1. Martin’s Cove Handcart Center
Located in Alcova off Highway 287, this historic site is where, in October and November 1856, members of the LDS in the Martin and Willie Handcart Companies, trekking from Iowa City, IA to Salt Lake City, UT, became stranded by a blizzard resulting in a tragic loss of many lives.
2. Independence Rock
Located 20 miles northeast of Muddy Gap on Highway 220. Emigrants bound westward had to reach the rock by July 4 to ensure they could cross the Rockies before the winter storms hit. Enjoy a view that remains relatively unchanged from when those pioneers climbed the same rock and carved their names at on its granite face.
3. Overland Trail Stage Stops and Forts
Winds, in part, through southern Wyoming, along U.S. route 287. The trail was closely followed by the transcontinental Union Pacific railroad in 1869, and then by the Lincoln Highway and Interstate 80. In Carbon County, it goes around the north side of Elk Mountain and two forts were established here: Fort Halleck in 1862 and Fort Fred Steele 1868, to help protect the stage line and railroad from Indians.
4. Ethnic Dining and Markets
There are many diverse ethnic eateries around Carbon County to explore including Mexican, authentic Thai, Asian, Italian, southern smoked BBQ, as well as All-American cuisines.
5. Mural Tour
A downtown educational walking tour celebrates the history of Carbon County through 12 murals highlighting the history and natural beauty of south central Wyoming.
6. Washakie Trail
The Washakie Trail winds through Carbon County, crossing the Continental Divide close to Rawlins.
7. Rawlins’ Springs
The City of Rawlins’ namesake, U.S. Army Major General John Aaron Rawlins, who in 1887 found a small spring south of where the city now sits. Rawlins said if anything was ever named after him, it should be a spring of water. General Grenville M. Dodge is credited with naming the site Rawlins’ Springs in his honor.
8. Fort Steele Historic Site
The Fort Fred Steele State Historic site is about 12 miles east of Rawlins and 1.25 miles north of the Fort Steele Rest Area, located off of Interstate 80. Major Richard I. Dodge laid out Fort Steele at the place where the Union Pacific met the North Platte River on June 30, 1868.
9. Carbon County Fair
Beginning the first Saturday of each August with the parade, the jam-packed week includes all kinds of exhibits, displays and events, such as livestock shows, the Rodeo, Demolition Derby, Cattle Dog Competition, and so much more.
10. Music in the Park
The free Summer Concert Series held in Washington Park in Rawlins that features a wide variety of music every Thursday evening from mid June to early August.
11. Great Divide Pistol Tournament
Contact the Great Divide Shooting Association www.greatdivideshooting.org for more information about local and national tournaments.
12. Great Divide Music Festival
This free event takes place annually the last Friday of the Carbon County fair. Dancing encouraged.
13. Celebration of Wind
Event takes place annually in the spring to celebrate one of Carbon County’s finest resources: the wind. Featuring wind racer competitions, photography contests, workshops, and lots and lots of kite flying.
14. Wine Tasting
Soroptimist International of Rawlins hosts an annual wine-tasting even fundraiser, featuring many different wine selections as well as other beverages, such as beer.
15. Relay for Life of Rawlins
Typically occurring each summer in Rawlins - How far will you go to make a difference in the fight against cancer?
16. Black Powder Shoot
The Marion Baker Memorial Shoot is sponsored by the Sierra Madre Muzzleloaders. This even is located in Encampment.
17. Haunted Halloween Night
The Wyoming Frontier Prison hosts three nights of Haunted Halloween night tours annually. The Halloween event always occurs on the weekend before Halloween and Halloween Night (October 31st). Not recommended for children under of 12.
18. Silver Bullet NRA Action Pistol Tournament
Dinner, door prizes, along with cash prizes for the competition round out the weekend. This tournament is held at the Rawlins Family Recreation Center’s Indoor Range during the spring.
19. ATA Shotgun Tournaments
ATA stands for Amateur Trapshooting Association. The Red Desert Trap Club in Rawlins has four trap fields and two skeet fields. Find contact info and location at www.shootata.com.
20. Pepsi Racquetball Reunion Tournament
Each February, pro & amateurs from all over the region vie for top spots in tournament play. All ages fill the brackets setting divisions from open to youth for this two-day event.
21. Pepsi Premier Basketball Tournament
In March, teams from all over the region engage in 5 on 5 full court basket-ball. Each team starts with round robin play and then is bracketed into double elimination competition.
22. Golf Tournaments
Rochelle Golf Course offers up tournaments and classes for all types of golfers. Father - Son/Daughter tournament near Father’s Day, Del Dixon Memorial a four person scramble, and the Shriners’ Tournament just to name a few. Tournaments continue throughout spring and summer. Check their website for more details www.rochelleranch.com.
23. Lions Club Casino Night
Rawlins Lions Club sponsors its annual Casino Night Fundraiser with a full casino set-up including poker tables, black jack, roulette, drawings and games. All proceeds go towards the Lions’ humanitarian and community outreach.
24. Demolition Derby
Fixed-up or fixed-down cars maneuver in the arena to hit other competitors in bumper car fashion until the last one is still running. The Derby can consist up to six heats including a “Powder Puff” for the ladies.
Check out our cowboys at one of Carbon County’s rodeos: Woodchoppers Jamboree and Rodeo held each Father’s Day weekend in Encampment; Platte River Rodeo in Saratoga in July; Bull riders only at Saratoga’s annual Bullfest each August; Rodeo featured at Carbon County Fair in Rawlins, early August.
26. The Ripple Ridge Raceway
The race way is located south of Rawlins on Highway 71, just less than four miles out of town. Scheduled events can be found on the website: www.rippleridgeraceway.wetpaint.com
27. Woodchoppers Jamboree
The chips fly during Father's Day weekend during this exciting annual event at the Lions Club Arena in Encampment. Loggers come from all over the country to compete for the title of Rocky Mountain Champion Lumberjack. Using power saws, axes and hand saws, the men and women competitors cut down "trees", chop logs, and saw squared wood blocks in half, racing the clock for the fastest time.
28. SummerFest/Rawlins Jam
Rawlins SummerFest, Wyoming Frontier Prison and Rawlins Jam have teamed up to bring a great weekend of events to Rawlins annually the second week of July . Visit rawlinsfest.com for info.
29. Cow Plop
Place your bet at this annual fundraiser for the Rawlins-Carbon County Chamber of Commerce. Choose a square or a few, if she “plops” on your square you win. Held in early August.
30. Beer Festival
Each August, at Wyoming’s official state microbrewery competition, top brewers come from around the state in search of the coveted Steinley Cup. Followed by the annual Saratoga Bullfest at nearby Buck Springs Rodeo Arena.
31. Wyoming Film Festival
Event usually takes place in mid-August at the Platte Valley Community Center. Taking a one-year sabbatical in 2012.
32. Tractor Pull/Copper Days
Sponsored in part by the Encampment Chug ‘N Tug tractor club, the Copper Days usually occurs in September. Fun fills the weekend with antique tractors on display, a parade, tractor pulls and the Lions Club barbeque.
33. King Coal Days
In Hanna, the recreation center there puts on this annual event to celebrate the coalmines in the area. The last weekend of July is a weekend filled with family fun.
34. Saratoga Ice Fishing Derby
Always held the third weekend in January, the annual Ice Fishing Derby attracts ice anglers from several states to Saratoga Lake hoping to make the “catch of the day” for cash prizes.
35. Donald E Erickson Memorial Chariot Races
Held every Presidents’ Day weekend, the Donald E. Erickson Memorial Chariot Races are among the most exciting events in Saratoga. Featuring two-horse teams pulling chariots at top speed down a quarter-mile tract.
36. Winter Carnival
Come enjoy the winter fun in Encampment and Riverside, Wyoming. Activities include a casino night, build-your-own-sled races, snow sculpture contest, snowmobile races, and a treasure hunt. This is a great family event.
37. Passion & Pride Ball
A night of dancing, auctions, food and fun, this ball is the major fundraiser for Rawlins DDA/Main Street. This formal event also is a great community get-together that celebrates “passion and pride” for our.
38. Outdoor Movie Nights in Encampment
A great family event with a movie and snacks. Bring your chairs or blankets to the Grand Encampment Museum lawn.
39. Sierra Madre Muzzleloaders Rendezvous and Black Powder Shoot
Black powder enthusiast from around the area recreate the days of the Mountain Man in primitive camping, authentic costumes, traders row, tomahawk throwing and black powder shoots. Held on the grounds of the Grand Encampment Museum, living history reenactments and demonstrations are part of the weekend’s activities.
40. Carbon County Museum Historic Trek
Each summer the Carbon County Museum leads a trek of historic sites in the county. The emphasis of the ventures is to take community members to out-of-the-way, little known, or privately owned site of historic significance.
41. Carbon County Museum Gala
Carbon County Museum hosts an annual gala fundraiser for the museum endowment. Visit carboncountymuseum.org for information.
42. Haunted Houses and Places in Rawlins
According to Shadowlands Haunted Places Index–Wyoming, these are the haunted places in Rawlins: The Ferris Mansion; the historic Wyoming Frontier Prison, or otherwise known as the Old Pen; Rawlins Middle School; and Rawlins High School. Check out www.theshadowlands.net/places/wyoming.htm for all the spooky truth!
43. Historic Rawlins Downtown
Downtown Rawlins is a National Registered District with amazing buildings.
44. Carbon County Museum
The museum is located at 904 W. Walnut St. in Rawlins. Call 307-328-2740 or visit carboncountymuseum.org for more information.
45. Historic Districts
The neighborhoods or areas have a concentration of historic buildings (50 years or older). For additional information please see the National Register of Historic Places.
46. Old Pen Cemetery
There are 74 bodies buried in the cemetery, including 12 of the 14 men executed at the Old Wyoming State Penitentiary.
47. CCHEC Downtown Art Studio
The studio is located in downtown Rawlins, and features classes for all ages, art openings, photography contests, and a wide-array of art-related summer events.
48. Jeffrey Memorial Community Center
Located 315 W. Pine St. in Rawlins, this Community Center was developed from a bequest from Rawlins Doctor C. W. Jeffrey, who was a wealthy physician in Rawlins, to serve as a community center.
49. Moto-Cross Track
The Rawlins Dirt Devils help maintain the track, which is located just west of Rawlins, off Flying J exit. More information is available at www.i80powersports.com.
50. Wyoming Frontier Prison/Peace Officers’ Museum
The Wyoming Frontier Prison, otherwise known as the Old Pen, is located at 500 W. Walnut St. in Rawlins. The 80-year history of Wyoming’s first state penitentiary, now known as the Wyoming Frontier Prison, is as colorful and elaborate as the plot of a classic western movie. Call 307-324-4422, check out their website at www.wyomingfrontierprison.org, or visit our Facebook page.
51. Quality Dining
Experience fine dining and local, small town charm in Rawlins. Choose from Anong’s Thai Cuisine, the historic Aspen House for steaks and pasta, and 1880 Coco’s Restaurant.
52. Bowling Alley
Legend proclaims the building to house ghosts, but don’t blame a bad game on them! Enjoy bowling and the arcade in an alcohol and tobacco free environment.
53. Swimming pool
Located at 1401 Colorado at Rawlins High School, this indoor swimming pool is 48 feet in width, 75 feet in length and is heated to a comfortable 84 degree for year-round swimming, showers and restrooms facilities are available.
54. The Movies
The Movies offers three screens to satisfy every movie lover’s fancy, a well-stocked snack bar and computer gaming center.
55. Carbon County Library
Located at 215 W. Buffalo St., in the Carbon Building (the three-story red brick building just north of downtown Rawlins).
56. Cut-out Photo Op @ Depot Park
The front side features a mother and child with a conductor preparing to board a Union Pacific train. The opposite side shows a cattle drive through town, in an adaptation of the Rawlins Main Street logo. Both include classic postcard sayings, such as “Wish You Were Here” and “We Had A WILD Time In Rawlins, Wyoming.” Designed by local artist, Peggy Colson.
57. Tully Park
Located on West Elm Street and El Rancho Drive in Rawlins. Facilities include a Pavilion, picnic tables, drinking fountain, playground equipment and a Railroad Steam Engine.
58. Washington Park
Located on Mountain View Boulevard and Park Drive in Rawlins, it boasts a covered pavilion with electricity, picnic tables, grilling units, drinking fountains, restrooms, tennis courts, horseshoe pits, Frisbee Golf Course, playground equipment, basketball court and home to Rawlins’ Music in the Park.
59. Soroptimist Park
Located 400 Block of Buffalo Street, Soroptimist Park is a pocket park created in 1980 in partnership with Rawlins National Bank, Sorportimist International of Rawlins, and City of Rawlins provides maintenance. Facilities include benches, grass and gardens.
60. Martinez Park
A green space with facilities located South of the Sixth Street pedestrian and bicycle underpass. A colorful painting on the overpass support wall located on Sixth Street memorializes Correctional Officer Wayne Martinez, who was killed at the Wyoming State Penitentiary during a prisoner uprising on June 26, 1997, for whom this park is named. Facilities include grass, benches, basketball court, and a nearby historic jailhouse.
61. Key Club Park
Located on 800 Block of Colorado Street in Rawlins. This park is located south and east of the Rawlins Cemetery. Developed by the Rawlins High School Key Club, facilities include a pavilion, picnic tables, drinking fountain, tennis courts, and basketball hoops.
62. VFW Park
Located in Rawlins, it boasts four baseball fields, concession stand and restrooms.
63. Rotary Park
Located east of the City Market/Alco Parking lot, it houses a gazebo with natural foliage and way finding and interpretive signage.
64. Rob Roy Park
Located on Glasgow Boulevard and Kilmary Drive, it boast picnic tables, grilling units, drinking fountain, playground equipment and a half basketball court.
65. Bolten Park
At Washington and East Davis Streets, it includes two pavilions, one with electricity; picnic tables; grilling units; restrooms; playground equipment; basketball court and serves as home to Rawlins Police Department’s National Night Out.
66. Ferris Mansion
There has been mild poltergeist activity, strange sounds, electrical malfunctions that cannot be explained, and many apparitions including Cecil and a woman in a long flowing nightgown that appears in the kitchen area, reported at this location. All of its many owners have reported sightings and strange occurrences. At this time it is a bed and breakfast, where guests still report sightings and noises in the night.
67. City Hall/Old Post Office
Located at 521 W. Cedar Street. The building was originally constructed in 1910 and operated as a Post Office through the mid 1980’s.
68. Rawlins Radio Control Flying Field
The field is one of the premier RC model flying fields in the state of Wyoming and is open year round, weather permitting. The runway is a 30’x 600’ asphalt surface, fenced and aligned with the prevailing winds. The field is located adjacent to the Rawlins Rec Center, and has a pavilion and table for shade, paved parking, and a small set of bleachers for public viewing.
69. Rawlins Family Recreation Center
The Recreation Services Department offers a wide variety of programs, activities, and leagues for children and adults. For more information, please call 324-7529.
70. Indoor Shooting Range -Outdoor Shooting Complex
The Indoor Shooting Facility is located within the Rawlins Family Recreation Center. Leagues, open shooting, and tournaments are scheduled throughout the season. For more information, please call 324-7529.
71. Rochelle Ranch Golf Course
Rochelle Ranch Golf Course is a championship length 18-hole municipal golf course that offers enjoyment and challenges for players of all abilities. The course was the gift of Curt and Marian Rochelle, local sheep ranchers who paid for the course construction. It is currently the longest golf course in the state of Wyoming and has been featured yearly as the 29th toughest golf course in America by Golf Digest Magazine. Rochelle Ranch was also featured in Golf Magazine as one of the top five courses in Wyoming and in the Thrifty Fifty for being one of America's best values in golf. Famous for our bent grass greens, Rochelle Ranch features a full practice facility, restaurant, and bar. For more information, please call 324-7121.
72. Haggerty Mines
Farris Haggerty mine is located within the Grand Encampment district of the Sierra Madre Mountains, which is known for hundreds of historic mines and prospect pits in search of copper, gold and other rare earth metals. In 1908 when the price of copper dropped and more than 200 workers were laid off, the surrounding towns of Encampment and Riverside went in to an economic depression and never fully recovered.
73. Battle Lake
Battle Lake is a scenic drive on highway 70, about 13 miles east of Encampment. It is a serine and excellent spot for any style of fishing you like. Signage along the way describes a camping expedition on which Thomas Edison attended to take advantage of the fishing.
74. Ryan Park
Located 23 miles southeast of Saratoga, off highway 130, this campground/small town serves as an excellent launching point for adventures in the Snowy Range. Things to take advantage here are, camping, hiking, fishing wildlife viewing, hunting and snowmobiling.
75. The Dip Bar
Named after a Diplodocus dinosaur whose remains were found close-by. The main feature of this bar in Medicine Bow bar is actually the bar. It is made from a single, forty-foot, jade slab: The world’s largest. The jade was cut from a four and a half ton boulder near Rock Springs Wyoming.
76. The Virginian Hotel
Completed in 1911, the historic Virginian Hotel, in Medicine Bow was the largest hotel half-way between Denver and Salt Lake City. Now registered as a National Historic site. Call 307-379-2377
77. Benton Ghost Town
Benton has the distinction of becoming the first ghost town in Wyoming. (The town lasted only three months—from July through September 1868.) On the eastern edge of the Red Desert, eleven miles east of Rawlins, near the North Platte River, the site of vanished Benton is marked today by a Union Pacific milepost exactly 672.1 miles west of Omaha.
78. Carbon Ghost Town and Cemetery
Carbon was a coal-mining town, founded in 1868 by the Union Pacific Railroad to provide fuel for the steam locomotives. It was a difficult place to live: water had to be hauled in from Medicine Bow; Indian attacks and mining accidents were both frequent and often fatal. At the town’s peak in 1890 there were approximately seven coalmines and almost 3,000 citizens living in Carbon. The town boasted a general store, 8 saloons, 2 churches, a miners’ hall, an opera house, a school, a newspaper, a bank, a hotel, and several other business. Beginning in 1899, the mines started to play out and by 1902, the last mine closed. The Union Pacific moved the rail line north to an easier grade, which finally closed Carbon down. Many of the miners moved to Hanna, even taking some of the town of Carbon’s buildings with them. The Carbon Cemetery is located to the north of Carbon. The first grave in the Carbon cemetery was that of the Stable Boss who fell victim to a flock of Indian arrows shortly after the camp started to take shape. Dutch Charlie, an outlaw riding with Big Nose George, was accused of killing two popular deputies.
79. Leo/Hanna/Elmo Ghost Towns
Located in northern Carbon County, the town was started as a coal supply location for the Union Pacific Railroad. The population peaked at 2,288 in 1980 and has declined as local coal mines have ceased operation. The population was 841 at the 2010 census.
80. Jeffrey City
Jeffrey City is famous in Wyoming and the American West as a symbol of a boomtown that went “bust” very quickly, as the mine shut down in 1982 and over 95% of the inhabitants left the town within 3 years.
81. Rudefeha/Dillon Ghost Towns
Near Encampment, Rudefeha is an abandoned mining town. The mineshaft there was never filled in and some of the support building still stands. After the town of Rudefeha banned saloons, the saloon owners simply moved one mile to start the town of Dillon, which became the largest town in the Sierra Madres. Many of the foundations, mostly log cabins, still remain.
82. Sinclair Golf Course
Sinclair Golf Course is located on the North Platte River six miles northeast of Sinclair, WY. It is a semi-private, 9-hole golf course and is operated by a committee of the Sinclair Oil Refinery. Facilities include a driving range, putting area, bar and restaurant.
83. Seminoe Reservoir and State Park
Seminoe Reservoir and State Park boasts great fishing and over 20,000-acre surface for boating and water sports. Near the north end of the reservoir is 4.72 acre Morgan Creek forested drainage area, which serves as a winter range for elk and bighorn sheep affording superb wildlife viewing. Camping, boating, fishing and hiking are few of the activities available.
84. Seminoe Dam
The dam was constructed in 1936 to regulate the flow of the North Platte River. Originally called the Casper-Alcova Project, the dam reaches 295 feet to form the Seminoe Reservoir, which is stocked with rainbow and cutthroat trout by the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission.
85. Seminoe Sand Dunes
Giant dunes of white sand surround Seminoe State Park along the Seminoe Reservoir. There are also acres of sagebrush, thousands of pronghorn antelope and sage grouse. The park features day-use and overnight facilities. ATV enthusiast will find a paradise of dunes to explore and conquer.
86. North Platte River
About 550 miles of water traveling through the states of Colorado, Wyoming, and Nebraska before heading to the Atlantic Ocean. The river joins with the Medicine Bow River in the Seminoe Reservoir. The river in Wyoming is narrower and swifter flowing. This makes for good rafting opportunities.
87. The Miracle Mile
A seven-mile stretch of the Upper Platte Valley, north of Seminoe Reservoir, named as a blue-ribbon trout stream by Wyoming Game and Fish. Famous for huge trout and great fly fishing, this stretch of the North Platte River is called Miracle Mile. Also home to camping facilities, restrooms and great ATV trails. Take County Road 351 north for 45 miles (this road may be closed or require chains during winter months). From Hanna: Take County Road 291 north; turn west on County Rd 351.
88. Continental Divide Trail
The Continental Divide Trail is approximately 600 miles in length in Wyoming. In northern Carbon County is the Ferris Mountains Segment. This is a largely cross-country alternative route that is more scenic, better watered, and less roaded than the designated CDNST. This segment ends in Rawlins and connects to the Sierra Madre Segment. This portion of the Trail, from Rawlins south to Colorado traverses national forest, including Huston Park Wilderness. Visit www.wy.blm.gov/recreation/cdnst/index.htm includes maps and water source tables for the Sweetwater River, Great Divide Basin, and northern Sierra Madre Segments.
89. High Savery Reservoir
The High Savery Reservoir is approximately 35 miles south of Rawlins. Construction began in 2001, resulting in a reservoir of a total capacity of 22,433 acre-feet, finished in 2005. The reservoir was first stocked with fish in 2004. High Savery Reservoir is stocked with Colorado Cutthroat Trout, Tiger Trout (a cross between Brook and Brown Trout) and Kokanee Salmon. The area still plays home to some Rainbow and Brook trout. The High Savery Reservoir is managed as a Colorado cutthroat trout brood stock for use in the Game and Fish hatchery system for stocking other waters, as well a unique opportunity to fish for the native cutthroat trout. Colorado River Cutthroat Trout were the only native trout found in the Little Snake River drainage of Wyoming prior to settlement of the watershed in the mid-1800s.
90. Teton Reservoir
The BLM operates this popular camping and non-motorized water sports area. Located about 14 miles south of Rawlins on WY 71.
91. Lincoln Highway
A concept originated by Carl Fisher in 1912, the “Coast-to-Coast Rock Highway” would run from San Francisco to New York City to serve as America’s first transcontinental highway. The best section of the old highway in Wyoming is the Laramie exit, along U.S. 30 toward Medicine Bow on to Wolcott Junction.
92. Medicine Bow National Forest
Covering both the Sierra Madres and Snowy Range in the south and eastern parts of Carbon County, the Medicine Bow National Forest offers a multitude of recreational opportunities from camping and ATVing to hunting and fishing.
93. Snowy (Medicine Bow Mountains) Range
In Carbon County, Wyoming, the range sits south of Interstate 80. This part of the range (the entire range runs from south-central Wyoming 100 miles into northern Colorado) is dubbed the Snowy Range. The scenic byway, Hwy 130, which runs over the top of the range from Laramie to Hwy 230 south of Saratoga, was originally called “The Great Sky Road,” and was only the second National Forest Scenic Byway built in the United States. It took 6 years to build and was completed in 1926.
94. Sierra Madres
This mountain range is located in the southern most part of Carbon County. Hwy 70 which runs from Riverside to Baggs, takes you through the National Forest over the Sierra Madres and across the Continental Divide and offers access to Aspen Alley. A favorite for snowmobilers as the snow is deep and the terrain challenging. For information on trails and the status of roads contact the Saratoga Forest Service at 307-326-5258
95. Elk Mountain
The small town named Elk Mountain has a population of 192 people at an elevation of 7,264, sits near at the base of its namesake, Elk Mountain, which reaches an elevation of 11,156 ft. The mountain was named after the Sioux Chief, Standing Elk. Nearby activities include a variety of trout fishing, hunting, hiking, camping and snowmobiling. Home to the historic Elk Mountain hotel, built in 1905, has been host to such entertainers as Louis Armstrong, Tommy Dorsey, and Glenn Miller. Source: www.elkmountainwyoming.com.
96. Abundant Wildlife
Throughout Carbon County one will find an abundance and variety wildlife including, pronghorn antelope, mule deer, elk, black bear, mountain lion, big horn sheep, moose, as well as a number of varmint species, like coyotes, fox and badgers, a large variety of fish species and birds.
97. Little Snake River Museum
Located one block north of highway 70 in Savery, the Little Snake River Museum building originally served as the Savery Schoolhouse. The museum has grown to include 9 fully furnished historic buildings, including two of the valley’s original structures; Jim Baker’s two-story log cabin and Noah Reader’s one room cabin. Source www.littlesnakerivermuseum.com.
98. Medicine Bow Museum
The Medicine Bow Museum, located in the historic Union Pacific Railroad depot, which became home to the museum in 1983. Located across the street from the Virginian Hotel in Medicine Bow. Source: www.medicinebow.org/museum.htm for more information.
99. Hanna Basin Museum
The Hanna Basin Museum, located in the old Community Hall building was originally constructed as a saloon in 1890. The Carbon Archive contains primary materials defining an early mining community on the original line of the Union Pacific Railway. Located at 502 Front Street, Hanna. Source: www.hannabasinmuseum.com.
100. Grand Encampment Museum
The Grand Encampment Museum preserves history with its collection of seventeen historic buildings. Artifacts in its collection represent the timber, mining, and agricultural history of the Encampment valley. Located at 807 Barnett, Encampment. Source: www.GEMuseum.com
101. Saratoga Museum
The Saratoga Museum provides the opportunity to explore the history of the Platte Valley from early man to pioneers, tie hacks, clergy, railroads, and the women working beside them. At 104 Constitution Avenue, Saratoga, open from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Source www.saratoga-museum.com.
102. Parco/Sinclair Museum
The room in which the museum is presently located was originally the First National Bank of Parco from 1924 to 1933. 315 Lincoln Ave., Sinclair. Source: sinclairwyoming.com/museum.htm
103. Aspen Alley
Forest Service Road 801 (Deep Creek Road), one mile north of Highway 70. For the best view of seasonal foliage, try to visit in the last two weeks of September, as the aspens turn a vibrant gold early in the fall season.
104. Saratoga Hot Springs
Free and open to the public 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Water temperatures ranging from 101 to 110 degrees. Recent improvements to the hot pool have made it safer and more enjoyable for the entire family. Restrooms and changing facilities are available on-site with showers. On Walnut Street in Saratoga.
105. Brush Creek
Brush Creek Campground: 8,300ft elevation. 20 campsites with 6 RV pull-through in a lightly wooded area. Both the toilets and the nearby Brush Creek Visitor Center are of historic importance. Nearby are ATV riding trails, and hiking trails. Location: From Saratoga, take WY 130 east 20.1 miles to North Brush Creek Rd/ Forest Route 100. Turn left and go 0.3 miles to FR 200. Turn right and go 1.2 miles to lower section of campground and 1.3 to upper section.
106. Historic Hotel Wolf
The Wolf Hotel threw open its doors on New Year’s Eve in 1893 with a gala masquerade ball and sumptuous dinner. Built by German emigrant Frederick Wolf, this glorious old brick building still stands as a centerpiece of the town of Saratoga and welcomes guests year-round. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Since then, the rooms have been remodeled to honor their original charm.
107. Rawlins Uplift
This geologically significant feature exposes more geological time than any other single place in the continental U.S. The more adventurous can hike the uplift to Rawlins Peak.
108. Continental Divide Basin
The basin is formed by the Continental Divide which splits and encircles the basin; between the Green River watershed on the west, which drains to the Pacific Ocean, and the Medicine Bow River watershed on the east, that drains to the Atlantic Ocean. Extending from the Wind River Range near South Pass and extending southwest to the crest of the Sierra Madre Range, approximately 20 miles southwest of Rawlins. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Divide_Basin
109. Quealy Dome
Smells like sulphur because…. well, it is a massive oil and gas field east of Rawlins about 75 miles. Not a lot to see but plenty to smell.
110. Adobe Town
Located in Sweetwater County west of Rawlins, Adobe Town is an amazing set of sandstone rock formations that have served as the backdrop for numerous motion pictures. One of Wyoming largest herds of wild horses lives near Adobe Town.
111. Como Bluff
Located on the Carbon County/Albany County line, during the summer of 1878 thousands of pounds of dinosaur bones were removed from the site. Currently on private property, but visitors can see the small home completely made out of fossils on Highway 30.
112. Rawlins Red Scenic Outlook
Rawlins Red, a pigment derived from iron oxide mined near Rawlins. The Outlook is located north of town.
113. Indian Bathtubs
Deep holes in a granite outcrop east of the Encampment River naturally gather snowmelt and rainwater. The area tribes (Ute, Arapaho and Cheyenne) are said to have used the natural formations as bathing holes. Local residents call them the Indian Bathtubs. The hike to these formations is ¾ of a mile from the parking area just east of Riverside.
114. Baggot Rocks
South of I-80 and east of Hwy 230 is Baggot Rocks. At 7800 feet, it is certainly not the highest point in Carbon County, but it does rise impressively from the desert floor. It is on private property.
115. Red Desert
The Red Desert encompasses more than eight million acres of public land in western Carbon and eastern Sweetwater counties and remains one of the last high-desert ecosystems in North America. Home to the world's largest herd of desert elk; 50,000 pronghorn antelope; and historic landmarks.
NOT TO BE MISSED:
Wall of Ash: When the caldera at what is now Yellowstone National Park last erupted, 640,000 years ago, it blanketed most of the region, including all of Wyoming, in about 60 feet of ash. Most of the ash blew away or was compressed by rain and snow, but there are still a few “walls of ash” that testify to the power of this volcano. One such wall is just south of Interstate 80 at the Great Divide exit west of town. Visitors can grab a handful of ash that is as fine as the ash that comes out of Wyoming wood-burning stoves. The difference is that the ash in the wall is 640,000 years old!