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

VIP's Southern Wyoming Recreation Guide™

the upper north platte river valley

 

The Upper North Platte River Valley, also known as "the good times valley", is home to some of the best attractions in the area. Whether you are looking for a guided "Blue Ribbon" trout fishing or float trip, excellent museums to explore, an outdoor swimming pool where you can take the kids or a relaxing soak in mineral hot springs, there are plenty of enjoyable experiences.

the upper north platte river

The Upper North Platte River, which flows north, gains its name from French trappers, “Riviere de Plat” meaning “flat river”.  It was ingeniously used in the construction of the First Transcontinental Railroad to float logs cut from the Forest to Fort Fred Steele to be used as railroad ties. Today it is regarded by the Wyoming Game & Fish Department as the “Premier Blue Ribbon Wild Trout Stream in Wyoming”, with over 3,200 catchable fish per mile. Flowing north, it enters Wyoming through the spectacular Platte River Wilderness Area and famed Northgate Canyon. It then flows north through three distinct eco zones; mountain conifer forest, valley floor hay meadow and finally majestic desert vistas all encompassing over 150 miles of free flowing waters (no dams), with only four miles of highway frontage. On it's way it passes through the wonderful town of Saratoga.

 

The Upper North Platte River is also one of Wyoming’s best rivers for float trips, ranging from whitewater thrills to leisurely drifting. Typical floating craft used include inflatable rafts, flat-bottom boats, canoes and kayaks.

 

There are many fishable waters in the Platte Valley, including the Upper North Platte River which has an abundance of large browns and rainbows.

 

things to do in "the good times valley"

Guided Fishing & Float Trips
Guided Fishing & Float Trips
One of the best experiences in southern Wyoming is floating and fishing the Upper North Platte River and the Encampment River. Professional area guides are here to help you learn from them and increase your chances of success.
See Area Fishing Guides
Saratoga
Saratoga "Hobo" Hot Springs Pool
For more than a century, people have enjoyed soaking in Saratoga’s Mineral “Hobo” Hot Springs Pool. It is open 24 hours a day and free of charge, with water temperatures averaging 102 Fahrenheit; the Lobster Pot averages 120 . The Not-So-Hot Pool offers more tepid water. Showers, restrooms and changing areas available.
Saratoga Municipal Outdoor Pool
Saratoga Municipal Outdoor Pool
The Saratoga Municipal Outdoor Pool, adjacent to the Hot Pool, is one of the few remaining outdoor pools in Wyoming. It is open June through early September, 7 days a week, weather permitting. For pool hours, swim times and rates, or to book a pool party call 307-326-5417.
 Saratoga Museum
Saratoga Museum
The Saratoga Museum, which is housed in town’s original Union Pacific Depot, features an archeological exhibit of early man in the Platte Valley, a buffalo hunt diorama, geological collections, photographs from the late-1800’s, a Union Pacific caboose and many other historical exhibits.
Saratoga Lake
Saratoga Lake
Saratoga Lake, located five minutes northeast of Saratoga, is stocked with rainbow and brown trout. A 50-site campground, a boat dock and restrooms are accessible from the Highway 130 entrance. The Storer-Saratoga Lake Wetland is home to hundreds of species of birds including herons, ibis, loons, geese, ducks, pelicans, rails, bitterns, coots, egrets, eagles, hawks and osprey.
Grand Encampment Museum
Grand Encampment Museum
See turn-of-the-century artifacts and exhibits featuring timber, mining and ranching history --plus over a dozen historical buildings, a lookout tower with a spectacular view of the Encampment River Canyon, a two-story outhouse and a segment of the 16-mile aerial tramway used during the mining era to transport copper from the Sierra Madre Range to Encampment.
Historic Hotel Wolf & Restaurant
Historic Hotel Wolf & Restaurant
The Historic Wolf Hotel & Restaurant has been in the Valley since 1893. Known for its fine dining and quaint rooms, the Wolf has been a gathering spot for the community and tourists for over 100 years. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Reservations are strongly recommended at 307-326-5525.
Saratoga National Fish Hatchery
Saratoga National Fish Hatchery
The Saratoga hatchery provides lake trout eggs and brown trout eggs to federal, state and tribal programs and maintains back-up broodstock of rainbow trout and Cutthroat trout. The Hatchery also rears the endangered Wyoming toad. They are open weekdays 8am -4pm. Tours are available at 307-326-5662.
Downtown Saratoga
Downtown Saratoga
Delicious finds await you in downtown Saratoga. Experience a variety of dining options, unique western stores, impressive art galleries, and outstanding clothing shops. Feel good moments are in abundance in Saratoga. From live musical performances and art festivals to skijoring competitions and beerfests, there is something for everyone.

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.

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