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explore the Snowy Range, Sierra Madre Mountain Range, Upper North Platte River Valley & Rawlins

VIP's Guide to Southern Wyoming™

exciting destinations

 

in southern wyoming, each town has its own unique brand of hospitality and offer a variety of places to stay, eat and shop. activities and entertainment vary from live musical performances and art festivals to skijoring competitions and beerfests. there is something for everyone in southern Wyoming.

RAWLINS, Wyoming

 

Serving as the county seat, Rawlins is home to more than half of the people living in Carbon County. It is located 90 miles west of Laramie, 40 miles southwest of Seminoe State Park and an hour north of the Sierra Madre Mountain Range in south-central Wyoming. The Rawlins Uplift, a distinctive rock formation north of the City, acts as a boundary between the sagebrush prairies of southeastern Wyoming and the Red Desert.

 

Rawlins is a place where visitors can improve their game at a nationally ranked 18-hole golf course, take aim at the area’s best outdoor shooting complex, tour two museums and explore restaurants and shops in an historic downtown setting. With five walking tours and a new splash pad for kids coming this summer, there’s always something new to experience in Rawlins.

 

saratoga, Wyoming

 

Located 21 miles south of Interstate 80, Saratoga, Wyoming has plenty of services, places to stay, eat and shop, convenience stores, a grocery store, a museum, a medical clinic, two large parks and a Chamber of Commerce. For more than a century, visitors have come here to soak in mineral hot springs, fish the trout-filled North Platte River and enjoy the amenities of this small western town.

 

Originally know at Warm Springs, Wyoming, the town was renamed in 1886 by Fenimore Chatterton after Saratoga Springs, New York. "Saratoga" is the Native American word meaning "place of miraculous water in rock".

 

encampment and Riverside, Wyoming

 

Located 17 miles south of Saratoga on Highway 230, Encampment and Riverside have several places to stay, eat, shop and a convenience store. There is a large park at Riverside and behind the Encampment Museum. Both of these small towns are known for the close proximity to recreation in the mountains and access to the Encampment River.

 

The towns boomed at the turn-of-the-century with copper mining and smelting. From 1903-1908, a sixteen-mile, steam-powered aerial tramway carried copper ore from miles in the Sierra Madre Range to Encampment.

 

Centennial, Wyoming

 

The community of Centennial, Wyoming lies just outside the east entrance of the Snowy Range. There are a handful of places to stay, eat and refuel--plus the Nici Self Museum. With a population of roughly 100, everyone here literally knows everyone in this small town with a hippie vibe.

 

Centennial was settled in 1875 with the discovery of gold in the area. Although the vein of gold soon faulted, ranchers, timber workers and coal miners continued to settle here.

 

 

PLACES TO STAY

  • RIVIERA LODGE
    RIVIERA LODGE
  • RIVIERA LODGE
    RIVIERA LODGE
    We are located right on the North Platte River and just two blocks from downtown Saratoga--where you will have access to shopping, dining and sight seeing. Our guest rooms feature comfortable beds, refrigerator and microwave in every room, high speed DSL Internet, coffee maker, ironing board, cable TV, ice & vending and free parking. We also have a 2-Bedroom Condo and a 4- Bedroom River House that is fully furnished and sleeps up to 10. We take good care of our guests. Call 1-800-326-5651 to book your stay today!
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  • THE OLD CORRAL
    THE OLD CORRAL
  • THE OLD CORRAL
    THE OLD CORRAL
    The Old Corral is located in the quaint town of Centennial, WY and just 5 minute from the Snowy Range. We specialize in lodging, dining, gifts and MORE! With 35 rustic yet modern hotel rooms, we can accommodate a wide range of gatherings from romantic getaways to your family reunion or wedding gathering. The Old Corral Steakhouse has been known for great steaks since the 1940's and continues to provide some of the finest beef and service in southern Wyoming! Open year around with mountain views from every room, FREE Wi-Fi, Full Bathroom, Satellite TV and MORE! Call (307) 745-5918 to book your stay.
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  • HACIENDA MOTEL
    HACIENDA MOTEL
  • HACIENDA MOTEL
    HACIENDA MOTEL
    Welcome to the Upper North Platte River Valley! The Hacienda Motel is a two-story unit featuring clean, comfortable, affordable and nicely furnished rooms. King and queen-sized beds, cable TV, interior corridors, free wireless Internet, non-smoking rooms, and plenty of free parking. Large groups welcome. Conveniently located next to Valley Foods & Liquors. Call 307-326-5751 to book your stay.
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  • HOOD HOUSE BED & BREAKFAST
    HOOD HOUSE BED & BREAKFAST
  • HOOD HOUSE BED & BREAKFAST
    HOOD HOUSE BED & BREAKFAST
    Victorian elegance meets western adventure at this one-of-a-kind mansion. Perfect for small groups and families. Situated in a quiet neighborhood just two blocks from downtown Saratoga and the North Platte River. Come enjoy a memorable stay and a delicious breakfast served at your convenience. Guests have full use of the house with four rooms that share two baths and the yard. Sleeps 8 (10 in a pinch) and children are always welcome. Satellite TV and wireless Internet. Call 307-326-8901 to book your stay.
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  • HISTORIC WOLF HOTEL
    HISTORIC WOLF HOTEL
  • HISTORIC WOLF HOTEL
    HISTORIC WOLF HOTEL
    Stay at the Historic Hotel Wolf & Restaurant in downtown Saratoga. The "Grand ol' Gal of the Valley" since 1893, come enjoy fine food in a convivial atmosphere. Our 2 1/2 story building houses ten rustically designed, clean, comfortable guest rooms-each furnished with it's own private bath. Open year round. Call 307-326-5525 to book your stay.
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  • COPPERLINE LODGE
    COPPERLINE LODGE
  • COPPERLINE LODGE
    COPPERLINE LODGE
    Located in scenic Saratoga, we have 6 cabins, connected by covered breezeways, with parking in front of each cabin. Cabins feature your choice of single or queen bed, kitchen with fridge, gas range/oven, microwave, coffee maker, toaster, cookware, dishes and silverware, TV and broadband. We also have 5 private sleeping rooms inside the Lodge Proper. Lodge rooms accommodate individuals or couples or small families in each, plus the 18’x30’ Gathering Room and the lavishly equipped gourmet kitchen. Call (402) 885-5611 to book your stay.
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  • TEN MILE INN
    TEN MILE INN
  • TEN MILE INN
    TEN MILE INN
    Beautiful Wyoming getaway located at the western entrance of the Snowy Range. Stay in spacious cabins and have full use of the main lodge which includes a dining area, kitchen, saloon, dry sauna, large outdoor deck and plenty of parking. RV Park and fueling station on site as well. Perfect for weddings, family reunions, vacation getaways and snowmobiling groups. Call us at 307-326-5928 to reserve your cabin, RV space or group booking.
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DELICIOUS FINDS: RESTAURANTS & SHOPPING

  • SWEET MARIE'S BAKESHOP
    SWEET MARIE'S BAKESHOP
  • SWEET MARIE'S BAKESHOP
    SWEET MARIE'S BAKESHOP
    Cakes, cookies, pies, oh my!! Come on over to Sweet Marie's in downtown Saratoga and enjoy fresh brewed coffee, espresso drinks, pastries, breakfast, lunch or any of our gourmet cupcakes. Have a wedding or special occassion? We also make custom cakes! Check out our photo gallery on Facebook.
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  • DUKE'S BAR & GRILL
    DUKE'S BAR & GRILL
  • DUKE'S BAR & GRILL
    DUKE'S BAR & GRILL
    Great food, great fun! Join us for lunch, dinner, and drinks in downtown Saratoga. Open 7 days a week! Summer menu: Monday - Friday 4pm to 10pm & Saturday & Sunday 11am to 10pm. Free Pool, Big Screen TVs. Happy Hour M-F 4pm to 6pm!! Wing Wednesday! Friday Night Rib Night! Prime Rib Sundays!
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  • HOTEL WOLF RESTAURANT
    HOTEL WOLF RESTAURANT
  • HOTEL WOLF RESTAURANT
    HOTEL WOLF RESTAURANT
    Enjoy fine dining and spirits in an award-winning historic hotel in downtown Saratoga. Savor our famous, aged Prime Rib, quality cut of beef, fresh seafood, lamb and chicken entrees and a trip to our salad bar. Kathleen's famous homemade cheesecake (as featured in Ford Times and Empire Magazine) and chocolate moose. Open for lunch and dinner. Reservations strongly suggested at 307-326-5525.
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  • OLD CORRAL STEAKHOUSE
    OLD CORRAL STEAKHOUSE
  • OLD CORRAL STEAKHOUSE
    OLD CORRAL STEAKHOUSE
    Known for great steaks since the 1940's, the Old Corral Steakhouse in Centennial features only the best in quality meat--only free roaming grass and grain fed beef...ALWAYS FRESH never frozen. Ensuring some of the most tender cuts you bite into, from the hearty Rib-Eye to the lean but tender NY!! Other great menu items include fresh chicken breasts either on a hearty bun served with only the best homestyle fries, or as a dinner in itself smothered with our homemade and very mouth watering bourbon sauce!! Also be sure to try our famous handpacked 1/2 lb. gourmet hamburgers!
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  • LOLLYPOP'S
    LOLLYPOP'S
  • LOLLYPOP'S
    LOLLYPOP'S
    Dine at Lollypop's in beautiful downtown Saratoga! Serving breakfast, lunch, coffee delights and homemade ice cream 7 days a week!
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  • LAURA M GALLERY
    LAURA M GALLERY
  • LAURA M GALLERY
    LAURA M GALLERY
    Laura M Gallery & Back Room is your destination for Fashion, Furs and Fine Art. If ever a store evoked the dressy casual style of the west, it's Saratoga's Laura M. Modeled after big city boutique stores, but with an eye toward small town charm and hospitality, Laura M gives shoppers an unexpected boutique shopping experience in a high desert setting.
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  • FIREWATER PUBLIC HOUSE
    FIREWATER PUBLIC HOUSE
  • FIREWATER PUBLIC HOUSE
    FIREWATER PUBLIC HOUSE
    Firewater Public House is a community pub offering high quality comfort food and a unique whiskey selection. Perfectly set next to the North Platte River in Saratoga, WY, Firewater is built around the idea of gathering at the end of a day of adventure, telling fish tales around a big table, and enjoying a simple but excellent meal.
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  • THE OUTHOUSE GIFT SHOP
    THE OUTHOUSE GIFT SHOP
  • THE OUTHOUSE GIFT SHOP
    THE OUTHOUSE GIFT SHOP
    Saratoga's affordable gift shop with gifts and such for everyone. Greeting cards 2/$1, Burts Bees products, snacks, candies & nuts, Wisconsin cheese, souvenirs, western and wildlife decor, Wyoming Cowboys apparel, jewelry, plus much more. Check us out on Facebook for new arrivals!
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  • THE COUNTRY STORE
    THE COUNTRY STORE
  • THE COUNTRY STORE
    THE COUNTRY STORE
    Located in the Good Times Valley! 24-hour fueling, groceries, soft serve ice cream and cappuccinos. Hunting and fishing licenses and supplies. Snowmobile registration. Clean restrooms. Open year round. 7 days a week.
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  • VALLEY FOODS & LIQUORS
    VALLEY FOODS & LIQUORS
  • VALLEY FOODS & LIQUORS
    VALLEY FOODS & LIQUORS
    Full-service Grocery Store and ONLY Meat Department in Carbon County that cuts all our own meat on site. USDA-Graded Prime or Choice Beef • Special cuts of meat and specialty items such as our own bratwurst and chorizo • Meat smoker frequently used for ribs, brisket, pork, chicken and turkey • Highest quality produce • Henny Penny Chicken • Party Trays • Wide selection of Domestic and Imported Beer, several Microbrew varieties and ice • Over 600 Wines from around the world
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  • BELLA'S BISTRO
    BELLA'S BISTRO
  • BELLA'S BISTRO
    BELLA'S BISTRO
    Bella's Bistro offers the finest in traditional Italian favorites. Relax and enjoy award-winning handmade Italian, prime steaks, fresh seafood, craft cocktails and a full bar and wine list.
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  • STRONG TOWER DESIGNS
    STRONG TOWER DESIGNS
  • STRONG TOWER DESIGNS
    STRONG TOWER DESIGNS
    "The essence of the West with a vintage to modern flair." A distinctive collection of timeless, hard-to-find pieces that have been hand selected to fit an array of styles. From vintage squash blossoms and sterling silver stackers to pearl-snap shirts and cowboy hats, the pieces in this shop have a story to tell.
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  • WINDSWEPT GOODS
    WINDSWEPT GOODS
  • WINDSWEPT GOODS
    WINDSWEPT GOODS
    Shop Wyoming rustic home decor, clothing, jewelry, furs, nursery and gifts in downtown Rawlins.This out-of-the-ordinary shop always has something new!
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  • HISTORIC DOWNTOWN RAWLINS
    HISTORIC DOWNTOWN RAWLINS
  • HISTORIC DOWNTOWN RAWLINS
    HISTORIC DOWNTOWN RAWLINS
    Historic downtown Rawlins is a vibrant, revitalized, sustainable historic district that is family-friending with great dining, retail and entertainment for the community and visitors! There are 5 Walking Trails to enjoy that tell the story of Rawlins and the West through art murals and historic sites.
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OUTDOOR GUIDES & SHOPS

  • HACK'S TACKLE & OUTFITTERS
    HACK'S TACKLE & OUTFITTERS
  • HACK'S TACKLE & OUTFITTERS
    HACK'S TACKLE & OUTFITTERS
    Located in beautiful Saratoga, Wyoming, Hack's Tackle sits on the bank of the North Platte River. Hack has the best team of experienced guides in the upper North Platte River Valley. They love to fish and share their expertise--and stories--with their clients. For the ultimate fishing experience on the upper North Platte River and the Encampment River, or anywhere in Carbon County, Wyoming ...choose Hack's Tackle.
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  • KOYOTY SPORTS & TROPHY ROOM TAXIDERMY
    KOYOTY SPORTS & TROPHY ROOM TAXIDERMY
  • KOYOTY SPORTS & TROPHY ROOM TAXIDERMY
    KOYOTY SPORTS & TROPHY ROOM TAXIDERMY
    Carbon County Outdoor Headquarters, located in downtown Saratoga. New and used guns and ammo, reloading components, large inventory of hunting and fishing supplies, camouflage clothing, hunting & hiking boots, big game, small game, and broker mounts and rugs, knives, hatchets, and optics. Full Service Taxidermy.
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  • WEST LARAMIE FLY STORE
    WEST LARAMIE FLY STORE
  • WEST LARAMIE FLY STORE
    WEST LARAMIE FLY STORE
    We sell more fishing licenses than any other location in the state and also sell hunting licenses and snowmobile permits. If you need it for a great trip fishing, hunting or snowmobiling, we have it: Gas, groceries, hunting equipment, fishing equipment, guns, ammo, and a huge selection of fly-tying materials as well as a fly-tier on location to show you how it is done. Stop in for a cup of coffee, fill up the tanks, find out what’s biting and pick up all your supplies. We will spin a few stories, point out the best locations and agree with you that.......A bad day fishing is better than a good day working!
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  • THE TRADING POST
    THE TRADING POST
  • THE TRADING POST
    THE TRADING POST
    The Biggest Little Store in the Country! Located at the Encampment/Riverside Junction, we have gas, groceries, sporting goods for every season. Open 7 Days a Week!
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  • WESTGATE SPORTS & TRADING POST
    WESTGATE SPORTS & TRADING POST
  • WESTGATE SPORTS & TRADING POST
    WESTGATE SPORTS & TRADING POST
    The best place on the way to Snowy Range. When your looking for ski fun, and to get the best price you want for gear you need. We offer great deals for both rentals and sales for skis, snowboards, cross-country skis, back country skis, and snowshoes.
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  • RAWLINS FAMILY RECREATION CENTER
    RAWLINS FAMILY RECREATION CENTER
  • RAWLINS FAMILY RECREATION CENTER
    RAWLINS FAMILY RECREATION CENTER
    The Rawlins Family Recreation Center offers indoor fun for everyone! 3 basketball courts, indoor walking track, racquetball courts, full weight room, fitness classes and an indoor pistol range. Open to the public year round.
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AREA SPECIALISTS: MUSEUMS, REAL ESTATE & EVENT INFORMATION

  • SARATOGA MUSEUM
    SARATOGA MUSEUM
  • SARATOGA MUSEUM
    SARATOGA MUSEUM
    Open seasonally from Memorial Day weekend through September, the Saratoga Museum houses the most diverse geological collection in the state of Wyoming with minerals and gems ranging from India to Antarctica. When you visit, you’ll learn about the creation of Saratoga and Wyoming as you see us today to the pioneers who settled the area.
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  • GRAND ENCAMPMENT MUSEUM
    GRAND ENCAMPMENT MUSEUM
  • GRAND ENCAMPMENT MUSEUM
    GRAND ENCAMPMENT MUSEUM
    The Grand Encampment Museum is the “GEM” of Southern Wyoming. Located in Encampment, Wyoming, the GEM has a rich collection of over a dozen historical buildings filled with artifacts representing the timber, mining, and agricultural history of the Encampment valley at the turn of the 20th century. Open year-round, most week-days. If winter, call 307-327-5308 before you visit to make sure we are open!
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  • NICI SELF MUSEUM
    NICI SELF MUSEUM
  • NICI SELF MUSEUM
    NICI SELF MUSEUM
    The Nici Self Historical Museum is located at 2734 Highway 130 in Centennial, Wyoming. Berniece “Nici” Self was one of the founding members, and the museum is named in her honor. Exhibits celebrate the mining, ranching, and railroading history of the area. Several buildings from around the area have been moved to the grounds and are open to visitors. We’re open from Memorial Day to Labor Day, Thursday through Monday, noon to 4 PM. In September, we’re open Saturday and Sunday, noon to 4 PM. Admission is always free, but donations are gratefully accepted.
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  • SARATOGA PLATTE VALLEY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
    SARATOGA PLATTE VALLEY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
  • SARATOGA PLATTE VALLEY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
    SARATOGA PLATTE VALLEY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
    The Upper North Platte Valley 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 or second home, we offer the best of the best. Our main emphasis is business-to-business relations, special event coordination, tourism, business leads and opportunities, but we also offer services such as buiness workshops and welcome programs for new businesses and residents.
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  • CARBON COUNTY VISITORS COUNCIL
    CARBON COUNTY VISITORS COUNCIL
  • CARBON COUNTY VISITORS COUNCIL
    CARBON COUNTY VISITORS COUNCIL
    Welcome to Wyoming’s Carbon County. Come discover the Western frontier and “Get Your West On.” Whether you are here to explore Carbon County’s rich history full of colorful characters and infamous outlaws, crystal clear rivers, natural hot springs, mountain trails for hiking or biking, forests teeming with wildlife, pristine alpine lakes, small town western culture, local events and museums - we're glad you've decide to come explore Carbon County. Request a free Visitor's Guide today!
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  • PLATTE VALLEY COMMUNITY CENTER
    PLATTE VALLEY COMMUNITY CENTER
  • PLATTE VALLEY COMMUNITY CENTER
    PLATTE VALLEY COMMUNITY CENTER
    The Platte Valley Community Center, located in rustic and beautiful Saratoga, Wyoming, hosts a variety of events throughout the year. It is the perfect place to host your next venue too. From art shows, wedding receptions, and performing art to formal presentations and meetings, we have plenty of space and a variety of services to accommodate every event. Visit our website for upcoming events and activities in the Saratoga area.
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  • TRIPLE D CONSTRUCTION
    TRIPLE D CONSTRUCTION
  • TRIPLE D CONSTRUCTION
    TRIPLE D CONSTRUCTION
    Build the house of your dreams by choosing from a variety of custom-built floor plans with 2-, 3-, and 4-bedrooms, large living rooms and family rooms, spacious kitchens with modern, energy-efficient appliances, master bathrooms, over-sized garages and lots of options for finish details.
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  • WHITE STONE REALTY
    WHITE STONE REALTY
  • WHITE STONE REALTY
    WHITE STONE REALTY
    White Stone Realty Company is a full service real estate brokerage serving South Central Wyoming with homes for sale in Saratoga, Rawlins, Sinclair, Medicine Bow, Hanna, Elk Mountain, Baggs, Encampment, Riverside and Wamsutter. We also have Wyoming ranches, lands, mining claims and recreation properties for sale in the Medicine Bow National Forest, the Snowy Range, the Sierra Madre Mountain Range and the Upper North Platte River Valley.
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