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Whether you’re hunting for the infamous jackalope in Douglas or digging dinosaurs in Glenrock, Converse County is a vacation destination suited for everyone from the outdoorsman to the history buff.
Ayres Natural Bridge
Crafted by Mother Nature, Ayres Natural Bridge, located just south of the Oregon Trail and near I-25, is one of only three natural bridges in the United States with water beneath. One of Wyoming’s first tourist attractions, this arched rock wonder includes a picnic area and hiking paths.
The Bozeman Trail and Old West History
Pony Express Riders also raced through the area carrying the West’s first mail. The Bozeman Trail, abandoned more than 140 years ago, branched off near present-day Glenrock. Colorful local history is shared at Fort Fetterman, at the Wyoming Pioneer Museum in Douglas, and at Glenrock’s Deer Creek Museum.
Want to venture all the way back to prehistoric times? The Glenrock Paleon (Dinosaur) Museum offers an up-close view of rare Triceratops, and bone preparation. The Bone Biddies, a group of local volunteers, donate their time to help prepare exhibits and guide visitors through the museum. They offer a wonderful tour!
Schedule your own dinosaur digging excursion. Open Tuesday-Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. • 307-436-5652
Still chugging through the area today, trains are a part of Converse County’s past and present. The steam locomotive and eight rail cars on display at the Douglas Railroad Interpretive Museum and Converse County Visitor Information are a must-see attraction! Each year in June, Douglas celebrates its railroad heritage with Jackalope Railroad Days.
Scenery Seekers will marvel at 10,000-foot Laramie Peak on Converse County’s southern skyline. It’s the first mountain travelers along the Oregon Trail saw en route to their new homes. Revel in the natural splendor of the beautiful Medicine Bow National Forest, including a stunning view of Laramie Peak’s granite crown. This is a great place for you and your family to camp, rock climb, fish, snowmobile, and cross country ski. Miles of both foot and motorized access trails wind there way through the forest. (It’s a great place for horseback riding as well!) While there, don’t miss Esterbrook’s historic Church of the Ascension with its breathtaking view.
Outdoor recreation doesn’t stop there. Enthusiasts can enjoy the North Platte River in canoes, rafts and tubes—all can be rented locally. Or relax and enjoy some of the best fishing, bird watching and wildlife around. For a very different setting, explore the rugged beauty of the Thunder Basin National Grasslands, over 500,000 acres of elk, deer, and antelope habitat, rolling prairie, and scenic bluffs.
Take a short drive south of Douglas and enjoy water sports, fishing, camping, canoeing, swimming and sunning on the beach at Glendo State Park.
For the golf enthusiast, Douglas and Glenrock offer you a chance to get those clubs out and enjoy a round of golf and both communities are also geo-cache friendly with numerous sites scattered around the area.
But there’s more to Converse County than just nature. Every third full week in August, the Wyoming State Fair, held in Douglas, attracts folks from around the nation with old-fashioned entertainment, rodeos, and the Wyoming Pioneer Museum. You can experience authentic Western history during Deer Creek Days, held the first weekend of August in Glenrock.
Motorsport lovers can watch drag races almost every weekend in Douglas and drag races, tractor pulls, and mud bogs in Glenrock from May through September.
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