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

VIP's Guide to Southern Wyoming™

plan your visit




  1. What type(s) of outdoor recreation are you planning to do?
  2. Are licenses, permits or fees required for your activities?
  3. What outdoor gear should you bring in advance?
  4. Where can you buy or rent outdoor gear locally?
  5. What time of year is best for your type of recreation?
  6. Are there local events that coincide with your visit?
  7. What type of lodging, dining, shopping and other services are available?
  8. What routes should you use to get around?


The trail maps, river map, road maps and information provided throughout this website will help you with your preparations. Take time to review each page. Should you have any questions, please reach out to me at

Cindy Loose, President

Visions In Progress

(V. I. P.) Marketing, LLC



Cindy Loose is an entrepreneur and Wyoming native, living in Saratoga, Wyoming with her husband, Steve, and family. She has spent decades researching and experiencing outdoor adventures in southern Wyoming.


It's no secret that she loves this wonderful area of Wyoming and wants to share it with others. From the many opportunities to reconnect with nature, to great places to stay, eat and shop, there is something for everyone. Cindy hopes the detailed maps and accurate information help you make the most of your visit.


VIP’s Southern Wyoming Recreation Guide™ is in its seventeenth year of production.

get a feel for the area

Wyoming is mixture  of private, state and public land.  State and public lands are generally open to public recreational use, including hunting and fishing, subject to the regulations of the managing agency.



The Snowy Range Scenic Byway (Highway 130) is open Memorial Day through October 31st, weather permitting.


The Battle Pass Scenic Byway (Highway 70) is open Memorial Day through October 31st, weather permitting.


As weather conditions can change rapidly, depending on the season, it's a good idea to know the conditions before you travel.  Contact the Wyoming Travel Information Service for current conditions.


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medicine bow national forest


The Medicine Bow National Forest is forged from three mountain ranges: the Laramie Range (east), the Snowy Range (center) and the Sierra Madre Mountain Range (west). Each is diverse in it's topography and climate, offering spectacular year round recreation.


A free motor vehicle use map (MVUM) is available from Forest Service District Ranger offices in Laramie and Saratoga and online. The MVUM displays roads and trails open to motorized travel.


For area regulations, travel information and maps, contact the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest.

 upper north platte river valley


Public lands in the Upper North Platte River Valley are managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.


For area regulations, restrictions, travel information and topographical maps, contact the Rawlins BLM Office.


For general wildlife information, area fishing and hunting regulations, applications and deadlines, contact the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.

Road network, cities and small towns


The main routes of travel for motorists include Interstate 80, state highways, county and forest roads. Seasonal routes include the Snowy Range Scenic Byway (Highway 130) and the Battle Pass Scenic Byway (Highway 70).


The small towns of Saratoga, Encampment, Riverside, Centennial and the cities of Rawlins and Laramie offer their own brand of hospitality, activities and entertainment. Each have a variety of attractions and services to help you enjoy the area.


For more area attractions, services and events, contact the Carbon County Visitors Council, The Saratoga/Platte Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Platte Valley Community Center.

The contents of this publication and website are protected under National Copyright TX 6-145-975 on file with the United States Library of Congress. Every effort has been made to be accurate and current; however, changes occur without notice. Corrections are welcomed. Visions In Progress (V. I. P.) Marketing, LLC does not assume any responsibility for injuries incurred during any activity mentioned on this site. It is your responsibility to know the hazards involved in your activities and to use the proper safety procedures and equipment to minimize risks and hazards related to your activities. No portion of this guide may be reproduced without prior written permission from the Publisher.

Whether you are looking for a single-day adventure or an extended stay vacation, southern Wyoming is ideal for group/family outings, weddings, reunions and romantic getaways. Order VIPs Guide to Southern Wyoming today!

VIP's Guide to Southern Wyoming™ is published annually

by Visions In Progress (V. I. P.) Marketing, LLC

© 2020 Cindy Loose, Visions In Progress (V. I. P.) Marketing LLC. All rights reserved.

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Cindy Loose, President

Visions In Progress (V. I. P.) Marketing, LLC

P. O. Box 178, Saratoga, WY 82331

Mobile: 307-460-8502


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VIP's Guide to Southern Wyoming™

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