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Wild West Adventure Tour

The southern region of Wyoming has attracted outdoor enthusiasts, history buffs, and wildlife lovers for generations. Everywhere you turn you’ll find national treasures like Flaming Gorge and Fossil Butte National Monument. If you’re driving through Wyoming, your adventure starts here.

Pinedale

Pinedale combines the charm of a traditional ranching town with the beauty of a winter resort. Nearby you’ll find over 1,300 lakes, the towering peaks of the Bridger Teton National Forest, and the Wind River Mountains. “Scenic” just doesn’t do this town justice.

Must Sees
Visit the Lakes: As we said, there are 1,300 lakes in and around Pinedale. Some of our favorites include: the Fremont Lake which is the state’s second largest and perfect for boating, The Green River Lakes which boast stunning views of the Bridger Teton Wilderness from the Green River Lakes Trailhead, and Island Lake for its breathtaking water and rock features around the Wind River Range.

Museum of the Mountain Man: It only seems appropriate that a town engulfed in mountains should have a Mountain Man Museum. Pinedale once served as a hub during the Rocky Mountain Fur Trade Era. Inside these doors you’ll experience the frontier through the eyes of the old west trailblazers and trappers.

Scenic Skyline Drive: A 32-mile drive around Fremont Lake that will leave you in awe. Look out over richly forested cliffs and the Wind River Peaks towering over the water. Be sure to keep a watchful eye, it’s not uncommon to find wildlife along this drive. Take the US 191 to Fremont Lake Rd to Skyline Drive to Elkhart Park.

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Pinedale Aquatic Center: Known as the “PAC”, this 76,000 square foot recreational playground is a blast for the whole family. The huge indoor pool comes fully equipped with a three story waterslide, spraying submarine, a hot tub, and a current channel. Visitors can also enjoy the fitness center and 32-foot climbing wall.

Kemmerer

The aquarium set in stone. Deep within a fossil-rich landscape, Kemmerer embraces its reputation with Fossil Butte National Monument, annual FossilFest, and the very first JC Penney retail store.

Must Sees
Fossil Butte National Monument: Get ready to be stunned by perfectly preserved fossils, dating back more than 30 million years. Examine the exquisite detail of ancient fish, birds, plants, insects, and mammals. Fossil Butte’s rock is like a giant photograph of our ancient past.

JC Penney Museum & Mother Store: What do you think of when you think of a JC Penney? Is it a humble little corner store with an old yellow sign? Doubt it. But such is the case at the original JC Penney, founded in 1902 by James Cash Penney. Tour the museum to appreciate the retail giant’s mild-mannered beginnings.

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FossilFest: It might only be a few days out of the year, but FossilFest will give you memories that will leave their mark. This family event is full of sports tournaments, fun activities, and even a parade.

Evanston

Evanston is an authentic western railroad town with all the amenities of a great family road trip – a historic downtown, plenty of outdoor recreation, and a beautiful state park.

Must Sees
Bear River State Park: Take the family on an easy hike along the Bear River where you may see a small herd of bison and elk. The trails are perfect for biking or skiing in the winter. If you’re there during the summer, buy a tube from the local tire shop and float down the river.

Mirror Lake Scenic Byway: Cruise on down the 150 and you’ll reach one of the finest strips of scenic highway in the west. Slow down when you reach the snow-capped Uintas for a breathtaking vista. Other high points include: The Mormon Trail, The Bear Town Interpretive Site, and Sulphur Creek Reservoir.

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Historic Downtown: Most of downtown’s sixty buildings were built in the late 1800s. Be sure to pass by the Downs’ Opera House, city hall, and the Strand Cinema. Whether you’re there to shop or just see the sights – downtown is a great place to explore.

Rock Springs

Founded in 1862, Rock Springs has since provided the nation with an endless supply of coal. Being a leader in energy production has attracted job seekers of all backgrounds and helped give the town the reputation as the “home of 56 nationalities”. Rock Springs has become a great destination for anyone looking for a diverse experience.

Must Sees
Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area: Explorer John Powell gave the gorge its name due to its vibrant red cliffs. The reservoir down below is fed by the Green River and is considered one of America’s “fishing hot spots.” Play on the shore or rent a boat for the day. Just the scenic drive alone is worth the trip.

Killpecker Sand Dunes: Do you miss playing in the sandbox? Relive the glory days at the Killpecker Sand Dunes! You might not think you’re driving to the dunes on your way there, but don’t worry, they’ll pop up out of nowhere.

Adobe Town: If you’re willing to take a slight detour, the Adobe Town high desert wilderness will not disappoint. Wild horses run under the shade of cliffs and warped rock formations, some of which are home to ancient fossils. Hike or bike to the lookouts for an unforgettable view.

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Broadway Burger Station: This charming 50’s diner has some of the juiciest burgers in town. Trust us, the fry sauce and creamy shakes are worth the added guilt trip. Never has low self-esteem tasted so good.

Rawlins

Back in the day, Rawlins was a Wild West town plagued by the daily disturbances of outlaws. That was until the town came together and took them down vigilante-style. Today, Rawlins still lives up to its tough reputation with landmarks such as the Wyoming Frontier Prison.

Must Sees
Wyoming Territorial Prison: Want to scare your kids into good behavior? Of course you do. Take them on a tour of this historic penitentiary where they’ll learn of its haunted past. “The Old Pen” as they call it, was home to train robbers, famous escapes, and reckless outlaws.

Carbon County Museum: See Rawlins in a whole new light with a visit to the Carbon County Museum. Exhibits showcase shocking stories of outlaws, rare Native American artifacts, and tales of past trailblazers.

Seminoe State Park: A scenic reservoir sits below the Seminoe Mountains. Fly fisherman try to keep up with the fish on “The Miracle Mile.” Hikers make way for Bighorn Sheep on a mountain trail. Wake boarders jump the wake behind a speedboat. Seminoe is always buzzing with activity.

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Huckleberry’s Expresso & Ice Cream: It might sound like a random combo, but never has hot and cold come together so beautifully. Stop by in the morning for a fresh cup of coffee and a warm croissant or cool off in the afternoon with a scoop of their delicious ice cream.

Laramie

The Gem City of the Plains has made its definitive mark in history. Laramie was the first to have a woman serve on a jury and vote in a general election. Now its home to the University of Wyoming and several museums that attest to its important history and fun adventurous culture.

Must Sees
Medicine Bow National Forest: Hike along snow-capped peaks and crystal clear streams on one of the scenic trails. Relax and enjoy the smell of fresh pine during your family picnic. This lush forest has enough to keep you busy for the day.

Vedauwoo: Pronounced vee-da-voo, the park boasts some of the most unique rock formations that attract climbers and bikers from across the country. The area of Medicine Bow has views that will take your breath away.

University of Wyoming: UW hasn’t just served Laramie as an educational facility, but as the cultural hub that gives the town much of its fun personality. Walk among dinosaurs in its very own Geological Museum or indulge your artsy side with a visit to the Art Museum. From fine arts to exciting sports, UW has it all.

Local’s Guide
Laramie Lincoln Monument: How can you pass up a chance to honor one of our nation’s most influential leaders? The two ton bronze head of Honest Abe was sculpted by local professor Robert Russin in 1959 as a homage to Lincoln’s 150th birthday.

Cheyenne

The capital of Wyoming and the state’s largest city. All it takes is one day in Cheyenne to feel like a true cowboy. Watch the bull riders at a Friday night rodeo. Trace the footsteps of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid on the infamous Outlaw Trail. Ride a horse drawn wagon at the Terry Bison Ranch. Wild adventure made Cheyenne the city it is today.

Must Sees
Cheyenne Frontier Days: Known as “The Daddy of ‘em All”, Frontier Days has been crowned the world’s largest outdoor rodeo and western celebration. The 10 day festival has bull riders, cook-offs, parades, carnival rides, concerts, there’s far too much too see and do in just one visit.

Terry Bison Ranch: Picture 30,000 acres of lush grassland is grazed by over 2,000 bison. Hop on the motorized train that winds through the herd and learn about the history of the ranch. Other activities include horseback riding, fishing, and a Kid Corral.

Cheyenne Depot: Built in 1886, this Union Pacific Railroad Depot is hailed as one of the most beautiful train stations in the country. Take the kids through the fun interactive exhibits of the museum to give them a better appreciation for the transcontinental glory days. Besides, who doesn’t love trains?

Local’s Guide
Cheyenne Botanic Gardens: These gorgeous gardens are maintained by youth, senior, and handicapped volunteers year round. Explore the 27 specialty landscapes like the Bedont Rose and Cottage Gardens. Let the kids get their wiggles out at the Paul Smith Children’s Village. Another must see at the Gardens, is engine 1242, Wyoming’s oldest train engine