Plan a trip to a place with plenty of room to roam and “Get Your West On” in Wyoming’s Carbon County!
Life is all about making epic memories and Carbon County is a great place to do just that! Explore the mountain trails, soak in a mineral hot springs or float & fish a pristine river.
This Rocky Mountain paradise offers an impressive range of landscapes and activities. Pack up the car and get ready for a little one-on-one time with nature. Popular outdoor activities include hiking, fly fishing, rafting, mountain biking and ORVing! Discover hundreds of miles of trail to explore including a 125 mile section of the The Continental Divide Trail. Carbon County has thousands of acres of public land spanning diverse ecosystems. These lands offer a lifetime of adventure!
Not only are there plenty of wide open spaces to traverse but there are lots of charming towns and communities as well. Experience genuine western hospitality in the towns of Rawlins (the county seat), Sinclair, Hanna, Medicine Bow, Elk Mountain, Saratoga, Riverside, Encampment, Savery, Dixon and Baggs. From stunning scenery to world-class local restaurants, Carbon County is the ultimate Wyoming vacation destination.
You’re sure to have worked up an appetite after a day of exploration! Located on busy Bridge Street in Saratoga, the smell of delectable treats at Sweet Marie’s Bakeshop greets you and a flaky, buttery croissant is perfect when paired with a cup of chai tea (or coffee if you prefer). For the folks craving a stiff drink after a day of adventure, Firewater Public House (also located in Saratoga), is just perfect after a day of fishing or floating the North Platte River. Get comfy inside on their leather couches and sip whiskey from their well-stocked bar. Order fish, lamb, beef, chicken, or a grilled portobello mushroom, along with a variety of burgers and sandwiches.
For a scrumptious breakfast, the West End Café in Rawlins has a fun atmosphere with a 50s diner look and a menu of breakfast and lunch sandwiches, plus specialty coffees. All around Carbon County you’ll find meals prepared with local flavor!
Carbon County, Wyoming is steeped in outlaw history. In the center of Baggs (a historic ranching community on the Little Snake River), you’ll find buildings frequented by Butch Cassidy and his infamous Wild Bunch during the heydays of the Old West. The number of outlaws in the Wild West required law and order. Rawlins, Wyoming, is home to Wyoming’s first state penitentiary, now known as the Wyoming Frontier Prison. You’ll find guided tours, exhibits, a museum, and a gift shop at the prison.
Frontier Army posts were an integral part of survival as the west was won. In Carbon County, you can explore Fort Fred Steele State Historic Site, an important outpost on the American frontier built in 1868 along the North Platte River. This is where the U.S. Army provided protection to the men building the Union Pacific Railroad, while also serving as a shipping hub for Wyoming’s industries. Get a glimpse of frontier life at the Fort Steele Museum.
You will find lots of great lodging options throughout Carbon County. Discover cozy cabins & cottages, all-inclusive resorts, authentic guest ranches, snug B & B’s, hotels & motels, roomy vacation rentals, lodges, RV camping and more! Whatever your style, you’ll find choices that appeal to you.
What are you waiting for? Get Your West On! Visit wyomingcarboncounty.com for helpful information to plan your vacation. We have a lodging and dining directory to help you find your perfect basecamp. You will also want to make sure to download our free area travel guide.