Wyoming Travel and Recreation Guide
Wyoming Travel and Recreation Guide
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Table of Contents R egions Region 1: Southeast “Trailhead Country”.................03 Region 2: Central “Pioneer Country” ......................20 Region 3: Northeast “Big River Mountain Country”..31 Region 4: Northwest “Yellowstone Country”.............48 Region 5: Southwest “Frontier Land Country”..........73 Region 6: Featured “The Dakotas”...........................88 Art & Design
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Welcome to the Wyoming Travel and Recreation Guide, your one-stop magazine. Our goal is to give you, our visitors and guests, a total travel experience. This guide is divided into five (5) geographical regions, each with a state and travel map. Each section is designed to guide you with information on accommodations, great dining, scenic tours, major attractions, and activities. Each section has its own calendar of events as well as information for Chambers of Commerce and Tourist Information Centers. Each of the 5 regions are color coded. At the end of each region is a business directory, listing all goods & services by business name, type of business, location, and phone number. You’ll also note that we list points of interest with a breakdown of state parks, national forests, campground facilities, major events, maps, museums, and sight seeing tours in each area for easy reference. We truly have something for every one. We have taken the time to write in-depth articles on some unique area businesses. With these articles, we hope you will gain valuable insight into our local treasures. We strive to provide you with an excellent reference guide that we hope will enrich your travel plans. As a bonus, Todayz Wyoming Travel & Recreation Magazine will be available online at www.WyomingTravelCouncil.com. Your shared experiences will help us provide better information to ever yone. Contact us at Graphics@Todayzpublishing.com to submit your photos and stories.
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Southeast: Trailhead country
BAGGS Wyoming Highway 789 crosses the Continental Divide between Creston Junction and Baggs, which is about 150 miles, as a crow flies, from the state capitol in Cheyenne. The highway is part of a multi-state route that passes through Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming and Montana. Baggs is another locale that claims Butch Cassidy as a prodigal son and the Gaddis/Mathews cabin on Highway 789 was a local hangout of Butch and his gang. Long after his reported death in Bolivia in 1909, local residents insisted that Butch made several visits to Baggs during hunting trips with friends in 1929 and 1930. Of course this is still hotly debated. Baggs is especially proud of its place as the gateway to the Red Desert, a vast expanse of dry red soil. The Red Desert is a land of wild horses, roaming herds of antelope, and ever-present red-tail hawks. It is also the largest area of unfenced land in the forty-eight states. Livestock operation (ranching) was directly responsible for the earliest permanent settlement of the Little Snake Basin. Many of the towns and other features carry the names of the early ranchers in the valley. Oil and Gas exploration, development, and production have become an increasingly important component of the local economy and tax base in the Little Snake Basin area. Wyoming Travel and Recreation Guide
The first discovery and production of oil in the basin occurred in 1954. For more information contact: Baggs Visitor Center P.O. Box 300 Baggs, WY 82321 (307) 383-7335 www.townofbaggs.com CENTENNIAL Situated at the foot of the Snowy Range mountains, Centennial is only one mile from the Medicine Bow National Forest and five miles from the Snowy Range Ski Area. This majestic range mountains feature deep glacial lakes, pastoral meadows, rushing trout streams and inspirational granite peaks. The vast recreational opportunities of the Centennial area, excellent both in summer and winter, attract tourists from all over the world. You may want to try your hand at fishing for elusive brook trout, which is abundant in the surrounding waters. Also, there are many fine restaurants and accommodations in the area. If you are looking for the real Wyoming that your soul cries out for and not the usual tourist trap, give us a try. You wonâ€™t be disappointed. 5
For more information contact: Saratoga/Platte Valley Chamber of Commerce 210 West Elm Street P.O. Box 1095 Saratoga, WY 82331 (307) 326-8855 email@example.com CHEYENNE Cheyenne is the capital and largest city of Wyoming. On July 4, 1867, General Grenville M. Dodge and his survey crew platted this site in Dakota Territory (later Wyoming Territory). This site was chosen as the point at which the Union Pacific Railroad crossed Crow Creek, a tributary of the South Platte River. It was named for the Native American Cheyenne nation, one of the most famous and prominent Great Plains tribes. Home to Cheyenne Frontier Days, this 10-day celebration is the largest outdoor rodeo and western celebration in America. It is held late July each year and you will find an extensive carriage collection, western art, period clothing and various exhibits. The museum is open 7 days a week. Cheyenne’s historic Depot has the distinct honor of being designated a National Landmark. If tracking trains is your thing, you’ll find “Big Boy-Engine 4004”, the world’s largest steam engine in Holiday Park. It was retired in 1956. ‘Ole Sadie Engine 1242, a Harriman Class, is the oldest steam engine in Wyoming. While in Cheyenne, you’ll discover many great dining and shopping opportunities. Along the streets of Cheyenne you will find 8-foot tall painted boots designed and painted by local artists. For more information contact: Greater Cheyenne Chamber 121 W. 15th St. Cheyenne, WY 82001 (307) 638-3388 www.cheyennechamber.org CHUGWATER If you ever get the chance to come to Chugwater, you’ll find a warm welcome. Visitors always comment on the beauty of the surrounding rock formations and plateaus. It seems to frame the town in earthly beauty. The community is historic, progressive and friendly. We’re only two-and-a-half hours north of Denver, and a half hour south of Wheatland, Wyoming. Chugwater is also only a half hour from Cheyenne, the crossroads of two major national highways, I-25 and I-80. For more information contact: Town of Chugwater 248 2nd. St. Chugwater, WY 82210 (307) 422-3493 www.chugwater.com ENCAMPMENT At the turn of the twentieth century, Encampment was a booming center of copper mining and smelting. The Grand Encampment copper boom started in 1897, when an English sheepherder struggled across the snow fields of the Sierra Madres to a quartzite dike he had seen the previous fall. With that discovery, the town boomed to more than 1,000 residents and a sixteen-mile-long tramway was built to carry copper ore from the mountains into the town for smelting. At the time, it was the longest tram in the world. A smelter was built so that the copper could be made into usable metal. Encampment is located in 6
a very popular area for great outdoor recreation including hunting, fishing, camping, backpacking and hiking. During the wintertime, visitors enjoy snowshoeing, skiing and snowmobiling. The Sierra Madre Winter Carnival, held in February, features a Nordic ski race. At Medicine Bow National Forest, just minutes from town, you can find solitude in four wilderness areas and a million acres of national forest land with abundant elk, deer, antelope and birds. For information contact: Saratoga/Platte Valley Chamber of Commerce 210 West Elm Street P.O. Box 1095 Saratoga, WY 82331 (307) 326-8855 firstname.lastname@example.org GLENDO Glendo is a community small in number (229 residents) but big at heart and rich in history! Incorporated in 1922, the California, Oregon, Mormon trails and the Overland Stage route passed south of here. Located near scenic Glendo Reservoir, that when full, is one of the largest bodies of water in Wyoming. The area possesses recreational opportunities galore. Glendo Reservoir and the nearby Laramie Peak Area of the Medicine Bow National Forest make this a perfect get away. This small community offers many points of interest and attractions for the first time and repeat visitor; the abundant recreation on Glendo Reservoir, sight-seeing at the Oregon Trail Ruts, and Medicine Bow National Forest, rock hunting, fishing and hunting. Glendo State Park is located in one of Wyoming’s most historic areas. Spanish diggings, suggesting a large area of aboriginal activity, lie just a few miles east of the reservoir. Tipi rings and a variety of cultural artifacts from the Arapaho, Cheyenne, Oglala and Brule Sioux tribes can still be found at the park and the surrounding area. Glendo Dam construction began in 1954. The dam was completed in 1957 and the power plant in 1958. The Glendo Historical Museum was started when J.R. Wilson’s collections of artifacts were given to the town in 1956. Wilson was a local merchant, artist, homesteader and amateur paleontologist. The museum also houses WWII, Native American, and pioneer artifacts. Photographs of local family and area history, including the Glendo Dam and Reservoir are on display. For more information contact: Saratoga/Platte Valley Chamber of Commerce 210 West Elm Street P.O. Box 1095 Saratoga, WY 82331 (307) 326-8855 email@example.com GUERNSEY Surrounding areas....Hartville, located 6 miles north of Guernsey, is Wyoming’s oldest incorporated town dating back to 1884. Hartville was first settled in the 1870’s by prospectors mining for gold, copper, onyx and iron. Some of the old stone buildings still stand today, as well as a couple of businesses; which includes the oldest active bar in the State of Wyoming. Sunrise, located one mile east of Hartville on Highway 318, started as a copper mine but in 1898, an iron ore mining operation was established. It started as one of the largest open pit mines and later was mined underground as well. Being a company town, Sunrise had its own store, doctor, hospital, church, school and the first YMCA ever built in the State of Wyoming. Less demand for ore brought production to a Wyoming Travel and Recreation Guide
Days Inn - Torrington The Days Inn brand, owned by Wyndham Worldwide Corporation, has been accommodating vacationers and business travelers alike since 1970. The chain has built a strong worldwide reputation for providing comfort and convenience at competitive rates. The Torrington location opened its doors in the early seventies, becoming a Days Inn in December 2007, and is the only motel in town to offer a restaurant and lounge. Each room has a microwave, fridge, coffee pot, hair dryer, and ironing board. Enjoy a complimentary breakfast and take a dip the cowboy boot-shaped swimming pool. The inn is pet friendly, so feel free to bring your favorite fourlegged friend. Torrington sees a wide range of vistors. The popular landmark Ft. Laramie is nearby and attracts history buffs spanning the globe. Local events such as chariot races and the mixed martial arts series, Caged Collision, bring significant interest to the area. Occasions from construction projects to wedding parties also bring a number of guests to the Days Inn. “I really enjoy being around the people. You hear a lot of interesting stories from all over the world,” comments, Manager, Lynette Palmer. To learn more and to make reservations call the Torrington location at 307-532-4011 or visit www.daysinn.com.
• Indoor Heated Pool • Rollaway Service • Non-Smoking Rooms • Pets Accepted • Restaurant/Lounge • Free High Speed • Wireless Internet • 27-inch TV with cable
307-532-4011 1555 S Main Street. Torrington, WY 82240 US
The Days Inn Torrington is the only hotel in town with a restaurant and lounge on sight. Swim in our beautiful indoor pool. The beautiful Sky Cafe is open for breakfast, and dinner. We are just minutes from Fort Laramie National Historic site, Scottsbluff, NE, Register Cliff, Guernsey State Park and other attractions. Whether your visit brings you for business or pleasure, let the Days Inn be your Host while in the Torrington area. Visit our website for more info and to make a reservation today.
The Drunken Skunk The Drunken Skunk in Cheyenne is your headquarters for a great time. This classic rock-themed bar offers all the fun traditional night out activities including shuffleboard, darts, pinball, video games, pool, and more. Local and national touring rock bands perform live on Fridays and Saturdays. For the ladies, Wednesday night features $1.25 wine, wells, and drafts to go along with Karaoke. Thursday night is guys’ night out; enjoy drink specials and service from the Official Skunk Girl waitress. Along with a variety of wines and cocktails, the bar offers five on-tap domestic beers. The Drunken Skunk began life as the Game On Sports Bar in 2005. After moving to a new location in December 2008 the establishment undertook a new identity to go along with the name, which was suggested by customers and voted on by the staff. From young college students to a loyal 83-year-old patron, The Drunken Skunk enjoys guests of all ages. “I really enjoy the people. It’s a blast working here,” remarks Co-Owner, Lori Fisher. Wyoming Travel and Recreation Guide
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standstill closing the mine in 1980. Sunrise has now become nothing more than a mere ghost town filled with the memories of a once thriving community. Guernsey lies directly on the old Oregon Trail. Ruts formed in the limestone by the many wagon trains that passed through the area on their way to Oregon are in evidence approximately one mile south of the town. For more information contact: Town Hall 81 W. Whalen St. Guernsey, WY 82214 (307) 836-2335 HANNA Lying as it does in the center of one of Wyoming’s largest and richest coal fields, Hanna has an equally rich past and present. The Union Pacific Coal Company founded Hanna for their workers and their families. Life was hard for the coal miners who lived in and around Hanna but, as photos depict at the Hanna Museum, they always had time for a company sponsored baseball team. It is rumored that more than one unqualified coal miner was hired for his baseball skills. Mining has been the mainstay in this part of the county since coal was discovered here in the late 1800s. Two disastrous explosions, one in 1903 and the other in 1908, took the lives of 228 local miners. Just south of Hanna, remnants of the ghost town of Old Carbon; the first coal camp on the line of the Union Pacific Railroad can be found. For history buffs, the Carbon Cemetery holds a wonderful record of the Union Pacific coal miners and their families. The Old Carbon Cemetery has recently received funding for a restoration and preservation project to help research and record the lives and deaths of Carbon and Hanna’s earliest residents. Hanna was also a major hub of the emerging transportation industry. The Overland Trail and the Union Pacific Railroad all passed through Hanna. The first transcontinental airmail planes flew over Hanna. History buffs will enjoy the Hanna Museum, which offers an excellent background on the coal company town and a rare Rotary Locomotive on display. Also be sure to visit the three memorials built to honor the miners lost in two explosions, one in 1903 and 1908. Hanna is the gateway to the activities in the North Country including the famous angling paradise of Miracle Mile. Boating and fishing enthusiasts flock to Seminoe State Park to enjoy summer days on the Reservoir. In the fall, Shirley Basin offers great guided and unguided big game hunting opportunities. With the winter season, travelers can enjoy snowmobiling and cross country skiing. For more information contact: Carbon County Visitors Council 816 West Spruce Street Rawlins, WY 82301 (800) 228-3547 firstname.lastname@example.org HARTVILLE Picturesque Hartville is one of the oldest incorporated towns in Wyoming. Established in 1884, it was settled in the 1870’s by prospectors mining for gold, silver, copper, onyz and iron. By the end of the 19th century, Hartville was a thriving center for mining activity and trading point for the area’s cattle and sheep ranchers. It is located in Eureka Canyon – a small community six miles north of Guernsey on Highway 270. It is accessible by paved road from the North end of Guernsey State Park and the lake area in just two and a half miles.
Hartville was first settled in the 1870s by prospectors mining for gold, silver, copper, onyx and iron. At the turn of the century it was a thriving city. Several of the stone buildings and those constructed with false fronts still stand today. The stone-built town jail held many a “character” in days of yore and is one place you don’t want to miss. Today, Hartville is populated by retired miners and a few young families. The original cemetery, Boot Hill, is crowded with the bodies of men who died wearing their cowboy boots. Gunfights really did take place on Main Street. For more information contact: Platte County Chamber of Commerce 65 16th Street Wheatland, WY 82201 (307) 322-2322 email@example.com LARAMIE Laramie, Wyoming is a town of 28,000, located in south eastern Wyoming. Located 49 miles from the state capital of Cheyenne, at 7,200 feet on the eastern edge of a large plateau called the Laramie Plains. The city was incorporated on December 12, 1873, seventeen years before Wyoming became a state. The city is home to the University of Wyoming, the state’s only 4-year educational institution. Laramie gained international attention in 1870, when Louisa Swain became “the world’s first woman voter under laws guaranteeing absolute political equality”. In September 2003, a statue honoring Swain unveiled just one block from the building where Swain cast her historic vote. In 1959, the state of Wyoming commissioned a monument honoring Abraham Lincoln. The monument, an oversized 12-foot bronze bust sits on top of a 30-foot tall granite pedestal located eleven miles east of Laramie on Interstate 80. The highest point on Interstate 80 from coast to coast at 8,640 feet above sea level. Wyoming is home to some of the most extensive fossil beds in the world and UW’s Geology Museum is home to a large display of dinosaur skeletons from around the world and from Wyoming’s famous Como Bluff area, which is located 30 miles west of Laramie. For more information contact: Laramie Chamber of Commerce (307) 745-7339 firstname.lastname@example.org LINGLE Located at the junction of U.S. Highways 85 and 26. Lingle is within two miles of the Grattan Massacre of 1854, the Bordeaux Trading Post site, and an access point to the North Platte River. The town’s swimming pool, park with picnic area and horseshoe pits offers a chance to relax after spending hours on the road. For a great meal, stop in at the Stagecoach Cafe on Main Street. For more information contact: Goshen County Chamber of Commerce 350 West 21st Ave. Torrington, WY 82240 (307) 532-3879 www.goshencountychamber.com MEDICINE BOW Historic Medicine Bow is located in southeastern Wyoming and is the setting of Owen Wister’s book, The Virginian. It is also home of the Historic Virginian Hotel. Medicine Bow has many historical sites and the surrounding areas are rich in outdoor recreational opportunities. Wyoming Travel and Recreation Guide
Maverick Motorsports Thanks to Maverick Motorsports, the outdoors never looked so good. Located on Scenic Byway 130 and just minutes from the breathtaking Snowy Range Mountains, a trip to Maverick is essential for any adventure. “We offer an escape for people… something that gets them away for a short time to just have fun,” says Angi Lund, Marketing Director. And whether you’re in the market for a motorcycle, ATV or snowmobile, Maverick Motorsports has what you need. Not only does Maverick Motorsports offer Harley Davidson and Honda motorcycles, Can-Am and Honda ATV’s share the floor with Ski-Doo snowmobiles. Maverick also offers a wide variety of other makes and models, both new and used. With such an extensive selection and different price points to choose from, they can meet the needs of any rider. You can also enjoy the outdoor experience with Outlaw Rentals, located right in the store offering motorcycle, snowmobile and ATV rentals.
Maverick Motorsports takes pride in being your one-stopshop for gear, parts and accessories. Maverick’s knowledgeable staff and attentive customer service sets them apart from the competition. Someone helpful is always on hand to offer expertise and answer questions. By providing priority service for all the models they carry, Maverick Motorsports quickly earns the business of even the most discriminating riders. They also offer an extended warranty along with the manufacturer’s warranty. Gold Rush, Maverick’s extended service maintenance program, has been specially designed for you. Maverick Motorsports’ website is convenient and easy to use. Visit www.mavericklaramie.com to obtain an online quote or sign up for the monthly e-newsletter. Shoppers can apply for financing and benefit from special online pricing on apparel and accessories. For more information about how to begin your next outdoor adventure, call (307) 721-1024.
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The Oregon Trail loops around town, and the railroad line that replaced the Oregon Trail runs right past town. The area is famous for wind energy development hunting, hiking, camping, historical research and research regarding dinosaur excavation at Como Bluff. In 1911, the town’s mayor, August Grimm and his partner, George Plummer, opened The Virginian Hotel to the public; making much of its electric lighting and sewer system, the first of their kind in the town. In 1984, the hotel was reopened in its present completely renovated state, having received designation as a National Historic Place. Tour the decorated rooms and speculate about where one Owen Wister (author of the first western novel) stayed. The Medicine Bow Museum is located in the old railroad depot. Seven miles east of Medicine Bow stands the Como Bluff Museum Building, made entirely of dinosaur bones and was featured in Ripley’s Believe It or Not as the “Oldest Building in America.” The site and building are now in private hands, but the owner will sometimes permit tours on request. For more information contact: Carbon County Visitors Council P.O. Box 1017 Rawlins WY 82301 (800) 228-3547 email@example.com PINE BLUFFS First known as Rock Ranch, Pine Bluffs is a small town rich in amazing historical heritage. The name was changed by railroad officials for the pines on the nearby bluffs. In 1868, Pine Bluffs consisted of a tent, a slab shack with a stone chimney, and a square shed of canvas-covered poles. Cattle herds moved up the Texas Trail which ran through Pine Bluffs and became the largest cattle shipping point on the UP Railroad around 1884. A few years later, in 1898, Mr. C.W. Johnson opened up one of Pine Bluffs’ oldest stores. It was a proven success from the beginning, and remained opened until the latter half of the 20th century. By the early 1900’s, Pine Bluffs was a very well-known little town. It was once know as the best lighted city of it size in the entire United States. The Pine Bluffs Lighting Company was organized in September of 1909. This company used gas produced by a new process giving the light more brilliance. Along with a growing town economy, agricultural endeavors were also booming around Pine Bluffs. In 1909, the local farmers got a chance to show off their hard work and dedication to the land. A unique but successful fair called the “Harvest Festival” was put on to showcase the vegetable and dry-farming section variety in the town. Rich in history and charm, Pine Bluffs is the home of the University of Wyoming’s Historic Archaeological Dig, where researchers have painstakingly extracted American Indian and prehistoric artifacts dating back 8,000 years. At Pine Bluffs, you can visit the Texas Trail Museum and the adjacent one room school house, the frontier church and a caboose from the Union Pacific Railroad days. The Texas Trail Monument marks the path where one of the most spectacular movements of all time took place. For more information contact: Town of Pine Bluffs P.O. Box 429 Pine Bluffs, WY 82082 (307) 245-3695
RAWLINS Carbon County owes much of its early history to the Union Pacific Railroad. The railroad gave names to unnamed places as it laid tracks westward over the Rocky Mountains that would eventually become the Trans-Continental Railroad. Well ahead of those tracks were Army surveyors laying out the route and marking the waterholes the great steam-locomotives would need to fill their empty tanks. For more information contact: Rawlins Chamber of Commerce 519 W. Cedar St. Rawlins, WY 82301 (307) 324-4111 www.wyomingcarboncounty.com Saratoga/Platte Valley Promoting our western heritage and quality of life, successful business community, and welfare of all our residents! The Upper North Platte River Valley – Saratoga, Encampment, Riverside, Snowy Range and Ryan Park- is more than a magnificent place to visit, it’s a wonderful place to live, whether you are looking for a place to raise your children, start a new business, own a retirement home, or second home, we offer the best of the best. While our main emphasis is business to business relations, special event coordination, tourism, business leads and opportunities, we also offer services such as business workshops, welcome program for new businesses and residents and much more! We are your information destination! Saratoga/Platte Valley Chamber of Commerce “Focusing on special events coordination, business-to-business relations, tourism, business leads and opportunities and much more-- for the business community of the Upper North Platte Valley—“The Good Times Valley.” The Upper North Platte River Valley is proud of its long-standing western heritage, appealing natural surroundings and quality of life. It is a community whose citizens and leaders strive for responsible growth through open communication and cooperative spirit. The Platte Valley extends its hospitality to all who would join in its vision and future. Come experience the serenity and beauty of the Upper North Platte Valley. Feel the excitement of landing an 18” rainbow from the icy cold water of the North Platte River. Travel south to visit Encampment and Riverside. Wet your line in the pristine Encampment River. Later, relax with a cold drink and well-prepared meal in one of the many eating establishments in Saratoga, Encampment or Riverside. Shop in the locally owned shops and art galleries. Unwind those tight muscles and melt away your cares in the historic hobo hot pool. Dream of bustles, and buggies, cowboys and fiddles while you slumber in the 114 year old Hotel Wolf. The Saratoga/Platte Valley Chamber of Commerce encourages you to visit the Upper North Platte Valley, and turn your fishing trip into an unforgettable memory! For more information contact: Saratoga/Platte Valley Chamber of Commerce 210 West Elm Street Saratoga, WY 82331 (307) 326-8855 firstname.lastname@example.org Saratoga/Platte Valley Calendar of Events April Platte Valley Open Pool Tournament June Woodchopper’s Jamboree and Rodeo
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KOA RV Park – Rawlins Over the years KOA RV Parks throughout the country have earned a solid reputation for great service and amenities. The same holds true for the Rawlins location. The park was built in 1997, with new management just taking over in November 2009. The park can accommodate all types of RVs and also provides a tent area and cabins for those traveling by car. In warm weather refresh in the fiberglass pool and partake in a variety of other activities including horseshoes and basketball. A full playground is sure to keep the little ones entertained for hours on end. The park also houses a pavilion with two stoves, two sinks and picnic tables, perfect for group meetings or family get togethers. New owner Marilyn Godfrey is updating the Kampground store which offers all necessary camping supplies and snacks, plus a full range of gift items for those last minute souvenir ideas. A “KOA Kafé,” aims to provide fresh coffee and muffins in the morning. Ice cream socials and barbeque events are also in the works. “I enjoy being creative and implementing my ideas to give the park more personality,” Godfrey explains. For complete details visit KOA’s home page at www.koa.com. From here you can reserve your site at the Rawlins KOA or any of the other great KOA parks. Call Rawlins’ park at (800) 562-7559 or 307-328-2021 for more information or to reserve your site!
Whether for a family vacation, a trip to Grandma’s, or business, this campground is the perfect stopover. Situated along the Continental Divide, the Rawlins KOA is ideally located for trekking the Continental Divide trail, day trips to explore the beautiful Snowy Range, and for visiting the historic town of Rawlins and the “Old Pen”! Try fishing at Seminoe Reservoir or the Miracle Mile on the North Platte River, hike the Mormon, Oregon or Overland trails, play golf at the Rochelle Ranch Golf Course, or just relax at the pool! There’s something for everyone who visits the Rawlins KOA!
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Library Sports Grille & Brewery “Don’t Lie to your Mom, tell her you’re at the Library,” is the slogan of Wyoming’s first brewpub! The Library Sports Grille and Brewery in Laramie is straight across the street from the University of Wyoming dorm complex, and as such is a very popular destination among students and Cowboy and Cowgirl fans in town for the big game.
atmosphere. “I enjoy the clientele. They’re laid back and enjoy drinking good beer,” remarks Co-Owner Bryan Gay. For more details visit www.librarysportsgrilleandbrewery.com or call 307-742-0500.
The bar offers seven micros on tap with a rotating eighth seasonal brew. These flavorful, award-wining selections include everything from pale ales to porters. The no frills menu features several classic “pub and grub” meals including wings, burgers, pizzas and sandwiches. New kid menus and arcade games will keep the little ones busy, and eight Hi-Def flat screen T.Vs with several sports packaging subscriptions ensure that you’re catching all the latest action from your favorite team. Other entertainment includes the interactive National Trivia Network. New ownership took over the establishment in February 2008 and they’ve quickly earned a reputation as the hot spot, especially during football season. Management strives to offer great food and drinks at reasonable prices while keeping a relaxed Wyoming Travel and Recreation Guide
July Independence Day Celebration Grand Encampment Cowboy Gathering/Living History Days Power at the Pavilion SAVERY Among the landmarks of Savery is the Little Snake River Valley Museum, which is on the National Register of Historic Buildings. It’s open from Memorial Day to late October, which gives visitors a chance to see and enjoy the rich history of the area. An important part of that history is the two-story log cabin sitting on the museum grounds. This cabin was built by, and was the long time home of, Jim Baker. Baker was an important figure in the valley, first as a mountain man and explorer, then later as one of the original settlers and local traders. Nearby Baker Peak is named after him. Baker and his wife, along with other family members, are buried in the Baker Family Cemetery a mile outside of Savery. Don’t forget to make a stop in the Savery Store while visiting. You can grab a cold drink, a quick snack, and perhaps even hear a few tall tales. For more information contact: Carbon County Visitors Council P.O. Box 1017 Rawlins, WY 82301 (800) 228-3547 Info@wyomingcarboncounty.com TORRINGTON/ GOSHEN COUNTY There are many attractions to enjoy in Torrington, Wyoming, and Goshen County! The Homesteaders Museum in Torrington, located in the old Union Pacific Depot, is dedicated to the early setters in the area. It has a real homesteaders shack, a sheep herder’s wagon and contains displays of clothing, furnishings and other phases of the homesteaders life. A Union Pacific Caboose is located on the grounds. Fort Laramie National Historic Site is the West’s finest reminder of pioneer life in the 1800s. The Fort is open to visitors all year. Come see what life was like at America’s most famous frontier military post. Most of the fort’s 12 restored buildings are completely refurnished. Throughout the summer, park rangers present guided tours, historic cannon firing demonstrations and sponsor specific events. At the Western History Center, you’ll see mammoth tusks, historic and archaeological displays, rocks and minerals. Dig site tours may be arranged by appointment and there is a hands-on area for children and adults. Jay Em Historic Building Tours are available by appointment May through September. The town of Jay Em was founded in 1912. The name of the town was taken from James Moore’s cattle brand, “JM” Moore’s ranch was situated 2 miles north of the town site. Events are scheduled year round at the indoor and outdoor arenas and in the Rendezvous Center at the Goshen County Fairgrounds just west of Torrington off Highway 26/85. While at the Fairgrounds don’t forget to visit the Brand Room where Goshen County cattle brands embossed on leather panels are displayed on the walls. Buy fresh, locally grown produce July-October at the Goshen County Farmers Markets. Fresh produce is also available in season at the Harvest Home Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze two miles west of Lingle and Wind Harvest Farms, 11 miles east of Torrington. Vineyard and winery tours and wine tasting are available at Table Mountain Vineyards, Huntley. Swing away at the Torrington Municipal 18 Hole Golf Course, open to the public. For wildlife viewing go to Springer Reservoir or to the Rawhide Habitat area. Boat, fish and camp at the Hawk Springs State Park and Reservoir. 12
For more information contact: Goshen County Chamber of Commerce 350 W. 21st Ave. Torrington, WY 82240 (307) 532-3879 www.goshencountychamber.com TORRINGTON/ GOSHEN COUNTY Calendar of Events April Easter Egg Hunt, Torrington Wyoming Little Britches Rodeo, Torrington Goshen County Theater’s Production of “Annie”, Torrington Dodge National Circuit Finals Steer Roping, Torrington Western Slope Reining Horse Association, Torrington May Wyoming Junior High Wrangler Rodeo, Torrington Spring Golf and Dine Open, Torrington Missoula Children’s Theatre, Torrington United States Team Roping Championships, Torrington American Cowboy Team Roping, Torrington Ladies Short Game Clinic and Dinner, Torrington June Taylor Made and Adidas Demo Day, Torrington WSGA Match Play, Torrington Junior Golf Clinic, Torrington Pony Express Re-Ride, Torrington Fort Laramie Rendezvous, Fort Laramie Red Dale RV Convention, Torrington Fort Laramie National Historic Site Fur Trade Days, Fort Laramie LaGrange Mini Fair, LaGrange State Trap Shoot, Torrington July Western States Cutting Horse Association, Torrington Open Play Flag Tournament, Torrington Frontier Fourth of July, Fort Laramie Fireworks Display, Torrington Torrington Crazy Days, Torrington Farmer’s Market (July - October), Torrington Thursday Afternoon Farmers’ Market (July - October), Torrington Ft. Laramie Creatures of the Night, Fort Laramie Goshen County Fair, Torrington Free Community Ag Appreciation Breakfast, Torrington Goshen County Fair Day Parade, Torrington August Sunflower Classic Cattle Dog Trial, Torrington Dare Golf Tournament, Torrington Big Wyoming Appaloosa Horse Show, Torrington Fort Laramie Annual Moonlight Tour, Fort Laramie Fort Laramie Annual Military Encampment Weekend, Fort Laramie Western States Cutting Horse Association, Torrington Wyoming Wine Festival Cottonwood Cup, Torrington September Safe Kids Day, Torrington 12th Annual Classic Cars in the Park, Torrington 17th Annual Septemberfest, Torrington Comedy Night 2010, Beer Tasting & Silent Auction, Torrington 16th Annual Goshen County Quilt Show, Torrington Paper Cup, Torrington Wyoming Travel and Recreation Guide
Better Checker Taxi Cab & Livery Service L.L.C.
Tired of driving for others, Owner Joseph Elkins started Better Checker in March 2007. His goal was simple: “I wanted a taxi cab company that operated completely compliant with all laws.” Better Checker does not subcontract labor and they offer total commercial insurance for each of their vehicles. Elkins, who ranks as the most experienced driver in the city, enjoys his role in helping others.
“I especially like the older crowd. A lot of them depend on us for their transportation and it’s rewarding to provide for them,” he explains. Next time you need a ride, call the PROFESSIONALS: 307-632-4444.
Better Checker Taxi Cab & Livery Service L.L.C. (B C Cab) is the premier professional taxi company in Cheyenne. With a complete commitment to 100% legal compliance and a highlytrained staff of experienced drivers, you’ll rest assured you’re getting from point A to B the safest way possible. Using calibrated meters, Better Checker does not charge by the person but rather the distance. As they say, “We haul people not livestock; we never charge by the head.” In addition to local coverage, services include city to city trips. If you’re new to town be sure to take advantage of their custom tours of local landmarks with interesting historical anecdotes.
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America’s Best Value Inn – Torrington Now with over 900 national locations, America’s Best Value Inn has ranked as the fastest growing hotel chain four years running. Each franchise is independently owned and operated, and is subject to an annual corporate inspection to ensure the utmost quality. The branch in Torrington recently received the highest possible “four check” rating, a mere four points from a perfect score. Whether you’re in town for business, a family vacation or romantic getaway, this is the perfect stop for great amenities and competitive value. Enjoy clean, aesthetic rooms with wireless internet connection. Relax in the indoor pool and hot tub, and start the morning off right with a free continental breakfast. Located directly off highways 85 and 26, Torrington sees its fair share of travelers year round. It’s a popular stop in the summer months for those heading to historic Deadwood and Mt. Rushmore in South Dakota, the Grand Tetons, and the famed Fort Laramie. Torrington boasts a large indoor arena which plays host to a full slate of activities and events, drawing spectators from all over the country. “I love the people I meet. I’ve been doing this for fifteen years and really enjoy the industry,” remarks General Manager, Trish Bohnencamp. For more information log onto www.bestvaluetorrington.com or call 307-532-7118.
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Indulge yourself in small town pride and enjoy a warm and welcoming smile from our professional friendly staff, who strive to make you feel at home. Whether a long day of travel for leisure or business or the need to escape for a romantic weekend, the Best Value Inn is here to help.
(307) 532-7118 www.BestValueTorrington.com BestValue@Wyomail.com 1548 S. Main Street Torrington, WY 82240
• 56 air-conditioned comfortable rooms • Free Continental Breakfast • Whirlpool • Indoor swimming pool • Fine dining • Guest laundry available • On-site fax and copying • High-speed Internet • Data ports in all rooms • Grocery store within walking distance
October 4-H Harvest Carnival, Torrington Fall Golf and Dine Open, Torrington Halloween Safety Treat Night, Torrington November Veterans Day Parade, Torrington Embarq & Goshen County Recreation Early Bird Youth Basketball Tourney, Torrington Chamber of Commerce Biggest Business After Hours, Torrington Annual Lions Club Holiday Bazaar, Torrington Motocross, Torrington December Christmas Parade, Torrington Goshen County 2-Shot Goose Hunt and Art Show, Torrington Christmas Card Pony Express Ride from Guernsey to Fort Laramie Fort Laramie Annual Holiday Open House, Fort Laramie January 2011 New Year’s Resolution Rewards Roping, Torrington Bulldacious, Torrington Sagebrush and Roses Dinner and Dance, Torrington Fort Laramie Annual Holiday Open House, Fort Laramie February 2011 Goshen County Fair and Rodeo Queen Coronation and Dance, Torrington American Cowboy Team Roping, Torrington Winter Cattle Dog Trial, Torrington Rotary Wine Tasting, Torrington Wyoming Cutting Horse Association Cutting, Torrington
Helpful Travel Contacts Albany County Tourism Board ......................(307) 745-4195 Toll Free ...........................................................(800) 445-5303 Website ..............................................www.laramie-tourism.org Baggs Visitors Center .....................................(307) 383-7645 Website .................................................www.townofbaggs.com Cheyenne Chamber ........................................(307) 638-3388 Website ...........................................www.cheyennechamber.org Cheyenne Visitor’s Bureau ..............................(307) 778-3133 Toll Free ...........................................................(800) 426-5009 Website ........................................................www.cheyenne.org Elk Mountain .................................................(307) 348-7387 Goshen County Chamber ..............................(307) 532-3879 Website...................................www.goshencountychamber.com Laramie............................................................(307) 745-7339 Website ...........................................................www.laramie.org Pine Bluffs ......................................................(307) 245-3746 Website .......................................................www.pinebluffs.org Platte County ....................................................(307) 326-8855 Website ...............................................www.plattechamber.com Rawlins-Carbon County.................................(307) 324-4111 Toll Free ...........................................................(800) 228-3547 Website .................................www.wyomingcarboncounty.com Saratoga ..........................................................(307) 326-8855 Website ...........................................www.saratogachamber.info Torrington.......................................................(307) 532-3879 Website ........................................www.torringtonterritory.com
WHEATLAND Wheatland, the county seat and largest town in Platte County, provides easy access to scenic and recreational areas. Set amid farms and ranches that are irrigated by the largest privately owned irrigation system in the country. The town has a nine-hole golf course, Laramie Peak Museum, library, bowling alley, movie theater and fairgrounds. Primarily an agricultural community, Wheatland boasts a large, clean industrial plant and many small businesses. Wheatland is proud of the medical facilities at the Platte County Memorial Hospital and Nursing Home. For more information contact: Platte County Chamber-Commerce 65 16th St. Wheatland, WY 82201 (307) 322-2322 www.plattechamber.com
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Family History in this Historical Landmark!
THE HISTORIC VIRGINIAN HOTEL This historic hotel is not just on the National Historical Registry, it also carries a lot of history for owners Vernon and Vickie Scott. Vernon’s great grandfather was a shareholder when the hotel was first constructed. Began in 1905 and completed in 1911 the town fathers came to the aide of the original owners to make certain the hotel was built. Vernon’s grandfather ran the hotel and his mother restored it then sold it to Vernon and his wife over 30 years ago. “The Historic Virginian Hotel” has been the “gathering place” in southern Wyoming and will mark their 100th anniversary in 2011.
Breakfast, lunch and a variety of dinner items including steak & seafood are served 7 days a week. The Historic Virginian is located at 404 Lincoln Highway in Medicine Bow call 307-379-2377 or visit their website www.thehistoricvirginianhotel.net.
Located in Medicine Bow, Wyoming it was the biggest hotel between Denver, Colorado and Salt Lake City, Utah and the first in the area with running water and electricity. Today, hotel lodging consists of sixteen antique sleeping rooms, four antique, plus 32 modern motel rooms. The newly opened Scotts’ Cedar Street Addition is a renovated historic bank building consisting of 4 sleeping rooms. Wi-Fi and Cable TV are offered with other great amenities. Additional hotel features include the Eating House, Shiloh Saloon, and the “Back 40” with its old west flavor featuring a pool table, lounge, banquet, meeting or dance area.
Oak Tree Inn
The Oak Tree Inn in Rawlins was developed in 2006 by Lodging Enterprises, LLC, America’s largest provider of customized lodging facilities. With a commitment to providing fast, friendly service and all the homeaway-from-home conveniences, the inn has quickly earned a stellar reputation. Enjoy quiet, comfortable rooms each containing a T.V., microwave, fridge, and coffee pot. Relieve stress in the well-equipped exercise room, and take advantage of laundry facilities and 24-hour housekeeping. When you’ve worked up an appetite head to the adjacent Penny’s diner, a fun 50s-themed restaurant with a great selection of classic American dishes. The diner serves double duty as the room check in point. The majority of the inn’s business comes from railroad workers, but many vacationers also stop in on their way to Yellowstone or to enjoy a number of nearby activities including the Saratoga hot springs. Commercial guests receive a $7.75 off coupon for a meal at Penny’s. “I love being able to meet people from all over,” explains General Manager, Crystal Archuleta. Visit the national Oak Tree Inn website at Wyoming Travel and Recreation Guide
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With extra-quiet rooms and light-proof draperies, this 100% non-smoking hotel is conveniently located just off I-80 at the edge of Seminoe State Park and offers a fitness center along with comfortable, nicely decorated guest rooms featuring lounge chairs and ottomans, microwaves, refrigerators, wireless internet access, and 27-inch TVs. Enjoy a free breakfast at Pennys Diner–a blast from the past–with a friendly staff and excellent food available 24 hours a day. Come stay with us. We will exceed your expectations. Book online today.
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Featured Southeast Attractions Abraham Lincoln Memorial Monument, LARAMIE Located10 miles southeast on I-80 at the edge of the rest area. This monument marks the highest point on the transcontinental route at the summit off I-80 near Sherman Hill. The monument stands 48.5 feet tall. Ames Monument, Laramie Located 17 miles southeast on I-80, then two miles south on Ames Road. This 60-foot pyramid is made of granite and honors Oliver and Oakes Ames, the two promoters of the transcontinental railroad. Laramie Plains Museum, at 603 Ivinson Avenue, in Laramie, is the restored Victorian mansion of Edward Ivinson, one of the city’s original settlers. Guided tours are offered. Please call (307) 742-4448 for more information. Cheyenne Frontier Days™ Old West Museum, CHEYENNE Located next to Frontier Park on North Carey Avenue. Western memorabilia dating from 1897. Please call (307) 778-7290 for more information. Como Bluff Fossil Cabin, MEDICINE BOW Constructed entirely of dinosaur bones from a wide variety of dinosaurs, which were excavated from the dig near the turn of the century. For more information contact: 319 Pine St. Medicine Bow, WY 82329 (307) 379-2225 Curt Gowdy State Park, Cheyenne Historic Governor’s Mansion State Historic Site. State Capitol in Cheyenne is on Capitol Avenue between 24th and 25th. This neoclassic sandstone building, with a golden dome 50-feet in diameter is architecturally uncommon for the region. Phone (307) 777-7220. Fort Fred Steele State Historic Site, RAWLINS On the North Platte River, off Interstate 80, east of Rawlins. Seminole State Park is located near Rawlins. FORT LARAMIE NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE, FORT LARAMIE This “grand old post,” established as a private fur trading fort in 1834, witnessed the entire sweeping saga of America’s western expansion and Indian resistance to encroachment on their territories. Indians, trappers, traders, missionaries, emigrants, gold seekers, soldiers, cowboys and homesteaders would leave their mark on a place that would become famous in the American West. For many years, the Plains Indians and the travelers along the Oregon Trail had coexisted peacefully. As the numbers of emigrants increased, however, tensions between the two cultures began to develop. To help insure the safety of the travelers, Congress approved the establishment of forts along the Oregon Trail and a special regiment of mounted riflemen to man them. Fort Laramie was the second of these forts to be established. In the 1850s, one of the main functions of the troops stationed at the fort was patrolling and maintaining the security of a lengthy stretch of the Oregon Trail. This was a difficult task because of the small size of the garrison and the vast distances involved.
The Treaty of 1851 was signed between the United States and the most important tribes of the Plains Indians at the fort. The peace that it inaugurated, however, lasted only three years. In 1854, an incident involving a passing wagon train precipitated the Grattan Fight in which an officer, an interpreter, and 29 soldiers from Fort Laramie were killed. Fort Laramie witnessed rapid advances in communication and transportation technology as stage lines, the Pony Express, and the transcontinental telegraph passed through. The fort hosted several other treaty negotiations with Native Americans. The most famous of which were the Horse Creek Treaty of 1851 and the still controversial and contested Treaty of 1868. Ultimately, Fort Laramie served as a major base of military operations. Numerous campaigns were launched from the fort against the Northern Plains tribes, who fiercely defended their homeland against further incursions and settlement by an ever expanding nation. As the Indian Wars ended, Fort Laramie’s importance diminished. The old post was abandoned and sold at public auction in 1890, slowly deteriorating over the next 48 years it nearly succumbed to the ravages of time. It became part of the National Park System in 1938. Today, visitors can see 11 of the original structures that have been painstakingly restored and refurnished, as well as the ruins of numerous others buildings. Located 3 miles southwest of the town of Fort Laramie you can visit Fort Laramie National Historic Site year round. The park visitor center is open from 8:00 – 4:30 daily, with extended hours observed during the summer months. For more information contact: Park Headquarters 965 Gray Rocks Road Fort Laramie, WY 82212 (307) 837-2221 Gaddis/Mathews/Cassidy House, BAGGS Located on Highway 789 in Baggs. This home served a boarding house and a Saturday night dance hall that the Wild Bunch patronized. Self-guided tours around the cabin. Grand Encampment Museum, ENCAMPMENT Preserving history with its collection of over a dozen historical buildings filled with artifacts representing the timber, mining, and agricultural history. Call (307) 327-5308 for Special Tour Information. Guernsey State Park, GUERNSEY Oregon Trail Ruts State Historic Site, in Guernsey, Jct. U.S. 26 is 1 mile south on S. Wyoming Avenue. See the well preserved examples of mid-19th-century pioneer trails. Some ruts are five to six feet deep. Self-guiding trails provide information of the site. Register Cliff State Historic Site is 3 miles south on South Wyoming Avenue off Jct. U.S. 26. Here is a 100-foot cliff with the carved names of thousands of pioneers who journeyed past this point. Many of these inscriptions were made from 1840-1860. A walkway is at the base of the cliff. Hawk Sprints State Recreation Area, TORRINGTON Hawk Sprints State Recreation Area, located in the southeastern corner of the state off Highway 85. LITTLE SNAKE RIVER MUSEUM, Savery Located one block north of Highway 70 in Savery, Wyoming the museum serves as home for many historical displays important to the Little Snake River area and is open daily from Memorial Day through Wyoming Travel and Recreation Guide
Dip Bar & Diner Sick of trendy clubs and fifteen-dollar drinks? Stop in the Dip Bar & Diner in Medicine Bow where old west atmosphere, downhome hospitality, cheap beer and classic comfort food make for a memorable experience. Take a load off and satisfy your hunger with quality steaks, burgers, shrimp, soups, salads and much more. A full mix drink list is also available. The establishment has gained notoriety for having the world’s largest Jade Bar, a forty-foot bar cut from a four-and-a-half ton boulder found near Rock Springs. The name derives from the Diplodocus Dinosaur, the remains of which have been excavated nearby. William Bennett, who owns the establishment with his wife Joann, is an accomplished artist and woodcarver. His paintings and wood workings depicting old west themes are displayed throughout the building. This adds to the ambiance and sense that you are truly stepping back in time.
For more details call 307-379-2312 or just stop in off Highway 30 near the 487 junction.
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QUAINT SETTING AT THE MOUNTAINS FEET!
MOUNTAIN VIEW HISTORIC HOTEL & CAFÉ The Mountain View Historic Hotel was built by Issac Van Horn - Fred Miller Syndicate as part of the grand plan for Centennial, which included a dance pavilion, bank, newspaper office and upcoming polo grounds. It boasted 20 guest rooms, dining room and a “most improved system of plumbing.” Today she has been restored to her original warmth and western charm by her current owner Evie McFaul and boasts a restaurant, coffee shop,
All the rooms at Mountain View are unique and offer a private bath, direct TV, VCR, refrigerator and microwaves, coffee makers with coffee fresh from our roaster; pillow top mattresses, such luxuries as down comforters and flannel sheets. Each morning you can enjoy a delicious home style breakfast in the café prepared by Evie herself! Surrounded by vast land and family owned ranches, Centennial is located about 27 miles west of Laramie.
For reservations call (307) 742-5476 or visit www.themountainviewhotel.com
suites and rooms. Built in 1907, it was one of the first buildings in the ranching, mining town of Centennial. The Snowy Range Ski Area, located just 5 miles from the town of Centennial is known for Cross Country Skiing & Snowshoeing plus miles of trails and fresh powder for all levels. The Snowy Range offers incredibly beautiful mountains, lakes and meadows giving visitors and residents opportunities for every type of recreational activity you could indulge in. Wyoming Travel and Recreation Guide
Located in the Snowy Range Mountains... Restored historic hotel is perfect spot for your western getaways...
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Mountain View Historic Hotel P.O. Box 328 Centennial, WY 82055
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late October. This building was the Savery School for many years until 1972, when the Little Snake River Valley Schools were consolidated and all valley students were sent to Baggs. The school district then donated the building for community activities and later as a museum. You will find the Dr. Noyes Room located in this building. Dr. Noyes, born Dec. 16, 1868 in New York City, contacted Tuberculosis (TB) at the age of 18 while in Jamaica with his family. He came to Colorado to regain his health and study medicine. Dr. Noyes received his license #7 in 1899 and opened an office in Rawlins. His practice did not take off as he wished in Rawlins, so he moved to the Little Snake River Valley and practiced here for 60 years. At the age of 90, he was the oldest doctor in the State of Wyoming when he passed away on Dec. 31, 1958 and is buried in the Reader Cemetery, Savery. The basement of the main building is used for community affairs and meetings. Outside is a barbecue unit and picnic area. Large tours or activities should be arranged for in advance. Jim Baker’s Cabin was built in 1873 among tepees of the Shoshone Indian tribe who adopted baker For more information contact: Little Snake River Museum Savery, WY 82332 (307) 383-7262 info@littlesnakerivermuseum
Medicine Bow Museum, Medicine Bow On U.S. 30, across from the Virginian Hotel. The museum is located in a 1913 railroad depot. See exhibits depicting the history of Medicine Bow. A restored caboose and Owen Wister’s cabin are on the grounds. Donations. Open Memorial Day - Labor Day. For more information contact: 405 Lincoln Highway Medicine Bow, WY 82329 (307) 379-2383 MEDICINE BOW NATIONAL FOREST, Laramie This magnificent mountain range is honored by the American Indians as hunting grounds rich in mahogany used in making bows, and also where they came together for medicinal and ceremonial powwows. Making medicine and making bows eventually came together as “Medicine Bow.” The outdoor recreational scope is unlimited, wildlife is abundant, and the timber harvesting industry seems to exist in concert with all who enjoy this million acre national forest. For more information contact: Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests 2468 Jackson Street Laramie, WY 82070 (307) 745-2300
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2010 Schedule Kicking off May 15th! Scheduling Through September available at www.douglasmotorsportspark.com Celebrating 26 years of outstanding drag racing events, Douglas Motorsports Park is Wyoming’s only ¼ mile NHRA Member Track drag strip. DMP boasts Wonderful Wyoming hospitality, ample asphalt pit area, trackside grandstands and a newly resurfaced asphalt race surface.
This year the 23rd running of the famous Jackelope Bracket Nationals is on June 5th with winners in Junior Dragster, High School, Sportsman, Pro, Super Pro, and King Street taking home the coveted taxidermy mounted Jackelope trophy. The National Dragster Challenge on July 18th will give competitors in HS, SPM, PRO, SPRO, and KS, the chance to take home the prized NHRA WALLY trophy.
Race class and entry fee information available at www.douglasmotorsportspark.com spectator entry is $8.00 per adult, and $3.00 for seniors and children ages 10-12. Children age 9 and under accompanied by an adult, and all active military are free. DMP 2010 schedule kicks off May 15th with races through September.
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DMP is conveniently located off Interstate 25 exit 135 in Douglas, Wyoming. The City of Douglas, “Home of the Jackalope”™, has been awarded the distinction of being one of the “Best Small Towns” in the United States, and offers great accommodations, specialty shopping and fine dining in a small town atmosphere. Come join us at 4,860 feet above sea level and test your high altitude racing skills. For more information visit our website or contact, Keith Jordan at (307) 351-4713
1399 E Richards St, Douglas, WY www.douglasmotorsportspark.com (307) 351-4713 “Wyoming Sunrise” Photo
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Nicolaysen Art Museum and Discovery Center, BAGGS Presents changing exhibits by national and regional artists. For more information contact: 400 East Collins Drive Baggs, WY 82321 (307) 235-5247 Niobrara River, NIOBRARA COUNTY Niobrara River was part of a government treaty with the Pawnee Indians in 1853. It is also known as Running Water. The flags of Spain, France and the United States have flown over this river and county. OREGON TRAIL The Oregon Trail was a general route westward, but for the most part there were as many branches of this trail as there were names. Among them the Mormon Trail, California Road, Emigrant Road and Overland Road. During the westward travel, many wagon masters led their parties off the main trail to follow “shortcuts”— better terrain or friendlier areas. But the importance of the stretch of the Oregon Trail in this region lies in the fact that from Fort Laramie in eastern Wyoming — where all trails converged at the North Platte River — to South Pass in central Wyoming. There were no branches from the main trail route and all people traveled together for this stretch of 250 miles. For more information contact: Carbon County Visitors Council P.O. Box 1017 Rawlins, WY 82301 (800) 228-3547 Info@wyomingcarboncounty.com PATHFINDER RESERVOIR, Between Casper & Rawlins This beautiful area rich in recreation facilities, is also a national historic site and an engineering landmark. The Pathfinders Reservoir is contained by the Pathfinder Dam, the first dam constructed by the Reclamation Service. The North Platte and Sweetwater Rivers flow is impounded here and visitors will find superb camping areas, boat ramps, shelters, a marina, a museum and a hiking trail. This reservoir is also home to the Pathfinder National Bird Refuge with approximately 50 camping sites that are managed by Natrona County Parks. For more information contact: Carbon County Visitors Council P.O. Box 1017 Rawlins, WY 82301 (800) 228-3547 firstname.lastname@example.org
TERRY BISON RANCH, Cheyenne With a colorful history dating back to the 1800s, Terry Bison Ranch was built by Charles Terry and purchased by the first Wyoming Territorial and State Governor in 1885; as a showcase for political and social celebrities, including a frequent visitor, President Theodore Roosevelt. Today, the ranch hosts guests from all over the world who come to see the true American hero – the bison. Freely roaming on 30,000 acres of open prairie, the ranch’s 3,000 bison, whose numbers dwindled to less than 300 in the 1800s, have made an outstanding comeback and today, more than 130,000 Bison now roam parks and private ranches throughout North America. For more information contact: Terry Bison Guest Ranch 51 I25 Service Rd. Cheyenne, WY 82007 (307) 634-4171 www.terrybisonranch.com University of Wyoming, Laramie The University of Wyoming is the state’s only provider of baccalaureate and graduate education, research, and outreach services. For more information contact: University of Wyoming 1000 E. University Ave. Laramie, WY 82071 (307) 766-1121 Western History Center, LINGLE Located five miles west of Lingle on Highway 26. Wyoming Frontier Prison, Rawlins Located at 5th and Walnut. Tours by appointment. For more information, please call (307) 324-4422. Wyoming Territorial Prison State Historic Site, Laramie This historic prison is the best preserved of the old west. Built in 1872, it was restored and renovated by the citizens of Laramie. There were at least 12 women housed here and more than 1,000 men; the most famous of which was Butch Cassidy. For more information contact: 975 Snowy Range Rd. Laramie, WY 82070 (307) 745-6161 www.wyomingterritorialpark.com
Spanish Diggings, KEELINE Diggings were discovered in the 1870s by cowboys and misnamed because they thought the Spaniards had dug for gold here. Scientists have declared the area a prehistoric site, probably 10-15,000 years old. Sybille Research Center, WHEATLAND Located on Wyoming Hwy. 34 between Bosler and Wheatland is home to the Wyoming Game & Fish Department’s black footed ferret program. It has a visitor’s center, wildlife viewing area, short nature walk and picnic tables.
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Entertainment The Drunken Skunk Cheyenne’s Newest Hotspot 1617 Capital Ave. Cheyenne, WY 82001 (307) 778-3134 www.thedrunkenskunk.com
Breweries & Brew Pubs Library Sports Grille & Brewery Southeast Wyoming’s original Brewpub! 1622 E. Grand Ave. Laramie, WY 82070 (307) 742-0500
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Days Inn Torrington 1555 S. Main Street Torrington, WY 82240 (307) 532-4011 www.DaysInn.com
The Historic Virginian Hotel A Taste of the Old West! 404 Lincoln Hwy. Medicine Bow, WY 82329 (307) 379-2377
Mountain View Historic Hotel & Coffee Shoppe P.O. Box 328 Centennial, WY 82055 (307) 742-5476 (888) 400-9953 www.themountainviewhotel.com
Oak Tree Inn - Rawlins 2005 E. Daley Street Rawlins, WY 82301 (307) 324-4700
Trading Post Dinner House & Saloon
Sagebrush Motel Clean comfortable rooms Remodeling in progress 151 W. Whalen St., Hwy. 26 Guernsey, WY 82214 (307) 836-2331
Recreation Centers Rawlins Family Recreation Center Cardio Equipment, Weight Room, Indoor Track Three Gyms, Indoor Shooting Range 1616 Harshman St. Rawlins, WY 82301 www.rawlins-wyoming.com
Recreational Vehicle Equipment, Parts & Supplies
Fine dining in the Snowy Range Mountains. All Homemade Food. Contact Linda Taylor P.O. Box 248 Centennial, WY 82055 (307) 742-7731 www.centennial-tradingpost.com
R.V. Sites & Parks Rawlins KOA 205 E. County Road 71 Rawlins, WY 82301 (800) 562-7559 www.koa.com
Transportation Better Checker Taxi Cab & Livery Service 1111 E. Lincolnway, Suite 113 Cheyenne, WY 82001 (307) 632-4444
Maverick Motorsports Recreational Equipment, Rentals, Sales and Gear 2061 Snowy Range Rd. Laramie, WY 82070 (307) 721-1124 www.mavericklaramie.com
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CASPER Casper has come a long way from our days as a frontier outpost, but the same sense of free-wheeling adventure still draws visitors to Wyoming’s Adventure Capital. With one foot in the past and an eye toward the future, Casper is a year-round destination that offers the very best in historical, recreational, cultural and entertainment experiences. If you’re looking to reconnect with nature the old-fashioned way, spend the day fishing for trophy sized rainbow and brown trout that thrive in the historic North Platte River - the same river that challenged early settlers on their historic pilgrimage west on the Oregon, California, Pony Express, and Mormon Trails. Outdoorsmen will also appreciate the area’s wide variety of game animals, including antelope, deer, elk, pheasant, and duck. It’s a safe bet Casper’s forerunners suffered hardship with day-to-day life, but the obstacles of today’s “Fore” runners happen at the area’s five golf courses, including Three Crowns Golf Club - a Robert Trent Jones Jr. designed public course! Casper also offers a variety of spectator sports, including the College National Finals Rodeo, the Casper Ghosts professional baseball team, and AIFL Wyoming Cavalry indoor football team. Casper Mountain - a difficulty to traverse in those early years - is today a wonderland for those who love to explore its many hiking, biking, snowmobiling and ski trails. The mountain also offers an archery range, the Braille Trail, picnic and camping sites, Garden Creek Waterfall, Crimson Dawn Museum, Hogadon Ski Area, the Nordic Trail Center and Beartrap Meadow - home to the Beartrap Summer Festival. Whatever the time of year, or adventure you seek, Casper, Wyoming has it all. Before you pack your bags, make sure you visit casperwyoming. info to check out all that awaits in Wyoming’s Adventure Capital. 22
For more information contact: Casper Area Convention & Visitors Bureau 992 N. Poplar St. Casper, WY 82601 (800) 852-1889 www.casperwyoming.info Casper Calendar of Events May Cruizin’ With The Oldies June Cruizin’ With The Oldies Casper Ghosts Baseball Season Opener College National Finals Rodeo 150th Anniversary Of The Pony Express Re-Ride Pony Express Re-Ride Model A Tour NIC Fest July Whitewater Rodeo Central Wyoming Fair And Rodeo August Beartrap Summer Festival Salt Creek Days Platte River Parkway Festival September Wyoming Hunting and Fishing Heritage Expo Wyoming Travel and Recreation Guide
4T Outfitters 4T Outfitters of Douglas is committed to providing you with the best hunting experience possible. Whether you’re new to the sport, an expert, or any level in between there is something for everyone here. Tyler Tillard, who runs the outfit with three of his cousins, explains. “We get first time hunters and people who’ve hunted all over the world. It’s a great place for both.” Hunts designed for kids and wives who have little experience are also available.
4T Outfitters Tillard Ranches Douglas, WY (307) 358-2755
4T Outfitters offers over 100,000 acres of easy to negotiate hunting grounds teeming with deer, antelope and elk. The family owned and run business relies mainly on word of mouth, which means a relaxed, “down-home” atmosphere without multiple hunters in the same area. While they’ve grown a bit, sticking true to their roots is important. “The family has guided hunters privately for years. It wasn’t until about eight years ago that business grew and began serving as secondary income to the ranch,” Tillard comments.
All Levels of Experience Welcome 100,000 Acres of Hunting Grounds Deer, Antelope, and Elk
At 4T Outfitters there is nearly a 100 percent draw for those who put it for a deer or antelope license and plenty of opportunities for big trophy kills. This combined with friendly, helpful guidance makes 4T Outfitters a great spot for your next hunting adventure. For more information call 307-358-2755.
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November Chris Ledoux Tribute PRCA Rodeo, Concert & Art Show Downtown Christmas Parade December Wyoming Shootout DOUGLAS Howdy Folks! Home to the infamous “Jackalope”, Douglas Wyoming is a popular stop when traveling in the Wild West! The town of Douglas ... is small town America at its best! In fact, we were rated “One of the Best small towns” in America! Douglas, Wyoming began as a temporary tent town called “Antelope, when settlers evacuated during the 1880’s Fort Fetterman, a military outpost established in 1867 by the U.S. Government on the edge of the Western Frontier. The impending railway route was being laid down from Nebraska due-west by the Fremont, Elkhorn and Missouri Valley Railroad company . The town of Douglas was first conceived as 24 rectangular plats on a drafting board in the Chicago offices of the FE&MV railroad. The railroad named their new town “Douglas,” in honor of former Illinois Senator Stephen A. Douglas (who had been a vigorous exponent of westward expansion). The town of Douglas sits on the banks of the North Platte River, on the path from/to Denver, Colorado, Yellowstone National Park, or the Black Hills of South Dakota. This area of east central Wyoming is the home of many historic trails rich in their history and rugged scenery. The mountain ranges and foothills offer refuge to elk, bear and deer with herds of antelope foraging on the diverse landscape. Other attractions of the area are: the Wyoming State Fairgrounds, the Wyoming Pioneer Memorial Museum, Douglas Railroad Interpretive Center, Oregon Trail and Historic Marker, Fort Fetterman, Ayres Natural Bridge, Sir Barton Memorial Statue - the First Triple Crown Winner in the United States, Laramie peak in the medicine Bow National Forest, Esterbrook Recreational Area and Friend Park Campground. This area is also noted for its frequent sighting of the elusive “Jackalope”. Come visit us and try your luck at catching one ... but make sure you get your Jackalope License! And remember ... jackalopes ... jackalopes ... jackalopes .. they’re everywhere! For more information contact: City of Douglas P.O. Box 1030 Douglas, WY 82633 (307) 358-3462 Douglas Calendar of Events June Jackalope Railroad Days with the Wyoming Train Photography & Art Exhibition July Monday Western Movie Night (Every Monday in July) August Douglas Invitational Art Show and Sale Wyoming State Fair October Hunters BBQ OktoberFEST November Cowboy Christmas Gift Roundup 24
January 2011 Chamber’s Platte River Photography Show GLENROCK Glenrock is located in Central Wyoming, at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains nestled along the Deer Creek tributary system where it flows into the North Platte River, approximately one mile north of town. This environment leads to a unique living experience that’s close to nature. Besides the antelope, raccoons, hawks, eagles, skunks and the occasional coyote or fox that can be seen in the surrounding areas, it is not unusual to see deer enjoying the comforts of town in the fall and winter months. Glenrock, which used to be a stagecoach and Pony Express stop, was originally called Deer Creek Station. The station was established in 1857 and was a major trading post along the trail. Deer Creek and the Rock in the Glen were popular rendezvous and resting spots for pioneers heading west. Wagons wore ruts so deep in the hard prairie earth as to be clearly visible more than a century later. It was burned by American Indians in 1866. The town grew with the discovery of oil in 1912. Today, travelers can visit the “Register of the Plains” at the Rock in the Glen. Glenrock is home to two museums: Glenrock Deer Creek Historical Museum and the Glenrock Paleontological Dinosaur Museum. For more information contact: Town of Glenrock 219 S. Third Glenrock, WY 82637 (307) 436-9294 LUSK Known as the gateway to the famed Black Hills of South Dakota, Lusk makes for a great vacation. When visiting the area you’ll be poised for adventures in nearly every direction. Experience the authentic American West here, in the heart of history. Stay in a hotel, or find a popular resort, which offers suites with the types of the amenities you crave. This small historical town, referred to as the home of the “Legend of Rawhide,” was literally brought back to life by this very production; which was written and first produced in 1946. The story is based both on fact and legend, and takes place during the California Gold Rush. The story line: After a pioneer murders an American Indian princess, his wagon party refuses to turn him over to the Indians for punishment. With much soul searching, to save the lives travelers and the woman he loved, the guilty man turned himself over to the chief. The production now graphically portrays his punishment being “skinned alive” to the amazement of audiences. The “skinning” is done with special effects looks very real. This production is performed annually on the second weekend of July. It is a gigantic outdoor show of western history that includes a cast of 200 as they lived on the plains more than 100 years ago. For more information contact: P.O. Box 1367 Lusk, WY 82225 firstname.lastname@example.org SHOSHONI The town is named for the Shoshone tribe of Native Americans, most of whom live on the nearby Wind River Indian Reservation. Although the word is generally spelled ‘Shoshone’, it is pronounced phonetically as ‘Shoshoni’. Located one mile east of the Wind River Indian Reservation and 32 miles south of Thermopolis. Shoshoni is the headquarters for Boysen State Park, which is Wyoming Travel and Recreation Guide
Grey Reef Anglers Grey Reef Anglers of Casper have been offering unrivaled fly fishing and wing shooting adventures since 2001. Packages include float and wade trips for trophy trout along the North Platte River, and hunts for waterfowl, upland bird, sage grouse, pheasant, and spring snow goose. As a full service outfitter, lodging and transportation to and from the airport is provided along with complete trip guidance. Whether you’re an unsure novice or expert looking for new tricks, the highly experienced team at Grey Reef Anglers is sure to show you a great time in the water or out in the bush. After many years of guiding for others along the North Platte, Jason Ostrander decided to set out on his own. While most competitors simply stick to the more easily accessed Grey Reef section of the river, Ostrander and his guides venture further into the Miracle Mile section for potentially better catches. This is indicative of their willingness to go the extra mile. “We want to do whatever we can to help people be successful,” Ostrander explains. Privately leased properties teeming with waterfowl refugees ensure great opportunities for hunting. To learn more check out www.greyreefanglers.com or call 307-267-2559.
The Sager House Need a relaxing retreat? The Sager House in Lusk, Wyoming is a unique getaway that perfectly blends the amenities of modern life with an authentic old-time feel. Owner, Dottie Bunn purchased the house several years ago and from the suggestion of the construction crew assigned to renovate the house, decided to turn it into a bed and breakfast. “If I was going to do this I wanted it to be a five-star place.” The four-story house was built at the turn of the twentieth century, and today boasts six guest rooms, nine bathrooms, a living and dining room, a workout and TV room, and even a 2,000 volume library. “Let us help your journey in peace”- for Bunn, adhering to this mission statement is top priority. “I love when people come here and their stress just melts away.” Enjoy a delicious hot breakfast, which upon request is gladly catered toward the health conscious. Lounge in your bathrobe and slippers and get lost in your favorite book, or venture out and take part in one of the many local activities including, Cheyenne Frontier Days and the Legend of Rawhide old western pageantry. Wyoming Travel and Recreation Guide
People from every continent and 31 countries have stopped in the Sager House, from bikers to authors to artists and everyone in between. This is what Dottie Bunn enjoys most about running the house. “Every day there’s some incredible gem for my life; a new adventure.” The house includes a ramp and is wheelchair accessible. For complete details check out www.sagerhouse.com, or call 307-334-2423.
The Sager House 310 S. Main Lusk, WY 82225 307.334.2423 1.800.435.2468
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approximately 14 miles north on U.S. Hwy. 20. In addition, elk, moose, mule deer, mountain sheep and bear are plentiful, along with many varieties of game birds. The area boasts the largest herd of pronghorn antelope in the world. This small community enjoys the beauty of the Owl Creek Mountains at its edge. The name Shoshoni translates to “Little Snow.” Hunters consider the area around Shoshoni a virtual paradise. Rockhounds will want to explore Copper Mountain, which is located a short 13 miles north of town. In this area you can see old abandoned mines and prospector diggings and find petrified wood, agate, tourmaline and quartz. It has also proven to be fertile hunting grounds for arrowheads and other American Indian artifacts. While copper was the most abundant ore found, gold, silver and uranium were also found on Copper Mountain. Overnight camping is available at the Shoshoni City Park which offers water, fireplaces and restroom facilities. Modern motel accommodations are also available along with fine restaurants, gas stations and convenience stores. For more information contact: Shoshoni Public Library 216 Idaho St. Shoshoni, WY 82649 (307) 876-2777
Helpful Travel Contacts Casper Area Chamber ....................................(307) 234-5311 Website ..............................................www.casperwyoming.org Casper Area Conv. & Visitor’s Bureau ...........(307) 234-5362 Toll Free ...........................................................(800) 852-1889 Website .............................................www.casperwyoming.info Douglas .......................................................... (307) 358-2950 Website ........................................................www.jackalope.org Glenrock .........................................................(307) 436-5652 Lusk (Niobrara Chamber) ..............................(307) 334-2950 Toll Free ...........................(800) 223-LUSK or (800) 223-5875 Website ................................................www.luskwyoming.com Shoshoni .........................................................(307) 876-2556
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Douglas Motorsports Park is an NHRA Div. 5 Member track that was formed in 2003 as a semi-nonprofit organization to continue the tradition of drag racing in Douglas, Wyoming started in 1985. The organization is run by a volunteer board of directors made up of racers, supporters and local business leaders. The track normally operates races every other weekend on both Saturday and Sunday from May through September. You’ll find Dick Alexander announcing the regularly contested classes include ONTRACK PERFORMANCE Super Pro Series, Pro ET, Sportsman, High School, and Jr. Dragster. They are currently working on a program to allow people to race their own personal street cars or what is known as “Street Legal Drags”. Douglas Motorsports Park is proud to be a family oriented park, where families can enjoy the thrill of drag racing together. The park offers concessions and offers some bleachers for watching the races. Open from Mid May through end of September admission is only $8.00 for adults and $3.00 for seniors over 60 and kids 9-12. A special free admission is offered to any military personnel with a military I.D.
Located in Douglas, one of the best small towns in America, Douglas Motorsports Park is a great way to spend a weekend or perhaps bring your own car to race. Helmets are required and they keep some on hand for those who get the urge to race but aren’t equipped! In addition to being the Official Home of the Jackalope and a Tree City USA, Douglas is also proud to be the home of the Wyoming State Fairgrounds and Pioneer Museum, Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy, Douglas Railroad Interpretive Center, Douglas Community Golf Course. You’ll find the park easily when you spot the giant American flags flying over the scoreboard. Located on the edge of town they sit about 50 miles from Casper and just about 115 miles from Cheyenne. Douglas Motorsports Park should be a place to consider on your itinerary as you visit this great region of Wyoming. Visit their website www.douglasmotorsportspark.com or call (307) 351-4713 for more information. * See ad on page 17
Boot’s BBQ – Mouthwatering, Slow-Smoked BBQ Four years ago when Dick and Addie opened their liquor store and lounge business in Casper, they cleaned up the neighborhood and added a friendlier face to the area. The bar brawls that were common for the previous establishment ceased to exist and a “feel-good” business took its place. It seemed as if things couldn’t get any better. That’s when they decided to start serving barbecue. In April of 2008, the aroma of smoked beef brisket and slow-cooked pulled pork filled the air in front of Paradise Valley Bar and Lounge, announcing the opening of Boots BBQ. The irresistible hickory wood flavor and brown sugar honey sauce made this establishment an instant success. Patrons can’t get enough of what this barbecue has to offer. Open 7 days a week Wyoming Travel and Recreation Guide
from 11:00-8:00, customers can be seen at all hours, eagerly ordering their favorite selections including baby back ribs, hamburgers, hot wings, deep-fried hot dogs and of course, beef brisket and pulled pork. Catering has also become a large part of Boot’s business. Providing barbecue for company parties, corporate events, weddings and more, they are fully equipped to serve both meats and side dishes for large groups. Their smoker is capable of handling 500 lbs. of meat a day. They are also able to smoke whole turkeys. Choose from mild or spicy sauce for the perfect mouthwatering meal. Come visit Boot’s BBQ today at 401 Valley Dr. in Casper or call (307) 237-2500. This barbecue (named after their black Pekinese PEKINGESE , “Boots”) is doggone good! You’ll be back!
While traveling the West Make time to Stop in Casper For the Best...BBQ Hickory Smoked BBQ From Start to Finish One Stop Shopping for all of your beverage travel needs: Wine - Spirits - Mixes Beer - Micro Brews Soda Pop - Coolers - Ice
Paradise Liquor and Lounge 401 Valley Drive, Casper, WY
Featured North Central Attractions Ayres Natural Bridge, CONVERSE COUNTY An oasis on the plains of Wyoming. It is one of the only three natural bridges in the world with a trout stream flowing beneath it. Surrounded by an amphitheater of red rock, this massive 150-acre solid rock arch is a perfect, peaceful place for picnicking and camping. The Oregon Trail passed through this area and it was a haven for settlers passing through Wyoming. It was perhaps, Wyoming’s first tourist attraction. Legend has it that an Indian was struck by lightning and killed atop the bridge. After that, Native Americans would never go near it or its surroundings. The natural bridge was often visited by emigrants. The area also features fishing, rock climbing, back packing, snowmobiling, and cross country skiing; as well as being a popular hunting location for sportsmen. For more information contact: Converse County 107 No. 5th St., Suite 114 Douglas, WY 82633 (307) 358-2244 Dan Speas Fish Rearing Station, CASPER Built in 1958, this 17-acre rearing station is located 19.5 miles southwest of Casper on the banks of the North Platte River. For more information contact: Dan Speas Rearing Station P.O. Box 8200 Casper, WY 82604 (307) 473-8890 Edness Kimball Wilkins State Park, Evansville A serene day-use park for families, nature lovers, and those looking for solitude, can enjoy. The huge old cottonwoods cast reflections on the historic North Platte River and lend shade to visitors. For more information contact: P.O. Box 1596 Evansville, WY 82636 (307) 577-5150 Fort Caspar Museum, Casper Explore north central Wyoming’s regional history museum. This museum features exhibits on prehistoric peoples, Plains Indians, ranching, the energy industry, and the city of Casper as well as the western emigrant trails and frontier army. Open year-round. For more information contact: 4001 Fort Caspar Road Casper, WY 82604 (307) 235-8462 Fort Fetterman State Historic Site, DOUGLAS A look into the colorful past of Wyoming is what you’ll find at this fort established in 1867. Fort Fetterman, located north of Douglas, is situated on a plateau above the valleys of Laprele Creek and the North Platte River. Established as a military post in July 1867, due of conditions that existed on the Northern Plains at the close of the Civil War. The fort was needed as a major supply point for the army operating against the Indians. Civilization was advancing across the frontier along the line of the Union Pacific Railroad. The fort was named after Captain William J. Fetterman, who was killed in a fight with Indians near Fort Phil Kearny in 1866. 28
Although only two of the original buildings remain standing today, visitors are welcome at the ordnance warehouse and will certainly enjoy seeing the museum of the fort’s history located in the restored officer’s quarters. The annual Fort Fetterman Days celebration brings the fort to life when volunteers from around the area dress in authentic costumes and re-create life at the fort during the 1870s. For more information contact: c/o Wyoming Pioneer Museum P.O. Box 911 Douglas, WY 82633 (307) 358-9288 Hat Creek Stage Station, LUSK Located some 15 miles north and 15 miles east of Lusk. This was a regular meal and telegraph station in 1876. For more information contact: Niobrara County Library 425 South Main Street Lusk, WY 82225 (307) 334-3490 HELL’S HALF ACRE, Powder River Hell’s Half Acre is a geologic oddity – a craggy horseshoe-shaped gorge that drops away from an otherwise flat plain where Highway 20 runs east. The 150+ ft. deep gorge, actually 320-acres total as it spreads south, is filled in one section with jagged rock spires. Naturally sculpted into nightmarish chaos by an ancient offshoot of the Powder River. Alien bug planet scenes for the movie Starship Troopers (1997) were filmed here. The crew spent weeks one summer hauling props down into the hole and shooting among the gnarled rock protrusions. Hell’s Half Acre Restaurant sits at the scenic overlook, advertised by a sign with a pointy-toed devil. The sign also promises you’ll find a bar and souvenirs inside. Unfortunately, all that remains of Starship Troopers is a curling movie poster taped to the soda refrigerator. A local at the counter perked up when we mentioned the Half Acre’s moment of movie glory. “They hired some of the locals as extras,” the restaurant owner noted, “though mostly as dead bodies.” If you go down into the canyon you can still find spent blank shells from the production, along with the occasional bone where buffalo ran off the cliffs. Located approximately 50 miles east of Shoshoni on U.S. Highway 20 / 26. For more information contact: Hell’s Half Acre Café 40583 US Hwy. 20-26 Powder River, WY 82648 Independence Rock State Historic Site, Evansville Located 25 miles west of Alcova on SR 220, is a well-known landmark on the Sweetwater River. Called “The Great Register of the Desert,” it is a 193 foot high granite boulder with a base that covers more than 27 acres. Visitors can explore the dome shaped rock, mulling over the hundreds of names carved by past travelers along the Oregon Trail. For more information contact: Edness K. Wilkins State Park (307) 577-5150 Wyoming Travel and Recreation Guide
Wyoming State Fair & Rodeo Each August for nearly a century, the Wyoming State Fair & Rodeo in Douglas, Wyoming has been a family-fun tradition for locals and Wyomingites alike. The week-long fair has grown considerably over time to include a wide array of events to entertain all interests and ages. From demolition derbies and rubber chicken races to all the carnival goodies and everything in between, you’ll find it in Douglas. “There’s a lot of variety. It’s certainly not monotonous,” explains Fair Director, James Goodrich, who has attended or participated in all but a few fairs in his lifetime. While there’s enough novelty and fun to make your head spin, the traditional Rodeo and youth competitions remain the staples and main attractions of the fair. Children, including 4H club and FFA members come from all corners of the state to participate in several livestock and horseback riding shows. All activities and hoopla culminate with the PRCA Extreme Bulls event and two days of PRCA rodeo held during the final weekend. All involved with the fair work hard each year to provide second-to-none entertainment that everyone can enjoy. “We’ve already begun to plan in earnest for our big centennial celebration in 2012,”says Goodrich. For complete details visit www.wystatefair.com or call 307 358-2398.
307-234-3501 Toll Free: 1-877-234-3501 440 E. A Street Casper, WY 82601 82601
+Free Coffee until 11am +Daily Maid Service +Free Wireless Internet +18 Internet Security Cameras +Microwave & Refrigerator in every room +Basic Cable TV +Free Gas BBQ Grilling Area +Charcoal grill +Free Ice +Free Local Calling +Smoking and Non-smoking rooms +Coke machine, Vending machine, +On-site laundry facilities
The Royal Inn Casper For economy, cleanliness and friendliness check into The Royal Inn in Casper. This motel offers everything to make your stay a comfortable one. Enjoy free wireless internet, T.V., and the convenience of a microwave and fridge in all forty rooms. In warmer weather fire up the gas BBQ in a specially designated area which is maintained by management at no extra charge. Free local calling is available and you can purchase calling cards for long distance. Casper is in close proximity to several attractions including Old Faithful and the Bighorn Mountains – a hotspot for snow sport enthusiasts. The area is also great for hunting and fishing, biking and hiking. The Royal Inn was built in 1960 as a part of a chain establishment. The chain disbanded and after a few years of leasing the property, it was purchased by Tim Hodgson in June 2007. “I like working with the customers. They see our website and come from all over the world,” he comments. In the last year the Royal Inn has seen travelers from as far as India and England. Hodgson had previously worked at the motel for several years as the head of maintenance. “I know everything about the building.” To learn more log onto www.caspermotel.com or call 307-234-3501.
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Mormon Handcart Visitors Center, Alcova Operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Experience a handcart trek much like the one pioneers endured over 150 years ago. Adjacent to Devil’s Gate, the Mormon Handcart Visitors’ Center is 33 miles southwest of Alcova. For more information contact: 47600 W. Hwy. 220 Alcova, WY 82620 (307) 328-2953 National Historic Trails Interpretive Center, Casper A cooperative partnership between BLM, the National Historic Trails Center Foundation and the City of Casper. The Trails Center interprets the significant role of the area’s historic trails in the history of the United States, and seeks to promote public understanding of both America’s western Native Cultures and historic westward expansion while highlighting BLM’s role as active stewards of public lands. For more information contact: Trails Center 1501 North Poplar Street Casper, WY 82601 (307) 261-7700
Robbers Roost Stage Station, Lusk 50 miles north of Lusk. Established in 1877, and located between the Cheyenne River and Robber’s Roost Creek. Here steep banks lined with juniper and brush provided ideal concealment for outlaws to ambush the stages. It was burned in 1886 and never rebuilt. Silver Cliff, Lusk Approximately one mile from Lusk. This is the site where silver and copper mining were carried out from 1880 until 1898. A large stamp mill on Mining Hill was operated here from 1884 to 1898. In 1885, a tent town of about 200 people was established but they all moved to Lusk to be close to the railroad in 1886. Texas Trail Monument, Lusk Three miles east of Lusk. Dedicated in August of 1940 to mark the wide trail over which thousands of head of cattle passed on their way from Texas to summer ranges in the north from 1876 until 1897.
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National Historic Trails Interpretive Center Visitors to Wyoming are enthralled by the dynamic exhibits at Casper’s National Historic Trails Interpretive Center. “The trail center was built around the idea that people traveled thousands of miles from a known home to an unknown home. We want visitors to experience the journey,” says Edna Kennell, Director of the Nonprofit. The journey begins outside the building: a canopy—resembling a covered wagon— covers the walkway to the entrance. Sandstone blocks count the remaining miles until the travelers’ final destination. Inside the center, life-sized, interactive exhibits allow visitors to experience the move west, as immigrants did over 150 years ago. Seven hands-on gallery exhibits are a seamless progression of the lives of Native Americans, explorers, and the various trails to the west. Visitors can learn to pull a handcart or ride in a covered wagon as they experience a virtual river crossing. The center’s multimedia presentation, “Footsteps to the West,” shows what the journey may have been like—from the hot dusty trails to the perilous river and mountain crossings.
This multimillion-dollar facility is the result of a partnership between the city of Casper, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the National Historic Trails Center Foundation. The foundation formed in 1992, obtained funds for the building and its exhibits, then educated legislators about the importance of such a facility. Although the federal government owns the trails center, maintenance of the exhibits requires funding. Casper’s small community continues to make the interpretive center the attraction it is today; public and private donors are an integral part of the center’s success. “I’ve been always amazed at people’s generosity,” says Kennell. Contact the National Historic Trails Center Foundation at (307) 265-8030 or visit http://www. blm.gov/wy/st/en/NHTIC.html for more information. The Interpretive Center is located at 1501 North Poplar Street in Casper, Wyoming.
NATURAL HISTORIC TRAILS INTERPRETIVE CENTER Welcome to the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center! Overlooking the North Platte River, this unique facility tells the story of America’s westward expansion through the Trails Center’s interactive exhibits and multi-media presentations.
ANNUAL PASSES - GROUP RATES FEDERAL RECREATION PASSES 1501 North Poplar Street • Casper, WY 82601 I-25 at Exit 189 • 307-261-7700 • www.blm.gov/wy/st/en
Glendo Historical Museum 204 Yellowstone • P.O. Box 396 Glendo, WY 82213 (307) 735-4242 Wyoming Travel and Recreation Guide
Stagecoach Museum Monday-Saturday 10am-4:30pm
322 S. Main St. Lusk, WY 82225 307.344.3444
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Broken Pine Leather
1954 Richards St. Suite#1 Douglas, WY 82633 (307) 351-4713
Custom Leather Products & Repairs. 625 N. 6 Mile Rd. Casper, WY 82604 (307) 577-0166 www.BrokenPine.com
Wyoming State Fair & Rodeo There’s Magic in the Air! 400 W. Center Douglas, WY 82633 (307) 358-2398 www.wystatefair.com
Fishing Guides Grey Reef Anglers North Platte River Fly Fishing Guide Service & Lodge! 3780 East 20th Street Casper, WY 82604 (307) 267-2559 www.greyreefanglers.com
Outfitters / Guest Ranches 4T Outfitters All Levels of Experience Welcome!
100,000 acres, Deer, Antelope and Elk Douglas, WY (307) 358-2755
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Glendo Historical Museum
440 E. A Street Casper, WY 82601 (307) 234-3501 (877) 234-3501 www.caspermotel.com
Experience History Like Never Before! 204 S. Yellowstone Hwy. Glendo, WY 82213 (307) 735-4242
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National Historic Trails and Interpretive Center
310 South Main Street P.O. Box 297 Lusk, WY 82225 (307) 334-2423 (800) 435-2468 www.sagerhouse.com
Stagecoach Museum America’s Historical Museum and Bookstore. Hours: 10AM-4:30PM Mon.-Sat. 322 S. Main St. Lusk, WY 82225 (307) 344-3444
Restaurants Boots BBQ Make sure to stop for the best BBQ in the West! Real slow smoke 11-16 hours 401 Valley Dr. Casper, WY 82604 (307) 237-2500
Learn the Story of America’s Westward Expansion 1501 N. Poplar St. Casper, WY 82601 www.blm.gov
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Aladdin Visiting Aladdin is like stepping back in time. Life is a little slower here. The air is cleaner. The water tastes colder and the road a little less bumpy. Aladdin is your scenic route to the Devils Tower National Monument. The last weekend in August, Aladdin hosts the annual Bronc Match & Youth Rodeo. While in this gorgeous country, be sure to visit Coal Tipple State Historical Park. For more information contact: Crook County Promotion Board P.O. Box 6 Devils Tower, WY 82714 GILLETTE Located in northern Campbell County, in the northeast corner of Wyoming and on the plains between the Black Hills of South Dakota and the Big Horn Mountains of Wyoming. Gillette was once known as the wildest cow town in Wyoming, boasting twenty saloons and a church or two to serve the rowdy cowboys, sheepmen, railroaders, outlaws and regulators that passed through in its heyday as a railhead. Today, it is the Energy Capital of the Nation where just a century ago it was a frontier land with open ranges. Visitors can go to the Eagle Butte Overlook and watch the working operation of the Eagle Butte Mine, just one mile north of the CC Airport on Highway 14 / 16. Wyoming Travel and Recreation Guide
Experience the change and excitement in Gillette by catching the action at Cam-Plex, a multi-use facility covering 1,000 acres. It is Wyomingâ€™s largest multi-events center which features fairs, trade shows, theatrical performances, visual art exhibits and much more. Local surface coal mines explain the mining process from removal of overburden to land reclamation. On the lighter side, Gillette offers several excellent golf courses and parks with swimming pools and a water slide. You are sure to see some pronghorn antelope which outnumber the people in this county. Just south of Gillette is the Durham Buffalo Ranch, one of the largest buffalo ranches with 55,000 acres which is home to free roaming buffalo. With fine motels and restaurants, bus and airline connections, and so many activities to choose from; Gillette is the perfect stop for active travelers. For more information contact: City of Gillette 201 E. 5th Street Gillette, WY 82717 (307) 682-3673 www.gillettechamber.com
HULETT In the heart of Wyoming’s storied Bear Lodge Mountains of the Black Hills. This quaint western town is surrounded by grassy prairies and pine-covered rimrock bluffs that are legendary land and symbols of the old west. This place is rich with history and defined by the frozen-in-time beauty and tradition of the American West. Hulett is home to Americas First National Monument, Devils Tower. “At the Tower” you will find an outdoor recreational haven. Bear Lodge National Forest surrounds the region and offers many days of exploration and sightseeing. Take time to spend a day or two and discover the breathtaking scenery, local shops, cuisine, and warm spirited ranchin’ folk. When you do, you will find yourself far from any crowds and noise – a place where the sidewalk ends and the West begins. As you travel through this area, you’ll enjoy the Bearlodge Mountains, the scenic red hills, sandstone formations and the cedar, oak and ponderosa pine tree clusters. The area is rich in the heritage of “Western Tradition”. Created in 1875, the county was named for General George Crook, a famous American Indian fighter. You can still see the remnants of the trail through the Bearlodge Mountains between Hulett and Aladdin. Only nine miles southwest of Hulett is Devils Tower. The area around Hulett is well known as a sportsman’s paradise for whitetail and mule deer, wild turkey and antelope. You’ll also find one of the best known regional rodeos during the second weekend in June. For more information contact: Sundance Area Chamber of Commerce P.O. Box 1004 Sundance, WY 82729 (307)-283-1000 (800) 477-9340 email@example.com KAYCEE Step back in time with the friendly folks of Kaycee, Wyoming. Located in southern Johnson County, Kaycee is where you will find yourself surrounded by the history of the Old West, Indian battles, pioneer ranches, settler’s homesteads, outlaw hideouts and rustler’s ranges. Kaycee is situated on the banks of the Powder River, about 45 miles south of Buffalo just off of Interstate 25. Agriculture, mining and the oil industry have all helped to develop and support the livelihood of Kaycee. You can experience the Old West too, when you see the cattle and sheep drives to the mountain in the spring and back again in the fall, on the same old stock trails used decades ago. Kaycee’s Harold Jarrard Park is the home of many popular rodeo and agricultural events each year. The end of May is when the rodeo action begins. Rodeos are held every other Friday night until September. The annual Sheep Industry Festival and the Kaycee Challenge Sheepdog Trial are held Labor Day weekend. This fun-packed weekend has something for everyone, including sheep wagon displays, craft and fiber festival, bag piping and much more. There is also a lamb cook-off and lamb BBQ. Dog handlers from all around the world come to try their luck at the $10,000 purse. Kaycee is the site of the Johnson County Cattle War, one of the most significant events in Old West history. The Bozeman Trail, which linked the Oregon Trail to the Montana gold mines, can still be seen in the area. In addition, a military post called Old Fort Reno was established on the Bozeman Trail to protect travelers from the American Indians. Along the scenic grandeur of the beautiful Big Horn Mountains you will enjoy an abundance of wildlife. The majestic Big Horn Mountains have a magnetic effect, drawing people to them because of their beauty and recreational opportunities. Outdoor activities include hunting, 34
fishing, camping, backpacking, picnicking, snowmobiling, skiing and sledding. Visit the Hoofprints Of The Past Museum with an old time school house setting, blacksmith shop, general store with post office, plus many other Old West artifacts. Kaycee is proud to be the smallest town hosting a PRCA rodeo. Held in July, it includes traditional rodeo activities plus single steer roping. For more information contact: Kaycee Area Chamber of Commerce P.O. Box 147 Kaycee, WY 82639 (307) 738-2444 firstname.lastname@example.org MOORCROFT Moorcroft, population 807, is located in Northeastern Wyoming on the banks of the Belle Fourche River where the highway crossed the “Old Texas Trail”. Moorcroft was the largest shipping point in the United States during the 1890’s. Moorcroft is a bustling town historically based in ranching, but now serves the coal and oil industries as well. The culture of the Old West is still evident. Located 25 miles east of Gillette, just off I-90 on U.S. Highway 16. From 1880-1890, it was the largest shipping point for cattle and sheep in the United States. Surrounded by rolling hills and prairies, among purple sage, pure air and blue skies, you’ll still find it in the heart of one of the best ranching sections of Wyoming. For more information contact: Moorecroft Chamber P.O. Box 932 Moorcroft, WY, 82721 (307) 756-3526 NEWCASTLE This is where the short grass prairie of the High Plains and the Black Hills meet. Mount Rushmore, Devils Tower and other Black Hills attractions are a short drive away. From here you can lunch on the Canyon Springs Prairie near Custer’s 1874 Black Hills route, drive the Cheyenne - Deadwood Stage Trail, or tour the short grass prairie’s open and unending spaciousness. Its sagebrush, ranches, tumbleweeds, antelope, prairie dogs, birds and more – echoing the past under unbelievably clear blue skies. Located approximately nine miles west of the Wyoming/South Dakota border on U.S. Highway 16. There is always something going on in Newcastle. Nestled on the southwestern shoulder of the Black Hills, Newcastle guests have access to all the local national treasures and tourist attractions without the headaches. Gazing to the south and west, travelers can spot mountain peaks over 100 miles away, having only the Thunder Basin Grasslands in between. If you live in the city you’ll see ore stars than can be imagined where the wildlife hasn’t figured out where the city limits are located. Mule deer, wild turkey, migrating birds and mountain lions make visits here on a regular basis. Hunting and photo opportunities span the year with antelope, deer, prairie dogs, turkey as well as a wide array of fishing opportunities keep the outdoor enthusiast and shutterbugs in their element. Train lovers will hear the train whistles and find some of the longest chains of Burlington Northern/ Sante Fe Railroad system coal cars any time during the day or night in Newcastle. National Registry enrollees, the Weston County Courthouse and the Anna Miller Museum, offer solid links to the past. The bountiful museum collection and its research capabilities encourage the inquisitive to dig further. The wild west wouldn’t be the west without a rodeo. Newcastle has High School Rodeo to the Spring Fling Pro Rodeo and every level that gets Wyoming Travel and Recreation Guide
Bear Lodge Resort Bear Lodge Resort is the place to stay for your full service mountain experience. For more information, contact us at: US14A at Burgess Junction • P.O. Box 159 Dayton, Wyoming 82836 Main Phone: (307) 752-2444 or (307) 752-5444 Fax (307) 752-6444 bearlodgeresort.com
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But daylight at Bear Lodge is just as spectacular. Begin the day with a leisurely breakfast in our Moose Crossing Restaurant before heading out to Medicine Wheel, Sibley Lake, and other breathtaking destinations only a stone’s throw away—destinations promising hunting hot spots, secluded fishing holes, and off-road vehicle trails. Or if you think you’d rather “stay home” for the day, our bar and lounge features plenty of seating on two levels, a big screen TV with several smaller TV’s positioned around the room so nobody missed the game, the day’s ride, or whatever else may be on at the time.
If you’re looking for a romantic escape, Bear Lodge Resort offers a perfect getaway destination. Located in north-central Wyoming, Bear Lodge allows guests to enjoy the majesty of the Big Horn Mountains, sister range of the Rockies. Imagine enjoying Happy Hour in the Bear’s Den, our new second story outdoor porch. The cool mountain breeze blows as you chat with new friends over drinks. The setting sun paints the sky pink, lavender and gold behind sheltering mountains as you head back to one of our cozy rooms, spacious duplex condos or rustic cabins. Truly the perfect end to the perfect romantic day.
Hopper’s Bar Hopper’s Bar in Moorcroft has been a mainstay since 1935. Shortly after prohibition was lifted, Voy “Hopper” Cox opened the bar and for the past seventy five years it has been a part of the town. Hopper’s Bar has remained open and in the same location all that time. “This bar has such a rich history in this town; we just love hearing all the stories about Hopper’s,” remarks Linda Caylor, who took over the establishment with her husband Ron in 2006. The Caylors have worked hard to restore the bar in a comfortable upscale western motif. Several western artworks and antiques adorn the walls along with rustic barnwood. It all adds to the wonderful aesthetic of the place. “We love the Wyoming Travel and Recreation Guide
people and the tradition and are proud to look after this fine establishment,” Caylor explains. Along with its unique history, Hooper’s offers the lowest priced and coldest beer in town to go along with a clean, friendly atmosphere. A convenient, large drivethru window can accommodate trailers and RVs. Be sure to drop in to meet up with friends or take advantage of their packaged liquor. It’s always a good time at Hopper’s Bar, located at 112 S. Big Horn Ave. For more information call 307-756-3535.
them there. Horse shows and archery competitions are just a taste of what is possible. With nearly 200 motel/hotel rooms, 110 RV and 35 rustic camp sites to choose from in the area; seven city parks, an indoor public swimming facility, golf course and shooting range, there is always something happening in Newcastle. For more information contact: Weston County Library 23 W. Main St. Newcastle, WY 82701 (307) 746-2206 SUNDANCE If you are looking for that unique, out-of-the-way little piece of America, you’ll surely find it in Sundance. With unparalleled scenery, outdoor adventure and a deep history, Sundance is the place. You can walk in the footsteps of the Sundance Kid (this is where he got the name) or spend a few days discovering breathtaking monuments and natural beauty. Located between Devils Tower and Mount Rushmore, in the heart of the Black Hills, Sundance is the perfect destination for the traveler who wants to see it all. Serving as the county seat for Crook County, Sundance provides a supportive economic climate and a community that offers unmatched beauty and recreation. Sundance lies at the foot of Sundance Mountain in the Black Hills National Forest and is the gateway to Devils Tower, America’s first national monument. Listed as a Top Ten Classic Climb in North America, Devils Tower rises 1,200 feet above the Belle Fourche River Valley. A beautiful paved path encircles the mammoth stone for your hiking pleasure. Sundance is located about 60 miles east of Gillette off I-90 on Highway 14. Come enjoy this historic town where the flavor of the Old West has been preserved. In downtown Sundance, the Crook County Museum (free admission) has an impressive collection of Old West memorabilia, with the original courtroom fixtures and one room jail where the infamous Sundance Kid was tried and jailed. Surrounded by over 165,000 acres of National Forest, Sundance is loaded with numerous hiking, mountain biking, horse and backpacking trails that crisscross the Bear Lodge Mountains a few miles from the city limits. Sundance is also known as the whitetail deer capital of the world and offers easy access to both the Black Hills and the Great Thunder Basin. Mount Rushmore, Devils Tower, Crazy Horse monument and countless natural and man-made wonders are all within an hour’s drive. Sundance Mountain is a snowmobile destination for riders who have access to nearly 400 miles of groomed and marked trails. The town has several restaurants and cafes, grocery store, convenience stores, gas station, bar/liquor stores, hardware stores which handle sporting goods and other retail stores, nine-hole golf course, two tennis courts and a fishing pond. Nature, history and top attractions are just a few of the reasons to make Sundance your priority stop in Wyoming. For more information contact: Sundance Area Chamber of Commerce P.O. Box 1004 Sundance, WY 82729 (307)-283-1000 (800) 477-9340 email@example.com
UPTON The Old Town project began in 1995 in an effort to relocate cabins and other structures dating back to the late 1800’s and early 1900’s life in Wyoming. These cabins and structures have been moved to the original site of Upton, then known as Iron Town, and restored to preserve an important era of local history. The story goes that the Irish woman who named the town gave birth here one night and population doubled. Every summer, on the third Saturday in July, the population still doubles as past residents and alumni from all over come back for a celebration with old friends and relatives. Located at the junction of Highway 116 & Highway 16. Be greeted with tried and true western hospitality and partake of the scenic beauty and abundant wildlife while you visit the nearby national parks and monuments from this natural hub. It’s approximately one hour to Devils Tower, Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Flintstones, Mammoth Site, Deadwood and Keyhole Reservoir. The area is home for Wyoming’s largest congregation of wild turkeys and whitetail deer and few elk and mule deer as well. Upton holds the Wyoming High School Rodeo and the All-Womens Pro Rodeo. Hunters will find this the place to be in the fall with archery, single shot muzzle loaders and several turkey seasons to keep sights sharp throughout the year. Other popular game species include pronghorn antelope, mule deer, whitetail deer, elk, sage grouse, sharptail grouse, waterfowl and dove. There is also year-round hunting for coyotes, red fox, jack rabbits, prairie dogs and other animals classified as predators. The Upton’s Red Onion Museum traces the history of region from the dinosaur to its rich Native American history, and the early 1880’s when Upton sprang up on the banks of Iron Creek. For more information contact: Upton Chamber of Commerce 723 2nd St. Upton, WY 82730 (307) 468-2228 WRIGHT Situated on the Thunder Basin National Grasslands in northeastern Wyoming, Wright is one of Wyoming’s newest communities. When the coal industry expanded in Campbell County in the late 1970’s, the workforce and their families created the town. Since then, it has grown to 2,000 people and the economy of the basin is spurred by energy development that is characterized by the nation’s largest surface coal mines. The locals are especially proud of the fact they play an important role in providing the energy that runs our nations homes, factories, shops, and businesses. There are over 17 coal mines in the area and tours are available at area mines for a close-up look at openpit mining. Spend a day or night enjoying a high school sports activity. Experience the food and fun during our Wright Days celebration held each summer. You can literally watch the buffalo roam the Durham Ranch located just north of town. Or better yet, stop by and just “shoot the breeze” over a hot cup of coffee. Located at the junction of Hwy. 59 and Hwy. 387, the area offers varied recreational activities such as hiking, climbing, backpacking, boating, water-skiing, snowmobiling, snow skiing, hunting and fishing. A “Sunday drive” through the area provides a unique opportunity to observe abundant wildlife including pronghorn antelope. The Wright Centennial Museum preserves and interprets the history, culture and development of southern Campbell County for public education and enjoyment, as well as the history, heritage and environment of the residents and visitors.
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Wright Centennial Museum The Wright Museum in Southern Campbell County opened in 1990 as part of the Wyoming Centennial Project. The museum was organized by local volunteers and spearheaded by Dale Wright, whose grandfather established the area’s first post office. Over the years they’ve acquired several unique items representing both the community’s energy history and the lore of Wyoming’s Wild West roots. Highlights include a variety of mechanical turn-of-the-century tools such as a foot-pedaled lathe, a belt-operated jigsaw, and a number of antique house ware items. The museum recently purchased a “Madame’s fancy box,” a chest common to prostitutes in the late 1800s. This box comes complete with gloves, a nail file, an engraved Derringer pistol, a song which
plays when opened, and a list of businesses in Cripple Creek Colorado circa 1885. One hundred year old saddles, a mounted buffalo head, and numerous artifacts from old rubber tire chains for a Model T to a collection of coal-powered irons, provide entertainment and education for everyone. The Wright Museum is open from May through October, and with its increasing inventory is looking to expand. “The town is old enough now where people come back and want to show their family the museum. Interest is starting to perpetuate,” explains Dale Wright. To learn more, call 307-464-1222 or visit www.wywrightmuseum.org.
Wright Centennial Museum Historic Wright, Wyoming Wright, Wyoming was founded in 1976 with the location in the heart of coal energy, Powder River Basin. The Purpose of the Wright Centennial Museum is to preserve and interpret the history, culture, and development of Southern Campbell County. To preserve for public education and enjoyment, the history, heritage, and environment of Southern Campbell County.
(307) 464-1222 Open Monday–Saturday, May–August Appointments: (307)464-1200 or (307)939-1249 104 Ranch Ct. Wright, Wyoming
The Fly Shop of the Big Horns Guided fly-fishing
Wyoming is the least populated state in America, offering the ideal location for an amazing outdoor experience. The scenery is breathtaking and the fish and wildlife are abundant. The streams and still waters of the Bighorn Mountains are filled with trophy size trout. The mayflies, caddis, stoneflies, midges, scuds, sow bugs, damsels, grasshoppers, terrestrials and forrage fish are excessively abundant. The Fly Shop of the Bighorns offers you the opportunity to experience the spectacular Wyoming scenery with a private land access guided fly-fishing trip. Stop by their shop and let them help you customize your own adventure. The Bighorn Mountains have hundreds of publicly accessible streams, creeks, lakes and ponds that are open to everyone. However, if you are looking for privacy, The Fly Shop of the Bighorns provides a private guided fly-fishing experience that is hard to match. Their private waters are limited to six people per day, which keeps the fish ready to hit.
repellant clothing and nets. The Fly Shop of the Bighorns focuses on guide trips for everyone; whether you are a beginner or an expert, bring your fly gear out and let the guides at The Fly Shop show you some of the most impressive private waters in Wyoming. Contact them today at www.TroutAngler.com or call (800) 253-5866. The Fly Shop is located at 227 N. Main in Sheridan, WY 82801.
For supplies, their shop has 900 square-feet of fly-fishing necessities. They carry everything you need including quality products from Orvis, Winston, Filson, RIO and many more. They have one of the largest fly selections you will ever see and all other basic fly-fishing items including polarized sunglasses, insect Wyoming Travel and Recreation Guide
The museum displays beautiful antiques revealing Wyoming’s old way of life, including a homestead setting. Recreational facilities in Wright include an indoor recreation center which offers year-round swimming, racquetball facilities, weight room, a full-size gymnasium, tennis courts and softball fields. Parks, bike paths, a nine-hole golf course and a bowling alley are available. The fishing pond is stocked with trout and bass. For more information contact: Wright Chamber of Commerce P.O. Box 430 Wright, WY 82732 (307) 464-1312 www.wrightwyoming.com
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Helpful Travel Contacts Campbell County (Gillette) ...........................(307) 682-3673 Visitor’s Information ........................................(307) 686-0040 Website .............................................www.gillettechamber.com Email ......................................firstname.lastname@example.org Devils Tower ...................................................(307) 467-5430 Gillette Visitor’s Center ..................................(307) 686-0040 Toll Free ...........................................................(800) 544-6136 Website ......................................................www.visitgillette.net Hulett ..............................................................(307) 467-5430 Website .............................................................www.hulett.org Newcastle ........................................................(307) 746-2739 Toll Free ...........................................................(800) 835-0157 What’s Happening Line .................................(307) 746-7200 Website ................................................www.newcastlewyo.com Sundance ........................................................(307) 283-1000 Toll Free ...........................................................(800) 477-9340 Website ........................................www.sundancewyoming.com Upton Chamber .............................................(307) 468-2228 Wright .............................................................(307) 464-1312 Website ............................................www.wrightwyoming.com
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Matt and Sharon Schafer decided sometime ago they wanted to be closer to the country and mountains. An opportunity to buy the Antler Motel in Greybull, Wyoming 10 years ago was the perfect answer to live that dream! Located on Hwy. 14/16/20 at the north end of town, just next door to the A&W, the Antler Motel & Suites provides comfortable yet affordable lodging to all. This is a good choice for the overnight stay for travelers and families, or extended stays for business persons, tradesmen or hunters. Pick up at the local airport is offered to those flying in! The Antler offers 12 air conditioned rooms with traditional Western themes including a family suite that sleeps six. All rooms have free local calls, refrigerator, microwave, and coffee maker, wireless
high speed internet, and DSL cable TV. Smoking, Pet, and Non-smoking rooms available. You might also consider one of their three deluxe Camping cabins. The motel provides Barbeque grills for guest use, but is conveniently close to restaurants and the local supermarket with its own deli. Proprietor, Matt Schafer says The Antler Motel is often home to repeat customers; including avid hunters who visit the area each year. Greybull is about 50 miles east of Cody and just 100 miles from the entrance to Yellowstone Park. You should consider a stopover for a night or more in Greybull at the Antler Motel. Just look for the green roof and log cabin front. Reservations (307) 765-4404 or on the web www.antlermotel.com
Antler Motel www.antlermotel.com Toll Free (877) 849-7527 Local (307) 765-4404 1116 N. 6th St. Greybull, WY 82426 • Free local calls, Wireless High Speed Internet, Cable TV, A/C in each room. • Refrigerator, microwave, and coffee maker in each room • Three Deluxe Camping Cabins (Cabins are non-smoking) • Weekly/Monthly and seasonal rates available
Bozeman Trail Museum in Big Horn Built in 1879 by the Rock Creek Stage Line, the Blacksmith Shop, now home to the Bozeman Trail Museum originally satisfied the needs of the nearby Bozeman Trail, connecting southeastern Wyoming to Virginia City, Montana. It had been 1878, when O.P. Hanna decided to build his cabin near a clear creek, in a sheltered meadow with a magnificent view of the Big Horn Mountains. This was to be the first homestead cabin in what is now Sheridan County. By 1881, pioneer families started settling in Big Horn City, a name chosen by O.P. Hanna
moved into the building for safe-keeping. Museum Director, Judy Slack, says some items of interest in the museum are dental tools, a pump organ, portions of the 1881 post office, dairies, artwork, photograph multiplex of pioneer families, blacksmith and farm implements, pioneer clothing, Indian artifacts, and other collectables from local families. The museum is open weekends during the summer months from 11 am to 4 pm. Located 10 miles south of Sheridan at the south end of Johnson Street in Big Horn, they share property with the Big Horn Women’s Club. Call 307-674-6363 for information.
Refurbishing of the deteriorating building began in 1936 and an additional refurbishing effort was completed under the guidance of the Big Horn Bi-Centennial Committee of 1976. Upon completion of the project, historic items of interest were gradually Wyoming Travel and Recreation Guide
Thunder Mountain Tours Few places are richer with Wild West history than the SheridanJohnson County area of north-central Wyoming. In addition to the forts and battle sites along the infamous “Bloody Bozeman” Trail, echoes of the gun battles and assassinations perpetrated by the rich cattle barons can be heard if you listen closely. Locals still “walk softly” at any mention of the “invasion” of Johnson County.
interested in broadening their understanding of an exciting and unique period of local history.
Thunder Mountain Tours uses a 40-passenger Sheridan trolley for convention groups, an 11-passenger bus for smaller groups, and an SUV for private tours. If you feel more comfortable in your own vehicle, company owner Mike Kuzara can “step on” as a tour guide; this includes anything from a passenger car to a tour bus. A picnic lunch can be provided and an on-bus mini fridge holds cold drinks. Pickups from local hotels and airports are available.
To treat yourself to a step back in time, call 307-737-2404 or visit www.thundermountaintours.com.
For the in-depth serious tourist or history buff, Sheridan should be a “go to” destination rather than a lunch stop between Mount Rushmore and Yellowstone Park. Thunder Mountain Tours and its connections will make your stay worthwhile.
Providing Various Types Of Tours Historical • Sightseeing • Specific Destinations Photographic Tours
Mike Kuzara is a 71-year-old native with a life-long involvement in history groups who decided in 2005 to capitalize on his knowledge of the area and share that with people who are
Special experts accompany the tours on an as-available basis. This includes world-class photographers, a retired game warden, a retired forest supervisor, antique firearms experts and period re-enactors.
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For Information or to schedule a tour Contact: Mike Kuzara Phone: (307) 737-2404 Cell: (307) 751-2482
In just eight months CJ’s Place in Newcastle has established a reputation as the premier dining establishment in town. With an eclectic, affordably-priced menu, great service, and wonderful panoramic views of the nearby Black Hills, the restaurant has implemented the perfect ingredients for success despite the poor economic conditions.
perfect for large group gatherings and has held events for organizations such as the Lions Club and Shriners.
“Business is booming,” remarks Jeannette Morris, who owns the restaurant with her husband Cody and has to her credit nearly twenty five years of restaurant management experience. “I love the people and the challenge,” she explains. The home-cooked offerings are highlighted by a variety of salads, wraps, burgers, steaks, and breakfast selections that are served all day. The building’s 200-person capacity is
Whether you’re heading east to Mt. Rushmore or west to Yellowstone, be sure to grab a bite at CJ’s just off Highway 16. For more information call 307-746-4755.
The simple yet effective formula of amazing food and a staff that loves and takes pride in their work has set CJ’s apart from the pack. “I have the best cooks and servers in the area,” Morris boasts.
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Doublerafter Cattle Drives Looking for the “real deal” adventure of a lifetime? Doublerafter Cattle Drives in Ranchester, Wyoming, has been providing everyone from novices to experts with the authentic experience of a 1880s cattle drive for the past seventeen years. “We don’t schedule phony stampedes, cloudbursts, blizzards, rodeos, wagon wrecks, or brush fires. They happen all on their own!” The drives kick off with a half-day horsemanship clinic to mate you with the best horse to fit your skill set, and then come rain, snow, or shine the party heads out. These 35-50 mile week long trips are not nose to tail and you will experience life for a week as it was in the 1880’s. Dana and Alice Kerns started Doublerafter Cattle Drives as a means to earn supplemental income for the family ranch. Over the years
the business has grown beyond their expectations. Although people with widely varied backgrounds join the drives, Dana has noticed that, “…everybody really wants the same thing. I enjoy seeing people’s excitement and sense of pride and achievement. We’re not a dude ranch nor do we claim to be. You get just what is advertised: A REAL CATTLE DRIVE- real Horses, real Dutch oven cooking and all the scenery you can stand.” Whether you’re a city slicker looking to escape the cubicle, or seasoned veteran looking to perfect your skills, Doublerafter Cattle Drives is the answer. Drives are scheduled in June, July, and September. For complete details including testimonials, trip reports and videos visit www.doublerafter.com, or call 1-800-704-9268.
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Dana & Alice Kerns P.O. Box 490 • Ranchester, Wyoming 82839 1-800-704-9268 or 1-307-655-9539
An Authentic 1880’s cattle drive.
This is the real deal.
This is reality. We don’t schedule phony stampedes, cloudbursts, blizzards, rodeos, wagon wrecks, or brush fires.
They happen all on their own!
visit us at www.doublerafter.com
Willow Creek Ranch: Where Cowboys Play
Indulge your inner cowboy with a vacation to Willow Creek Ranch at the Hole-in-the-Wall where you’ll be ropin’, drivin’ and brandin’ by sundown. This 57,000-acre working ranch is located on the South Big Horn - Red Wall backcountry scenic byway, sixty miles north of Casper and thirty-five miles southwest of Kaycee, Wyoming. The Hole-In-The-Wall refers to the valley below the famous 350-foot red sandstone wall where outlaws of the old west would graze their stolen cattle.
with chuckwagons and tepees, is a rare treat. The history of the area is rich with tales of Butch Cassidy and other notorious outlaws who roamed these same hills looking for a place to hide from the law. For reservations, visit Willow Creek Ranch at the Hole-in-the-Wall online at www.WillowCreekRanch.com or call 307-738-2223 or 307-738-2294.
Spend your days on horseback exploring the endless meadows or fishing the trout-filled waters in the area. The freedom of the open countryside is an unforgettable experience in itself. After a day of working with cattle, kick off your boots and watch the stars appear in the evening sky. Willow Creek Ranch is a fully functioning cattle ranch that offers guests the opportunity to live the life of a real cowboy. There are no spa treatments, no Jacuzzis and no luxury suites at this ranch. However, the accommodations are humble and comfortable and the adventures never end. Dutch-oven cookouts are common and offer a taste of the old west. Relaxing in one of the three campsites, which are fully equipped Wyoming Travel and Recreation Guide
The Best Western Sheridan Center
The Best Western Sheridan Center is proud to be a member of “the world’s largest hotel chain.” The hotel boasts all the amenities a traveler depends on. Since its new ownership in 2001, the Best Western Sheridan Center has made continual renovations, exceeding expectations both of travelers and company executives. Not only has the hotel received a facelift with new paint and furniture, owners have renovated all public spaces, meeting rooms, restaurant and public restrooms. “We don’t just do what’s required; we go above and beyond,” says Kyle Murray, General Manager. Many of the hotel’s 139 guestrooms have also been updated with new décor, vanities and pillow top mattresses.
The effort has paid off. In 2009 the Best Western Sheridan Center earned Best Western’s “Chairman’s award” for excellence in quality and customer service. This award recognizes the Sheridan Center as one of the top hotels in the chain.
On Fridays, the hotel hosts an outdoor barbecue on the patio. Travelers enjoy gathering near the hotel’s two pools and Jacuzzi. Additionally, guests can receive a free drink in the lounge and discounts off their meals in the hotel’s restaurant. The hotel is conveniently located a block from downtown Sheridan. A conference room, two banquet rooms and ballroom are available for special events. For reservations, call 1-800-Best-Western or visit www.bestwestern.com. • Newly Renovated • Full Service Restaurant & Lounge On-Site • 3500 sq. ft. of Meeting & Banquet Space • Free High Speed Internet • Airport Shuttle
612 N. Main St. • Sheridan, WY 82801
DIRTY SALLY’S Dirty Sally made her mark on the western television series Gunsmoke, just as Kathryn Moore, owner of an old-fashioned western souvenir shop, leaves a lasting impression on tourists of Ten Sleep, Wyoming. After opening her doors in 1996, Moore is now enjoying her thirteenth year in business. Thanks to her creativity and resourcefulness, Moore has turned a struggling establishment into a successful souvenir and ice cream shop called Dirty Sally’s. Dirty Sally’s is a tourist attraction in and of itself. Just as Gunsmoke’s feisty female actress Dirty Sally traveled near and far, collecting odds and ends, Moore similarly seeks treasures for her store. Tourists en route to Yellowstone step through Dirty Sally’s swinging doors to find unique and reasonably priced gifts. A wide selection of handcrafted items lends Dirty Sally’s its appeal. Moore enjoys using materials she has on hand to create rugs, quilts, purses and leather key chains; “whatever pops into my mind,” she says. Every year, this savvy business owner avails herself of the year’s harvest by making homemade chokecherry, raspberry or plum jam. The tasty stuff is so popular that customers often purchase cases at a time; one local bride even purchased 42
hundreds of jars for wedding favors. With each season, Moore creates unique gifts for her store. Be sure to visit Dirty Sally’s when passing through. The store is located at 124 Second Street in Ten Sleep, Wyoming. Visit www.dirtysallys.net, e-mail email@example.com or call (307) 366-2500 for more information.
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An OLD FAShIOn STORe 307-366-2500 • www.dirtysallys.com 124 2nd Avenue • Ten Sleep, WY Wyoming Travel and Recreation Guide
Best Western – Sundance
As the western gateway to the Black Hills, Sundance sees its fair share of visitors passing through on their way to Mt. Rushmore, the Devils Tower, the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, and a wide range of historical sites and camping adventures. Sundance itself boasts a fascinating museum of the life and times of The Sundance Kid. For unmatched cleanliness and comfort on your next trip check into the Best Western Inn in Sundance. Over the years the Best Western chain has earned a reputation for providing superior customer service and amenities at competitive rates. The same holds true for the Sundance branch. Originally located downtown, the hotel moved to its current Cleveland Avenue location in 1997. “People come in and still think it’s a fairly
new establishment,” remarks, Manager, Victoria Reimann. The 44-room hotel offers 31 rooms with two queen size beds and 13 rooms with king size beds; new beds are scheduled for this year.
2719 E Cleveland Sundance, WY 82729 Phone: (307) 283-2800 Fax: (307) 283-2727
Enjoy the convenience of a pool, hot tub, laundry facilities, gift shop, and in-room items such as a hair dryer, ironing board, and coffee pot. To start the day right, treat yourself to a free delicious deluxe continental breakfast. For complete details and to make reservations visit the main Best Western site at www.bestwestern.com or call the Sundance location at 307-283-2800.
• Complimentary Breakfast • Pets Allowed • Pool • Hot Tub • High Speed Internet • Cable satellite television • AM/FM alarm clock • Coffee/tea maker • Hairdryer • Iron, ironing board
Diamond 7 Ranch Nestled between Devil’s Tower and the Black Hills National forest, the Diamond 7 Bar Ranch welcomes outdoor lovers and adventure seekers alike to 10,000 acres of privately-owned land. Guests participate in the day-to-day workings of a genuine cattle ranch. Homesteaded by the Mahoney family in 1886, the ranch house is situated on the same spot where the family’s original log cabin once stood. Four generations of hard work and innovative thinking have made the Diamond 7 Bar what it is today—a genuine cattle ranch where western history and ideals are celebrated. Beth (Mahoney) Reilly and her husband, Pat, work hard to continue the family’s longstanding legacy as well as preserve the genuine Western experience. Here at the ranch, a variety of winter and summer activities are available year-round. A favorite destination amongst hunters, the Diamond 7 Bar ranch supports a large population of whitetail and mule deer, Merriam turkey, and elk. Pat’s brother Ed stresses, however, that the real gem of a stay at the Diamond 7 Bar is the ability for guests to participate in a true ranching experience. Accommodations are home-style and comfortable. Depending on availability, the ranch offers a variety of options ranging from a private cabin, the bunkhouse or the walk out basement of the ranch house. Modern comforts such as Wi-Fi, phone, and cable TV are all available to our guests. The ranch is a non-smoking, alcohol-free Wyoming Travel and Recreation Guide
establishment where children are always welcome. Genuine Western hospitality is a lasting tradition that has continued to make guests return year after year for over thirty years. The Diamond 7 Bar ranch continues to be the ultimate Western vacation. Owners Pat & Beth Reilly know you’ll arrive as a guest and leave as a friend! For more information visit www.diamond7bar.com or call 307-467-5786.
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meets the present. Where the Old West on a real working Come experience life ills. ranch in the Black H Pat & Beth Reilly Box 86 Alva WY 82711 307-467-5786 www.Diamond7Bar.com
Canyon Ranch Big Horn In the early 1880’s, like many of his contemporaries, a young Englishman named Oliver H. Wallop pulled up stakes and headed to the great American West. He migrated to a little spot in southern Montana called Otter Creek where he bought a ranch. A few years later he moved to Wyoming and brought the first thoroughbred horses to the region and established Canyon Ranch. It now stands as a monument to the rare beauty of the Big Horns and the devoted love and care of four generations of the Wallop family. Today, Paul Wallop and his wife Sandra bring the same love and reverence for the ranch that has made it grow in beauty and productivity. Canyon Ranch is a three thousand acre private reserve located 15 miles south of Sheridan, Wyoming. Situated at the foot of the Bighorn Mountains, it is the perfect spot for a unique vacation in Wyoming. Both families and small groups can enjoy a variety of recreational opportunities. At
Canyon Ranch you can find adventure or just relax. Canyon Ranch specializes in fly fishing and is proud to be an Orvis Endorsed fly fishing lodge. They offer many of the finest walk-wade trips available in the American West. Paul & Sandra believe one of the most important parts of any lodging experience is where you sleep. Whether at the lodge or in “Johnies cabin”, all their beds have high-count sheets and fluffy down comforters assuring you of a one of the best nights sleep you’ve had in a long time. During your stay at Canyon Ranch you may choose to participate in as many or as little of the many activities available there. Regardless, you can rest assured that at the end of the day you can rest and relax in comfort. With Polo, horseback riding, and hunting available to visitors your vacation will be full of great memories.
Call them at (307) 674-6239 or visit www.canyonranchbighorn.com for complete information.
• Canyon Ranch is a three thousand acre private reserve located 15 miles south of Sheridan, Wyoming. It has been owned and operated by the Wallop family for more than a century. Being situated at the foot of the Bighorn Mountains, it is the perfect spot for a unique vacation in Wyoming. Both families and small groups can enjoy a variety of recreational opportunities. At Canyon Ranch you can find adventure or just relax.
A Unique Guest Ranch Experience Come to Canyon Ranch to experience a guest ranch vacation like no other. PO Box 11 Big Horn, Wyoming 82833 307-674-6239 • www.CanyonRanchBigHorn.com
C’s B&B (Bed & Breakfast) C’s B&B in Worland is the perfect quiet, family-friendly lodging facility. This comfortable 1954 ranch-styled home has two guest bedrooms, a shared bath, and offers amazing food courtesy of Judy Council, resident cook/owner since 1997. One room features complete log construction with a queen size bed, the other has two twins. Dial-up internet is available in both suites. Among the menu highlights are sensational scones (she’ll send extras home with you), and a one-of-a kind-French toast recipe topped with genuine Vermont maple syrup. With advanced notice, Council is very flexible in accommodating a wide range of diets.
C’s B&B sees a variety of guests. From families on their way to Cody to those in town for local events, this is a great place to relax and enjoy old fashioned hospitality. “I really like the people; many guests give me hugs and some take my picture when they leave,” Council remarks. Worland itself is a picturesque high desert community with an eclectic mix of landscapes. It is in close proximity to a number of outdoor activities and Old West historical sites. To learn more call Judy at 307-347-9388.
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D & K Outpost From Sinclair gas to a mouthwatering prime rib, D & K Outpost has you covered. They make it a point to offer “everything you need under one roof,” says Karen Swenson, Owner. D & K even provides video lottery machines, dartboards and a pool table. But whether patrons come to fill the gas tank or to play a wild game of pool, they often stay for the homemade meals and friendly customer service. Aside from typical snack foods such as candy, coffee, sodas and sandwiches, the D & K Outpost offers a full restaurant, bar and lounge. Meals – made from scratch every day – include soups, salads and casseroles. Breakfast is served from 6:30 to 11:30 and a noon buffet runs from 11:30 to 1:30 every day except Saturday. For dinner, rib eye and sirloin steaks are made to order. Weekends at the D & K are especially crowded; patrons can look forward to a 16-ounce prime rib and a fresh salad bar on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Those staying at nearby hotels or passing through town will appreciate that all the food prepared at D & K Outpost is available for takeout. For a treat, be sure to try the homemade pizzas. Locals and tourists alike feel welcome at D & K Outpost, and quickly become repeat customers. “We always ask where they’re from, what they’re doing that day. If something’s wrong we try to fix it; we try to reach out to everybody…” says Swenson. D & K’s friendly atmosphere is a breath of fresh air in the small town of Highmore, South Dakota. About her patrons Swenson says, “I love them all…the customers make my job rewarding.” For the best service in town, be sure to visit D & K Outpost at 33690 US Highway 14 in Highmore, South Dakota. They can be reached by phone at (605) 852-2889 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cedar Ridge RV Park in Pine Haven is an ideal stop whether you’re passing through to Yellowstone or in town for the variety of local activities. The24-site park offers full amenities including 20, 30, or 50 amp service; six back-in sites are available for guests who plan a longer stay. Grocery and laundry facilities are conveniently located nearby.
Home Cooking is Our Specialty Gas • Groceries Bar • Restaurant Carry Out Availabe!
33690 U.S. Hwy 14 • Highmore, SD 57345 605.852.2889
The park sees a wide range of visitors from those working construction in Gillette to Europeans on their vacation of a lifetime. To learn more visit www.cedarridgerv.com or call 307-756-3443.
Enjoy beautiful views of the Bear Lodge Mountains to the northeast, quick access to Keyhole State Park and the 9-hole golf course at the Keyhole Country Club. Abundant fishing for walleye, northern pike, and small mouth bass can be found in the nearby Keyhole Lake. Cedar Ridge RV Park was developed in 2002 and has earned a reputation for being a quiet, comfortable place ideal for relaxing and telling stories around the barbeque. Doug Lundborg, who purchased the establishment with his wife Ruth in 2006, explains. “I like meeting the people and sitting down to chat with them. This is a pleasant environment that we’re proud to contribute to.” Wyoming Travel and Recreation Guide
Featured Northeast Anna Miller Museum, NEWCASTLE On U.S. 16 in Newcastle. Open year-round. No admission charge. Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. For more information contact: 401 Delaware Ave. Newcastle, WY 82701 (307) 746-4188 email@example.com Bear River State Park, EVANSTON Native Americans who lived in the region named the river Quee-ya-paw because of the tobacco that grew along its banks. Fur trappers, however, took a much simpler approach and named the river Bear River because of the large number of bears in the area. This state park was established in 1991. For more information contact: 601 Bear River Dr. Evanston, WY 82930 (307) 789-6547 firstname.lastname@example.org Coal Mine Tours, GILLETTE Tours of the coal mines are open for visitors to see how this black gold is mined. At one time, a third of the nation’s coal was produced from the Powder River Valley.
For more information contact: Campbell County Chamber of Commerce 314 S. Gillette Ave Gillette, WY 82716 (307) 682-3673 email@example.com DEVILS TOWER, Devils Tower Devils Tower, the nation’s first natural monument, is actually the core of a volcano exposed after millions of years of erosion brought on by the Belle Fourche River and the weather. The rocks and boulders around the base of the tower are actually broken pieces of columns having fallen from the sides. Devils Tower rises 1,267 feet above the Belle Fourche River. Once hidden, erosion has revealed Devils Tower. This 1,347 acre park is covered with pine forests, woodlands, and grasslands. Deer, prairie dogs, and other wildlife are seen. Also known as “Bears Lodge”, it is a sacred site for many Native Americans. In 1906, President Theodore Roosevelt proclaimed it the first national monument. In 1956, Devils Tower National Monument celebrated its 50th birthday and the park service historian used that occasion to record a history of Devils Tower. A big event occurred in 1941, when a parachutist landed safely on top of the Tower. Getting off the Tower was the problem. At its base, there is a paved walking path around the perimeter, a distance of one and a quarter miles. The tower is 865 feet high and perhaps
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Wyoming Attractions best remembered for the award-winning “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.” Its 450,000 annual visitors enjoy deer and antelope in their natural habitat and kid’s of all ages will love prairie dog town. This stump-shaped monument played an important part in history as a landmark for early travelers and as a subject for legends and folklore among local American Indians. A monument to the sky, Devils Tower is considered one of the seven natural wonders of the world. For more information contact: Devils Tower National Monument P.O. Box 10 Devils Tower, WY 82714 (307) 467-5283
For more information contact: City of Gillette 201 E. 5th Street Gillette, WY 82717 (307) 686-5200
Keyhole State Park, Moorcroft Located on the western edge of the famed Black Hills (between Sundance and Moorcroft) 45 miles east of Gillette, and is easily accessed off l-90 at exit 165. Visitors have the opportunity to enjoy a variety of wildlife, including mule deer, pronghorn antelope and wild turkeys. For more information contact: 22 Marina Road Moorcroft, WY 82721 (307) 756-3596
ROCKPILE MUSEUM, Gillette Located in the midst of the Powder River is booming energy country, the Rockpile Museum recalls both the colorful past of homesteaders and cattle barons, illustrates the high tech present of huge coal mines, and methane gas exploration. You can now visit an authentic homesteader’s cabin. Built in 1918, the cabin is furnished with original materials. Hands-on exhibits are slanted toward children and they are challenged to identify local wildlife from tracks, fur and other clues. A working telegraph offers a glimpse into communication before telephones. Grandma’s Attic gives them a chance to dress up like pioneers, railroaders or cowboys and imagine life on the High Plains long ago. An exhibition on energy features spectacular videos of coal mining and methane gas recovery. For more information contact: Rockpile Museum 900 W. 2nd St. Gillette, WY 82716 (307) 682-5723
McManamen Park, Gillette The Park is designed to simulate water fowl’s natural habitat. Many different kinds of birds can be spotted for your pleasure. Benches are available for sitting while watching. Observers who may want to get closer viewing, blinds are accessible.
Red Onion Museum, UPTON Exhibits illustrate the early settlers’ lives in the region. For more information contact: 609 Pine St. Upton, WY, 82730 (307) 468-2672
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DryHead Ranch If you’re looking for an authentic hands-on ranching experience head to the Dryhead Ranch located on the east slopes of the Pryor Mountains south of Billings, Montana. This family-owned, fully operational ranch allows guests the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of activities including several annual cattle drives, horse roundups, ranch rodeos, and the full slate of daily activities involved with tending to the 21,000-acre property. Enjoy delicious, hearty cowboy meals and get a good night’s rest in one of the homey cabins, the restored bunkhouse, or the small ranch house. The ranch has been in the same family for over sixty years. In effort to generate more income in the early 1980s, the decision was made to entertain guests. While more commonplace today, the Dryhead Ranch was one of the first to give “city slickers” a taste of the old west. “We don’t try to paint a picture that is not real. We want people to feel they have accomplished the same work as those who do this for a living,” explains Jennifer Cerroni, who owns and operates the ranch with her family. Guests arrive from all over the world. “We meet a lot of interesting people and have made many friends who’ve returned several times,” Cerroni remarks. The ranch is in close proximity to several other notable attractions including Yellowstone and the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range, the oldest refuge for wild Spanish mustangs. For more details visit www.dryheadranch.com or call 307-548-6688.
The Dryhead Ranch is a Montana Working Guest Ranch on the eastern slopes of the Pryor Mountains, south of Billings, Montana. We will share with you the dream to live on an authentic Montana working ranch for a week and ride with our cowboys while they care for 750 head of black angus cows and calves, 150 foundation bred mares and colts of various ages, 21,000 acres of grassland mountain country.
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Attractions Double Rafter Cattle Drives P.O. Box 490 Ranchester, WY 82839 (307) 655-9539 www.doublerafter.com
Fishing Fly Shop of the Bighorns Full Service Package Trips, Fly Fishing, Equipment and Gifts! 227 N. Main St. Sheridian, WY 82801 (800) 253-5866 www.troutangler.com
Gift Shop Tidbit Gifts Proudly serving the community. Collectibles, T-shirts, Jewelry, and Balloons. 107 E. 3rd Unit B Gillette, WY 82716 (307) 682-4752 www.tidbitgifts.com
Lodging & Inns Antler Motel 1116 N. 6th St. Greybull, WY 82426 (307) 765-4404 (877) 849-7527 www.antlermotel.com
Best Western – Sheridan Newly Renovated, Free Long Distance Access 612 N. Main St. Sheridan, WY 82801 (307) 674-7421 www.bestwestern.com
Best Western – Sundance 2719 E. Cleveland Sundance, WY 82729 (307) 283-2800 www.bestwestern.com
Branding Iron Inn 401 West Ramshorn P.O. Box 705 Dubois, WY 82513 (307) 455-2893 www.brandingironinn.com
C’s B&B (Bed & Breakfast) A Pleasant Lodging Alternative 1000 Howell Avenue Worland, WY 82401 (307) 347-9388
Outfitters / Guest Ranches Diamond 7 Bar Ranch P.O. Box 86 Alva WY 82711 (307) 467-5786 www.Diamond7Bar.com
Dryhead Ranch 1062 Road 15 Lovell, WY 82431 (307) 548-6688 www.dryheadranch.com
Thunder Mountain Tours Historical, Sightseeing, and Photographic Tours 400 Dutch Creek Rd. Wyarno, WY 82845 (307) 737-2404 www.thundermountaintours.com
Willow Creek Ranch at the Hole in the Wall
Working Ranch, Great Fishing, Beautiful Scenery Kaycee, WY 82639 (307) 738-2223 www.willcreekranch.com
Museum Bozeman Trail Museum P.O. Box 566 Big Horn, WY 82833 (307) 674-6363
Wright Centennial Museum 104 Ranch CT Wright, WY 82732 (307) 464-1222
Resorts Bear Lodge Resort On Top of the Beautiful Big Horn Mountains. Open Year Round! 5600 Hwy. 14A Dayton, WY 82836 (307) 752-2444 www.bearlodgeresort.com
Restaurant & Bar CJ’s Place 2 Fountain Plaza Rd. Newcastle, WY 82701 (307) 746-4755
Gas, Groceries, Bar, Great Home Cooking 33690 U.S. Hwy. 14 Highmore, SD 57345 (605) 852-2889
Deerehaven Coldest Beer in Town and the Friendliest Service Around! 204 W. Converse St. Moorcroft, WY 82721 (307) 756-3975
Hopper’s Bar 112 S. Big Horn Moorcroft, WY 82721 (307) 756-3535
R.V. parks Cedar Ridge RV Park 9 Industrial Park Pine Haven, WY 82721 (307) 756-3443 www.cedarridgerv.com
Stores Dirty Sally’s An Old Fashion Store, Souvenirs T-Shirts, Ice Cream & much more! 124 2nd Avenue Ten Sleep, WY 82442 (307) 366-2500 www.dirtysallys.com
Cowtown Cafe 41 East Main Street Cowley, WY 82420 (307) 548-2990
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Afton Located on the Wyoming/Idaho border on U.S. Highway 89, Afton is home to the world’s largest elk horn arch. Spanning 75 feet across the four lanes of U.S. Highway 89, the arch consists of 3,011 elk antlers and weighs 15 tons. Named after the Robert Burns’ poem, “Flow Gently, Sweet Afton.” The stream is actually the Salt River. The business center for dairy and farm products, Afton is also a favorite of vacationers. Offering a wide variety accommodations, shops, restaurants and lots of history. Legend has it that Butch Cassidy and his Hole in the Wall gang would hide out here between jobs and spend their time in a bar room said to be papered with stolen bank notes. Winter activities include snowmobiling with hill-climbs, racing competitions, and cross-country skiing. Summer visitors can visit a rodeo, fair, barrel racing, historical theater, pageant and a myriad of outdoor activities. One of only three fluctuating cold-water springs in the world, Intermittent Spring is the largest and located just five miles east of town. In a span of 15 minutes, the spring will vary from a virtually dry
stream bed, to a full-flowing stream which provides Afton with drinking water. You can visit the Call-Air Airplane Museum and watch an air show. A major fly-in is scheduled for the last week in June. Staying with the air plane theme, you can arrange a free tour at the Aviat light-aircraft manufacturing plant. If you want to keep your feet firmly on the ground, you can hit the links at Valli Vu’s 9-hole golf course. You can find western clothing or browse and shop the gift and antique shops. Alpine Thirty six miles south of Jackson Hole at the junction of U.S. Hwy. 89 and U.S. Hwy. 26 on the Wyoming/ Idaho border. Alpine is a winter and summer destination and gateway to the Teton and Yellowstone national parks. Winner of the Old West Trailblazer Award in the mid-1990s for a community of less than 50,000. This award has improved tourism, focusing on natural resources, arts, culture, history, agriculture, festivals or special events. Water sports take center stage in spring and summer where visitors can enjoy the thrill of whitewater rafting or kayaking on the Snake River. If angling is more your style, fishing for brown, lake Wyoming Travel and Recreation Guide
and cutthroat trout on one of three major rivers – the Snake, the Greys, or the Salt – all blue-ribbon trout streams. If lake fishing is more your style, get on the Palisades Reservoir, into which these rivers flow. The reservoir, listed on the National Register of Historic Sites, offers 70 miles of shoreline, picnic areas, camp grounds and boat ramps. Horseback riding, hiking and biking can round out your fun, and photographic opportunities are limitless. Targhee National Forest, with the help of many of the local merchants, has established what is known as the “Wyoming Wildlife –Worth the Watching” natural site for the public viewing of wildlife and birds in their natural habitat. Mountain Days which is held in early June, includes authentic American Indian dancers. In the winter, Alpine is currently ranked among the top six snowmobiling areas in the nation, with hundreds of miles of trails in the nearby mountains. There are also limitless opportunities for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. In February, Alpine is a host community of the International Rocky Mountain Stage Stop Sled Dog Race. Cody Cody, Wyoming is located in the northwest corner of Wyoming, just 50 miles for the east entrance to Yellowstone National Park. Founded as a hospitality center by William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody, Cody has become a destination in itself. While in Cody be sure to visit the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, an elite five-museum complex that has been called the “Smithsonian of the West.” There you can learn about the life and times of “Buffalo Bill”, the history of firearms, the Plains Indians lifestyle, classic western art and the Yellowstone ecosystem. Cody is known as the “Rodeo Capital of the World” and has a rodeo performance every night June through August. Before the rodeo, watch an old time gunfight from the porch of the historic Irma Hotel. Catch the Cody Trolley Tour for a one hour, 24 mile trip through time as you learn Cody’s history and legends. Take a stroll on the boardwalks at Old Trail Town where you can belly up to the bar at an authentic saloon or sit in a cabin used as a hideout by famous outlaw Butch Cassidy. Relax at Dan Miller’s Cowboy Music Revue as talented musicians perform songs of the American West. Cody is more than just history, it is a hub for wildlife viewing and endless outdoor recreation opportunities. Take one or all of the scenic byways that envelop Cody and watch wildlife and view incredible vistas. Outdoor recreation opportunities abound, try river rafting, horseback riding, rock climbing, mountain biking, kayaking, hiking or fly-fishing. There is something everyone will enjoy in Cody! For more information: Cody Chamber of Commerce 836 Sheridan Ave. Cody, WY 82414 (307) 587-2777 www.codychamber.org Cody Calendar of Events April Home & Garden Show May Cody Wild West Days Traces of Tradition Festival-How We Live, Work and Play in the West Cody Yellowstone Opener – Run for the Health of It Dan Miller’s Cowboy Music Revue (Mid May - Mid September) June Cody Nite Rodeo Wyoming Travel and Recreation Guide
14th Annual Cancer Fun Run Cody’s Wild West Shootout Winchester Club of America Show The Dusty Tuckness & Kanin Asay Classic Jake Clark’s Mule Days – Ralston, Wyoming Winchester Arms Collectors Show 29th Annual Plains Indian Museum Powwow Legend Rock Tour – Meeteetse Wyoming July 91st Annual Cody Stampede Wild West Extravaganza Runners Stampede Cody/Yellowstone PRCA Xtreme Bulls Run to the Wall 23rd Annual Yellowstone Jazz Festival Park County Fair – Powell, Wyoming August 15th Annual Wild West Balloon Fest 17th Annual Buffalo Bill Invitational Shootout Cody Thunder Rally Annual Kirwin Excursion – Meeteetse, Wyoming September Meeteetse Absaroka Challenge (5K, 10K and 15K race) – Meeteetse Annual Labor Day Celebration – Meeteetse, Wyoming Yellowstone Quilt Fest Arland Tour – Meeteetse, Wyoming Cody High Style 29th Annual Buffalo Bill Art Show December Powell Country Christmas – Powell, Wyoming Holiday Open House Christmas in Meeteetse – Meeteetse 2010 EVENTS IN CODY Mid May – Mid September Dan Miller’s Cowboy Music Revue 8 p.m. Monday-Saturday June 1 – August 31 Cody Nite Rodeo 8 p.m. nightly June 1 – September 15 Cody Gunfighters perform 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday July & August Free Concerts in City Park 6 p.m. Fridays CORA Located approximately 10 miles northeast of Pinedale. Cora is a littleknown jewel of a town. Stop in at the post office and you will be amazed by all of the historic memorabilia inside. The building was constructed of hand-hewn logs which were brought down the Upper Green River and is the central hub to the residents of the Cora area. On display is a Louisiana license plate that has the same numbers as Cora’s zip code! The original mail-sorting desk is also on display. DANIEL Located approximately 11 miles from Pinedale on Hwy. 189. The community of Daniel sits on the banks of the Green River and it was settled in 1899 with a general store and post office. The general store is now the Green River Bar. The store was moved to its current location in the 1930s. A historical site commemorates one of the original locations 51
Wild by Nature Gallery in Jackson Hole features the wonderful wildlife and landscape photography of Henry H. Holdsworth. Living amidst some of the most stunning natural scenery in the world, Holdsworth has plenty of opportunities to capture candid animal behavior and unique all-season images of the famed Grand Tetons and Yellowstone Park. Holdsworth, who has an educational background in biology and animal behavior, works through his photographs to bring greater awareness to undisturbed nature and the importance of its preservation. Much of his work focuses on endangered animals such as the grizzly bear, bald eagle, bison, and trumpeter swan. “I feel very strongly about environmental issues and endangered species. One great photograph can be worth a thousand words in helping those animals and places that can’t speak themselves,” he says.
Holdsworth has over twenty five years of experience, a number of books to his credit, and is regularly featured in such notable publications as National Geographic, Nature’s Best, National Wildlife and Wildlife Conservation. The gallery offers a number of images from Holdsworth’s spectacular portfolio. These limited edition photographs are each signed by Holdsworth and printed on the finest papers available. A full range of other merchandise including cards, books, and photo boxes is also in store. For complete details check out www.wildbynaturegallery. com, call 307-733-8877, or stop in at 95 W. Deloney Ave. in Jackson Hole.
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Wild by Nature Gallery
Featuring the wildlife and landscape photography of Henry H. Holdsworth. Located near the town square in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The Wild By Nature Gallery was created to showcase the best of Henry's work in the form of limited edition, custom printed photographs, notecards and books.
95 West Deloney P.O. Box 2673 Jackson Hole, WY 83001 Local: 307.733.8877 Toll Free: 888.494.5329
“Don’t Fence Me In” Photo © Henry H. Holdsworth / wildbynaturegallery.com
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of the rendezvous between the fur traders and local natives. The DeSmet Monument sits on a hilltop above the Green River Valley. It’s a short drive on a gravel road to the stone altar which recognizes the introduction of Catholicism to the natives. The Daniel Schoolhouse, which sits behind the Green River Bar, is on the national register for historic places. Today, this one room schoolhouse serves as a community center. DUBOIS Located 80 miles E. of Jackson and 78 miles northwest of Riverton on U.S. Hwy. 26/287. At 6,900 feet, Dubois has more than 300 days of sunshine each year, and some of the finest wilderness and recreation areas in the West. Just east of the Continental Divide, Dubois boasts the largest herd of Bighorn Sheep in the United States. The town’s National Bighorn Sheep Center, Historical Museum, and Headwaters Arts & Conference Center with its permanent art collection; all located next to the town’s park, have proved a major educational experience for thousands of visitors annually. Summer activities include horseback riding, camping, backpacking and rock-hounding as well as tennis courts and a nine-hole golf course. Summertime brings old-time square dances. The Buffalo Barbecue is held the second Saturday in August. In addition to enjoying some fine fishing amid spectacular scenery, anglers can visit the Dubois Fish Hatchery five miles east of town. The hatchery handles nearly seven million eggs every year, of which about 60 percent are rainbow trout. Photographers can capture the spectacular and erie colors of the badlands where area guest ranches and outfitters can take you into the back-country. Along the way you can view the distant features of the Absaroka Range and the Ramshorn Peak, a spire left long ago by an ancient volcano. You may even get a glimpse of a grizzly bear! The Continental Divide Trail has more than 600 miles of groomed trails and is easily accessible from Dubois. Also, the Tie Hack Memorial where 400,000 railroad ties were cut and moved out of the Wind River area between 1914 and 1946. There are many short, self-guided tours you can take around Dubois. For more information on these and other activities, contact the Dubois Chamber of Commerce (307) 455-2556.
JACKSON (Jackson Hole) The spectacular peaks and rugged valleys of Jackson Hole attract visitors from around the world. Located 4 miles south of Grand Teton National Park, Jackson provides an easy link to Yellowstone National Park via the Rockefeller Memorial Parkway. Jackson Hole derives its name from the fur trappers and mountain men who inhabited the area in the early 1800s. They used the name “Hole” for any high valley bordered by mountain ranges and named it Jackson Hole for trapper Davey Jackson. Outdoorsmen may explore thousands of miles of hiking trails and blueribbon fisheries or arrange for activities ranging from hot air balloon rides to mountain climbing, boating and chuckwagon dinners. For a majestic view of the region take a chair lift ride at Grand Targhee Resort located across Teton Pass on the west side of the Tetons, or catch a ride on the brand-new aerial tram at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. The tram climbs 4,139 vertical feet in less than nine minutes. Throughout the summer, visitors can enjoy a lively re-enactment of frontier justice at the “Shootout on the Town Square” at 6:15 p.m. Monday-Saturday, Memorial Day-Labor Day. Celebrate more than 50 years with the longest, continually running shootout in the country! The Grand Teton Music Festival is celebrating its 49th anniversary. The season is June 30-August 14. Traditional and contemporary music is performed in a concert hall acclaimed for its intimacy and superior acoustics at the foot of the Tetons. For more information and tickets call (307) 733-1128 or visit www.gtmf.org. For more information: Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce 990 W. Broadway Jackson, WY 83001 (307) 733-3316 www.jacksonholechamber.com JACKSON (Jackson Hole) Calendar of Events May Mountain Man Rendezvous 30th annual Old West Days celebrating the Old West in Jackson Hole
Jackson Hole Rodeo GRowinG tHe futuRe one buck at a time
Wed. & Sat. 8 p.m. 447 Snow King Ave. Jackson Hole, WY 83001 (307) 733-7927 www.jacksonholerodeo.us
“Jackson Hole Skiing” Photo By Jackson Hole Chamber
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Buffalo Bill Cody Stampede Rodeo & Cody Nite Rodeos Living up to its moniker as the “rodeo capital of the world,” Cody plays host to numerous exciting, top level rodeo competitions throughout the summer. The Buffalo Bill Cody Stampede Rodeo held in early July dates back to 1919 and today serves as a measuring stick for top cowboys and cowgirls looking for a purse of over $300,000 and the opportunity to ride the best stock provided by Sankey Rodeo Company.
down roping, team roping, bull riding, steer wrestling, saddle bronc riding, and barrel racing. For more details, a complete schedule and online ticket ordering visit www.codystampederodeo.com, or call 307587-5155.
This Gold Tour rodeo is part of major rodeo events throughout the western states referred to as “Cowboy Christmas.” The event culminates with the Seminole Hardrock Xtreme Bulls competition; the top 45 bull riders compete for $50,000 in an ESPN nationally televised event. Several parades, events and fundraisers coincide with this 5-day extravaganza. Each night at 8 PM from June 1st until August 31st the Cody Nite Rodeo takes place. These events which began in 1937 incorporate numerous activities and crowd participation and are a blast for the whole family. Tourists from as far as England and Germany come here to get a taste of old west entertainment. Events for both rodeos include bareback riding, tie-
Codyis rodeo Rodeo eveRy NighT 8PM June | July | August
2010 XTReMe Bulls TouR sToP July 5 at 2pm
July 1–3 at 8pm & July 4 at 5pm
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June Jackson Hole Half Marathon July Jackson Hole’s Fourth of July ART Fair Jackson Hole Teton Village Art & Antique Show Teton County Fair August 23rd Annual Bluegrass Festival at Grand Targhee Resort ART Fair Jackson Hole September Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival Jackson Hole-Destination Wellness *For more information on these and many other activities in the area, call the Jackson Hole chamber, (307) 733-3316 or see www.jacksonholechamber.com.
Powell Valley Visitors can enjoy a variety of activities at Plaza Diane in downtown Powell throughout the summer including art displays, live music, outdoor markets and more. If you’re visiting Powell in July, August or September, you will want to check out the Farmers’ Market on Coulter Avenue just outside of Pamida every Monday afternoon. Don’t forget to stop by the homesteader museum for a look into Powell’s past. For a more dynamic activity that the whole family will love, check out one of the GPS walking tours. The GPS walking tour is complete with audio and visual elements so that you can see and experience Powell’s past and present as you walk through the historic sections of Powell. The golf enthusiasts can enjoy 18 holes of golf. Plan on enjoying a great lunch on the patio over looking the greens with Heart Mountain gracing the horizon. For more information: Powell Valley Chamber of Commerce 111 S. Day Street Powell, WY 82435 (307) 754-3494 (800) 325-4278 http://powellchamber.org Powell Valley Calendar of Events April Business After Hours: Rocky Mountain Manor May Spring Phling West End Day Home & Garden Show Business After Hours Lions Car Show June State Eagles Convention Business After Hours: White Ink Printing Alumni Weekend July Crazy Days Business After Hours: Rocky Mountain Rock & Trucking Park County Fair Wyoming Weekend of Hope 56
August Wings ‘N Wheels Business After Hours: The Gift Emporium Northwest College Kick Off Weekend Battle of the Bands September Downtown Art Walk Harvest Festival - Pinto Bean Cook Off! Business After Hours: City of Powell *Changes and additions may occur. Visit the Powell Valley Chamber of Commerce website at www.powellchamber.org for more details throughout the year. You can also find us on Facebook and become a fan!
STAR VALLEY Star Valley is a beautiful valley located on the Wyoming/ldaho Border along U.S. Highway 89. Nestled between the Caribou Mountain Range on the west, the Salt River Range to the east, and Palisades Reservoir on the north. Star Valley includes the communities of Afton, Alpine, Auburn, Bedford, Etna, Fairview, Freedom, Grover, Osmond, Smoot and Thayne. Visitors to this area will find numerous activities yearround, taking advantage of the surrounding Targhee, Bridger / Teton and Caribou National Forests. Featuring the world’s largest Intermittent Spring, the world’s largest elkhorn arch, snowmobiling ranked in the top ten in the nation, outstanding trout fishing, four golf courses, mountain trails, horseback riding, white-water rafting, aircraft, history museums, and free tours of aircraft and firearms manufacturing plants. The wildlife viewing and scenery make it a photographer’s dream come true, with abundant waterfowl and other birds and occasional glimpses of elk, deer, moose, bear and cougar. There is something for everyone to enjoy no matter where your interests lie. The variety of activities and spectacular scenery will guarantee a vacation of a lifetime and is truly the best place to be in Wyoming! Free Winter and Summer Guides assist visitors with details on the various events scheduled. TETON VILLAGE Located 12 miles northwest of Jackson on WY 390. Jackson Hole Ski Resort is the largest vertical rise in America – 4,139 feet and is one of America’s most scenic and popular four-season recreation areas. Tram rides to the top of Rendezvous Mountain are offered as well as dining, lodging and shopping. In the fall, the Grand Teton Music Festival is held in the Village. Spring and summer activities include mountain biking, white-water rafting, fishing, boating, hiking, golfing, rodeos, camping, horseback riding and the Lincoln County Fair. Fall and winter activities include ice fishing, hunting, cross-country skiing, dog sled racing, cutter racing and snowmobiling. Enjoy the quiet splendor of the mountains, rivers and wildlife of Star Valley with plenty of elbow room. The quiet communities offer excellent accommodations, restaurant with musicians from around the world entertaining audiences of all ages. THAYNE Located on U.S. Hwy. 89 between Alpine and Afton. Thayne is home to Freedom Arms, a factory for the “World’s Most Powerful Handgun.” Several different models are produced. Visitors can view the showroom daily. Thayne was the first place to ever hold cutter races, and is now home of the “All American Cutter Races.” The world-famous Star Valley Cheese Factory is located here. Take a public tour and try a sample. Thayne provides a large RV park, three golf courses, river races and a children’s rodeo.
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ECO TOURS ADVENTURES Eco Tour Adventures was created with the idea of helping people connect with the natural world through wildlife observation and natural history interpretation. Eco- tour adventures is owned and operated by the lead guide Taylor Phillips, who at the end of his college career wanted more. He felt the desire and need to submerge himself totally in the world of outdoors, which led to his move to Jackson Hole 8 years ago. Taylor has an unbelievable passion for his work. He says he has tons of fun showing his clients this place he calls home and promises to educate and entertain all on his Eco Wildlife Adventures. Eco-Tours believes that when one is more familiar with the intricate workings of the ecosystem, he or she has a deeper appreciation and connection with their environment. Eco Tour Adventures strives to be an environmentally friendly business. Offering a variety of tours and services 12 months of the year, you can be assured your experience will be one that will impact your life!
environment as you tour Jackson Hole and Grand Teton National Park. Also offered is Combo Wildlife & Fly Fishing Eco Tours. You will explore Grand Teton National Park in the morning searching out and observing the wildlife and then spend the afternoon on the river catching and releasing native trout with a seasoned fishing guide. Their educated guides will share their knowledge of animal behavior, biology, and the natural history of this wonderful place. Lunch is provided on this combination trip. A huge variety of tours are available year round to meet your interest. Half day, full day, snowshoe, hiking or photo tours will bring you a true connection to the beauty and natural environment of the Jackson Hole area! Please visit their website www.jhecotouradventures.com or call (307) 690-9533.
Consider a sunrise or sunset Eco-Tour and explore the animal hotspots that their professional guides know so well. They put their comfortable four wheel drive vehicles to the test looking for wildlife on the un- marked dirt and paved roads through the area. If observing wildlife close-up is your desire then reserve a day for their Winter Wildlife Observation Tour. You will have the opportunity to observe the wildlife with quality binoculars and spotting scopes as these animals endure the harsh Wyoming winter. The best in winter wildlife viewing might include: Moose, Elk, Bald and Golden Eagles, Bighorn Sheep, Bison, Wolves, Coyotes, Trumpeter Swans, and Mule Deer to name a few. You will learn how these animals coexist and how they adapt to their physical
Beartooth Nature Center
The Beartooth Nature Center in Red Lodge, Montana is dedicated to preserving the local wildlife and habitats. As the only public refuge in the state, a fascinating mix of sixty different animals and birds are placed here due to their inability to return to the wild because of either injury or habituation to humans. Wolves, mountain lions, fox, bobcats, and several birds of prey are among the center’s inhabitants. In addition to their conservation efforts, BNC is committed to educating the public and providing a great time for the whole family. “I’ve always been a big educator and I really enjoy the presentations,” remarks, Executive Director, Jeff Ewelt. The center currently sits on a 5-acre plot, but plans Wyoming Travel and Recreation Guide
to build a multimillion-dollar facility on another 20 acres are underway. This proposal includes the addition of a massive 10,000-sqaure foot facility to serve multi purposes. BNC has an interesting history that dates back to the 1920s when the facility served as a fur farm. From the forties through the sixties it was a popular zoo before eventually evolving into a refuge. Thousands of vistors, from locals to those on their way to Yellowstone, come here each year. To learn more and to view a wonderful selection of kids’ videos from “Jeff the Nature Guy,” visit www.beartoothnaturecenter.org or call 406-446-1133.
Beartooth Nature Center A Native Wildlife Refuge dedicated to education and the preservation and conservation of Montana’s wildlife and habitats. Located in beautiful Red Lodge, Montana.
406-446-1133 • www.beartoothnaturecenter.org 615 2nd St E. Red Lodge, MT 59068 57
THERMOPOLIS Swim, soak or slide into adventure at one of these natural hot spring spas, filled with the healing waters of the mineral hot spring. Spas feature indoor and outdoor pools, relaxing sauna and steam rooms and huge water slides for the kids. Nestled among the foothills of the Owl Creek Mountains and beside the Big Horn River lies Thermopolis (Greek for “Hot City”). It is renowned for its World’s Largest Mineral Hot Spring and beautiful surroundings. Visit Hot Springs State Park where the minerals have created the beautiful Rainbow Terraces and other natural wonders. A buffalo herd in the park brings to life visions of an old west frontier where Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid made Thermopolis a regular stop. Visit the Wyoming Dinosaur Center where even earlier visitors can be found. Dig alongside a paleontologist at a real dig site or explore the museum where a 108 foot Supersaurus stretches overhead. For outdoor activities, ride the waves on a white water rafting trip through Wind River Canyon or enjoy blue-ribbon trout fishing in the Big Horn River or a nearby sparkling mountain stream. In Thermopolis, the scalding water comes from the Big Spring, which is located in Hot Springs State Park. From this turquoise and green spring, the water flows into cooling ponds at a temperature of 127 degrees. The cooler water then runs over rainbow-hued mineral terraces into swimming pools and jacuzzis and into the Big Horn River. Some geologists think the underground formation that supplies the 3.6 million-gallon per day mineral laden spring may be the same one that provides the wonders of Yellowstone National Park. For more information contact: Thermopolis Chamber of Commerce 220 Park St. Thermopolis, WY 82443 (307) 864-3192 www.thermopolis.com TIE HACK COUNTRY Located 20 miles west of Dubois on U.S. Highway 26/287. This area is a must see for vacationers who are history buffs. Where did all those railroad ties come from? The answer: Upper Wind River Country in northwest Wyoming. Over ten million ties were produced here from 1914 to 1946. The men who produced all those hand hewn railroad ties were known as “tie hacks”. The winter months were spent cutting and hewing and in late spring the ties were on their way down the waters of the Wind River to the city of Riverton for shipment east.
Some of the sites you will see on this guided tour include the Memorial (containing the history of this era), flumes, dams, head gates, cabins, bridges and sawmill lumber piles. WAPITI VALLEY Located half way between Yellowstone National Park and the city of Cody along U.S. Highway 20/14/16. The Wapiti Valley (East Yellowstone Valley) connects Cody, WY to the east entrance of Yellowstone National Park. This highway (US 14-16-20, The Buffalo Bill Cody Scenic Highway) was called “the most scenic 50 miles in the world” by President Theodore Roosevelt. It passes by Buffalo Bill Dam and Reservoir, Buffalo Bill State Park, numerous interesting rock formations, and through the Shoshone National Forest (our nation’s first). Services include lodges, resorts, dude ranches, motels, campgrounds, restaurants, and gas stations. Recreational activities are abundant (hiking, horseback riding, wildlife viewing, fishing, photography, rafting and boating, mountain biking, hunting and many others). The Wapiti Valley is often utilized as a vacation home base while touring Yellowstone.
Helpful Travel Contacts Cody ...............................................................(307) 587-2777 Website ..................................................www.codychamber.org Dubois ............................................................(307) 455-2556 Website .............................................www.duboiswyoming.org East Yellowstone Valley ...................................(307) 587-9595 Website ......................................www.yellowstone-lodging.com Jackson ............................................................(307) 733-3316 Website .....................................www.jacksonholechamber.com Powell Valley ...................................................(307) 754-3494 Website .............................................http://powellchamber.org Star Valley .......................................................(307) 883-2759 Toll Free ...........................................................(800) 426-8833 Website .........................................www.starvalleychamber.com Sublette County ..............................................(307) 367-2242 Website ...........................................www.sublettechamber.com Teton Valley (Alta, WY/Driggs, ID) ...............(208) 354-2500 Website .......................................www.tetonvalleychamber.com Thermopolis ...................................................(307) 864-3192 Toll Free ...........................................................(877) 864-3192 Website ..................................................www.thermopolis.com
“Wings N Wheels” Photo By Powell Valley Chamber of Commerce
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A Hundred Years in an Hour!
Cody Trolley Tours Greg Pendley recently bought Cody Trolley tours which first opened in 2001. Greg was raised in Cody and is excited to get this opportunity to offer fun and education, while showing off the town he calls home. Cody Trolley Tours has developed a reputation as being a must-do activity the moment you arrive in Cody. A Cody Trolley Tour is not only great entertainment, it’s the best and fastest way to gain an overview of everything our town has to offer. Their slogan is “give us an hour we’ll give you a hundred years!” Cody Trolley tours promises they are more than a ride around town. Their hour long, multi-media performance is choreographed to the sights and sounds that pass by your window. Two energetic guides portray the historic old west while spotlighting Cody Country’s best “new west” attractions. Just a few of the things you will see and learn on their trolley tour are: The Buffalo Bill story and his significance to Cody, Wyoming, The story of Annie Oakley, Cody demographics and key statistics, the lands where Crow Indians erected their tipi villages, DeMaris hot springs, the Downtown historic district, Old Trail Town, Tecumseh’s Miniature Village – the west’s largest model railroad layout, Shoshone River Canyon, Carter Mountain, the highest peak between Cody and Yellowstone at 12,200 feet, The spot where Buffalo Bill held try-outs for his world-famous Wild West show and lots, lots more plus dozens of laughs and relics passed around during your tour. No longer just a stopover on the way to Yellowstone; Cody is quickly becoming a favorite destination for travelers. The home of the Cody Stampede attracts thousands each year over the Fourth of July holiday. So rich in history and recreation, Cody deserves more than a quick stopover as you’ll discover on your tour trolley. Open 7 days a week, reservations are suggested and tickets are available at various locations. Call (307) 527-7043 and visit their website www.codytrolleytours.com for more information.
Give Us an Hour, We'll Give You 100 Years! Located on the porch of the Historic Irma Hotel Located on the corner of 12th St. and Sheridan Ave. Downtown Cody • PO Box 2534 Cody, WY 82414
K3 Guest Ranch Bed & Breakfast Experience a true Western Vacation! If you’re looking for the ideal Western vacation any time of year with access to wildlife observation, cowboy history, Yellowstone Park, scenic views, and ranch style hospitality then you will want to make a stay at the K3 Guest Ranch a definite part of your travel itinerary! Only a few minutes outside the well known town of Cody, you’ll find great clues, like the Teepee or Bow & Arrow signs, leading you all the way to the ranch. Owners Jerry & Bette Kinkade, are starting their 6th year of hosting guests from the USA and abroad. Well known for their personal attention to K3 Ranch guests; you’ll soon understand why this Bed & Breakfast favorite is not just a place to sleep over! There are miles of hiking, mountain bike or ATV trails nearby to explore, or wet your line for native Cutthroat, Rainbow and Brown trout. Overnight guests are invited to reserve a spot for their Day Ranch activities including hay wagon rides, picnicking along the creek, fishing for Rocky Mountain trout, having a game of horse shoes, or learning how to rope a sawhorse steer! Jerry & Bette’s Guest Ranch is the perfect place to use as a base camp for your visit to the Cody and Yellowstone country. Reserve a few days and explore this incredibly beautiful region. An experience many visitors comment about is the Cowboy breakfast served outdoors (weather permitting of course!) Offering items like Barbed Wire Bacon or Squeezed Pig (sausage), Flattened Chicken (eggs), Sheepherder Spuds, buttermilk or sourdough pancakes with syrup, fruit, and other yummy choices along with real loose brewed coffee - just like the old time trail cooks used to make will be a great way to start your day at the ranch! Inside dining offers you huge picture windows that look out to part of their garden, past the hayfields and out to the great wall of mountains in the south and west. Often you may see deer or antelope grazing in the hayfields with hawks and eagles circling above. The presence of occasional rain showers in the summer produce beautiful rainbows in your picture perfect views! Accommodations include spacious western themed rooms with private bathrooms and free internet. For the more adventurous travelers; try a stay in the Sheepherders’ Wagon which sleeps 2 people in the fashion of the old west of the 19th century but with the comfort of the 21st century. Jerry states. “Their goal is to have every visitor have a fabulous experience they can’t find anywhere else”. By the way, K3 is one of the few Bed & Breakfast destinations that welcome children and horses! See pictures and learn lots more at www.k3guestranch. com or Call directly (888) 587-2080
Our 60-minute, 22-mile tour is a LIVE PERFORMANCE that you enjoy from the cozy oak interior of our festive red & green trolley. A Cody Trolley tour is the best and fastest way to gain an overview of all that Cody, Wyoming has to offer.
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Alpine Lakes and Trails Bring Your Horses and Stay a While
Alpine Lakes and Trails, located six miles west of Dubois, Wyoming along the banks of the Wind River, is the base camp to adventure in the Wind Rivers, Yellowstone, Teton and Absaroka areas. Owner Jim Lundahl noticed, after 30 years in the horse renting business, that most experienced horse owners prefer unescorted rides with their own horses. They carry the expertise and knowledge to guide themselves and desire the freedom to stay on the trail for as long as they wish. The only thing that some horsemen lack is the ease of a fully furnished base camp. Jim reasoned that if he could find the right facility, in the right location – a place where horse owners could bring their own horses and not be required to have a guide – it would be successful. He knew that the place had to be on a river with excellent pastures and in close proximity to national forests and wilderness area. It would have to have great fishing, opportunities to view wildlife and remarkable riding trails. After a diligent and thorough search, Jim found the ideal location for such a facility.
entire family. Accommodations include sleeping space for 10 -12 people, cookware, a fire-pit by the river, a gas barbeque grill on the porch and four canoes available for use. For reservations, please call Jim at (800) 320-4740. For pictures and location information 24 hours a day, log on to www.alpinelakesandtrails.com.
Alpine Lakes and Trails provides the perfect location and space for a comfortable base camp. The large, fully furnished cabin boasts over 3500 square feet, offering plenty of room for the
Originally opened in 1979 the Pumpernick’s Restaurant still serves great food for locals and travelers each day. Serving breakfast until 11 a.m., as well as lunch and dinner 6 days a week, you’ll find as they say “this is not fast food…just Good food!” Along with the expected American fare such as hamburgers, chicken, steak and sandwiches; you’ll find crepes, seafood, homemade soups and breads. They cut their own French fries with skin on and have a great selection of homemade pies. Customers often request their “Branding Iron” sandwich which joins Roast Beef, Mushrooms, Horse Radish and Monterey Jack Cheese on grilled Rye bread. Thursdays offers BBQ Ribs with their own secret BBQ sauce recipe, and Friday and Saturday nights they cook up the juiciest Prime Rib! The restaurant is managed by Wes Meier whose parents owned the restaurant for many years. Wes carries on the tradition of good food and a friendly atmosphere. During the warmer months you can enjoy your meal on their outdoor patio. Pumpernick’s does offer beer and Alcohol and is a non smoking restaurant. Senior and children’s menus are available. 60
Open Monday through Saturdays you’ll find them near the only stop light in Thermopolis. Look for their Green & Gold sign reading, “Pumpernick’s Family Restaurant” at 512 Broadway off Hwy 20/26 call (307) 864-5151 for more information or directions.
• Outdoor Dining • Home Cooking • Salads • Sandwiches • Crepes Pumpernicks Family Restaurant 512 Broadway Street Thermopolis, WY 82443 Phone: (307) 864-5151 pumpernicksfamilyrestaurant.com
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Lazy L&B Ranch According to a recent survey conducted by iExplore, the authority on leisure and adventure travel, vacationing on a Dude Ranch ranked as the second most fulfilling travel experience worldwide. It may seem surprising that a week spent on a horse ranch beat skiing Mt. Cook in New Zealand or flying to Egypt however; the experts have spoken. The truth is a Dude Ranch vacation is unforgettable. But not just any Dude Ranch will do. Lazy L&B Ranch are experts in the field of adventure. They know a memorable vacation must include several things such as quality time spent with loved ones, undistracted and wholehearted fun and enjoying inspiring sights. Their ranch provides the environment to tap into yourself without social status or hectic schedules calling the shots. At Lazy L&B Ranch, a week can change your world. What else makes Lazy L&B Ranch so special? Situated at 7200 feet in the Wind River’s ‘East Fork Valley’, you can explore some of the most diverse terrain imaginable. Dating back to the 1920s, this guest ranch continues to keep the authentic western flavor of the old sheep and cattle ranch alive. Guests can enjoy many activities including fishing, hiking, swimming in the river or the heated pool, riflery, volleyball, horseshoes and other games. Flyfishing in one of the many area rivers is one of the best ways to connect with nature.
You may also want to take advantage of their 4 – 6 day Wilderness Camp. This is an exciting backcountry trip to a base camp in Bear Basin. Book it separately or add it onto your entire Lazy L&B Ranch experience. To schedule your vacation, call Lee or Bob Naylon at (800) 4539488 or you may visit them online at www.lazylb.com. Be sure to ask about the “Adults Only” session that runs the first two weeks in September.
Lazy L&B Ranch Come Experience the Beauty and Drama of Wyoming. Enjoy a week of Western fun with family and friends. Horseback Rides• Fishing • Hiking Swimming• Riflery• Games
As a member of the Dude Rancher’s Association, L&B has several horseback riding programs. With rides ranging from three and a half hours to all day long, they have an expert staff of wranglers who carefully select your horse and help your riding experience to be safe and unforgettably fun. They also offer a supervised riding program for children 5 years and older. With a fully equipped lodge, ranch fresh meals and cozy guest cabins that range in size from the old 1-room schoolhouse to large family cabins fit for eight, this ranch is an all-inclusive vacation hideaway.
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Featured Northwest Attractions Auburn Fish Hatchery, AUBURN Built on Webster Creek in the Caribou National Forest, the Auburn Fish Hatchery provides fish for anglers in waters across Wyoming. The hatchery is actually located in Idaho, surrounded by the West Hills and Caribou Mountains. Operated by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, through a mutual agreement with Idaho and the U.S. Forest Service. When visiting the hatchery, you will have the unique opportunity to view fish culture in progress as well as enjoy beautiful scenery. For more information contact: Wyoming Game and Fish Department P.O. Box 130 Auburn, WY 83111 (208) 225-3457 BRIDGER / TETON NATIONAL FOREST, Jackson Much of the spectacular country you travel through in northwestern Wyoming is within this national forest. It stretches from the Grand Teton National Park in the West to the beginning of Shoshone National Forest and is neighbor to the Continental Divide, which runs vertically through this region. Bridger/Teton National Forest was named for mountain man, explorer, and fur trapper Jim Bridger. With more than three million acres, this region is one of the most impressive and wellmanaged forests in the national system. With the abundant wildlife, beautiful scenery and recreational opportunities, there is always something to do in the BTNF. The Teton division was established on July 1, 1908, while the Bridger division was established by President Theodore Roosevelt on June 13, 1911. In 1973, the two national forests merged into one. Amphitheater Lake Trail – extends up the eastern slope of Disappointment Peak to two alpine lakes, Surprise and Amphitheater, both at altitudes of more than 9,000 feet. An overlook, reached by several trails climbing 3,000 feet above the valley floor, offers a sweeping panorama of Jackson Hole and a view extending eastward 80 miles to the Wind River Mountains. Cascade Canyon Trail – explores the deepest recesses of the Tetons, passing through a broad, glacier-carved canyon with walls that rise thousands of feet on either side. Cottonwood Lake – is a beautiful setting for camping, canoeing, fishing, hiking, picnicking and photography. Plan to spend a greater part of the day enjoying this spectacular country. Located in the National Forest, turn east on county road 153, just one mile south of Smoot and travel about six miles to this beautiful glacier carved lake. Gros Ventre Slide – is located just 5 miles east of Kelly. When it occurred on the morning of June 23, 1925, this large earth movement dammed up the Gros Ventre (Big Belly) River. Two years later, part of the slide gave way and the resulting wall of water, mud and rock destroyed the town of Kelly. A self-guiding tour traverses the area. Periodic Spring – is about 5 miles east of Afton on Swift Creek Road in Bridger National Forest. This Intermittent Spring is unique for its geyser–like behavior of gushing water from a hole in the beautiful canyon wall for about 18 minutes, then completely shuts down. Union Pass Historical Site – continuing on Warm Springs, the road on Union Pass is very scenic. The monument lies approximately 15 62
miles farther. This includes a history and monument of Three Waters Mountain (Triple Divide Peak); Ramshorn Peak, Union Peak, Roaring Fork Watershed Vista, Cattleman’s Drift Fence, Bacon Ridge and logging roads. For more information contact: Bridger-Teton National Forest P.O. Box 1888 Jackson, WY 83001 (307) 739-5500 Dubois Fish Hatchery, DUBOIS Located on the eastern slope of the Wind River Mountain Range in a beautiful mountainous country. Dubois Hatchery has an interesting history. Originally constructed in the early 1930’s, hatchery operations were abandoned in 1937 and another facility was constructed in 1940. There are plenty of trout fishing opportunities in the nearby Wind River or in the many alpine lakes. For more information contact: Dubois Fish Hatchery P.O. Box 704 Dubois, WY 82513 (307) 455-2431 Freedom Arms, FREEDOM Located 3 miles east of Freedom and established in 1978. Freedom Arms has gained world recognition for manufacturing high quality revolvers. Visitors are welcome during business hours for viewing displays and a short video showing the use of the weapons in action. For more information contact: Freedom Arms Inc. 314 Highway 239 Freedom, WY 83120 (307) 883-2468 HOT SPRINGS STATE PARK, Thermopolis Hot Springs is located in the town of Thermopolis, Wyoming on U.S. Highway 20 then State Route 120. Over colorful terraces, along the Big Horn River at Thermopolis, more than 8,000 gallons of mineral hot spring water flows over the terrace every 24 hours at a constant temperature of 135 degrees Fahrenheit. The park has a free bath house where the water is maintained at 104 degrees for therapeutic bathing. Hot Springs has 6.2 miles of universally accessible trails and hiking trails. It is a full-service park with comfort stations, a Volksmarch trail, fishing, and a couple of boat docks. One of the reservable group picnic shelters is located here. Hot Springs is a day-use park. The State Bath House: There is no fee for using the Bath House; however, there is a nominal charge for rental of towels and swimsuits. Attendants are available to assist you with your needs. The Bath House hours are: Monday-Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Sundays Noon to 5:30 p.m. The Bath House is closed on holidays during the winter and open on holidays during the summer, Noon to 5:30. The Hot Springs State Park bison herd is the central herd for the Wyoming State Parks. During the late fall and winter months, the park bison are fed a daily supplement to insure good health. This feeding usually occurs at 8:30 a.m., giving the off-season visitor the unique opportunity to view the “Monarch of the Plains” up close. Please remember that bison should be viewed ONLY while you remain in your vehicle. Wyoming Travel and Recreation Guide
Star Valley Ranch Resort Star Valley Ranch Resort, 50 miles south of Jackson, is a privately owned 3,600-acre area that offers endless entertainment for all tastes. The ranch boasts the largest RV park in Wyoming- (812 sites) and sees up to 2,500 guests each weekend during the peak summer season. Golf enthusiasts from all over the world come here to take advantage of this “Golfers Paradise” with two 18-hole courses, and one 9-hole course completed and open for play. Construction is currently underway on the first nine holes of a third 18-hole course. When completed, the course at 7,200 yards will be one of the longest and most challenging courses in the intermountain west. Guests can enjoy an on-site swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, tennisbasketball-shuffleboard courts, bumper boats, playgrounds, tent area, barbecues, and much more. Numerous lodging options and full services are available. Capable of accommodating 750 people, their clubhouse is among one of the finest in the state and plays hosts to many dances, concerts, conventions and charitable events each year. Their elegant private bath houses are comparable to those found in the most lavish 5-star hotels. Surrounded on three sides by National Forest, the ranch is the gateway to Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. Star Valley Ranch Resort is home to world-class fishing, kayaking, white water rafting, hunting, four wheeling, and hiking. The 3,600-acre property was purchased by the Stewart family in 1970. In addition to the RV Resort they’ve gradually over 40 years developed and sold 2,400 home sites and ranchettes. Conveniently located off Highway 89, the Star Valley Ranch Resort is a perfect stop whether you’re passing through or staying for a month. For more details visit www.starvalleyranchresort.com or call 307-883-2670.
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Ranch Resort Golf, BBQ, Play Tennis, Throw Horseshoes, or Swim… After all it’s your vacation. Star Valley Ranch Resort has 5 Star recreational facilities with it’s own golf course & pro-shop, swimming pool, sauna, clubhouse, motel, rental cabin & tent-cabins, tennis courts, bumper boats, shuffleboard, horseshoes, and basketball court. We have several lodging options to meet your needs. Our RV Pull-Thru’s all have full hookups. We offer private RV Lot Rentals with the Option to rent weekly or monthly. The tent area includes some primitive cabins, with mattresses and electricity–Bring your sleeping bags! We also have a log cabin and ten motel rooms which all have a TV, kitchenette, and bathroom.
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America’s Best Value Inn America’s Best Value Inn was built on the principle that a comfortable hotel with great amenities shouldn’t break your budget. The concept has worked; in just nine years, the chain has expanded to over 800 locations in North America. If you’re heading for an adventure to Yellowstone this year, or stopping in Cody, Wyoming to attend the annual rodeo, or visiting their world-class Buffalo Bill Historical Center, be sure to check into America’s Best Value Inn. The Cody location has been open for five years, and features complete renovations. After a therapeutic night’s sleep, start your day out right with a continental breakfast. In the evening, relax by watching your favorite HBO program, or take a dip in the outdoor heated pool. Cody’s America’s Best Value Inn is open seven months of the year to accommodate the heavy travel season, and is centrally located between the rodeo grounds and museum. “I love meeting the public. We get people from around the world that pass through here,” explains owner Don Bullock. Wyoming Travel and Recreation Guide
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Dubois Super Foods Tourists on their way to Yellowstone National Park find Dubois Super Foods to be a friendly hometown grocer. Located 75 miles from any other grocery store and 81 miles from the national park’s south entrance, Super Foods is the last chance for commodities before a park vacation. From reusable propane tanks to camera batteries, the grocery store provides necessities and more for the last-minute traveler. Many of the store’s fifteen employees have worked here over ten years. “It makes us more of a family," says Chris Sabatka, Dubois Super Foods’ general manager. This close working relationship helps staff provide excellent customer service. By delivering groceries to some of the guest ranches in the area and to elderly residents, Dubois Super Foods is truly a friendly hometown store. “That’s what I like about my job, my customers,” says Sabatka. Dubois Super Foods’ clientele is as diverse as the products available in the store. “Our customers request items that sometimes we have to special order,” says Sabatka. Although it is a challenge for grocers to provide high quality products at competitive prices, the folks at Dubois Super Foods realize that “the customer is always right,” and do what they can to honor special requests.
The store’s butcher prepares fresh meat and four deliveries of fresh produce arrive each week. Special orders are also available by next day delivery. The grocery store also carries products that reflect the town’s local talent. “We carry a lot of Wyoming made products,” says Sabatka. A local baker and honey manufacturer sell their goods in the store. Some customers, after visiting Dubois Super Foods, return home and request that local products be shipped to them. “We are a very small town but this town has a big heart,” says Sabatka, appreciatively. Dubois Super Foods’ managers and employees have big hearts too. Besides providing excellent products and customer service, the small town grocery store does its part to support the local community. Super Foods provides much needed help to the local food bank through donations and fundraisers. Locals and tourists alike appreciate the service and the foods found at their friendly hometown grocer. For more information, call (307) 455-2402 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Arapaho Ranch A Balance of Nature and Traditional Native American Values The Arapaho Ranch, established in 1940, is the pride of the Northern Arapaho Tribe. The rich soils and unique range conditions support strong communities of native grasses and forbs that allow cattle to graze year around. At 595,000 acres, the Arapaho Ranch is the largest certified organic operation in the country. The land sustains the thousands of cattle that live on the property. Arapaho Ranch is a nearly 70-year-old enterprise on the Wind River Indian Reservation and run by the Northern Arapaho tribe. The main goal of management is to preserve the delicate balance in nature, while keeping alive traditional Native American values. The Ranch is vigilant in its protection of the diversity of species of plants and animals found here, ranging from the major predatory species of wolves, grizzly bears, coyotes, and mountain lions, through the large wild ungulate populations of moose, elk, and mule deer, down to the smallest mammals, birds and plant species. Through careful monitoring of wildlife and range conditions, along with proper grazing management, the Ranch is able to sustain healthy ecosystems where key symbiotic relationships are allowed to flourish. One such relationship is the unique relationship between predator and prey. Wolves, for instance, by their very presence, serve a unique purpose of discouraging wild ungulates and cattle from lingering too long in delicate riparian areas, thereby allowing these key ecosystems to flourish. This has the added bonus of preventing the spread of disease, which, in turn, reduces, or, in many cases, eliminates the need for antibiotics. The monitoring of these key symbiotic relationships is just one of the many tools the Arapaho Ranch uses to support its strong belief in the sustainability of organic ranching. David Stoner the general manager of the ranch is proud of the environmental stewardship they provide, taking care of the land and wildlife around them. Utilizing over a dozen staff the Ranch is currently able to support 3500 mother cows and over 2000 head of yearlings. Through careful management, as indicated by its diligent range and wildlife monitoring programs, the Ranch expects to be able to expand the cow herd to 4500 brood cows over the next three to four years, and finish close to 3500 yearlings each year on grass. By careful monitoring of range conditions, the Ranch can ensure that the cattle will always finish on a healthy diet of grass and forbs to provide the most flavorful, highest quality beef possible. Located about 18 miles from Thermopolis they will gladly show you the ranch operation or allow you to view the incredible land only by appointment as they are on protected Tribal land. You can call them at 307-867-2342 and visit their website at www.arapahoranch.com
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Old Faithful Snowmobile Tours Old Faithful Snowmobile Tours started 14 years ago. Jon Toolson bought the business about 2 years ago and is excited to offer great tours to his clients. Jon’s family has lived in Jackson Hole for five generations. Today, many of the family work along side of him to make it as successful as possible. You’ll find it refreshing that all of their guides are Jackson Hole natives as well, guaranteeing a profound understanding and love of the area! Old Faithful carries a permit to enter Yellowstone and Teton National Forest and is the largest operator of multi-day snowmobile trips in the greater Yellowstone area. Their daily tours include; the Yellowstone National Park Tour. The trip is a six hour snowmobile tour to Old Faithful Geyser and Black Sand Basin. Along the way you will stop to view steaming geysers, waterfalls, eagles, elk, bison and rivers; the Gros Ventre Tour which is a full day tour with lunch at a back country guest ranch. This is an outstanding tour with breathtaking vistas of the Tetons throughout the entire trip, and the Grey’s River Tour which follows the Grey’s River to fabulous play areas at McCain Meadows and Blind Bull in the Wyoming Range. All daily tours include; Continental Breakfast (Yellowstone Only) Hearty Lunch, Clothing, and a Professional Guide. For those looking for more adventure they also offer 3 day tours and the tour of the Wyoming Continental Divide. These tours include your lodging, meals, transportation and additional clothing that are needed on your tour. Jon Toolson is committed to offering quality multi-day tours that focus on each client’s needs and desires for an unforgettable memory! Early bookings are imperative as their dates reserve way in advance. Jon proudly admits that the huge bulk of their business is return customers. Using state of the art Arctic Cat snowmobiles you are certain to enjoy every thrill in store! Visit their website for so much more info www.snowmobilingtours.com or call (800) 253-7130.
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The suspension foot bridge across the Bighorn River is commonly called “The Swinging Bridge.” The bridge offers a unique vantage point from which to view the Bighorn River and mineral terrace. Hot Springs State Park has long been known for its beautiful summer flower gardens. Make a point of bringing your camera with you, and capture the exciting splash of color all summer long. Most facilities in the park are designed to accommodate physically impaired individuals. Park headquarters can provide you with any additional information you may need for your visit. For more information contact: Hot Springs State Park 220 Park St. Thermopolis, WY, 82443 (307) 864-2176 Jackson Hole Historical Society, JACKSON This museum is rich in history and includes stories from the beginnings of Jackson Hole trappers, dude ranchers, homesteaders, adventurers, and characters. For more information contact: Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum P.O. Box 1005 Jackson, WY 83001 (307) 733-2414 Jackson National Fish Hatchery, JACKSON Originally established in 1950, it was part of the Palisades Dam Act. The hatchery’s primary emphasis is producing eggs and fish to mitigate for fish losses from Federal water development projects and for States, Tribes, and research facilities. For more information contact: Jackson National Fish Hatchery 1455 Fish Hatchery Road Jackson, WY 83001 (307) 733-2510
Lincoln County Daughters of Utah Pioneer Museum, AFTON World’s Largest Elkhorn Arch, is located in downtown Afton, constructed in 1956. It spans 75 feet across the main street and is 24 feet tall. There are 3,011 antlers that create this arch weighing over 15 tons! The elk antler is prized in the orient for medicinal purposes, making it a valuable asset. For more information contact: Lincoln County Daughters of the Utah Pioneers Museum P.O. Box 0242 Afton, WY 83110 (307) 886-3667 Menor’s Ferry, MOOSE Near park headquarters in Moose, is a reconstruction of the craft that was once the only means of crossing the Snake River in central Jackson Hole country. MORAN JUNCTION, Moran Moran Junction joins U.S. 26/287 from the S.E.; U.S. Hwy. 191 south, and U.S. Hwy. 191/89 north. Named for the artist Thomas Moran, a member of the Hayden exploration party, Moran Junction is the eastern entrance to the Grand Teton National Park. Moran was the first person to map, photograph, sketch and paint the Yellowstone Country, back in 1871. At Moran Junction, you will find the Moran Entrance Station, where visitors can obtain park permits for both Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. This station is also the launch area for trips down the Snake River. The road leaving Moran Entrance Station travels approximately 4 miles west, then takes you over the northern portion of the loop tour through Grand Teton National Park to Jackson Lake Junction. National Elk Refuge, Jackson Hole The refuge consists of nearly 25,000 acres devoted to elk. This represents the last remaining elk winter range in Jackson Hole. The National Elk
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THE LEXINGTON AT JACKSON HOLE TRAPPER INN & SUITES The Lexington at Jackson Hole - Trapper Inn & Suites is downtown Jackson’s favorite hotel featuring 47 suites, 6 luxury guest rooms and 36 renovated guest rooms. Originally opened 40 years ago in this busy resort town, Marketing Director Frank Lane shared that the owners of the Lexington added suites in 2006 to expand the Inn’s accommodations. This resort destination Inn is locally owned and operated and staffed by locals who know the area well and can give firsthand recommendations for sightseeing, dining, wildlife observation and activities ! Take a short 1 ½ block walk to Jackson’s Historic Town Square and you’ll discover great shopping, dining, and entertainment to add fun and pleasure to your visit! Each guest room offers complimentary high-speed internet access, refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, iron, ironing board, hairdryer, and cable TV with HBO. Some of the larger suites offer a kitchen and/or fireplace for convenience on those longer visits. Taking a dip in the Inn’s indoor heated pool or spa, and then settling down for a perfect nights rest on their Serta sleeper mattresses makes this the ideal stay for every traveler. With a complimentary hot continental breakfast your day in Jackson is off to a great start! Surrounded by the Teton Mountains and the incredible Grand Teton National Park, the Jackson Hole region is noted for its beauty and recreation. Visitors reasons for coming from far and near are; skiing, hunting, fishing, river excursions, wildlife observation and photographic opportunities to name a few. Whatever your reason for visiting the region, The Lexington at Jackson Hole is a favorite of travelers from around the globe! Make your upcoming trip complete and reserve your suite at The Lexington at Jackson Hole. The Inn is conveniently located at the corner of N. Cache Street (Hwy 191/89) and Mercill Ave. Call them toll free at 1-888-771-2648 or visit www.lexjh.com.
Robin’s Nest Bed & Breakfast Just an hour from two Yellowstone National Park entrances, the historic town of Cody is a great starting point for endless entertainment. For an unmatched lodging and tour experience on your next trip, check into Robin’s Nest Bed & Breakfast. This beautiful 80-year-old brick home offers four bedrooms with private baths and a full breakfast which could include pancakes, waffles, bison sausage, and the house specialty – Bob’s Upside Down Cream Cheese Stuffed Praline Toast. Unlike most B&Bs, with prior arrangements you can bring along your pet; a large backyard can accommodate even the friskiest canine. They have hosted parrots, felines, and even a reptile or two. If you need to stay connected, wireless internet is available. The house is located in a quiet neighborhood within walking distance to downtown dining, galleries, stores, a full slate of outdoor activities, and the five world class museums of the Buffalo Bill Historical Center. Wyoming Travel and Recreation Guide
Tired of “commuting” from their native Texas, longtime Yellowstone National Park vacationers, Bob and Robin Berry, purchased the bed & breakfast in 2001. They have a genuine love for sharing the area’s many attractions, and offer tours of several locations including Big Horn Canyon Recreation Area, Legend Rock, and Yellowstone wolf watching in the winter. Bob is well versed in Park history and possesses a large collection of historic Yellowstone stereoviews. For Robin, interacting with the guests is the most rewarding aspect of running the bed & breakfast. “After nine seasons we have wonderful friends all over the world. We enjoy watching our guests experience this spectacular scenery. It is like seeing it over again ourselves for the first time,” she explains. For complete details visit www.RobinsNestCody.com or call 307-527-7208, toll-free 866‑723-7797. See Ad on page 62. 67
Refuge is administered by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and is one of more than 545 refuges. For more information contact: National Elk Refuge P.O. Box 510 Jackson, Wyoming 83002 (307) 733-9212 National Museum of Wildlife Art, JACKSON This museum has a permanent collection of over 5,000 cataloged items including paintings, sculptures, and works on paper by over 100 distinguished artists ranging from early American Tribes through contemporary masters. For more information contact: National Museum of Wildlife Art P.O. Box 6825 Jackson Hole, WY 83002 (307) 733-5771 (800) 313-9553 Palisades Reservoir, Alpine The Snake River, Greys River and the Salt River converge to form Palisades Reservoir. Recreational opportunities are limitless on and around this beautiful body of water. Tie Hack Memorial, Dubois Located 18 miles northwest of Dubois on Highway 26/287. This memorial was built and dedicated to the hardy tie hacks. Tie Flumes and Old Campsites, many artifacts of the tie cutting days are still found at the old sites, although little remains of the logging camps due to weathering of the old buildings. The oldest camps were established in 1914. For more information contact: P.O. Box 896 Dubois, WY 82513 (307) 455-2284 SHOSHONE NATIONAL FOREST, Cody Located in northwest Wyoming, between Yellowstone National Park and Cody. U.S. Hwy. 20/14/16 runs east and west through the forest. In 1891, President Benjamin Harrison proclaimed Shoshone National Forest the first national forest in the United States. Wapiti Ranger Station, located along scenic U.S. Highway 20/14/16, which winds through the Shoshone National Forest between Yellowstone National Park and the city of Cody, is also the home of the country’s oldest ranger station. Shoshone National Forest, spanning nearly 2.5 million acres, it is one of the country’s largest and was originally known as Yellowstone Park Timberland Reserve. It was renamed in 1945 for the native Shoshone Indians. For more information contact: Shoshone National Forest Supervisor’s Office 808 Meadowlane Ave. Cody, WY 82414 (307) 527-6241 SPORTSMAN’S GOLDEN RING, Thermopolis An imaginary golden ring encircles Wind River Canyon and the surrounding area northward to Thermopolis and southward to Shoshoni. The Thermopolis and Shoshoni Chambers of Commerce have jointly placed an imaginary “Golden Ring” around an area containing everything a sportsman could want or dream of. 68
This encircled paradise contains most of Wind River Canyon and includes the best spots for antelope hunting, bird hunting, whitewater rafting, trophy trout fishing, big game hunting, snowmobiling and water-skiing. Hot mineral pools, outdoor trails and clear views of magnificent wildlife round out the area’s offerings. For more information contact: Thermopolis Chamber of Commerce 220 Park St. Thermopolis, WY 82443 (307) 864-3192 www.thermopolis.com Wyoming Dinosaur Center, Thermopolis The center provides a unique opportunity to discover this prehistoric world, in your own backyard. Hot Springs County Historical Museum takes you on a journey to the earliest settlers in the county. Petroglyphs are the work of three different prehistoric cultural groups, spanning from 500 A.D. to the 19th Century. Hundreds of yards of sandstone cliffs contain at least 283 pictures on 92 rock panels. For more information contact: 110 Carter Ranch Rd. Thermopolis, WY 82443 (307) 864-2997 (800) 455-DINO www.wyodino.org YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK Located in the northwest corner of Wyoming and accessible via the north entrance – U.S. Highway 89 from Gardner, Montana; west entrance – U.S. Highway 20 from West Yellowstone on the Montana side of the Montana/Wyoming state line; south entrance – U.S. Highway 89 from Flagg Ranch, WY. East entrance – U.S. Highway 20/14/16 from Cody, Wyoming; and the northeast entrance – U.S. Highway 212 from Silver Gate and Cooke City, MT. The world’s first national park, Yellowstone is a 3,472 square mile phenomenon. Ninety-six percent of the park is located in Wyoming and was established as a national park in 1972. During the summer months, all five entrances to the park are open to automobiles, hikers, bicycles, motorcycles and buses. During the winter months, only the north entrance is open to passenger vehicles while the other four entrances are open only to “over the snow” vehicles. The five regions of Yellowstone Park or “countries” as they are more commonly known, are each unique in what they offer in attractions and scenic wonders. The best way to describe this most incredible of all national parks is to give you a “tour” through each country. Mammoth Country – is accessible by the north entrance into Mammoth Hot Springs. This hydrothermal area is home to, which for over 8,000 years have created, magnificent limestone terraces. You will be witness to this historic process as you watch the hydrothermal activity. Thousands of gallons of water flow from the side of the mountain, depositing up to two tons of limestone resculpting these terraces daily. Norris Geyser Basin, 21 miles south along the Firehole River, is home to “Steamboat,” the world’s tallest geyser. Steamboat reaches up 400 feet and eruptions can last up to 12 hours! Another popular site is Echinus Geyser, which erupts every 20 to 80 minutes. Roosevelt Country – is accessible from the northeast entrance. This area is a photographic delight of rolling hills covered with sagebrush, fir, pine and aspen and bordered by numerous sparkling streams. Among this country’s many attractions is the 132 foot Tower Falls, named for its volcanic pinnacle formations which surround the area. Yellowstone’s famous Petrified Forests, or “forests of stone,” are located at Specimen Wyoming Travel and Recreation Guide
National Museum of Wildlife Art If your travel plans include the Jackson Hole area you will want to plan a day at this prestigious fine art museum. The National Museum of Wildlife Art is unique among American art museums, distinguished by its mission and location. With collections of more than 5,000 items, the Museum strives to enrich and inspire public appreciation of fine art and humanity’s relationship with nature by focusing its exhibitions and programs on wildlife. Representing the culmination of a lifetime of study and collection of wildlife art by Joffa and Bill Kerr who, over a 30-year period, developed a collection of wildlife art unsurpassed in the United States, the Museum is comprised of 14 exhibition galleries, an interactive gallery for children, a conference room, two full-sized classrooms, a 200-seat auditorium, the Rising Sage Café, Members’ Lounge, Library & Archives, and more. Situated on a butte in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, the Museum overlooks the 25,000-acre National Elk Refuge and is on route to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. This unique museum appears to emerge from the earth like a natural outcropping of rock. Constructed of rough stone to blend seamlessly into the native terrain of Jackson, Wyoming, the building captures and reflects the area’s natural beauty. Although the red Arizona sandstone and low profile of the building are reminiscent of the ancient architecture of the desert southwest, the profile of the Museum’s building was inspired by the ruins of Slains Castle in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Wildlife art is one of humanity’s earliest artistic subjects, dating back to prehistoric cave paintings. Its long existence in virtually every culture exemplifies humankind’s vital relationship with nature, a relationship that has suffered in western civilization since the onset of the industrial revolution and the ensuing technological age. It is fitting that the Museum preserves and interprets this art in one of the few remaining areas of the United States where native wildlife
still roam abundantly and free. The Museum’s permanent collection of over 5,000 cataloged items includes paintings, sculpture, and works on paper by over 100 distinguished artists ranging from early American Tribes through contemporary masters. The Museum’s permanent and temporary exhibitions are augmented with innovative educational and scholarly programs emphasizing art appreciation, art history, natural science, creative writing, and American history. Six of the Museum’s 14 galleries introduce visitors to a wide range of topics related to the permanent collection. The museum constantly features diverse exhibitions which feature photography, etchings, paper, sketches, historic and contemporary paintings, bronze sculptures, watercolors and much more all dedicated to the magnificent diversity of nature and wildlife and the American West. The museum is open daily in the summer from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and in the winter it is open Monday-Saturday 9-5 and from 11-5 on Sunday. Audio available at no charge with paid admission. Admissions: Adults $10 Seniors (60 and over) $9 Children 5-18 $5 Children under 5 Free Family Rate: $30 ( includes 2 adults and 2 children. Additional children $1.00) Wheelchairs: The Museum is wheelchair accessible through the main entrance with an elevator to the right of the mezzanine. The Museum is located 2.5 miles north of the Town Square in Jackson, Wyoming on the west side of the butte on Hwy 89 overlooking the National Elk Refuge. You will see an incredible sculpture featuring 5 Elk at the entrance to the Museum. For more information visit them at www.wildlifeart.org or call 800-313-9553. See Ad on page 69.
A-OK Corral Horseback Rides A-OK Corral Horseback Rides, nine miles south of Jackson Hole, is the perfect guided horse riding experience for the whole family. Well -mannered horses suitable for any riding level are headed by a staff of five experienced wranglers who’ll lead you to breathtaking views of the Grand Tetons and Snake River.
packing trip business during the fall. For more details check out www.horsecreekranch.com or call 307-733-6556.
Whether you’ve never been on a horse before or you’re looking for the ultimate mountain adventure, A-OK has you covered with great packages and friendly, accommodating service. Five trips are available: 1-hour, 2-hour, 3-hour, half day and full day rides. Also offered is a unique “Raft and Ride” package. This trip, coordinated with Snake River Park Whitewater, is the perfect way to see Jackson Hole by land and water. A-OK Corral Horseback Rides has been around for a while, with Dustin Child and his wife Laura taking over operations three years ago. “It’s really awesome to make a living doing this,” Dustin says. “I love working with the horses and sharing with people the experience of western Wyoming.” The Childs also run a hunting and Wyoming Travel and Recreation Guide
Lost Creek Ranch Lodge & Spa Located just twenty miles north of Jackson amidst the breathtaking Grand Teton National Park and Bridger-Teton National Forest, the privately-owned Lost Creek Ranch Lodge & Spa is the perfect western luxury getaway. Land use permits allow for unlimited outdoor adventures including horseback riding, float trips, park trips, hiking, skeet shooting, fly fishing, and golfing. Enjoy pampering yourself with three exquisite meals a day from a wide ranging menu, and a full line of spa treatments to help you find your inner Zen. A number of children’s programs are offered to keep the little ones entertained. Ten cabins capable of housing up to sixty guests are available. These rustic looking, yet modern structures are in two styles: a two bed/two bath Living Room Cabin and a Duplex Cabin for one or two bedroom requirements. A typical day begins with breakfast served from 7:30 -9:00AM, followed by an outdoor morning activity of your choice. After lunch either head back outdoors or relax with a spa treatment. Dinner is at 7:00PM followed by the evening entertainment which features an interesting mix of live entertainment. “We are very fortunate to be in such a beautiful place, but meeting great people is the most rewarding aspect of this business,” explains General Manager Mike Evenson. For complete details check out www.lostcreek.com or call 307-733-3435.
It’s not about the Catching! TIM WADE’S NORTH FORK ANGLERS
North Fork Anglers has been seen on ESPN, TNN Outdoor and other outdoor fly fishing programs. This fly shop is a must stop destination for all anglers wanting the latest information on hatches, conditions, and the right equipment before they head out to explore the waters of the region. Tim Wade, owner and outfitter, has been guiding and instructing anglers in the Cody Wyoming / Yellowstone region for more than 25 years. During those years he has taught or written about fly fishing, fly tying, fly casting and entomology, sharing his knowledge of water and fish behavior with thousands of Anglers.
Tim says “It’s not about the catching; it’s about the whole fly fishing experience in Cody; the outdoors, the water and all things associated with the water. Things like the wild trout, the cleanliness, the purity and the 70
wilderness!” At North Folk Anglers you can choose from Walk/Wade trips, Float trips, Horseback wilderness trips, combination Hunting / Fishing trips or custom designed trip itineraries. Every trip is tailored to suit the needs, expectations and experience levels of each angler in the party. North Fork Anglers is an Orvis Endorsed Outfitter, which assures you the trip of a life time, no matter how big or small your ‘trophy’.
Everything you need for the flyfishing trip of a lifetime – experienced guides, custom trip planning, a full service Pro shop with top-of-the-line equipment and supplies! 1107 Sheridan Avenue, Cody, WY 82414
Filled with old time western fly shop flavor and friendliness they are at the center of more than 2500 miles of blue ribbon trout streams and rivers, plus an abundance of lakes to enjoy. Visit them at www.northforkanglers.com or call (307) 527-7274. Wyoming Travel and Recreation Guide
Robert Bateman (Canada, b. 1931), Chief–detail, 1997. Acrylic on Canvas. 71 x 98 inches. Gift of Birgit & Robert Bateman, National Museum of Wildlife Art Collection. © Robert Bateman.
NAT IONA L MUSE U M of W I L D L I F E A R T
Roam • Shop • Dine
• 14 Galleries • Museum Shop • Children’s Discovery Gallery • Rising Sage Cafe open daily 11AM — 3PM
Summer: Open Daily 9AM—5PM Winter: Open Mon-Sat 9AM—5PM; Sun 11AM—5PM
Experiencing the majesty of the Jackson Hole region will be an unforgettable memory as you float down the river wrapped in the depth of the canyon, your senses alive with the smells and sounds of the open air.
to and from the river, eliminating the hassle of summertime traffic and parking, typically launching within 20 minutes of your pick up. Lots more info at www.tetonfloats.com or call (307) 413-4464.
Owned and operated by Joe and Anika Morin since 2007 they are excited to get to know their clients and make this experience perfect for them. Day or sunset excursions down the Snake, Salt and Green Rivers offers many choices for their guests. Specializing in families, even young children and the disabled can participate on these trips! Families, groups, company outings or single visitors will find this a great way to spend a day. All trips include complimentary beverages and snacks. Lunch Float and Full Day Fly Fishing include lunch, beverages and snacks. Wild life excursions to the national parks are a new addition to their list of guided trips and can be combined with a float or flying fishing package. Other than a fishing license at $14 per day, all equipment is provided for you. All trips depart from your place of lodging or they provide complimentary transportation Wyoming Travel and Recreation Guide
Ridge. Buried in volcanic ash over the ages, these sub-tropical plants and cold climate trees still stand where they originally grew. The famous Petrified Tree is located approximately one mile west of Roosevelt Lodge. While visiting this area, be sure to traverse down the historical Bannock Trail, an old American Indian route that winds through this breathtaking “country.” Canyon Country – is more commonly known as “The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone” and is accessible from the south through Roosevelt Country, and north from the east entrance. This is the home of the famous 308 foot Lower Falls, which is almost twice as high as Niagara Falls. Other attractions are: Artists Point, with a sheer 700 foot drop; Upper Falls, where the Yellowstone River drops 109 feet; and Inspirational Point, which offers a dazzling view of the Yellowstone River winding through the canyon floor below. On the canyon floor, known as Hayden Valley, it is commonplace to see buffalo, elk and deer in the meadows and swan, blue heron and Canada geese in the marshes. You can also spot moose roaming through the valley’s rivers and woods. Geyser Country – is easily the most popular “country” in Yellowstone and is accessible from the south entrance or the west from Lake Country. The home of Old Faithful, this country also features Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone’s largest hot spring. Grand Prismatic Spring is 370 feet in diameter. You can view this wondrous site and the Excelsior Geyser, once the most powerful in the park, by following the Midway Geyser Basin Boardwalk. Other famous and spectacular attractions in the area are: Morning Glory Pool, Gem Pool, Emerald Pool, and the Lone Star, Giantess, Plume, Beehive, Riverside and Grotto geysers. Lake Country – is accessible from the south and east entrances. This spectacular “country” houses America’s largest high mountain lake, Yellowstone Lake, with an altitude of 7,733 feet. Twenty miles long and 14 miles wide, this lake’s shoreline is in excess of 100 miles and boasts abundant cutthroat trout and the invasive mackinaw. In the West, Thumb Area of Lake Country you will find Isa Lake, a most unusual natural wonder. The waters from this lake flow into both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Additional attractions in this beautiful country are the Dragon’s Mouth Geyser, Mud Volcano, and numerous colorful hot springs, runoff channels, mud pots and geysers in the West Thumb Geyser Basin.
Artist Point/Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone – along the Yellowstone River between Canyon and Tower-Roosevelt, is noted for its spectacular coloring. Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point Trails – lead from the southern shore of Jenny Lake off Teton Park Road. A boat ride to the trailhead is available in the summer. Ranger-guided tours to Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point depart the trailhead daily in the season. Mammoth Hot Springs – are near Yellowstone Park at the north entrance. The springs are characterized by terrace-like formations created by limestone deposits. Well marked trails allow the safe viewing of the formations at close range. Visitors must stay on the trails at all times, since in many places the thin crust is dangerous. Old Faithful Geyser – in Yellowstone Park, spouts at predictable intervals; other geysers are irregular. Most of the approximately 10,000 thermal features (geysers, fumaroles, hot springs and mud pots) are in the principal geyser basins – Norris, Lower, Midway, Upper, West Thumb, Heart Lake and Shoshone – in the western and south-central sections. Mud volcanoes also are interesting. Yellowstone Lake – 7,731 feet above sea level, is east and south of the park road between West Thumb and Fishing Bridge. With a shoreline of 110 miles, the lake is the largest body of water in North America. This area is a haven for several rare bird species. The entire Yellowstone National Park is a recreational paradise for families or even the independent adventure seeker and features hiking, backpacking, camping, fishing, horseback riding, photography and snowmobiling opportunities. The park is abundant with RV parks, campgrounds, hotels, cabins, restaurants and stores. For more information contact: Yellowstone National Park Service P.O. Box 168 Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190 (307) 344-7381
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Snake River Brewery It’s no surprise that the most widely consumed alcoholic beverage on the planet is beer. After spending time at The Snake River Brewery in Jackson, you will understand why.
Perhaps their standard is best reflected in the words of Benjamin Franklin, “Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.”
By coupling their passion with their expertise, they take brewing to a new level. Although it is hard to imagine beer brewing as “work”, the enthusiastic staff at Snake River Brewery prides themselves on their fresh, handcrafted lagers and ales. By offering four “Flagship Beers” and twenty-five different seasonal brews on tap year-round, choosing a favorite is the only difficulty.
Snake River Brewery is located at 265 S. Millward in Jackson and open 7 days a week.
As the oldest and largest microbrewery in Wyoming, they have won many awards including The Small Brewery and Brew Master of the Year - not once, but twice at the Great American Beer Festival. In fact, they have earned over 250 regional, national and international awards for brewing excellence since opening 14 years ago.
For more information, call (307) 739-BEER or visit them on the web at www.snakeriverbrewing.com.
Award Winning Brews and Incredible Food
Also known for their incredible food, they serve a wide variety of organic baked items, wood-fired pizzas, Buffalo burgers, and other tasty gourmet pub treats. The new kitchen, expanded menu, new bathrooms and additional seating is all part of a recent $1.5 million dollar renovation which finalized and completed the already amazing brewery, making it the perfect place to both relax and have fun.
FOOD SERVED 11:30am - 11:00pm HAPPY HOURS 4:00pm - 6:00pm DAILY SPECIALS
265 S. MILLWARD
307.739.BEER (2337) www.snakeriverbrewing.com
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BUTCH’S PLACE Driving toward the Mineral Hot Springs in Thermopolis you’ll want to slow down as you approach the small town of Kirby. There you will find Butchs’ Place and Wyoming’s only legal distillery, Wyoming Whiskey. Make a stop at the distillery for a tour and then go over to Butch’s where you can savor some great hamburgers, steak or Seafood. Butch’s Place which has been on Highway 20 for more than 15 years is presently owned by Katie and Mark O’Louglen. Katie and Mark were looking for a business to run together as they raise their daughter Emma. Butch’s Place is well known for great food, friendly people and the hangout for friends and family. The restaurant and bar is open Tuesday through Saturday from 1-9 P.M.
refreshing change of pace. The old saloon look offers an outside patio area with picnic tables. Known as the home of the “Big Burger”, almost a full pound of meat is certain to fill the hungriest travelers’ appetite! You might also try their delicious Buffalo burger or a sampling of chicken wings, onion petals and other finger foods to round out your meal.
You’ll find the Old West décor with its long bar made from the trunk of a tree a
Call (307) 864-2669 for more information or directions.
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Butch’s Place Downtown Kirby, WY Open Tues - Sat 1:00 PM - 9:00 PM 307-864-2669
Located near Worland and Thermopolis about 100 miles from Cody, you’ll get a clue you’re just about there when you see the Vintage Red Water Truck with Butch’s Place painted on the side up on the hill next to the highway! Don’t be tempted to just pass by Kirby, make an intentional stop at Butch’s Place. Full Bar & Menu, Steak & Seafood too!
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Attractions Beartooth Nature Center 615 2nd St. E. Red Lodge, MT 59068 (406) 446-1133 www.beartoothnaturecenter.org
Buffalo Bill Cody Stampede Rodeo & Cody Nite Rodeos 1031 12th Street Cody, WY 82414 (307) 587-5155 www.codystampederodeo.com
Cody Trolley Tours P.O. Box 2534 Cody, WY 82414 (307) 527-7043 www.codytrolleytours.com
Eco Tour Adventures Give Us An Hour, We’ll Give You 100 Years! 400 Powderhorn Lane Jackson Hole, WY 83002 (307) 690-9533 www.jhecotouradventures.com
P.O. Box 424 Wilson, WY 83014 (307) 413-4464 www.tetonfloats.com
Groceries Dubois Super Foods Full Line Super Market Digital Photo Kiosk 3780 East 20th Street 610 West Ramshorn Dubois, WY 82513 (307) 455-2402
Leather Goods Broken Pine Leather Custom Leather Products & Repairs.
625 N. 6 Mile Rd. Casper, WY 82604 (307) 577-0166 www.BrokenPine.com
Lodging & Inns 3 Rivers Motel
447 Snow King Ave. Jackson Hole, WY 83001 (307) 733-7927 www.jacksonholerodeo.us
DSL Internet, Pets Welcome U.S. Hwy. 89 Alpine, WY 83128 (307) 654-7551 www.3riversmotel.com
Old Faithful Snowmobile Tours
America’s Best Value Inn Cody
Jackson Hole Rodeo
P.O. Box 7182 Jackson, WY 83002 (800) 253-7130 www.snowmobilingtours.com
720 Yellowstone Cody, WY 82414 (307) 587-4208 www.americasbestvalueinn.com
Breweries & Brew Pubs
Robins Nest Bed And Breakfast
Snake River Brewing 265 South Millward Street Jackson, WY 83001 (307) 739-2337 www.snakeriverbrewing.com
Fishing Guides North Fork Anglers 1107 Sheridan Avenue Cody, WY 82414 (307) 527-7274 www.northforkanglers.com
Teton Scenic Floats and Fly Fishing
1508 Alger Avenue Cody, WY 82414 (307) 527-7208 (866) 723-7797 www.RobinsNestCody.com
The Lexington at Jackson Hole - Trapper Inn & Suites 285 N. Cache Jackson, WY 83001 (307) 733-2648 (888) 771-2648 www.lexjh.com
Outfitters / Guest Ranches Arapaho Ranch 2080 Hamilton Dome Road Thermopolis, WY 82443 (307) 867-2342 www.arapahoranch.com
Boulder Basin Outfitters 3348 Northfork Hwy. Cody, WY 82414 (307) 587-3404 www.boulderbasinoutfitters.com
Horse Creek Ranch 9600 South U.S. Highway 89 Jackson, WY 83002 (307) 733-6556 www.horsecreekranch.com
K3 Guest Ranch Bed & Breakfast 1901 Sheridan Ave. Cody, WY 82414 (888) 587-2080 www.k3guestranch.com
Lazy L&B Guest Ranch Dude ranch known for horse back riding. 1072 East Fork Rd. Dubois, WY 82513 (307) 455-2839 (800) 453-9488 www.lazylb.com
Lost Creek Ranch Log Cabins, Spa, Rocky Mountain Cuisine P.O. Box 95 Moose, WY 83012 www.lostcreek.com
National Museum of Wildlife Art 2820 Rungius Road Jackson Hole, WY 83001 (800) 313-9553 www.wildlifeart.org
Wild By Nature Gallery 95 West Deloney Jackson Hole, WY 83001 (307) 733.8877 (888) 494.5329 www.wildbynaturegallery.com
Western Real Estate of Wyoming, Inc. Residential, Commercial, Farm & Ranch, Recreational. 1143 Sheridan Ave. Cody, WY 82414 (307) 587-5584 (800) 538-5122 www.westernre.net
Bear Lodge Resort On Top of the Beautiful Big Horn Mountains. Open Year Round. 5600 Hwy. 14 A Dayton, WY 82836 (307) 752-2444 www.bearlodgeresort.com
Restaurants / Bars
101 E. Main St. Kirby, WY 82430 (307) 864-2669
Pumpernicks Family Restaurant
Big Game Outfitter Elk • Deer • Antelope 3390 Owl Creek Road Thermopolis, WY 82443 (307) 867-2412 email@example.com
512 Broadway Street Thermopolis, WY 82443 (307) 864-5151
Star Valley Ranch Resort
Bring your horse and ride out on a different trailhead each day. Along the banks of the Wind River.
3522 Muddy String Road Thayne, WY 83127 (307) 883-2670 www.starvalleyranchresort.com
Alpine Lakes & Trails LLC
12 Stoney Point Rd. Dubois, WY 82513 (307) 455-3063 (800) 320-4740 www.alpinelakesandtrails.com Wyoming Travel and Recreation Guide
Southwest: Frontier Land Country
ATLANTIC CITY Driving 27 miles south of Lander on Wyoming Highway 28, and then taking a gravel road left for roughly less than five miles; you arrive in Atlantic City, a century-old ghost town. Gold miners poured into this district in the late 1860s and, within a few months, created three typical frontier gold camps here — South Pass City, Atlantic City, and Miner’s Delight. Today, Atlantic City can easily claim the title as boom/bust capital of Wyoming. Since its official platting in April 1868, the town has experienced a continuing series of mining booms and busts, all but one tied to the fortunes of gold. Several miners from South Pass City in 1868 discovered “The Atlantic Ledge”— gold-bearing quartz several feet thick and thousands of feet long. The discovery spawned a boom of free-milling gold that resulted in a population of nearly two thousand in two years. Wyoming Travel and Recreation Guide
During the town’s boom, it possessed a brewery, beer garden, large dance hall, and an opera house. After three years, the town consisted of a log school and a two-story stone building constructed by J.W. Anthony in which Robert McAuley operated a store. The 90-foot upper story served as a dance hall where Calamity Jane conducted business. By the 1950s, Atlantic City was listed as a ghost town. During several winters in the 1950s and early 1960s, only three or four people remained in the town. Atlantic City is a definite curiosity. Like its sister city, South Pass City, Atlantic City gained existence as a gold mining town. The ol’ gold-dust fever hasn’t subsided completely. The possibility of finding gold is still one of the town’s main attractions. If architecture in this rustic mountain community will serve those interests, too. Atlantic City still has its boardwalk and is a great place for the ghost town enthusiast. Most of the town’s original buildings are still standing, only now they cater to modern day explorers and treasure hunters. 75
The Atlantic City Mercantile, located in Atlantic City, is a National Historic Site. For more information contact: Goshen County Chamber 350 West 21st Ave. Torrington, WY 82240 (307) 532-3879 www.goshencountychamber.com Evanston Evanston’s Population is 11,817 (July 07). Evanston was founded with the advent of the railroad in 1868. Evanston was a railroad camp and was named after James A. Evans. The roundhouse and machine shop were built in 1871 and the town grew. Evanston is a quiet, community friendly place to live with many different opportunities and fun experiences. The Wasatch-Cache National Forest is only about 30 miles away and offers great fishing areas, hunting, beautiful scenery, hikes, ATV Trails and snowmobiling. The Mirror Lake Byway runs from Kamas, UT to Evanston, WY stretching about 78 miles and running along the western portion of the Uinta Mountains. This byway is historical and has beautiful scenery from grassy meadows, to wetlands to trees and mountain views. Evanston’s Bear River Greenway’s main trail runs along the Bear River which is a great place for fishing, white water activities, kayaking, and rafting. You can enjoy biking, or walking down the Bear River Walk to the State Park to see the live exhibit of Buffalo and Elk. Also connecting to the Greenway, is historic downtown Evanston which provides great history, shopping, dining and entertainment. Many of the downtown businesses are locally owned and run. The Historic Roundhouse, Machine Shop and Depot have been restored and are now used for events and entertainment. Evanston holds many annual events throughout the year. Some events include The Chili Cook-Off, The Freedom Rally, Bear River Fest, The Renewal Ball, Fresh Air Freedom and Fun Festival, Uinta County Fair, Cowboy Days, Roundhouse Festival, BrewFest, and Times Square in Depot Square. The Evanston Recreation Center is a great way to spend time with
family and exercise. The Recreation Center is equipped with a heated swimming pool and hot tub, basketball courts, racket ball rooms, weight room, track, and gymnastics room. Evanston’s Youth Opportunities Unlimited is great after school program for youth ages 6th through 12th grade. This is to provide a safe, educational, and positive atmosphere for youth at the YOU Center. For more information contact: Evanston Chamber of Commerce 1020 Front Street Evanston, WY 82930 (307) 783-0370 firstname.lastname@example.org www.etownchamber.com Evanston Calendar of Events April Red Desert Ramblers in concert Bob Berky (Theatrical Comedy) Volunteer Fair Career Fair May Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas Young Musicians Strings Festival Primary Election Candidate Filing Period BEARiverFest Freedom Rally June Rodeo Series Renewal Ball Celtic Festival High Uintas Classic Bike Race July Wyoming Downs Horse Racing Rodeo Series Fresh Air, Freedom & Fun Festival Voter Registration cutoff for Primary Election
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Wind River Brewing Co. The Wind River Brewing Company in Pinedale, Wyoming is a great spot for those who appreciate the art of handcrafted superior brews with a wide range of flavors and notes. Their impressive array of award winning beers are created in-house using only the finest ingredients and water from a local glacier fed mountain lake.
Wind River Brewing Company. The Brewery is smoke free, has wireless access, and features several big screen TVs. For more information call 307-367-BEER (2337).
This brewery restaurant offers a large menu of classic, grill-style foods and a long list of beer, wine and cocktails to complement your meal.
Savor the English or American Pale Ale, Oatmeal Stout, German Hefeweizen, Mango Wheat, the new Barley Wine and many more. “I love making good beer for good people in this closeknit community,” explains Head Brewmaster, Richie Strom. “The creativity of making new recipes keeps things interesting.” Strom is also quick to point out their delicious food menu which includes standard pub fair with salads, appetizers, and fine steaks. “We want to be known for having great beer and the best food in town.”
402 Pine Street Pinedale, WY 82941 307-367-2337
Whether you just need a quick bite to eat, or want to relax and sample the entire selection of beer you can’t go wrong at the
Established in 1962 by Lonnie and Grace Mantle, Dars parents, Wyoming Horses is currently owned and operated by Bob Vogel and Dar Mantle Vogel. Wyoming Horses continues a long tradition of professional horse leasing in the Mountain States. With over 700 head from which to choose, they have a horse and equipment for every rider or business. Whether you are looking for a string of saddle or pack horses to supplement your operation or a few horses to take on a hunting trip, they have quality, proven horses to know what you’re looking for and they will select horses for you!
Bob and Dar enjoy the challenge of running this large horse operation they took many years ago. Bob was born to a ranching family in Laramie - got in his blood early! Especially - he inherited the love for work horses and teams from his dad Frank and grandfather Bud. Bob left his job in the oil field industry to pursue this occupation which seemed more conducive to family life. As for Dar, she had planned even as a young girl to run Wyoming Horses someday and has had the advantage all these years of her dad Lonnie’s and mother, Grace’s teaching, guidance, care for and experience with the business. They have three children who are a big part of Wyoming Horses. Josee is 14 and not only can ride and rope with the men, but is a huge asset in the office and with customers. Kit is 12 and is an accomplished horse woman, too. Their son Kage is 9 and makes the 15 mile gathers without a hitch. The children participate in rodeo as well as helping with the horses and cattle that they run. Wyoming Travel and Recreation Guide
In the fall hunting groups use their horses for trips in the mountains and wilderness areas. Their horses are accustomed to working and handling the elements of nature. Wyoming Horses stock represents a wide variety of bloodlines and breeds, from Quarter Horses, to Appaloosas, to draft breeds. In April the Vogel’s begin bringing their horses back from winter pasture trailing them miles cross country. Bob shares that … “it is quite a sight to see all those horses stretch out a long ways in front of you.” Visit their website at www.wyominghorses.net or call direct ( 307) 856-5708.
Wyoming Horses Wyoming Horses continues a long tradition of professional horse leasing in the Mountain States. With over 1,000 head and two locations from which to choose, we have a horse and equipment for every rider or business. Whether you are looking for a string of saddle or pack horses to supplement your operation or a few horses to take on a hunting trip, we have quality, PROVEN horses to suit your needs.
www.WyomingHorses.net Bob Vogel & Dar Mantle Vogel 380 N. Pavillion Road Pavillion, Wyoming 82523 307-856-5708 (Day) 307-856-8552 (Night) 866-856-5708 (Toll Free) email@example.com
Evanston Brewfest “Big Deal on a Big Wheel!” Uinta County Fair Movie on the Wall
Wind River Tribal College Powwow Wyoming Indian High School Powwow Game & Fish Bird Festival
August School Board Candidate Filing Period 13th Annual Roundhouse Festival Evanston Car Cruise and 14th Annual Charity Rod Run Movie on the Wall Primary Election
June Wyoming Free Fishing Day Lander Relay for Life 7th Annual Brew Festival Wind River 4x4 Assoc. Off Road Rally Baseball Association Pancake Breakfast, Kiwanis Club Business After Hours, Wells Fargo/Burns Insurance Annual Brain Drain 5-10k Race & WLRC Summer Evening Fest Eastern Shoshone Indian Days Powwow & Rodeo Museum of American West Indian Dancing
September Evanston Cowboy Days Fire Department Demolition Derby October Voter Registration cutoff for General Election Hunter’s Widow Night Trick or Treat Street November General Election December Downtown Open House/Lighted Christmas Parade 2nd Annual Festival of Trees Teddy Bear Parade New year’s Eve Roundhouse Extravaganza LANDER & THE WIND RIVER MOUNTAINS Nestled amongst the foothills of the eastern slopes of the Wind River Mountains, the eclectic city of Lander is a blend of the Old West and the New West. Known as the “City of Bronze” for the famous bronze foundry located here as well as the many bronze statues that enhance the city’s public spaces, Lander is a growing and vibrant town. While the area’s roots are in agriculture, recreation is a major industry due to the city’s proximity to the Wind River Mountains. Also, Lander’s relatively mild climate has made the area popular. For more information contact: Lander Chamber of Commerce 160 N. 1st Street Lander, WY 82520 (307) 332-3892 (800) 433-0662 Lander Calendar of Events April Easter Egg Hunt (City Park) Wild Turkey Federation spring banquet Lander Community Concert Series - Hunt Family Fiddlers Business After Hours, Wyoming National Bank/Vincent Financial 5 course Whisky Dinner @ Cooking Crow Red Canyon Chapter Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Banquet Pink Ribbon Society Extravaganza KOVE/KDLY, Bar J Wranglers concert Lander Pet Connection’s Wine & Cheese Party Big Wind Powwow, Crowheart May Lander Valley High School Prom Antler Rendezvous & Auction, Dubois Business After Hours, Two Sisters Bed & Breakfast 78
July Dr. Bills’ Fireworks Display Lander Pioneer Days Rodeo Lander Pioneer Days Parade, Marathon, Pancake breakfast, BBQ International Climbers’ Festival, Wild Iris 10k Northern Arapaho Tribal Celebration & Ethete Powwow Northern Arapaho Hand Game Competition Fremont County Fair Museum of the American West-Indian Dancing August Gift of the Waters Pageant & Powwow, Thermopolis Big Wind Powwow, Crowheart Museum of the American West Buffalo Barbecue Business After Hours The Great North Dakota Get Together September Lander Fly-In One Shot Antelope Hunt Business After Hours Labor Day Powwow, Ft. Washakie October Heart of the West Invitational Art Show Business After Hours Oktoberfest Harvest Dinner November Lander Children’s Museum Holiday Gala Fundraiser DOES Holiday Craft Show Community Holiday Craft Show December Christmas Tour of Homes Art In the Afternoon Children’s Museum Gala Lander New Years Eve Celebration & Community Awards PINEDALE Located midway between Rock Springs and Jackson Hole on U.S. Highway 191, set against the rugged Wind River Mountain Range. Pinedale exudes the spirit of the West; its rich past is peopled with Native Americans, mountain men, outlaws and ranchers. This is the place to enjoy outdoor activities all year-round. Summer means backpacking, fishing, mountain biking, horseback riding. In the fall and winter, hunting, snowmobiling, skiing and ice fishing lure residents and visitors into a marvelous, snowy outdoors. Wyoming Travel and Recreation Guide
Warfield Fossil Quarries, Inc.: Fossil Safaris for the Hidden Paleontologist in All of Us Almost everyone longs for an Indiana Jones type adventure. The appeal is obvious. You leave your regular workaday life behind, dig in the dirt, and come home with treasure. For one company, Warfield Fossil Quarries, Inc., it’s a true life adventure that’s turned into a way of life. For over thirty years Rick Hebdon, the Warfield’s owner has made his living digging up fossils and inviting others to do the same. The kindred spirits who visit his quarry near Kemmerer, Wyoming walk away from their own fossil safaris with more than just pictures. Most people find enough fossilized fish to satisfy their appetite in the first two hours. Hebdon didn’t start out in the fossil business. He and his father were sheep ranchers. A purchase of new grazing land rewarded them with a gold mine. Or in this case a fossil mine. To his and his father’s delight, Hebdon sold his entire truck full of fossils at the first fossil and gem show he attended. Upon his return his father exclaimed, “Boy there is a Cadillac in that quarry; you’ve just got to dig it up!” He laughs as he relays the story. “There hasn’t exactly been a Cadillac, but I’ve gotten several new pickup trucks, a backhoe and a slew of other things from it!” The business proved so successful he gave up sheep ranching. Now he spends his time traveling the world with business friends, digging up fossilized fish, and making significant contributions to museums, scientific organizations, and other outfits dedicated to Paleontology. Not bad for the sheep rancher turned accidental adventurer.
Hebdon will be at the annual “Tucson Gem and Mineral Show.” This is the largest show of its’ kind. Or look for him on the web to book your own fossil safari. WWW.FOSSILSAFARI.COM. Warfield Fossil Quarries, Inc. 2072 S. Muddy String Rd Thayne, WY 83127 USA Tel # 307-883-2445 E-Mail firstname.lastname@example.org
You are invited to come and dig fossils in our private quarry! We accommodate Individuals, Families, & Groups of ALL Sizes! No Reservations Are Needed! There are an abundance of fossil fish in the “Green River Formation.” Most people find enough fish to satisfy their appetite in the first two hours.
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For more information: P.O. Box 176 Pinedale, WY 82941 (307) 367-2242 (888) 285-7282 firstname.lastname@example.org www.pinedalechamber.com RIVERTON Located in the heart of Wyoming’s Wind River Country. Riverton is a thriving community of 10,000 people and it is a town with many faces. Here, a bank president may also shoe your horses, and doctors and lawyers can be found driving cattle on the weekends. It’s a community where men and women fly around the world to conduct their business, but come home to Riverton to conduct their lives. The town boasts an infrastructure unseen in many communities of 10,000 people. Central Wyoming College provides some of the finest facilities in the state, and also offers a 1,000 seat theater which allows cultural events, plays and programs. A diverse library, strong churches, a lush green city park, an excellent 18-hole golf course and a modern Airport with daily flights to Denver. Offering hundreds of motel rooms, dozens of restaurants, and plenty of shopping. Riverton is a natural and comfortable site for visitors, and host site for events, conventions and meetings. Surrounded by the Owl Creek and Wind River mountain ranges, Riverton is well-known for its clean air and plenty of sunshine while offering you the convenience of modern living within easy reach of world-class outdoor recreation. If your leisure time is as important as your work time, Riverton is just the place for you. Located 22 miles southwest of Shoshoni and 24 miles northeast of Lander at the junction of U. S. Hwy. 26 / Wyoming 789 north and south, and U.S. Hwy. 26 west. Whether your plans take you through Riverton on your way to Yellowstone or Grand Teton National Parks (only two hours away), or you make it your destination, you will have the time of your life here. The town annually hosts the re-enactment of the famous 1838 Mountain Man Rendezvous at the Riverton Rendezvous and Hot Air Balloon Rally in July. This celebration features rodeos, car shows, demolition derby, craft shows, fireworks and spectacular high-flying hot air balloons. The re-enactment is held on the original site of the 1838 Rendezvous, where such names as Jim Bridger, William Sublette, Kit Carson and Jedediah Smith met with other mountain men, traders, American Indians and missionaries to trade wares and celebrate a season of trapping in the mountains. From Riverton, you have ready access to many historical sites, a wide variety of recreational opportunities, and wide, open spaces filled with scenic beauty and wildlife. Riverton is serviced by commercial airlines, bus lines and good highways. When you arrive you’ll find many modern accommodations, great restaurants and lots of shopping waiting for you. For more information contact: Riverton Chamber of Commerce 213 W. Main Street Riverton, WY 82501 (307) 856-4801 email@example.com Rock Springs Rock Springs is located in an energy-rich region that boasts a large number of oil and natural gas wells. Every year during July and August, the city holds a county fair called Wyoming’s Big Show. The event includes theme park rides, booths, restaurants, and live entertainment. Rodeos have been a staple of the fair, and famous performers are sometimes a part of the entertainment. 80
Rock Springs also hosts several festivals throughout the year, including the International Festival (to honor the city’s nickname), the Blues and Brews Festival, the Wyoming Chocolate Festival, and the Rod and Rails Festival. For more information contact: Rock Springs Chamber of Commerce 1897 Dewar Drive Rock Springs, WY 82901 (307) 362-3771 www.rockspringswyoming.net Rock Springs Calendar of Events April Sweetwater County Awards Banquet Easter Closure May City Wide Cleanup City Planter Program Memorial Day Closure June Flaming Gorge Days July Fourth of July Closure International Day Wild Horse and Western Art Show Farmer’s Market Red Desert Roundup Rodeo Sweetwater County Fair August Demolition Derby Farmer’s Market September Labor Day Closure October Rock Springs Pumpkin Patch November Adopt-A-Tree Thanksgiving Closure December Shop Local Program Holiday Parade Holiday Closure *Monthly Connections Luncheon is the second Monday of every month. SOUTH PASS CITY South Pass City contains over 20 original structures including jail, livery stable, school, saloons and homes. The authentically furnished South Pass Hotel will give you a realistic glimpse of what it was like to stay in the real West during the late 1800’s. At the Miner’s Exchange Saloon, you can play billiards on a restored 1840 billiard table. You can shop at the Smith-Sherlock General Store. South Pass City was established in 1867 and grew to 1,500 people very quickly, as a result of the gold mining boom in the Sweetwater Mining District. It soon attracted prospectors and the main street was filled with saloons, banks, hotels and stores. Wyoming Travel and Recreation Guide
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DOMINO’S PIZZA IN LANDER On your way to Yellowstone Park or Jackson you’ll pass through the town of Lander, Wyoming. Nestled against the foothills of the Wind River Mountains on the banks of the Popo Agie River, Lander is where Fremont County history began. Lander saw the first white trappers in 1811 became a small military post in 1869 and now borders the Wind River Indian Reservation. Don Green took the opportunity to open his very own Domino’s franchise store situated right in the center of downtown Lander. Proud of their great pizzas and commitment to the promised 30 minute delivery time, Don assures his customers they will always get a perfect pizza! If you haven’t tried Domino’s in awhile you will be pleasantly surprised at their new “Inspired” pizzas. After 2 years of research they introduced a pizza that people are very impressed with! Offering Pizza, Bread bowl Pastas, Oven Baked Sandwiches, Buffalo wings, salads and even desserts Domino’s in Lander will satisfy everyone’s hunger at great prices.
to midnight you’ll find their store conveniently located just one block off Main Street on N. 4th Street. As you’re driving down Main Street and get to the Napa parts store look to the north and you’ll see their Domino’s Pizza Logo. Call ahead and order (307) 335-7070 or check out the menu at www.dominos.com. order on-line and get $5 off a Large Pizza
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Having worked for 7 years for Domino’s Distribution Center, Don saw the opportunity to open his own Domino’s franchise. This seemed to be the perfect situation since he spent most of his life raised in the restaurant business. Founded in 1960, Domino’s Pizza is the recognized world leader in pizza delivery operating a network of company-owned and franchise-owned stores in the United States and international markets. Domino’s Pizza’s Vision illustrates a company of exceptional people on a mission to be the best pizza delivery company in the world. Domino’s drivers cover 9 million miles each week in the U.S. alone. (That’s 37 trips to the moon every week!) Like most corporate success stories, Domino’s started out small - with just one store in 1960. However, in 1978 the 200th Domino’s store opened, and things really began to cook. By 1983 there were 1,000 Domino’s stores and 5,000 in 1989. Today, there are more than 8,000 stores - including more than 3,000 outside the United States. So as you’re traveling through or perhaps stay over in Lander you should consider one of American’s favorite foods and order yourself a Hot Pizza to go! Open 7 days a week from 11 a.m.
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The city played an important role in the women’s suffrage movement. William Bright, the town’s representative to the Territorial Legislature, introduced the country’s first women suffrage bill in 1869. As a result, Wyoming became the first territory or state to allow women the right to vote and hold political office. Two months later, Ester Morris became South Pass City’s, and the nation’s, first female justice of the peace. At the Gold Mining Interpretive Center you can learn about the gold mining practices during the late 1800’s. Costumed interpreters can be seen at times throughout the summer gold panning and black smithing. Every year, around the middle of July, the town celebrates “Gold Rush Days” where visitors can enjoy a vintage baseball tournament. You can also enjoy the Wyoming State Mining Championships, food, games, music and interpretive programs. You’ll be able to imagine what life was like 100 years ago in the mountains. For more information contact: South Pass City Town Hall 125 Main Street South Pass City, WY 82520 (307) 332-3684 www.southpasscity.com
Helpful Travel Contacts Atlantic City ...................................................(307) 532-3879 Website ..................................www.goshencountychamber.com Evanston .........................................................(307) 783-0370 Website ..............................................www.etownchamber.com Lander .............................................................(307) 332-3892 or .....................................................................(800) 433-0662 Website ...............................................www.landerchamber.org Pinedale ..........................................................(307) 367-2242 Website ...............................................www.pinedalechamber.com Riverton ..........................................................(307) 856-4801 Toll Free ...........................................................(800) 325-2732 Website .............................................www.rivertonchamber.org Rock Springs ...................................................(307) 362-3771 Website ...........................................www.rockspringswyoming.net South Pass City ...............................................(307) 332-3684 Website ................................................www.southpasscity.com Wind River Visitor Council ...........................(307) 856-7566 or .....................................................................(800) 645-6233 Website ......................................................www.wind-river.org Email..........................................................firstname.lastname@example.org
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If you have a boat and need expert knowledge and top-notch facilities check out Buckboard Marina. The company has been proudly serving the town of Green River since 1968, growing from a humble 20-boat capacity outfit to its current 180-boat storage capabilities. In addition to dry storage, Buckboard Marina offers a fully operational on-site repair shop, a store for all your boat and fishing needs, and a 40-space RV section with full hookups.
Whatever you boat or fishing need may be, the Buckboard Marina has you covered. To learn more call 307-875-6927.
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Conveniently located at the north end of the lake, the marina allows for quick and easy access to some of the best fishing in the area for kokanee, rainbow trout, mackerel and bass. Each June they put on a fishing derby which attracts upwards of 200 teams and a number of spectators. During the winter months many ice fishing enthusiasts come here for great catches. “I enjoy working with the people; we have a great customer base here,” explains Owner, Les Tanner.
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Lotty’s Liquor & Lounge Lotty’s Liquor & Lounge in Evanston has been a community cornerstone since the early seventies. With future of the building unknown, longtime patron Ken Berscheit stepped in. “This place is an icon in the neighborhood. I figured if someone had to save it why not me,” he explains. In July 2009 Berscheit purchased the establishment and re-focused the business from a fledgling sports bar to a liquor store/bar and short order grill. Lotty’s features a fully stocked inventory and can custom order just about any alcohol. They also serve up some tasty meals including New York steak sandwiches, chili burgers, French dip, onion rings, salads and much more. “We see a lot of tourists in the summer. Many remember this place as a restaurant years ago,” Berscheit remarks. Lotty’s is also flexible in accom-
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modating the drink needs for large gatherings such as weddings and reunions. For friendly service and local camaraderie, Lotty’s is the perfect spot. To learn more call 703-789-5483 or stop in at 1925 Harrison Drive off Exit 3 from I-80.
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Featured Southwest Attractions BOYSEN STATE PARK & BOYSEN RESERVOIR, Shoshoni Boysen State Park is one of the larger parks in the State Park System. It is a lake-orientated park at the south end of the Owl Creek Mountains at the mouth of Wind River Canyon, now part of the Wind River Canyon Scenic Byway. It offers a variety of water type recreation. Day and camping facilities are available. It features interesting geological formations and several state record fish have been caught out of the reservoir. Anglers will find rainbow and brown trout, walleye pike, western sauger, burbot, large mouth bass and yellow perch. Facilities include camping, restrooms, water, picnicking, boat launching ramps, marinas, groceries, cabins and trailer parks. The water is usually warm enough during the summer months to accommodate all water sports, including water-skiing. Visitors will find a great swimming beach on the east shore as well. Interesting geological information signs are throughout the Wind River Canyon on U.S. 26 and Lakeside. Don’t miss the information signs on Highway 20 at the overlook to the dam, at the entrance to the tunnels and also at the north end of the Lower Wind River Campground. Whether it’s fishing, boating, or just relaxing, we think you’ll find Boysen a good place to be. Open year-round with limited services in the winter season. All of the water systems, except for Brannon, are closed from the middle of September to the middle of April. For more information contact: Boysen State Park 15 Ash, Boysen Route Shoshoni, WY 82649 (307) 876-2796
Castle Gardens, RIVERTON Located 46 miles from Riverton, is a remote archaeological area, far out in the desert. Here you can imagine another time with petroglyphs, sandstone “hoodoos” and tough twisted trees. These are believed to have been made by Shoshone tribe ancestors. For more information contact: Castle Gardens Scenic Area Worland Field Office 101 South 23rd Street Worland, WY 82401 (307) 347-5100 Eastern Shoshone Tribal Cultural Center, FORT WASHAKIE Shoshone Historical Points of Interest. The graves of Washakie and Sacajawea, and the Shoshone Cultural Center, which offers displays and tours, are in Fort Washakie. Powwows and rodeos are held throughout the summer. For more information contact: Shoshone Business Council P.O. Box 538 Fort Washakie, WY 82514 (307) 332-3532
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Oyster Ridge Music Festival The Oyster Ridge Music Festival has been providing fun for all since its inception in 1994. What began as a humble platform for the State Flatpick Guitar Championship has grown into a diverse three-day event with varied musical performances, workshops, and vendors. This FREE Festival is held at the gorgeous Triangle Park in the small community of Kemmerer and draws upwards of 10,000 people from all over the country. Organized by a coalition of non-profit organizations, the festi-
In addition to great music you can take advantage of a myriad of other activities including the popular “Band Scramble,” where amateur musicians in the crowd (or those who just want to make some noise) get together and attempt to perform after just an hour’s practice. Workshops put on by some of the best in the business cover everything from banjo pickin’ to songwriting. Also be sure to indulge on a dizzying array of food including authentic ethnic dishes and local micro brews. This year’s event will be held from July 30 through August 1. For complete details check out www.oysterridgemusicfestival.com or call 307-877-6958.
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val relies on generous donations from attendees and sponsors. Through the years the event has attracted world-class entertainment including Grammy Award-winning acts. For Chairman Heidi Lively this is the most enjoyable aspect. “I love working with bands and seeing the end result,” she explains.
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Shoshone Tribal Service Station The Shoshone Tribal Service Station, located just off Highway 287, has been serving the Ft. Washakie area since 1989. This is a great place to stop whether you’re a local or one of the thousands passing through on the way to Yellowstone. In addition to filling up the tank and topping off the fluids, enjoy the convenience of an on-site toasted sandwich shop along with a full inventory of C-Store products including snacks, drinks, tobacco, souvenirs and odds and ends.
For more information including the deli menu visit www.shoshonetribalserviceinc.com or call 307-332-2906.
The staff is very knowledgeable of the area and surrounding historical sites such as the burial locations of Sacajawea and Chief Washakie; they will gladly assist in any of your travel needs or answer questions. “The most fulfilling part of this job is meeting people who come from all over the world. I like the day –to-day interaction with tribal members and the friendly environment,” explains Manger, Brian Enos.
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Chief Washakie Plunge, Ethete Located 16 miles from Lander and two miles east of intersection at Fort Washakie, is a hot springs mineral pool and bath. For more information contact: 206 Ethete Road, Fort Washakie, WY 82514 (307) 332-4530 SINKS CANYON STATE PARK, Lander Sinks Canyon State Park is located 6 miles south of Lander on Highway 131; and is so named because the Middle Fork of the Popo Agie River flows out of the Wind River Mountains and through the Canyon. Halfway down the canyon, the river abruptly turns into a large limestone cavern and the crashing water “sinks” into fissures and cracks at the back of the cave. The water moves underground for a quarter-mile until it emerges down the canyon in a large calm pool called “The Rise” and then down the valley below. Where the water goes while it is underground is unknown. The sinks section is too small to explore and it is jammed with logs and rocks. The Sinks and Rise occur in the thick, easily eroded off-white Madison Limestone formation. The average amount of water in the river varies from 150 cubic feet during low water and more than 500 cubic feet of water per second during spring run-off. Sinks Canyon State Park offers 30 camping sites. Many of these sites are located along the river amid jumbled granite boulders, lodge pole pine and aspens. Some of the sites are accessible to R.V’s up to 40’ long. Hiking trails are available across the river from Popo Agie Campground. A one mile loop and a four mile loop start at the suspension bridge in the upper end of the campground. Sawmill Campground at the mouth
of the canyon offers five sites, a new handicap accessible site, and fishing pier by the Popo Agie River. Both campgrounds have drinking water and latrine type toilets. No hookups are available at either campground. All sites are available on a first come first serve basis. Camping is $4.00 per night and there are self registration canisters at both. The Sinks Canyon State Park Visitors Center is open seven days a week 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. There are displays about the ecology, wildlife, and the history of Sinks Canyon, including interactive displays and a “kids corner.” “The Raptor tree,” glacial geology, mounts of bison, elk, deer and bighorn sheep are some of the displays located in the visitors center. For many years it was unproven that the water flowing into the Sinks was the same water flowing out at the Rise. Dye tests have proven it is the same water but have revealed other mysteries. It takes the water flowing into the Sinks over two hours to reappear at the Rise. Geologists speculate that while underground the water circulates up and down and through many narrow, winding passages and pools until it resurfaces. It was also discovered that more water flows out at the Rise than goes in at the Sinks. The additional water may be coming from underground springs or other sinks formations in the area. It is unknown exactly how old the Sinks are, although they are likely an Ice Age feature thousands of years old. The massive glaciers that carved the canyon exposed the soft limestone and the millions of gallons of water from the melting ice helped erode the underground passages. Native Americans knew of the Sinks for generations. The first white men to see them were fur trappers in the early 1800s. This unique park is one of the top 50 state parks in the country and has miles of trails, abundant wildlife viewing, bird-watching and fishing.
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Located six miles southwest of Lander off U.S. Hwy. 287, a herd of about 50 bighorns roam the canyon and can be seen by visitors. For more information contact: Sinks Canyon State park 3079 Sinks Canyon Rd. Lander, WY 82520 (307) 332-6333 firstname.lastname@example.org South Pass City State Historic Site, SOUTH PASS CITY Encompasses the entire town; turn off SR 28 at milepost 43 and follow the signs. This ghostly reminder of South Pass City’s mining era is being restored. Open daily May 15 through October 15, the site is located 32 miles south and west of Lander, off Highway 28. Living-history programs also are offered. For more information contact: (307) 332-3684 WIND RIVER CANYON Located in the Wind River Indian Reservation. Can be accessed by going north on U.S. Highway 20 from the junction of U.S. Highways 26 & 20 in Shoshoni. You can enter the Wind River Canyon by three tunnels, which were constructed in 1914 for the tracks of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad (now the Burlington Northern). Before that, the canyon was a no-man’s land and as secluded as you could get. After the tracks were laid it was still another ten years before a road for automobile traffic was completed and today the Wind River Canyon is considered one of the most dramatically beautiful spots in
Wyoming and America. With the raging and tumbling waters of the Wind River hugging one side of the roadway into the canyon and on the other there are 2,500 foot rock cliffs. While driving, don’t look where you don’t want to go. Remember to obtain a reservation permit if you plan to hit some of the accessible spots along the canyon. Don’t forget that you are in the Wind River Indian Reservation and it is a sovereign nation with their own rules and fishing restrictions. But while you are there you’ll want to stop at the many scenic overlooks along the highway. As Wind River exits the north end of the Canyon, it becomes the Big Horn River so don’t be confused by the change. This little transaction is called the Wedding of the Waters. The name confusion began when Lewis and Clark named the river the “Big Horn River”. The Crow Indians named it “Wind River”. Early cartographers just changed the river’s name below the most prominent landmark along the river’s path. For more information contact: Dubois Area Chamber of Commerce P.O. Box 632 Dubois, WY 82513 (307 )455-2556 Wind River Indian Reservation, Ft. Washakie Located about 15 miles N.W. of Lander on U.S. 287. The Shoshone and Arapaho tribes occupy different sections of the 1,794,171 acre reservation. For more information contact: Wind River Heritage Center (307) 856-0706
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Wyoming Largest FREE Music Festival. Triangle Park in Kemmerer, WY www.oysterridgemusicfestival.com
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Breweries & Brew Pubs Wind River Brewing Company Large Menu of Classic, Grill Style Foods and Drinks 402 W. Pine St. Pinedale, WY 82941 (307) 367-2337 www.windriverbrewingco.com
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Homes & RVs Volcic Home & RV Making Your Dream a Home! Manufactured Homes, Modular Homes, RV’s P.O. Box 666 Rock Springs, WY 82901 (307) 382-9520
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Educational Warfield Fossil Quarries, Inc. Fossil Safari You are invited to come and dig fossils in our private quarry! 2072 S. Muddy String Rd. Theyne, WY 83127 (307) 883-2445 www.fossilsafari.com
We Display the History of the South Lincoln County, and Southwest Wyoming. Bootlegging, Coal mining, Fossils and More! Kemmerer, WY (307) 877-6551
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Railroad, Trails and Mining History 3 E. Flaming Gorge Way Green River, WY 82935 (307) 872-6435
Liquor Store & Lounge Lotty’s Liquor Store & Lounge 1925 Harrison Drive Evanston, WY 82930 (307) 789-5483
Restaurants / Bars Domino’s Pizza 175 N. 4th Street Lander, WY 82520 (307) 335-7070 www.Dominos.com
Grubs Drive In Great burgers, malts, shakes, and more! Open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. 415 Paulson St. Rock Springs, WY 82901 (307) 362-6634
Specialty Stores Wind River Mercantile Complete Health Food Store, Tea Room 223 E. Main Riverton, WY 82501 (307) 856-0862 (888) 879-6583 www.windrivermerc.com
Truck Stops 789 Car & Truck Stop Beer, Best Price on Cigarettes & Tobacco 10367 Highway 789 Riverton, WY 82501 (307) 856-6789
Resorts Bear Lodge Resort On Top of the Beautiful Big Horn Mountains. Open Year Round. 5600 Hwy. 14 A Dayton, WY 82836 (307) 752-2444 www.bearlodgeresort.com
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Standing RockTourism The primary goal of Standing Rock Tourism in Fort Yates, North Dakota is to preserve the area’s rich native cultural and history. The land comprising of Standing Rock is the size of Connecticut and much of it remains undisturbed, flourishing with native flora and fauna. “This is the best kept secret in the world,” says Director of Tourism, LaDonna Brave Bull Allard. Since Standing Rock was declared a Native American Scenic Byway in 2005, the tourism program has put forth considerably effort into educating vistors with a variety of events, rides, camps, and historical lectures that bring to life the influence of local legends such as Sitting Bull, Rain in the Face, Jedidiah Smith, and James Capone, Al’s younger brother and famed local lawman.
the famed Ride to Wounded Knee each winter; a summer Wounded Knee Memorial Motorcycle Ride blends historical awareness with the modern day Sturgis cycling tradition. Government grants and tribal fundraising have allowed for the construction of several new attractions including The Standing Rock Park and the Lewis & Clark Nature Walking Trail. Completion of a full visitor’s center should be completed by next year. “I am very proud to be from Standing Rock and enjoy telling people all about the area,” Allard remarks. To learn more visit www.standingrocktourism.com or call 701-854-8500 ext: 186.
Native dances, music, crafts and cooking are taught and custom tours ranging from one to six hours are offered, catering to a wide range of interests. The area is renowned for
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HICKOK’S HOTEL & CASINO Step back in time to the early 1900’s and relive the old west while being surrounded by the elegance and amenities of the 21st century. Hickok’s Hotel & Gaming provides luxurious accommodations and legendary service. Hickok’s deluxe hotel rooms including, executive, junior and king suites; completely renovated in 2006, feature spa robes for your use during your stay, complimentary slippers to take with you to remind you of your lavish encounter, chocolates in every room and complimentary high-speed Internet. This is adventure the way you want it at Hickok’s Casino, the finest Casino in Deadwood! Great games, great odds and great promotions make your play pay off. Ranging from one cent to $100, you’ll find over 100 slot machines with favorites such as Sizzlin’ 7’s, Blazin’ 7’s, Video Poker, Wheel of Fortune, the Triple Diamonds to add to your fun! Come play Blackjack and Three-Card Poker to experience non-stop action and the friendliest dealers you’ll ever beat! The Hickok Hotel and Casino is located in historic Deadwood, in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Deadwood is an old mining town that’s just as wild at heart as it was in the days when outlaws, gamblers and gunslingers roamed the untamed streets. The city of Deadwood, seat of Lawrence County, was incorporated 1876. Known for history that includes such famous Wild West legends as Will Bill Hickok, Buffalo Bill Cody and Calamity Jane a visit to this region is a must for every traveler! Call 1-800-293-0015 or 605-578-2222 or visit them at www.hickoks.com Hickok’s Hotel & Gaming • 685 Main Street • Deadwood, South Dakota
Triple R Tack Triple R Tack is Rapid City’s only store devoted to providing for your equine needs. They carry over forty saddles from several top brands including Courts, Cactus, Colorado, Pish and Reinsman. A full line of bridles, rope bags, saddle pads, horse blankets, leg wraps, breast collars, tie downs, spurs, bits, stirrups, and chinks are in stock. Also, enjoy a great selection of roughstock items including vests, helmets, bull ropes, and authentic western jewelry and a variety of home accents. Jim and Pam Tiltrum opened the store in October 2006. They had planned on the venture for some time and when the opportunity presented itself they took full advantage. They pride themselves on excellent customer service and competitively priced, top quality products. In addition to their shared enthusiasm for the industry, they really enjoy their customer base. “We get a lot of tourists in here and I like meeting with them and sharing our stories,” Pam remarks.
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Mystic Weddings in the Black Hills with Reverend Faith Goehring
The Black Hills of South Dakota are rich with history and tradition unlike anywhere else in the world. Known for historical figures such as Wild Bill, Calamity Jane and General Custer, its host of state parks, and the wildly popular Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, people travel here for the vacation of a lifetime. To compliment the area’s uniqueness, Reverend Faith Goehring offers one-of-a-kind thematic weddings. Far from the traditional 200-person formal affairs, Goehring organizes truly authentic events to represent the lore of the Black Hills. Since setting out on her own in 2004 she has put on over 450 weddings with themes including an 1876 Old-Style Wedding, a Black Hills Gold Digger/Ghost Wedding, a Sturgis Rally Wedding, a Mardi Gras Group Wedding, and much more. She’s married couples
atop floats during parades and during the perfect sunset on Mount Moriah overlooking Deadwood. “I want to create an atmosphere for people to see there is hope for tomorrow,” Goehring explains. Her intimate knowledge and passion for the area is evident in her meticulous preparation. She works hard to infuse her own style with the couples’ requests. “I don’t want the bride or groom to have to worry about anything on their special day.” To escape the one-size-fits-all wedding, come to the Black Hills where Faith Goehring will help you with a memorable event. For more details visit www.blackhillsweddingchapel.com or call 605-722-4419.
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Why go to Vegas? Deadwood's gaming atmosphere, South Dakota Tourism packages, and Weddings in the Black Hills has developed this area into the Hot Spot in the World. Black Hills Wedding Chapel has performed over 400 ceremonies for couples residing in 19 different states and two countries out side of the USA and Canada.
Rev. Faith Goehring brings her skills as an ordained minister, musician and more to the creative avenue of a wedding planner and officiant. She is a designer of destination themed weddings that represent the legendary western historical events of the gold mining Black Hills portrayed in the Deadwood Series on HBO.
Black Hills Wedding Chapel P.O. Box 22 Deadwood, SD 57732 605-722-4419 www.BlackHillWeddingChapel.com SouthernFaithMelodies@Yahoo.com
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Pump House Coffee & Deli 605-571-1001
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Pump House Coffee & Deli 73 Sherman Street Deadwood, SD 57732 93
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Guadalajara Restaurant Owned for 8 years by Dagoberto and Claudia Rodriquez; the Guadalajara Restaurant is known for their great food and the very friendly service. Dagoberto says he takes the time to get to know his customers and their families. People are always surprised and delighted by the colorful interior of the restaurant. Daily specials are offered and children can eat for 99 cents on Sundays! A banquet room is available by reservation and holds up to 80 people. Serving from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. you will find an extensive menu as well as a children’s menu to choose from. Offering all the traditional Mexican dishes you can imagine plus vegetarian dishes and some American fare; here are some customer reviews: One visitor had this to say;” I
am a tacoholic and theirs is one of the two best I have ever had in my lifetime. The burrito was too large for my friend to finish.”Another said; “Amazing food, seafood burrito and chicken fajitas were to die for”! Yet one more review says a lot! “Guadalajara Mexican Restaurant will not disappoint if you’re in the mood for delicious traditional and authentic taste of Mexico. Huge portions of tamales, enchiladas, tacos, and burritos will fill you up. You might need to bring a friend or two to help you finish! The margaritas are tasty and refreshing.” Located near the KOA Campgrounds, located at 83 W Hwy 14 in Spearfish. Look for the giant Gorilla outside their restaurant! For information call (605) 642-4765.
Guadalajara Mexican Restaurant Tamales • Enchiladas • Margaritas • Burritos • Vegetarian Dishes & More
Enjoy the exciting, bold and savory flavors from south of the border at Spearfish’s most authentic Mexican restaurant! (605) 642-4765
83 W. Hwy 14 Spearfish, South Dakota 57783
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IRON HORSE CAMPGROUND Established in 1998 in Sturgis, South Dakota the Iron Horse has become a popular place for attendees of the famous Sturgis Motorcycle Rally held each year in August. Owner, Rick Arneson gears up to receive those who come in RV’s, with tents or desire to rent one of their 25 cabins. During the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally the place is filled to capacity with motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world. Located 4 1/2 Miles from Famed Main Street, across from Buffalo Chip Concert Venue, near Full Throttle and Broken Spoke Saloon, Iron Horse offer a nice semi-quiet atmosphere to come home to. There great views of Bear Butte and the Black Hills. There’s a party every night of the rally with live bands nightly, great food at their restaurant and more fun than you can handle, happy hour 5pm-7pm nightly. Their con94
venience store is open in case you forgot something. They have large RV spaces with 50 Amp full Hook-Ups, All PullThru,30 Amp Electric & Water, 20/30 & 50 Amp Electric, Plenty of RV NOHookups. Cabins have Tables and Chairs, Refrigerator, Comfortable Beds (Sleep up to 4 people) and A/C. For campers, there are lots of picnic tables, flush toilets and hot showers plus an onsite Laundromat. They offer daily and weekly rates to accommodate all travelers. Located in Sturgis between the Drag strip & Bear Butte on HWY 79 they take reservations all year round. Call (877)700-4776 or visit www.ironhorsecampground.com
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The Millstone Family Restaurant The simple, yet time-tested qualities of friendly service and great home-cooked food have made The Millstone Restaurant in Spearfish, South Dakota a popular stop for locals and travelers alike. The Millstone, one of three in the state, offers a full homecooked menu featuring burgers, sandwiches, steaks, chicken, soups, salads, desserts, and breakfast served all day. The country fried steak and eggs in particular has earned praise from many patrons. Children and senior menus are also available. New management took over in June 2009 and several changes have been made to the décor along with the addition of a complete salad bar, the only one in town.“I love the atmosphere and camaraderie here. Many of the employees have been with the restaurant for over ten years,” explains General Manager Brandy Garcia. The restaurant is known for its many regular customers who add to the charm and down-home feel of the place. The first Millstone Restaurant opened in Milbank in 1978 and was named after an old Dutch flour mill that was located across the street. The friendly environment along with fair priced and delicious meals quickly gained popularity and spurred on the establishment of other locations. For complete details including a menu, visit www.bhmillstone. com, call 605-642-4200 or stop in at 620 E. Jackson Boulevard.
An Excellent Homestyle Meal in a Family Atmosphere
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Chris’ Campground For over 45 years Chris’ Campground in Spearfish, South Dakota has been providing a full service, family-friendly camping experience. Set on a 24-acre ranch, the campground offers 150 full hookup RV spots with 50-amp service and free WiFi internet. A full range of tent areas and cabin rentals are also available. Amenities include a large heated swimming pool with a slide, a covered picnic pavilion, campfire pits, a recreation room, a playground, a convenience store, onsite laundry, and a petting zoo with lambs, calves, and goats. Whether you’re traveling as a couple or are in town for a family reunion, Chris’ Campground is your best bet for unmatched flexibility and accommodations. Their new pet sitting service allows for a wor-
ry-free trip for you and your furry family member. 701 christensen dr. spearfish, sd 57783 (800) 350-2239 email@example.com
Bryce and Lanna Christensen have operated the campground for the past twenty one years. “I love meeting the people and letting them know about the great lesser known places to see around here,” Lanna explains.
• RV Sites • Tent Sites • Cabin Camping • Large Pool with Slide • Laundry Room • Recreation Room • Basket Ball Court • Play Ground • Petting Zoo • Free Wifi • Campground Store • Bath Houses • Picnic Pavillion
Chris’ Campground has always been a family owned and operated outfit that emphasizes friendly service that goes the extra mile. They pride themselves on being a destination spot, not just a passing through point. For complete details call 1-800-350-2239 or visit www.blackhills.com/chriscampground.
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Camps & RV Chris’ Campground 701 Christensen Dr. Spearfish, SD 57783 (800) 350-2239 www.blackhills.com/chriscampground
Iron Horse Campground P.O. Box 132 Tulare, SD 57476 (877) 700-4766 www.ironhorsecampground.com
Resorts Hickok’s Hotel & Gaming 685 Main Street Deadwood, SD 57732 (605) 578-2222 (800) 293-0015 www.hickoks.com
West Pollock Resort P.O. Box 17 Pollock, SD 57648 (605) 889-2448 (877) 202-9696 www.westpollockresort.com
Restaurants Millstone Family Restaurant 620 E. Jackson Blvd. Spearfish, SD 57783 (605) 642-4200 www.bhmillstone.com
Pump House Coffee & Deli 73 Sherman Street Deadwood, SD 57732 (605) 571-1001
Specialty Stores Triple R Tack 625 Century Rd. Rapid City, SD 57701 (605) 343-5847
Travel & Tourism Standing Rock Tourism Building No. 1 North Standing Rock Avenue Fort Yates, ND 58538 (701) 854-8500 www.standingrocktourism.com
Wedding Chapels Black Hills Wedding Chapel P.O. Box 22 Deadwood, SD 57732 (605) 722-4419 www.BlackHillWeddingChapel.com
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Wind River Casino What makes an adventure to the Wind River Casino in Riverton, Wyoming so special? “The Northern Arapaho experience.” Marketing Director, Jackie Dorothy explains that there is much more to enjoy than just gambling at their reservation. “We celebrate our pride, our people. In the summer we showcase traditional dancing free to visitors and interview our elders to keep their stories alive. It’s an overall experience; we want to reach everyone.” The original 789 building, which now serves as a subsidiary to the main Wind River Casino, started humbly as a bingo hall in 1988. Their first casino opened after a legal battle with the state and was modest, featuring less than three hundred slots. Today, the casino features three separate buildings, which house over 1,000 machines and is the only self regulated gaming institute in the country , overseen by the Northern Arapaho Gaming Agency.
The overall impact on Fremont County has been overwhelmingly positive - Ninety million dollars worth in positive economic impact, forty percent of which is from tourists, and over 500 jobs. Even with this impressive growth, things have just begun. “We want to become the third largest attraction in Wyoming.” If you’re not into gaming, no problem –The Northern Arapaho Reservation, which shares 2.2 million acres of beautiful, diverse landscape is a great spot for back packing trips and whitewater rafting. If you’re looking for an inspiring alternative to the run- of- themill gambling trip, the Wind River Casino is the answer. For complete details check out www.windrivercasino.com or call 866-657-1604.
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Advertiser’s Index 4T Outfitters.............................................................21 789 Car and Truck Stop..............................................87 A-OK Corral Horseback Rides-Horse Creek Outfitters..67 Alpine Lakes And Trail LLC........................................58 America’s Best Value Inn (Cody).................................. 6 1 America’s Best Value Inn (Torrington).......................... 1 1 Antler Motel............................................................. 37 Arapaho Ranch.......................................................... 6 3 Bear Lodge Resort...................................................... 3 3 Beartooth Nature Center............................................ 55 Best Western (Sundance)............................................ 41 Best Western Sheridan................................................ 4 0 Better Checker Taxi Cab & Livery Service.................... 11 Black Hills Wedding Chapel....................................... 91 Boots BBQ................................................................ 2 5 Boulder Basin Outfitters............................................. 5 9 Bozeman Trail Museum.............................................. 37 Branding Iron Inn...................................................... 3 6 Broken Pine Leather................................................... 3 0 Buckboard Marina..................................................... 81 Buffalo Bill Cody Stampede Rodeo.............................. 53 Butch’s Place............................................................. 71 C’s B&B................................................................... 42 Canyon Ranch........................................................... 4 2 Cedar Ridge RV Park.................................................. 4 3 Chris’ Campground................................................... 94 CJ’s Place.................................................................. 3 8 Cody Trolley Tours..................................................... 5 7 Cowtown Cafe........................................................... 3 6 D & K Outpost......................................................... 43 Days Inn (Torrington)................................................ 0 5 Deerhaven................................................................. 4 7 Diamond 7 Ranch...................................................... 4 1 Dip Bar and Diner......................................................15 Dirty Sally’s............................................................... 4 0 Domino’s Pizza.......................................................... 79 Double Rafter Cattle Drives........................................ 3 9 Douglas Motorsports Park.......................................... 17 Drunken Skunk......................................................... 05 Dryhead Ranch.......................................................... 4 6 Dubois Super Foods................................................... 62 EcoTour Adventure.................................................... 55 Energy Inn................................................................ 77 Fly Shop of the Bighorns............................................ 35 Fossil Country Museum and Gift Shop......................... 8 7 Glendo Historical Museum......................................... 2 9 Grey Reef Anglers...................................................... 23 Grubs Drive In.......................................................... 87 Guadalajara Mexican Restaurant.................................. 9 2 Hickok’s Hotel and Casino.......................................... 9 0 Historic Virginian Hotel, The..................................... 13 Hopper’s Bar............................................................. 33 Iron Horse Campground............................................. 9 2
Jackson Hole Rodeo................................................... 52 K3 Guest Ranch Bed And Breakfast............................. 57 KOA Campground Rawlins........................................ 09 Lazy L and B Guest Ranch.......................................... 59 Library Sports Grille and Brewery Co. ......................... 0 9 Lost Creek Ranch Lodge and Spa................................. 6 8 Lotty’s Liquor and Lounge.......................................... 81 Marbleton Inn........................................................... 7 9 Maverick Motorsports................................................ 07 Millstone Family Restaurant, The................................ 9 3 Mountain View Historic Hotel and Cafe...................... 15 Museum Of The Mountain Man.................................. 7 9 National Historic Trails Interpretive Center.................. 2 9 National Museum of Wildlife Art................................ 69 North Fork Anglers.................................................... 68 Oak Tree Inn Rawlins................................................. 1 3 Old Faithful Snowmobile Tours................................... 6 3 Oyster Ridge Music Festival........................................ 8 3 Pennoyner Outfitting................................................. 72 Pump House Coffee and Deli...................................... 91 Pumpernick’s Restaurant............................................ 58 Rawlins Family Recreation Center............................... 19 Robins Nest Bed And Breakfast................................... 62 Royal Inn.................................................................. 2 7 Sage Brush Motel....................................................... 1 9 Sager House, The....................................................... 2 3 Shoshone Tribal Service Station................................... 8 3 Snake River Brewing.................................................. 71 Stage Coach Museum................................................. 29 Standing Rock Tribal Tourism Office, The.................... 8 9 Star Valley Ranch and Resort...................................... 61 Sweetwater County Historical Museum........................ 7 7 Teton Scenic Floats and Fly Fishing............................. 69 The Lexington At Jackson Hole/Trapper Inn and Suites. 65 Three Rivers Motel.................................................... 59 Thunder Mountain Tours........................................... 38 Tid Bit Gifts.............................................................. 4 7 Trading Post Dinner House & Saloon.......................... 19 Triple R Tack............................................................. 9 0 Volcic Home and RV................................................... 8 7 Warfield Fossil Quarries, Inc. ..................................... 77 West Pollock Resort................................................... 93 Western Real Estate of Wyoming................................. 72 Wild By Nature Gallery.......................................... 5 0-51 Willow Creek Ranch.................................................. 39 Wind River Brewing Company.................................... 75 Wind River Casino.................................................... B C Wind River Mercantile............................................. I BC Wright Centennial Museum........................................ 3 5 Wyoming Bar............................................................. 1 3 Wyoming Horses....................................................... 75 Wyoming State Fair and Rodeo.................................... 2 7
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Wind River Mercantile Makes Customers Healthy and Happy Wind River Mercantile in Riverton, Wyoming has been providing the finest quality organic and whole foods and nutritional products since 1983. The store is fun and comfortable, creating a nurturing and safe environment to both shop and gather information about health related issues and items. With their large variety of fresh inventory, they consistently help their customers to meet their dietary goals. In addition to their grocery items, Wind River also supports local artisans by displaying and selling their work. Here, you can find natural body care products, jewelry, artwork and even books, all created by Wyoming artists. There is also a nice selection of southeastern Asian clothing imported from Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia and Nepal. At The Tea Room counter, you will find many tasty treats. The menu supports a large array of dietary needs without compromising flavor. Whether you require gluten-free, organic or vegetarian, Wind River has you covered. From espresso to sandwiches to baked goods, you are sure to find something that will not only satisfy your palette, but keep your health on track also.
But it’s more than just the inventory and Tea Room menu that makes this a favored stop of many loyal customers. Most clients will tell you that it’s the knowledge and expertise of the Wind River staff that keeps them coming back week after week. There’s a large pool of education to draw from including a vegetarian cook, a nutritionally-focused chiropractor, a medical intuitive, herbalists and more. The staff is generous with their knowledge and eager to help. Utilizing all of this experience, Wind River hosts ongoing classes on a variety of topics. Be sure to call to find out the current month’s feature. By adhering to their values and reaching out to share their knowledge with others, the entire staff at Wind River Mercantile is living up to their motto: “Friendly smiles and service are our trademark”. Stop in today and see what treasures you can find. They are located at 223 E. Main Street in Riverton, Wyoming. Open Monday thru Saturday 9:00 – 5:30. Visit them on the web for the Tea Room Menu at www.WindRiverMerc.com or for more information, call (307) 856-0862.
Wyoming Travel and Recreation Guide
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Published on Nov 30, 2010