This area is a bit off the beaten track—but you’ll likely agree that’s a good thing
Enjoy the landscape of prairie lands and Rocky Mountain peaks filled with the history of the Western trails, coal mines, trophy fishing, and endless space for backpacking, hiking, rafting, camping, scenic drives, and exploring. Come discover the Western frontier as it was and still is. Adventure awaits you in Carbon County, where you can always “Get Your West On!”
Fishing the Miracle Mile
Here, you can fish the famous “Miracle Mile” of the North Platte River for rainbow, brown, and cutthroat trout. Actually 7 miles long, this stretch lies near Seminoe Reservoir. Other favorite spots: the Encampment, Little Snake, and Medicine Bow Rivers, plus Saratoga Lake and High Savery Reservoir.
Hobo Hot Springs
For more water fun, take a dip in Hobo Hot Springs in Saratoga. There, the Saratoga Hot Pool is free and open to the public 24 hours a day. You can also raft Northgate Canyon on the North Platte River. Several Class III-IV rapids make this float a thrill; local outfitters can guide your trip.
Scenic drives more your thing? Cruise the Snowy Range Scenic Byway, a 29-mile, high-mountain drive through the center of the Medicine Bow National Forest. The Seminoe-Alcova Back Country Byway tours desert and prairie where antelope roam, then climbs over the rugged Seminoe Mountains. Battle Highway covers 28 miles and passes ghost towns and the Edison Monument. The mountain range got its name from the sugary-white quartz that reflects the sunlight and looks like snow year-round. (The below photo shows real snow, not the illusion.)
This drive is prone to road closures during the winter. Check conditions before you head out. www.wyoroad.info
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