, necessary municipal services will be provided within city limits,” he said.

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Visit Sweetwater County: Wyoming’s Coolest Hidden Gems

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FROM VOLCANOES TO OUTLAWS

The beauty and wonder of Wyoming is undeniable. With the mountains, lakes, forests and prairies, it’s got a lot going for it.

But tucked among the gorgeous landscape, you can find some truly special hidden gems that are worth the trip to the Cowboy State alone.

Follow in the footsteps of Butch Cassidy and other famed outlaws, feel the wind in your hair as you off-road through a massive shifting dune field, see the sights that guided pioneers and more on an adventure to discover the hidden gems of Wyoming’s Sweetwater County.

FLAMING GORGE NATIONAL RECREATION AREA

Straddling the state line between Wyoming and Utah is the utterly enchanting Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area. Snuggled in between rugged cliffs and mountains lays the massive Flaming Gorge Reservoir, a winding body of water with 65.7 square miles of water for boating and fishing, and 360 miles of shoreline for hiking and swimming. Trails crisscross the cliffs and forests around the lake, and campsites line the water’s edge. You can rent a boat, check out the visitor center near the dam or go for a scenic drive… just make sure to do some exploring so you can really get a sense for the many diverse views the area offers.

COWBOY DONUTS

As you make your way into Wyoming, you’ll probably have a hankerin’ for a snack for the road. Pull over at Cowboy Donuts for a fritter, a kolache (a kind of delicious meat and cheese stuffed roll) or a plain ol’ glazed donut. It’s the town’s only fresh donut shop, and it attracts a crowd of friendly locals each morning who love to linger over a pastry and a cup of coffee. The shop, which was featured on Food Network’s competition show “Donut Showdown,” makes over 55 varieties of fresh donuts each day. The sweet scent of donuts will be stuck in your memory for the rest of the trip!

BITTER CREEK BREWING

Another local gem in Rock Springs is Bitter Creek Brewing. They craft beers inspired by the local culture, and they’re pretty much all worth trying, especially the light Sweetwater Wheat, the wild Mustang Pale Ale, the roasty and dark Coal Porter and the complex but warm Red Desert Ale. They also serve up some tasty elevated pub grub like sesame-fried calamari, gorgonzola steak salads and a whole bunch of burgers topped with mouthwatering gourmet goodies.

THE SNAG BAR & GRILL

While you’re exploring Flaming Gorge, you can take a moment to sit back and relax at The Snag Bar & Grill on the Utah side of the reservoir. Located at the Cedar Springs Marina, the little hangout spot is right on the water. In fact, it’s the area’s only floating restaurant. The kitschy, fun atmosphere, killer views and full bar make The Snag a great place to spend a lazy afternoon in the sun. You can reach the bar via boat or car, but if you happen to be getting here from the water, the marina is a great place to gas up and get supplies as well.

KILLPECKER SAND DUNES

Wyoming is probably the last place you’d expect to stumble upon a stretch of sand dunes, but Sweetwater County is home to the Killpecker Sand Dunes, the world’s second-largest moving dune field. If you’ve got a four-wheel-drive, high clearance vehicle, you will definitely want to take it for a spin on the sand. If you’re not into off-roading, a Wilderness Study Area that is home to rare creatures like desert elk surrounds the dunes. There’s also a wildlife viewing area right by the dunes, so you can just enjoy the fascinating scenery here as well.

BOAR’S TUSK

It’s not hard to spot Boar’s Tusk, as it’s the only rock formation rising from the Killpecker Creek Plains. It can be seen for miles in each direction! It’s actually the rocky remains of a volcano that existed more than 2.5 million years ago. You can hike around the lone butte and admire it from every angle. Keep your eyes peeled for desert elk, wild horses, antelope and sage grouse as you ramble down the dirt path that leads to the rock formation. Keep in mind that it’s best visited in a high-clearance vehicle with four-wheel drive.

FARSON MERCANTILE

The best way to end an adventure? With an ice cream cone, of course. Farson Mercantile in Farson is a little cafe with pizza, coffee, sandwiches and the famous Big Cone. It’s roughly the size of four normal scoops, so if you’re worried about getting a brain freeze or a sugar rush you might want to split one. Then again, once you get a taste for their yummy flavors (including an outstanding seasonal huckleberry offering) you might not want to!

As you explore the canyons, mountains and plains across Wyoming, head off the beaten path to discover the local gems and hidden treasures that are tucked away in this little corner of the state. Where else in the country can you sip a beer on a stunning lake surrounded by red rocks, see the remains of an ancient volcano and experience the biggest and most delicious brain freeze of your life, all on one trip?

Click here to take a virutal tour of the Farson Mercantile! 

Gordon: Wyoming Tourism On The Rebound

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

Gov. Mark Gordon is encouraged to see a rebound in Wyoming’s tourism industry, he said during a news conference Tuesday.

RVs and motor coaches have been hitting the Wyoming interstates and cities and counties are reporting that their sales tax revenues are stronger than expected, he said, adding that visitation levels are running from 72% to 75% of what they were in 2019.

Gordon noted during the conference that Yellowstone National Park’s Wyoming gates opened two weeks before most other national parks across the country. He pointed to Yellowstone’s Memorial Day numbers and how they were comparable to 2019.

“Wyoming is the place to come,” Gordon said. “It’s essential we have a safe place for visitors to come.”

The fact that some rodeos are being held around the state and the Thunderbirds coming to Cheyenne despite the cancellation of the Frontier Days Rodeo indicates the state is making progress in moving past the pandemic, he said.

“We need to continue to try and have the kind of summer we all want to have,” Gordon said. “We’re starting to see more activity than maybe we’ve seen in the past.”

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Visit Sweetwater County: The Ultimate Road Trip Stopover

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EXPLORE THE “SALT TO STONE” REGION

Long road trips are best broken up over several days so you can keep your eyes fresh, your vacation full and your mind at ease. Driving to Wyoming’s National Parks can be quite a jaunt for some, but we have some great news! Sweetwater County, Woming is the perfect place to jump out of the car and into adventure on your way.

Here’s our favorite way to create the ultimate road trip stopover before the last leg of your national parks journey:

DAY 1: EXPERIENCE SALT TO STONE

Sweetwater County is one of the prime stops to experience the “Salt to Stone” region, which encompasses the natural attractions and off-the-beaten-path activities from Utah’s Great Salt Lake all the way to Yellowstone National Park.

No matter which direction you come from, Sweetwater County is the perfect stop, complete with some of the top regional attractions and adventerous activities like hiking, biking, kayaking and more.

MORNING-AFTERNOON: 

Arrive in Rock Springs (from the east) or Green River (from the west) on I-80.

If you arrive in the morning, stop by a local coffee shop like Java Peddler in Rock Springs or Get Real Coffee in Green River. If you arrive closer to the afternoon, grab some lunch and a local brew at Bitter Creek Brewing in Rock Springs or the Hitching Post Restaurant in Green River.

Check in to a hotel, motel, or inn, or reserve an RV site or campsite in the area.

AFTERNOON-EVENING: 

Make the most of the daylight hours, and get out to one of the region’s main attractions: Boar’s Tusk. This striking rock formation guards another main area attraction—the Killpecker Sand Dunes—so after taking in the views from Boar’s Tusk, head to the dunes. 

This is a true “off the grid experience,” and cell service is limited! Make sure you have extra water, and a high-clearance, four-wheel-drive vehicle with thick tires (and a spare tire) to traverse the dirt roads. Let someone know where you are headed and when you plan to return.

If there’s enough daylight left and you brought along your ATV, spend the rest of the day off-roading on the dunes for a genuine, off-the-beaten-path afternoon of adventure and excitement in Sweetwater County. 

When the day is coming to a close, head back toward your accommodations to rest up for another day of adventure on your road trip stopover!

DAY 2: JUMP INTO ADVENTURE

Another main attraction that Sweetwater County boasts is the Flaming Gorge National Recreation area. Stradling the Utah and Wyoming borders, Flaming Gorge Country is an incredible place to get off the grid. And the best part is, Sweetwater County offers the most rugged Flaming Gorge experience.

MORNING:

Get up nice and early to grab some breakfast at a local café like Penny’s Diner in Green River or Cowboy Donuts in Rock Springs. Pick up a picnic lunch at a local sandwich shop—we’re spending the day in rugged wilderness!

MORNING-AFTERNOON: 

After you’ve packed up lunch, sunscreen, and plenty of water for the day, head to Lake Flaming Gorge. It is here you will find the best options to create your own adventure. Spend the day hiking to the plateus surrounding the beautiful Flaming Gorge landscape or really chill out with a little bit of wakeboarding, boating or jet skiing on Lake Flaming Gorge.

EVENING: 

When the sun starts to set, head back into town to clean up and have some dinner at a local establishment like Broadway Burger Station or Grub’s Drive In in Rock Springs, or Gudino’s Cafe or Fish Bowl in Green River. You are sure to have worked up quite an appetite during the day!

DAY 3: WYOMING’S NATIONAL PARKS

Since Sweetwater County is only about a three- to five-hour drive from Yellowstone and Grand Teton, it’s easy to spend a morning in the area and still make it to your destination with plenty of time to spare.

MORNING: 

Head to Green River and grab a coffee and light breakfast at a local café. Spend the morning at Expedition Island, a great place to walk along the greenbelt pathway for an easy, quiet morning after your day of rugged adventure. Or if you haven’t had enough of the area’s more strenuous activities, there’s kayaking, rafting, or tubing on the Green River. Don’t forget to check current whitewater conditions with USGS.

Since the area offers so much variety, it’s a perfect way to spend the morning before heading off to your final destination.

Looking for more ways to play in Sweetwater County? Extend your stopover with these diverse summer activities!

8 Ways To Experience Downtown Rock Springs: Experience An Award-winning Main Street

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Bustling with locally owned shops, lively restaurants and year-round events, Downtown Rock Springs in Sweetwater County, Wyoming exudes small-town charm.

Admire historic buildings as you stroll down the picturesque streets, and discover fun things to do and see at every turn. Here are just a few ways to enjoy the downtown area:

  1. FILL UP ON MOUTHWATERING DISHES.
    Eat your way through local specialties and time-honored classics when you chow down at the many restaurants in Rock Springs. Fill up on old-time burgers and fries at Broadway Burger Station, order a loaded Italian meatball sandwich at Boschetto’s European Market, or indulge in seasonal dishes from trout to pork chops at Eve’s. For locally brewed craft beer, Bitter Creek Brewing serves up flavorful microbrews, such as the refreshing Boars Tusk ale, bright Sweetwater Wheat or malty Red Desert Ale.
  2. SHOP LOCAL.
    The quaint streets of historic Downtown Rock Springs are lined with mom-and-pop shops, independent boutiques and gift shops. Go shopping for cute accessories at Sweet Sage, or pick up a few specialty gifts for yourself or someone else at Busy Bee Bath Essentials.
  3. GET PAMPERED AT A SPA OR SALON.
    Whether you’re looking to soothe sore muscles after a day of outdoor adventures or just want to enjoy a relaxing experience, make an appointment at one of the many salons or spas in Rock Springs. For the ultimate experience, unwind with a massage or facial, followed by a manicure and pedicure at Escape Day Spa & Boutique.
  4. EXPERIENCE THE MAGIC OF THE THEATRE.
    Get ready for a night on the town with a live music concert, dramatic production or enthralling dance performance at the recently refurbished Broadway Theater, featuring an intimate setting of only 370 seats.
  5. ENJOY A THIRST-QUENCHING DRINK.
    Once the sun goes down, experience the nightlife in Rock Springs. Belly up to the bar (and then dare yourself to sing some karaoke) at Park Lounge, where the drinks are cold and the locals are friendly. Meanwhile, craft beer is the draw at Bitter Creek Brewing, offering a lineup of seasonal and staple brews in a lively (and family-friendly) setting.
  6. DELVE INTO LOCAL HISTORY.
    Walk through the doors of Rock Springs Historical Museum, and enter a passageway back in time. The castle-like sandstone building was built in 1894 and once served as Rock Springs’ City Hall. Today, it houses rotating exhibits that showcase the area’s rich history, from the town’s coal mining heritage to larger-than-life outlaws and pioneers who made a lasting impact during the Old West days.
  1. TAKE A WALKING TOUR
    While you’re at the Rock Springs Historical Museum, pick up a free brochure for the Downtown Historic Walking Tour, a self-guided tour that highlights the city’s historic buildings, all while delving into the fascinating history of each location along the way. You can also download the PocketSights app to guide you along the way.
  2. GET FESTIVE DURING A SPECIAL EVENT.
    Find fun things to do in Rock Springs all year long when you attend one of the many events happening downtown, such as free concerts in the Bunning Park, classic car shows, farmers markets and more. Check the events calendar to see what to do during your upcoming visit.

Looking for a pit-stop or more information? Visit the Bunning Freight Building for public restrooms and information about Rock Springs.

Visit Rawlins! Rawlins is a Vibrant Community With Plenty To Do And See

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Rawlins has much to offer visitors. Stop by one of our historic sites such as the notorious Frontier Prison or the Carbon County Museum. Take a trek downtown for shopping, dining, drinks and more.

While you are downtown consider taking the downtown mural tour. This downtown educational walking tour celebrates the history of Carbon County through murals created by local artists. You will also want to check out the local events like SummerFest & the Carbon County Fair & Rodeo.

FRONTIER PRISON Built around the turn of the century from sandstone milled in the county, the prison housed criminals until the new state prison was built in 1981. On the National Register of Historic Places, the prison hosts a variety of activities and events with tours available from June through Labor Day weekend.

CARBON COUNTY MUSEUM The Carbon County Museum houses an extensive collection of photographs and artifacts including boots, an ashtray and everyday items crafted from the anatomy of notorious outlaw Big Nose George.

HISTORIC DOWNTOWN RAWLINS  A nationally designated historic district, downtown Rawlins is rich in 19th century architecture. Named for General John A. Rawlins, who commanded an expedition through the area, Rawlins traces its origins to the late 1860’s and the early history of the Union Pacific Railroad.

A 60 – 90 minute historic walking tour provides visitors with a fascinating glimpse into Rawlins’ colorful past. Walking Tour guides can be picked up at the murals.

RAWLINS RECREATION CENTER This modern recreation center offers a host of indoor activities including three full-size basketball courts, a walking track, racquetball, handball courts, and a full indoor shooting range.

Old Union Pacific Train Depot Located at 400 West Front Street in Rawlins. Built at the end of the 19th century, it was given as a gift to the City of Rawlins and then refurbished at the end of the 20th century. There are now meeting rooms and a kitchen designed to accommodate small to medium sized groups.

Rochelle Ranch Golf Course 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

Rawlins Outdoor Shooting Complex 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

Rawlins provides a variety of dining options and a welcome atmosphere. Cuisine types you can discover include American, Asian & Thai, Italian, Mexican, Fine Dining, Specialty and more. Scroll through our list of available dining options or click here to view all dining options.

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