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Home » Itineraries » Winter in the Cowboy State: Laramie, Saratoga and Casper Experience
Winter in the Cowboy State: Laramie, Saratoga and Casper Experience
This itinerary will take you on a captivating journey through Laramie, Saratoga and Casper.
Immerse yourself in an unforgettable winter experience in the Cowboy State through snowmobiling, slopes for skiing and snowboarding, mountain excursions and soaking in the healing waters of the hot springs. Discover winter shopping in downtown locations and enjoy a wide array of activities available during this snowy season.
While there are many adventures in the ‘Winter in the Cowboy State: Laramie, Saratoga and Casper Experience’, this itinerary does not include everything this area has to offer. Be sure to check out the full list of Wyoming listings at Travel Wyoming Events Calendar to avoid missing out on all the fun.
Featured on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-ins and Dives! For over 15 years, J’s Prairie Rose has been serving Albany County with fine home-made meals, dishes and desserts. The establishment has a hometown family atmosphere that is sure to bring you a positive dining experience. Home-cooked meals, soups, salads, dine-in specials home-made desserts that are made daily, outside and private room catering and a kids menu. They serve breakfast until 11 a.m. from Monday to Saturday and until noon on Sunday.
Snowy Range is nestled in the stunningly beautiful Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest. This pristine setting is the perfect backdrop for a winter break. Trails range from beginner, immediate to expert. Regardless of your skill level, you’ll find the perfect ski or snowboard run, whether it’s a downhill screamer or a casual glide through tree-lined forests. Enjoy a friendly, exciting winter adventure for you and your family. Take advantage of the day lodge with casual dining, coffee bar and brewery. Skiing and snowboarding lessons are available for all abilities. If you don’t have your own gear, their rental shop has the latest in ski and snowboard technology.
Listed on the National Register, the Wyoming Territorial Prison became a U.S. Penitentiary in 1872 and later Wyoming’s first State Penitentiary. For 30 years it held violent and desperate outlaws. Now a museum, visitors learn of punishment and rehabilitation, as well as discover the stories held within the iron cells and behind the prison walls through a prisoner identity. The Prison Industries Building (broom factory) was used to raise revenue, manage the prison population and used as a rehabilitative strategy. Located on 197 acres, the site offers restored historic buildings, museum exhibits, picnic area, a nature trail, visitor center with gift shop and an RV Dump Station. During the month of October the museum features a pumpkin walk and during Christmas they decorate the prison featuring a light show with music.
Charming, bustling and effortlessly Western, the downtown Laramie area is a must-see while you’re in town. Laid out around the bed of the famous Transcontinental Railroad, this vibrant village is full of personality, combining antique architecture with modern businesses that easily blend past and present-day pride. Stroll around, and you’ll find your choice of local boutiques, eats, bars and brewhouses to explore. Check out Works of Wyoming Gift n Gallery, Coal Creek Tap and Range Leather Co., among others.
Born in a Barn sits in Laramie’s historic downtown, surrounded by plenty of parking. They offer 16 wing sauces, 17 burgers and a wide selection of liquor and beer. Every week brings a new burger special.
Welcome to the Hilton Garden Inn, Laramie’s premier choice for lodging and events. Located on the grounds of University of Wyoming, within easy walking distance of all sports and academic facilities. They have the capacity to host large parties, conferences and more. They also have a restaurant on site.
The new Wyoming Outdoor Adventures storefront, aptly named BaseCamp, is situated in the heart of Saratoga, right across from the Saratoga Hot Springs Resort. BaseCamp is all set to assist adventure enthusiasts in booking and preparing for their Wyoming adventures. The have for rent any necessary gear and be sure to explore their gift shop for a perfect t-shirt of souvenir. Whether you’re planning a seasonal experience like fishing on the Upper North Platte River, renting a UTV or seeking snowmobile rentals for mountain excursions in the Snowy Mountain Range, BaseCamp has you covered.
Hot Springs Soak – Saratoga Hot Springs Resort or Saratoga Hobo Hot Springs
Saratoga , Wyoming
If you are lodging at the Saratoga Hot Springs Resort, you can enjoy their 70-foot outdoor hot springs pool and five smaller, teepee-covered soaking pools. The perfect respite after a long day of cross-country skiing and snowboarding on trails in the Snowy Range and the Sierra Madre Mountains. Also take advantage of their spa and dining options while staying at this unique resort. If you are looking to experience a change in scenery or are not a guest at the Saratoga Hot Springs Resort, you can take a soak at Saratoga Hobo Hot Springs. Free and open around the clock, Hobo Pool has two natural pools (one is aptly named the Not So Hot Pool) adjacent to the Platte River. The site, located near Saratoga’s municipal pool, is a great place to interact with locals.
For centuries, the healing waters of the local mineral hot spring pools have renewed even the most weary of travelers. Come soak away your cares in one of the resort’s private teepee-covered hot pools or our large 70′ mineral hot springs pool. They are a full-service resort with 50 western-style guest rooms and suites, a full restaurant (serving freshly prepared breakfasts, lunch and dinners), a microbrewery and pub (with 5 HD TVs, a pool table, and chess board), a spa (featuring our signature Spirit Journey massage treatment), a public 9-hole golf course and pro shop, facilities for groups, conferences, banquets and weddings, a fitness center and a sport court. Each season offers a new opportunity to play outside in the nearby Snowy Range, Sierra Madre Mountain Range, North Platte River and Saratoga Lake. They offer guided and unguided snowmobile tours and rent everything you need for your adventure: bikes, jeeps, ATVs, snowmobiles, cross-country skis and snowshoes.
The Casper Mountain Trails Center is a hub of outdoor recreation on Casper Mountain. Located eight miles south of Casper, the Center provides access to year-round multi-use trails. Activities include snowshoeing, Nordic skiing, hiking and mountain biking. In the winter, 1.2 kilometers of the trail is lighted for access in the evening. Concessions are available during normal operating hours.
If you’re eager to uncover further adventures on Casper Mountain, we invite you to explore the range of activities it has to offer. Visit https://www.visitcasper.com/things-to-do/outdoor-recreation/casper-mountain/ for a comprehensive list of the mountain’s offerings, including must-visit destinations like Hogadon Basin Ski Area and the Casper Mountain Multi-Use Trails. Casper Mountain is a treasure trove of outdoor experiences waiting to be discovered.
Casper’s downtown area, with its vibrant mix of shops, restaurants and cultural attractions, offers a welcoming atmosphere for both locals and visitors. Strolling through the historic streets, you’ll encounter a blend of modern amenities and timeless charm. The city’s downtown serves as a focal point for community gatherings and events, making it a lively and engaging destination for all.
A regional contemporary art museum and cultural center committed to bringing the visual arts to children and adults of all ages. Our facility consists of eight galleries with exhibitions changing approximately every 90 days and a Children’s Discovery Center where children of all ages are welcome to explore their expressive and creative abilities.
As one of Casper’s central entertainment hubs, David Street Station, transforms during the winter months. The Hilltop National Bank Splash Pad becomes a charming ice-skating rink inviting you to relish the brisk weather and the festive ambiance of Downtown.
Racca’s Pizzeria Napoletana is a gem in Casper that offers Naples-style pizza cooked in a wood-fired oven. They use hickory wood for a lovely flavor in their pizza ovens, which can get up to 800-900 degrees.
Days Inn Casper hotel will brighten up your visit to central Wyoming. Located off I-25 along the Platte River, this hotel puts the best of the area within your reach. Mountains, museums, scenic trails, golf courses, shops and other popular attractions are all nearby.