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Sweetwater County, Wyo., Announces Winter
Activities Aug 22, 2016

Southwest Wyoming is a “Cool” Vacation Destination this Winter

Sweetwater County, Wyo. – In Sweetwater County, Wyo., the fun doesn’t end when the white stuff starts to fall. It simply creates a more awe-inspiring canvas from which to experience the wide open spaces of Sweetwater County. From cultural attractions to adventuresome activities, here’s a look at what’s in store in Sweetwater County this winter.

Outdoor Adventure

  • Cross-Country Skiing/Snowshoeing: Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area boasts more than 200 miles of trails to explore on cross-country skis or snowshoes. Travelers need to bring their own gear to hit the trail.

  • Ice Fishing: The Flaming Gorge is a renowned ice fishing destination for burbot, rainbow and lake trout. Insider’s tip: the fish tend to get bigger at the south end of the reservoir.

  • Wildlife Viewing: Sweetwater County paints a picture of the West as it was when it was wild. From the rugged Uinta Mountains to the expansive Wyoming desert, this spectacular combination provides a roomy habitat for a variety of big-game animals, including moose, Rocky Mountain elk, pronghorn antelope, bighorn sheep and wild horses.

Cultural Attractions

  • Western Wyoming Community College (WWCC) Natural History Museum: Visitors who dig dinos won’t want to miss this museum, which houses five life-sized replicas of the beasts that thundered across the open spaces of Wyoming tens of millions of years ago. The museum also displays several wall-mounted fossils of fish, huge leaves and reptiles that have been discovered in the area. Prehistoric pottery and smaller fossils are also available for viewing.

  • Community Fine Arts Center: Located in historic downtown Rock Springs, this cultural gem is a unique joint effort of the City of Rock Springs, Sweetwater County and the local school district. The multi-arts center features more than 500 pieces of original works from well-known local, regional and national artists, such as Norman Rockwell, Edward Chavez, Grandma Moses and Loren McGiver.

  • Rock Springs Historical Museum: The Rock Springs Historical Museum makes its home in the original city hall building, constructed in 1894. The museum showcases the town’s historic past that has solid roots in the coal mining industry. Many miners immigrated to Rock Springs from Europe to mine coal, making it one of the most diverse ethnic melting pots west of the Mississippi.

  • Sweetwater County Historical Museum: Established in 1967 to preserve and present the history of Sweetwater County, the museum is housed in a 1931 post office building in Green River and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It features long- and short-term exhibits, a large photograph collection and local history materials that trace the story of Sweetwater County from 1820 to present day.

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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Contacts:
Gaylene Ore, Ore Communications, 970.531.2336, gaylene@orecommunications.com

Jenissa Meredith, Sweetwater Travel & Tourism, 307.382.2538, jmeredith@tourwyoming.com

 

 

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