Places To See

Points of Interest

From natural wonders and stunning views to historic sites and museums, southern Wyoming is filled with awe-inspiring places to see. For more detailed descriptions of area attractions, order your copy of VIP's Guide to Southern Wyoming.

The Snowy Range

Named for large amounts of snow that remain at high elevations during the summer months, the Snowy Range offers excellent outdoor recreation and pristine mountain scenery.

Many of the trails, roads and bridges, campgrounds, picnic and recreation areas were developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the late-1930’s to early 1940’s.

Featured Attractions:

Snowy Range Scenic Byway
Nici Self Museum (Centennial, WY)
Medicine Bow Peak
Lake Marie
Libby Flats Observation Point
Platte River Wilderness
Savage Run Wilderness
Historic Tie Hack Cabins
Rob Roy Reservoir
Kennaday Peak Fire Lookout Tower
Medicine Bow Non-Motorized Recreation Trail
Ryan Park P. O. W. Camp

The Upper North Platte River Valley

The Upper North Platte River Valley is home to some of the best attractions, restaurants and shopping 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 here.

And when it comes to great food, the Upper North Platte Valley is truly blessed with a number of affordable dining options. Visitors are sure to enjoy flavorful meals prepared by accomplished chefs and innovative restauranteurs.

The Upper North Platte River  Valley is nestled between the Snowy Range and Sierra Madre Mountain Range. It is comprised of the Upper North Platte and  Encampment Rivers and the small towns of Saratoga, Encampment and Riverside.

Featured Attractions:

Guided Fishing and Float Trips
Saratoga Hot Springs "Hobo" Pool
Saratoga Municipal Outdoor Swimming Pool
Saratoga Museum
Grand Encampment Museum
Saratoga Lake
Saratoga National Fish Hatchery
Historic Hotel Wolf & Restaurant

The Sierra Madre Mountain Range

The Sierra Madre Mountain Range is lightly visited, making it possible to explore dense forest areas, hike and bike scenic trails and fish for hours without seeing another soul. Two scenic drives provide gorgeous natural beauty and lead to a number of attractions and trails including the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail.

Featured Attractions:

Battle Highway Scenic Byway
Sierra Madre Scenic Loop
Encampment River Wilderness
Huston Park Wilderness
Continental Divide National Scenic Trail
Green Mountain Falls
Hog Park Reservoir
Aspen Alley
Blackhall Mountain Fire Lookout Tower
Indian Bathtubs
Little Snake River Valley Museum (Savery, WY)


Serving as the county seat, Rawlins is home to more than half of the people living in Carbon County. It is located 90 miles west of Laramie, 40 miles southwest of Seminoe State Park  and an hour north of the Sierra Madre Mountain Range in south-central Wyoming. The Rawlins Uplift, a distinctive rock formation north of the City, acts as a boundary between the sagebrush prairies of southeastern Wyoming and the Red Desert.

Rawlins is a place where visitors can improve their game at a nationally ranked 18-hole golf course, take aim at the area’s best outdoor shooting complex, tour two museums and explore restaurants and shops in an historic downtown setting. With five walking tours and a new splash pad for kids coming this summer, there’s always something new to experience in Rawlins.

Featured Attractions:

Wyoming Frontier Prison
Carbon County Museum
Historic Downtown Rawlins Walking Tours & Art Tour
Rochelle Ranch Public Golf Course
Rawlins Family Recreation Center
Rawlins Indoor Pistol Range
Rawlins Outdoor Shooting Complex
Music In The Park

Museums of Southern Wyoming

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Must-See Attractions