Rock Springs is a unique city with a fascinating history! Well known by trappers, explorers, and Overland Stage passengers; Rock Springs became a gathering place for cowboys and ranchers, site of the Chinese riot of 1885 and a major coal source for the Union Pacific Railroad. Pick up a brochure for a self-guided walking tour of historic downtown Rock Springs.
You can see complete full-sized dinosaur skeletons (casts) at Western Wyoming Community College. A Tyrannosaurus Rex, Stegosaurus, Triceratops and other species are on display.
Green River was a vital crossroads in the development of the western frontier. The city is rich in western history and served as a stopover for both the Overland Stage Line and the Pony Express. In addition, several major emigrant trails passed nearby, including the Oregon, California, Mormon and Cherokee trails. With the arrival of the transcontinental railroad in 1868, Green River was firmly established as a major western destination and railroad buffs still enjoy a visit to the working railroad today. Near downtown is Expedition Island National Historic Site - where John Wesley Powell began his famous explorations for the Green River.
Experience fun, food and Wyoming's best at Wyoming's Big Show; a community celebration and gathering place featuring an extensive variety of exciting family orientated events. Visitors will be treated to educational exhibits, intricate handicrafts from talented local artisans, a diverse selection of delicious food and nightly concerts. Wyoming's Big Show features contests for the whole family various daily attractions, livestock shows and more. There's something for everyone.
Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge has a great diversity of wildlife. Canada geese have nested along the river for centuries. A variety of ducks, including mallards, teal, pintails, and gadwalls nest on the refuge each year. Sandhill cranes, coots, shorebirds and birds of prey are abundant. Five nesting colonies of great blue herons are located on the refuge. During the dry summer, sage grouse can be seen making their way to the river for water. Pronghorns frequent the entire refuge but are most often seen on the desert uplands. Mule deer are common residents and a few moose feed in the brush and forested river bottoms. Coyotes, red fox, beavers, muskrats, badgers and rabbits also live in the refuge.
Built in 1868 and witness to numerous booms and busts, South Pass City is a nineteenth century town with many of the original buildings intact. You can see a hotel, jail, general store, cabins, blacksmith shop and stamp mill that date to the 1800's. This is also the birthplace of Wyoming's equal rights movement. Wyoming was the first government in the world to give women the right to vote. Also, South Pass City elected the first woman Justice of the Peace, Ester Morris. You can visit this woman justice's home at South Pass City. The Ester Morris cabin has been restored and is an excellent example of a historic restoration project.
Fort Bridger is one of the longest continuously occupied sites in Wyoming. In 1843, fur trapper turned trader, Jim Bridger, built this fort with his partner, Louis Vasquez. The fur traders and their wives provided needed supplies to emigrants bound for Oregon, Utah and California. In 1853 the fort became the property of the Mormon Church. In 1857, Brigham Young ordered the post burned to the ground during the "Utah" or "Mormon" War. In 1857, the military became the owners of the fort and staffed the outpost until 1890. Fort Bridger is in the beautiful Black's Fork Valley. It is an oasis in the desert. By stopping at Fort Bridger, you can see the Pony Express and Stage Station where Mark Twain and Horace Greeley dined. You can also tour intact buildings constructed by the military and see a reconstruction of Bridger's Trading Post. The trading post is open daily as is the fort museum.
A series of dirt and gravel roads loop through the area north and east of Rock Springs. This is a land of ancient volcanos and modern herds of wild horses and desert elk. Petroglyphs carved in the rocks of White Mountain tell of the passage of groups of prehistoric Native Americans while historic coal mines and stage stations reflect the passage of recent folk. Killpecker Dune Field features an off-road vehicle area for off-road enthusiasts.
Flaming Gorge Reservoir is a 91-mile lake offering superb boating and trophy fishing. In 1968, the lake and surrounding area in southern Wyoming and northeastern Utah was designated a National Recreation Area to preserve its natural beauty and enhance its many recreational opportunities.