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Craving an escape that blends adventure with relaxation? Look no further than Seminoe Reservoir, a crown jewel of Carbon County, Wyoming.

This sprawling reservoir beckons water enthusiasts with its 180 miles of pristine shoreline. Cast your line for trophy trout in the legendary Miracle Mile, a blue-ribbon stretch of the North Platte River, or bring a boat and carve through turquoise waters with the wind in your hair. Feeling the need for speed? Explore the surrounding sand dunes on an off-road vehicle, letting out a whoop of joy as you conquer sandy peaks.

And Seminoe Reservoir offers more than just aquatic thrills. Hikers can embark on scenic trails that wind through dramatic landscapes, offering breathtaking reservoir views and surrounding mountains. As dusk settles, watch for a majestic display of wildlife – bighorn sheep locking horns in battles, eagles soaring overhead or pronghorn antelope grazing on the plains. Unwind after a day of adventure by camping under a blanket of stars as the Milky Way stretches across the inky black canvas sky. Nearby towns Rawlins and Sinclair boast charming restaurants and unique shops.

Seminoe Reservoir: Your gateway to a Wyoming adventure that will leave you breathless.

Craving an escape that blends adventure with relaxation? Look no further than Seminoe Reservoir, a crown jewel of Carbon County, Wyoming. Photo courtesy of Wyoming Carbon County

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

Dr. Lillian Evelyn Heath Nelson (1865-1962) shattered glass ceilings in the Wild West as its first licensed female doctor. Born on December 29, 1865, Lillian’s passion for medicine ignited early. Her father, a Union Pacific Railroad worker and friend to UP Doctor Thomas Maghee, allowed Lillian to shadow Maghee at just 16. She even witnessed outlaw Big Nose George’s infamous dissection (which later led to him becoming macabre souvenirs).

Encouraged by her father, Lillian defied norms, graduating medical school in 1895 and attending the American Medical Association Conference held in Denver as the sole woman. After returning to Rawlins, she opened her own practice, facing the harsh realities of frontier medicine. Wearing men’s clothes and carrying a gun, she rode horseback for miles, treating patients with skill and compassion for 15 years.

Lillian’s pioneering spirit paved the way for future generations of female doctors. Though she passed away in 1962, her legacy lives on, whispering through the Wyoming wind, a testament to her courage and dedication to serving her community.

Dr. Lillian Evelyn Heath Nelson (1865-1962) shattered glass ceilings in the Wild West, becoming the West’s first licensed female doctor and paving the way for future generations. Photo courtesy of the Carbon County Museum

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

Join us for the Parco/Sinclair Centennial Celebration on August 17, 2024! This all-day event celebrating 100 years of history will feature a parade, speakers, free food, food trucks, bands, concert, carnival games, fireworks and huge giveaways.

The fun will begin with a parade at 10:30 a.m. to open the event. The day will feature speakers sharing the history of Parco/Sinclair, live music from local bands, and carnival games for kids and adults of all ages.

In the evening, Brandon Jones will take the stage for a free concert to celebrate this momentous day in history. Jones is a country music singer and songwriter who is known for his hits “Black Hills Back Road” and “Kiss Me All Night.”

There will be a variety of food and drink options available at the celebration. Free food will be served to get the day going after the opening parade. Once the food trucks roll in, everything from tacos to burgers to ice cream will be available on-site.

The day will conclude with a fireworks display over the Parco/Sinclair Town Square. You won’t want to miss it!

The all-day Parco/Sinclair Centennial Celebration in August 2024 will feature a parade, speakers, free food, food trucks, bands, concert, carnival games, fireworks and huge giveaways. Photo courtesy of Discover Carbon County

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

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.