Carbon County, Wyoming, is home to breathtaking landscapes and endless adventure, with 10-plus museums and historical sites and unlimited outdoor recreation including hiking, biking, fishing, floating, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and more.
Carbon County boasts two motorcoach-friendly scenic byways. The Snowy Range Scenic Byway, located south of Interstate 80 and between Laramie and Saratoga, has stunning views of large granite peaks and refreshing alpine lakes. Battle Pass Scenic Byway, in the southern portion of Carbon County, connects the Grand Encampment Museum and the Little Snake River Museum.
Rawlins and Saratoga are foodie destinations, with restaurants ranging from fine dining Italian to classic steakhouses. Stop by The Malt in Saratoga to enjoy gourmet burgers and boozy milkshakes, and visit Buck’s Sports Grill in Rawlins to peruse the massive menus, which offer something for everyone.
Group tours can explore Western history while immersing themselves in the same unspoiled landscapes the first pioneers traversed. With just over 14,000 people living in the county, your group is sure to explore southern Wyoming’s great outdoors in its most natural state. The Wyoming Frontier Prison in Rawlins was the first Wyoming State Penitentiary and operated from 1901-81, when the new state penitentiary opened just south of the city. Today, the Wyoming Frontier Prison is an immersive look at the lives of those who served time here. Travelers can sit in a cell, see the drawings by inmates on the walls, and hear all the stories of inmates who served time behind bars for their crimes. The Wyoming Frontier Prison offers group rates for guided tours. Call 307-324-4422 to learn more.
The Grand Encampment Museum, located in the beautiful Encampment River Valley in southern Carbon County, has a vast collection of historical buildings filled with artifacts that share the valley’s agricultural, timber, and mining history. The Grand Encampment Museum offers guided tours and recommends calling 307-327-5308 to schedule a visit for large groups. This museum asks for a donation admission entry fee.
The Saratoga Hot Springs Resort in Saratoga is always a favorite stop on a trip to Carbon County. The resort features a 70-foot-long hot springs swimming pool, individual teepee-covered hot springs, an on-site spa, and the Snowy Mountain Pub and Brewery. The resort staff are happy to assist group tours during their stays and can help you come up with new and refreshing ideas to make the most of your visit.
Each year, Carbon County plays host to some spectacular annual events. Woodchoppers Jamboree and Rodeo, always the third weekend in June, is a fun and unique event. Woodchoppers from across Carbon County and other surrounding areas put their skills to the test in a series of timed tasks. During the last weekend of July, The What Festival, Wyoming’s grassroots music festival, brings together diverse musical acts in Saratoga. Looking for something to do during spooky season? The Wyoming Frontier Prison hosts nighttime haunted house tours that are sure to thrill and excite visitors through the end of October.
The Discover Carbon County team is always available to assist you with your planning process and can help provide you with goodies for your guests. You can reach the team at 307-324-3020 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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