Plan a getaway to Carbon County, Wyoming! Embrace the wild Wyoming landscapes and escape the crowds. Social distancing comes naturally here and you might be surprised at all the great things you can see and do.
Fall and winter in southern Wyoming are the perfect seasons for a visit. From the ski trails to the hot springs, to the comfort of a cozy fireplace, there are many ways to enjoy the cooler seasons in this quiet corner of Wyoming.
Outdoor recreation in southern Wyoming is unparalleled. If you love the great outdoors, this is the place to be. Carbon County has some of the best snowmobiling anywhere! Explore over 500 miles of trails with terrain to please users of all skill levels. Consider enlisting the services of a local outfitter or guide to show you the ropes. Nordic skiing and snowshoeing are also popular. The Brush Creek and Bottle Creek Trail systems are among the best. These maintained trails loop through beautiful aspen and pine forests. Plus, it’s so quiet, you’ll be able to hear the snow fall.
After a day exploring, you’ll want to hit up a true gem of the Platte River Valley; Hobo Hot Springs. Free and open to the public 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, the Saratoga Hot Pool is the ultimate for healthy relaxation.
Take your taste buds on a tour. In Rawlins, scratch your itch for tasty Thai. In Saratoga choose between fine dining, classic Italian or scratch-made pub faire. The Historic Hotel Wolf, The Virginian Hotel, the Saratoga Hot Springs Resort and the Historic Elk Mountain Hotel Restaurant all offer unique Western history paired with delicious dining options. All around Carbon County you’ll find meals prepared with local flavor.
There are also great local options to imbibe. Brush Creek Ranch has recently launched a new line of spirits which are distilled and crafted on-site. You won’t want to miss the opportunity to sample their small batch bourbon, rye, gin, and vodka. You’ll also want to explore craft brews from Snowy Mountain Brewery. We recommend trying a tasting paddle so you can sample a variety of the flavors on tap.
Wyoming is steeped in outlaw history, and you’ll find pieces of it all around Carbon County. History buffs will want to explore the Wyoming Frontier Prison (open year-round) where you can discover Wyoming’s colorful criminal history. The Carbon County Museum in Rawlins has three separate gallery spaces that cover different aspects of local history and culture as well as a Children’s Zone for kids to explore. You’ll also want to check out the historic downtowns of Saratoga and Rawlins where you can find local art, jewelry and more.
Historically, Carbon County has been traversed by the Overland Trail, Oregon Trail, Mormon Trail, and both the original route of the Union Pacific Railroad and the Lincoln Highway. Interstate 80 is now the trail of choice for most travelers through the county, although several scenic back roads and byways offer pleasant alternatives.
You will find lots of great lodging options throughout Carbon County. Discover cozy cabins & cottages, all-inclusive resorts, authentic guest ranches, snug B & B’s, hotels & motels, roomy vacation rentals, lodges, RV camping and more! Whatever your style, you’ll find choices that appeal to you.
What are you waiting for? No matter your trip length, Wyoming’s Carbon County delivers it all: room to roam through the great outdoors, delicious dining, oodles of history and ample lodging. Come Visit and Get your West on!