Visitors at the Douglas, Wyoming Railroad Museum can explore the steam locomotive and climb aboard the caboose, dining car, 1880s day coach and the sleeping car. It’s a unique opportunity to step back to a day in time when guests traveled to and from the area via the railroad. The museum itself is housed in the 1886 depot that was built when the rail arrived in Douglas.

While you’re at the museum, be sure to ask about Jack and Hariette, Douglas’ famous jackalope. The two fictitious creatures make their home at the Railroad Museum. Stickers featuring the duo are available at the museum and at businesses across the Douglas community. Guests are encouraged to obtain a map of the available stickers and circle through the community completing their collection. Collect 11 stickers and you can return to the Railroad Museum and win Jackalope Bucks, as good as cash at participating Douglas businesses.

While you are out and about in the #JackalopeCity, be sure to keep an eye out for other Jackalope. The critters can be found downtown in Jackalope Square and throughout the community in many fun and unexpected locations. The colorful critters provide the perfect photo opportunity. Be sure to tag your images with #JackalopeCity.

Douglas is also home to the Wyoming State Fairgrounds. A growing number of rodeos, festivals and gatherings are being held at the expansive 118-acre facility. Within the grounds is the beautiful Wyoming Pioneer Museum featuring the state’s pioneer history and spirit. The museum can also provide visitors with additional information on Camp Douglas and Fort Fetterman. Camp Douglas is the last remaining building from what was once a World War II Prisoner of War Camp. Fort Fetterman is located along the historic Bozeman Trail north of Douglas.

Opportunities for outdoor adventure are abundant in Douglas and across the surrounding area. Located along the North Platte River, float tubes, kayaks and fisherman can frequently be seen within the waters that run through Douglas. A walking path runs adjacent to the river and bicycles are available for rent both at the Douglas Railroad Museum and in Jackalope Square. North of Douglas, the Thunder Basin National Grassland provides thousands of acres of wide-open prairie, perfect for the explorer with an appreciation for varying landscapes. South of Douglas, the mountain community of Esterbrook serves as the gateway to thousands of acres of National Forest land. Hikers, bikers, fishermen and others who enjoy the outdoors head to the area for the perfect combination of great trails and scenery, but with plenty of elbow room. The National Forest Service office in Douglas has trail maps and additional information available.

WY Responsibly

For tips on traveling mindfully and responsibly through Wyoming’s big, open spaces, visit WY Responsibly. Just remember: Leave natural spaces cleaner than you found them, keep a safe distance from wildlife and respect the health and safety of everyone you encounter by social distancing and wearing a mask.

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