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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"
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.
VIP's Southern Wyoming Recreation Guide™ is published annually