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The Grand Encampment Museum is located within a historically rich valley in southern Carbon County, Wyoming. Open during the summer season between Memorial Day and Labor Day each year, this artifact-filled facility depicts the life of the Encampment River Valley from the turn of the 20th century. The museum, also referred to as the GEM, has more than a dozen historical buildings filled with artifacts from the timber, mining and agricultural industries that settled that valley.

The GEM plays host to several wonderful events, such as a History Symposium that differs in theme each year, a Living History Day that brings the past to life, and an Annual Historic Trek that can vary from visiting once-bustling copper mining building remains to a hiking into the mountains to an area where officers of the law were shot by now-famous outlaws.

Visit the GEM to read about the people that influenced our history and how they lived in some of the harshest land of the time, and experience a blast of the 1900s’ early history that made Carbon County what it is today.

Visit the Grand Encampment Museum in Wyoming to experience a blast of the 1900s’ early history that made Carbon County what it is today. Photo courtesy of Carbon County Visitors’ Council

For more information on Carbon County, visit WyomingCarbonCounty.com.

Did you know that Viggo Mortensen filmed a movie in Rawlins, Wyoming, featuring the Wyoming Frontier Prison? The prison, which was occupied from 1901-1981, was never expected to become the perfect filming location only six years after they shut the doors; locals certainly never anticipated one of the most recognizable faces from Hollywood to be the movie’s star, either!

Viggo Mortensen arrived in Rawlins in 1987 to film the now-B-rated horror film “Prison.” To say the city surrounding the famous Wyoming Frontier Prison was excited was an understatement. The film plot centers around Viggo’s character, Burke, as he enters the previously decommissioned prison, now deemed suitable for prisoners due to the overpopulation of the more modern Wyoming State Penitentiary. Soon after Burke’s arrival, strange and scary things begin to happen within the prison walls. Warden Sharpe, played by Lane Smith, is convinced he knows the culprit behind the strange happenings, but how can he stop the ghost of the Wyoming Frontier Prison?

Discover Carbon County Wyoming! Plan to take a guided tour of this 122-year-old prison facility, walk the blocks where “Prison” was filmed and see the lasting effects and staging left behind.

Viggo Mortensen filmed B-rated horror film “Prison” in Rawlins, Wyoming, in 1987 at the Wyoming Frontier Prison. You can still tour the facility! Photo courtesy of Wyoming Carbon County

For more information on Carbon County, visit WyomingCarbonCounty.com.

62nd Woodchopper’s Jamboree & Rodeo

June 17-18, 2023 | Encampment, Wyoming

Wood chips fly as seasoned loggers and brave amateurs star in competitions such as two-man handsaw, log throw and the “Mad Logger” chainsaw throw as they celebrate the Encampment Valley’s rich timber and ranching heritage in this action-packed weekend! These competitions highlight the fantastic skills each contestant has been homing in for the past year.

True Western rodeo enthusiasts will love the traditional events, including team roping, saddle bronc riding, bull riding and much more. Kids will also have plenty to do and much excitement at this unique event with the sawdust pit, greased pole, mutton busting and more. Spectators can also visit handicraft vendors and enjoy delicious BBQ during the event. The fun never stops at the Woodchopper’s Jamboree and Rodeo in Encampment, Wyoming.

Can’t attend this year? Woodchopper’s Jamboree & Rodeo happens annually during the third weekend of June in Carbon County, Wyoming.

Wood chips fly as seasoned loggers and brave amateurs star in competitions such as two-man handsaw, log throw and the “Mad Logger” chainsaw throw during the Woodchopper’s Jamboree and Rodeo in Carbon County. Photo courtesy of Woodchopper’s Jamboree and Rodeo

For more information on Carbon County, visit WyomingCarbonCounty.com.

Hobo Hot Springs in Saratoga

Soak in the healing waters of Hobo Hot Springs in Saratoga, Wyoming, and let your worries be carried away by the healing steam. Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, and always FREE. Find the perfect temperature in one of three pools.

Leaf Peeping in Carbon County

Take a drive on Carbon County’s two scenic byways, Battle Pass and Snowy Range, and discover the fall colors your soul craves! Yellows, oranges and reds line the roads and vast wide-open spaces on these byways. September and October are the best times to go leaf peeping in Carbon County.

Saratoga Skijoring in Saratoga

Discover the riveting sport of skijoring in Saratoga! Used initially as a Norwegian winter travel method, it is primarily now a competitive sport, and Saratoga does it best. Join the Saratoga Skijoring group for an annual skijoring race, generally held in February.

Snowmobiling in Carbon County

Carbon County has over 500 miles of snowmobiling, snowshoeing, dogsledding and cross-country skiing trails with powder like no other. Rent some equipment for the Saratoga Hot Springs Resort, or bring your own to explore our wide-open spaces and untamed places this winter!

Yellows, oranges and reds line the roads and vast wide-open spaces on Carbon County’s two scenic byways, Battle Pass and Snowy Range. Photo courtesy of Wyoming Carbon County

For more information on Carbon County, visit WyomingCarbonCounty.com.

Artist Point
Countless people have shot a vacation photo with the Lower Falls of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River in the background from Artist Point. And with good reason: Lighting, framing and subject matter all converge to create a hard-to-mess-up photo. While most people believe Thomas Moran painted his famed canvas of the falls from this vantage point, he was actually on the other side of the canyon at the time.

Wapiti Valley
The road from Cody to Yellowstone’s East Gate is full of photo ops with wildlife, geology, history and architecture all represented. Look for elk (also known as wapiti) and other animals, try to spot “Laughing Pig Rock,” check out the oldest ranger station in the world’s first national forest, and learn about Buffalo Bill’s hunting lodge – Pahaska Tepee. Download the TravelStorys app to get a free self-guided tour as you drive through this scenic landscape.

Summit of Dead Indian Pass
While many might not like the name, everyone will appreciate the view. At 8,071 feet above sea level, the summit of Dead Indian Pass offers views of the route the Nez Perce tribe took in 1877 as it attempted to outrun General O.O. Howard and the U.S. Cavalry. Ultimately, just a small portion of the tribe escaped to Canada.

The road from Cody to Yellowstone’s East Gate in Wapiti Valley is full of photo ops with wildlife, geology, history and architecture all represented. Photo courtesy of Cody Yellowstone

For more information on Cody, visit CodyYellowstone.org.

Medicine Bow Peak
Hike up the beautiful Medicine Bow Peak Trail for a breathtaking view and the perfect photo op to make all your other hiking friends jealous. This 3.2-mile trail has a moderate to challenging rating due to the incline that gives way to the outstanding view over the Snowy Range.

Saratoga Hot Springs
Relax in the healing waters at the Hobo Hot Springs in Saratoga, Wyoming. With three different natural pools with differing temperatures to choose from, you’ll be able to find the perfect pool for you. And no matter which pool you choose, you’re sure to snap that perfect hot springs photo.

Camping
With just under 15,000 people in Carbon County, our light pollution is low, making way for perfect starry night skies while camping. Set up your tent and your camera for an amazing timelapse photo of our awe-inspiring skies.

Mountain Biking
Carbon County is home to over 2 million acres of public land; finding the perfect mountain biking trail is easy. Due to our dramatic landscapes, finding a flawless backdrop for your mountain biking adventure picture will be a piece of cake.

With just under 15,000 people in Carbon County, our light pollution is low, making way for perfect starry night skies while camping. Set up your tent and your camera for an amazing timelapse photo of the awe-inspiring skies. Photo courtesy of Wyoming’s Carbon County

For more information on Carbon County, visit WyomingCarbonCounty.com.

 

 

Summer events are one of the best ways to experience the Great American West community of Carbon County, Wyoming. In June, Encampment hosts the Woodchopper’s Jamboree & Rodeo, where competitors chop and saw wood in a race for the fastest time, followed by one of our favorite sports competitions: rodeo.

July celebrations and events begin with a bang – literally! Plan to visit the Saratoga Independence Day Celebration or the Rawlins Summerfest extravaganza for fun, food and live entertainment. In mid-July, join cowboy poets at the Grand Encampment Cowboy Gathering, or step back in time at the Mountain Man Rendezvous and Living History Day, which brings cowboy, mining and mountain man history to life.

Don’t miss the Carbon County Fair & Rodeo – held every August – to experience local culture, live music, cowboys riding bulls and broncs, and a demolition derby. In mid-to-late August, Saratoga is host to the Steinley Cup Brewfest, where Wyoming’s best brewers compete for the coveted trophy, and a week or two later it’s the Saratoga Bullfest – a bull riders-only event.

No matter what time of year you visit, Carbon County is the place to Get Your West On!

Rodeo is a true Great American West sport, and Carbon County offers lots of opportunities to get in on the action. Photo courtesy of Wyoming Carbon County

For more information on Carbon County, visit WyomingCarbonCounty.com.

 

When it’s time to “Get Your West On,” it’s time to head for Wyoming’s Carbon County. Located high on the Continental Divide in southcentral Wyoming, this gem sits astride Interstate 80 for easy access from points east and west. This vast 7,964-square-mile county boasts two scenic byways, the North Platte and Little Snake River Valleys, Encampment River, Saratoga Hobo Hot Springs, national forests, wilderness areas and the Continental Divide Trail. Within its perimeters lie the towns of Rawlins, Sinclair, Hanna, Medicine Bow, Elk Mountain, Saratoga, Riverside, Encampment, Savery, Dixon and Baggs.

Our wide-open spaces coupled with a low population make for some of the best outdoor recreation opportunities around, including camping, fishing, hiking, and cold-weather favorites like cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.

Nowhere else will you find such diversity of landscape and unspoiled wide-open spaces. Or you can take advantage of fascinating museums and historic sites and discover authentic Western adventure. If you’re looking for local culture, we encourage you to schedule your visit around one of our exciting annual events like the Woodchopper’s Jamboree & Rodeo, Independence Day Celebration, Summer Fest or Mountain Man Rendezvous.

Carbon County’s wide-open spaces and low population make for some of the best outdoor recreation opportunities around. Photo courtesy of Wyoming Carbon County

For more information on Carbon County, visit WyomingCarbonCounty.com.