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Carbon County

From pristine rivers and snow-capped mountains to unique local eateries and Western history, southern Wyoming’s Carbon County has everything you need to get your West on.

Explore Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest by hiking, mountain biking or horseback riding along one of the many trails. Perfect your cast fishing along the Medicine Bow or Upper North Platte river before making your way to the area’s famous fly fishing stretch known as the Miracle Mile. Soak in one of Saratoga’s natural mineral hot springs and then grab a bite to eat at Firewater Public House. Once you’ve had your fill of the great outdoors, choose from a variety of lodging, including dude ranches like Boyer YL Ranch and historic hotels like Hotel Wolf, the Historic Elk Mountain Hotel or the Historic Virginian Hotel. In the fall enjoy golden aspen leaves along Battle Pass Scenic Byway, and during the winter months grab your snowshoes, Nordic skiis or hop on a snowmobile to experience stunning snow-covered terrain. Don’t miss out on the area’s Old West history, including stories of infamous outlaws at the Wyoming Frontier Prison and relics from a bygone era at the Grand Encampment Museum.

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Cities in Carbon County

  • Baggs
  • Dixon
  • Elk Mountain
  • Encampment
  • Hanna
  • Medicine Bow
  • Rawlins
  • Riverside
  • Saratoga
  • Savery

Baggs

The out of the way Little Snake River Valley town of Baggs is located on the main road WYO 70 at the southern Wyoming boundary and was an ideal rendezvous for bad guys, including Butch Cassidy and his Wild Bunch. You’ll find a vacation spot away from the crowds that is connected with the North Platte River Valley, the unspoiled Sierra Madre Mountain Range and the Medicine Bow National Forest where wildlife watching is at a premium.

Dixon

Dixon is located on the Little Snake River Valley just west of the Continental Divide and in the foothills of Wyoming’s Sierra Madre Mountains. As the south-central gateway to the Medicine Bow National Forest, this town is surrounded by beautiful mountain vistas and sweeping sage flats right in the heart of a very diverse atmosphere with everything from forest to high plains desert.

Elk Mountain

Elk Mountain’s namesake is the mountain, which was named for Sioux Chief Standing Elk. This magnificent and distinctive mountain thrusts its rugged profile 11,166 feet skyward, forming the northernmost extension of the Medicine Bow Range. You can see this beautiful mountain for many miles along the Interstate-80 and US 30 routes, and the area is known for its world-class trout fishing, hunting, hiking, camping and skiing.

Encampment

Located at the base of the Sierra Madres, Encampment is the gateway to the Medicine Bow Forest on the county’s south end. You’ll find the over 100-year-old operational Grand Encampment Opera Hall, as well as wood chopping events and a rodeo at the Encampment Rodeo Grounds. The Grand Encampment Museum preserves the area’s history with its collection of over a dozen historical buildings filled with timber, mining and agricultural artifacts.

Hanna

As the first coal camp on the line of the Union Pacific Railroad, Hanna is a town with a rich history of hard-luck coal miners and the Union Pacific Coal Company. History buffs will want to explore the Hanna Museum and the miner memorials. As the gateway to North Country, Hanah is the place for boating and fishing at Seminoe State Park and big game hunting at Shirley Basin.

Medicine Bow

Medicine Bow is located along the Medicine Bow River, and once was the watering station for the Union Pacific railroad. You can still stay in the three-story Virginian Hotel built in 1909, or have a drink at one of the finest old-time western bars in Wyoming. The Medicine Bow Museum and Owen Wister Cabin offer a glimpse at days gone by. Nearby you’ll find outdoor adventure at Shirley Basin and Seminoe Reservoir.

Rawlins

Rawlins, Wyoming is where western hospitality and history come together to bring a true Wyoming experience like no other. Founded on the Union Pacific Railroad line, Rawlins was historically a major passenger and freight station stop along the Transcontinental Railroad route.

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Riverside

Located on the junction of U.S. 230 and WYO Hwy 70 is Riverside, a friendly American small-town. You’ll find the Carbon County Visitors Center here, offering a wealth of information on what to see and do. This includes visiting the Indian Bathtubs, cruising Battle Highway, and hunting, fishing and camping.

Saratoga

Saratoga, Wyoming is one of the state’s hot springs destinations, offering a few options for those wanting to relax in these healing waters. Head to Hobo Hot Springs for a free experience in a natural setting near the North Platte River, or book a stay at Saratoga Hot Springs Resort to soak under teepee-covered pools.

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Savery

Resting quietly between the desolate beauty of the Red Desert to the west and the majestic Sierra Madre Mountains to the east is the Little Snake River Valley and the town of Savery. One of the most isolated places in Wyoming offers a strong sense of history through its museums and artifacts, and many exciting things to do, including fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, cross country skiing, camping, wildlife viewing and more.

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