Top 5 Family-Friendly Activities in Sweetwater
County, Wyoming Jun 01, 2016

Southwest Wyoming was Born to Play! Learn Why

Sweetwater County, Wyo.Sweetwater County in Southwest Wyoming has thousands of acres of public land, trail systems galore and more that add up to limitless family fun. Whether travelers are passing through on their way to one of the West’s most notable national parks or making Sweetwater County their final destination, here are the top 5 ways families can play in Southwest Wyoming this summer.

Green River Water Fun
The Green River winds through the stunning Southwest Wyoming landscape and offers adventure at every turn. In the heart of the City of Green River, the Green River Whitewater Park and Tubing Channel offers challenging rapids, gentle wading pools, swimming holes and perfect conditions for tubing. Families who long for a longer float can drop a raft, kayak or canoe in at Jamestown just upstream from Green River and meander down to the whitewater park. The Green River Splash Park is located in Evers Park adjacent to Expedition Island. This free public park features six different motion-activated water features, offering the perfect way to beat the summer heat.

Dinosaur Exploration
For families whose kids are into dinosaurs, the Western Wyoming Community College (WWCC) Natural History Museum in Rock Springs is a must-see. The WWCC houses five life-size replicas of the hulking creatures that thundered across the open space of Wyoming tens of millions of years ago. Fans of the Disney*Pixar animated movie The Good Dinosaur will want to take the DINOmite Loop Itinerary tour that leads through some of the same places that Apatosaurus Arlo, the star of the movie, explores. Click here to print the DINOmite Loop Itinerary.

Guided Tours
Sometimes, all parents want to do on vacation is sit back, relax and let someone else do the heavy lifting of entertaining the troops. With Green River Wild Horse Tours, their wish is granted. The guided tours – which take place in a super-cool, open-air safari rig – feature loads of information about the history and landscapes, as well as up-close views of the wild horses, wildlife and vistas that make Sweetwater County such a wonderful slice of Americana.

Mountain Biking
The best part about mountain biking in Sweetwater County is that riders are just as likely to see wildlife as they are to encounter other riders! Wilkins Peak Trail System on the southeast side of the town of Green River is well-maintained and boasts magnificent views of the area’s unique landscape. The Little Mountain area east of Flaming Gorge Reservoir has 250 miles of trails from which to choose. For teenagers with X Games dreams, don’t miss the Green River Bike Park for beams, easy-rollers and a jump trial. Check out The Sweetwater Mountain Biking Association for trail reports. Or stop by Rock Spring’s Bike and Trike shop to grab a cup of coffee and quiz the locals on current conditions and best trails for your group. 

Killpecker Sand Dunes
Located north of Rock Springs, the Killpecker Sand Dunes are a perfect place to let kids work off some energy. The dunes are a hotspot for ATVing for families who have their own dune buggy, dirt bike or ATV. Hiking is also available in the 11,000 acres of designated open play space. Tossing a Frisbee, surfing down the dunes on a sled or skis, or playing a match of beach volleyball are other ways to enjoy these sandy peaks.

Looking for more family fun in Sweetwater County? Check out our favorite ways to enjoy Green River and Rock Springs without breaking the bank (or even spending a dime)!

About Sweetwater County
Sweetwater County, located halfway between Yellowstone and Canyonlands National Parks in southwest Wyoming, is home to 10,500 square miles of pure, high desert adventure. Known as “Flaming Gorge Country” the area is characterized by the 91-square-mile Flaming Gorge Lake, the famed Green River, expansive deserts and rugged mountains. Activities include camping, hiking, biking, fishing, golfing, sightseeing, wildlife viewing, hunting dinosaurs, shopping, and just plain getting away from it all. A perfect place to explore American history, Sweetwater County is also home to petroglyphs, pioneer trails and historical museums. The Rock Springs-Sweetwater County airport was recently ranked 37th on a list of 322 airports from around the country by Travelmath.com.

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Gaylene Ore, Ore Communications, 970.812.8733, gaylene@orecommunications.com
Jenissa Meredith, Sweetwater Travel & Tourism, 307.382.2538, jmeredith@tourwyoming.com


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