Sweetwater County's 5 Road Trip Survival Tips May 08, 2015

Sweetwater County is a Convenient, Undiscovered Pit Stop for Road Trips to West’s Most Notable National Parks

Sweetwater County, Wyo. – With the open highway, endless blue skies and abundant wildlife, a family road trip to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks is among the most quintessential of American summer vacations. For many road trippers, a drive to these parks goes right through a beautiful – yet often undiscovered – corner of Wyoming, Sweetwater County. Located in the southwest part of the state, Sweetwater County is conveniently located at the junction of Interstate 80 and Highway 191.

Here are some jaw-dropping, must-see natural and historic attractions of Sweetwater County, as well as 5 road trip survival tips from Sweetwater County Travel & Tourism.

What to See on the Way to Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks

  • Lake Flaming Gorge
    The canyons of the Green River have long enthralled explorers ranging from John Wesley Powell to modern-day outdoor adventurers. One of the most accessible and majestic stretches of this river can be found entering Lake Flaming Gorge, a massive reservoir that straddles the Utah-Wyoming border. Here, red-colored buttes and sage-dotted hills line a crystalline lake that delights boaters, anglers and campers year-round. With zero light pollution the area is also a haven for stargazers.
  • Historic Pioneer Trails
    No other place in the United States has more miles of still-visible pioneer trails than Sweetwater County. While a pilgrimage West may be of a very different nature these days, one glance at the Oregon, Overland or Pony Express Trails will leave an indelible mark on the journey.
  • Wildlife Viewing
    The wildlife viewing in Yellowstone National Park is pretty spectacular, but Sweetwater County has some pretty cool critters of its own. The Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge houses trumpeter swan, prairie falcon, greater sage grouse and antelope. Between Rock Springs and Green River there are thundering herds of wild horses on the range, which are reminiscent of the romance of the Wild West.

5 Road Trip Survival Tips

  1. Prep the Car
    Take the vehicle in for a maintenance check-up before hitting the road to make sure the oil has been changed, tires rotated, wiper blades switched out, and that all fluids are at the appropriate levels. Also, make sure the spare tire is in good working order.
  2. Entertain the Kids
    Ensure the DVD player and/or tablet devices are fully charged and loaded with games, books and apps to help keep family members occupied during the drive. Also, don’t forget the old-fashioned classics that are still good time-passers, like a game of “I Spy,” the license plate game or name that tune.
  3. Pack Smart
    When it comes to packing, less is more. (Remember, many hotels have a washer/dryer and/or laundry service to clean dirty clothes!) Stick to one bag per person and opt for soft-sided bags over hard ones, which don’t pack as well in the trunk. Bring layers to stay comfy during the sometimes shifting summer weather (it can be very warm during the day, but chilly at night). A rain jacket is a good idea, as well. Sunscreen, bug spray, a hat and sunglasses are a few other “must-haves.”
  4. Bring Snacks
    Convenience store food can get expensive quickly (not to mention it’s not the best choice, health-wise), so offset the costs by packing a cooler with fun treats for the whole family. Bottled water, juice boxes, hard-boiled eggs, cheese sticks, veggies, fruit and trail mix are just a few ideas. Keep the food cooler close to make satisfying a snack attack easier!
  5. Charge On
    Mobile phones, tablets, headsets and portable DVD players are only as good as their battery life. Be sure to pack the automobile chargers for all of the electronic devices. Don’t have one you need? Purchase it before you go.

For more information about planning a trip to Sweetwater County visit www.tourwyoming.com.

About Sweetwater County (www.tourwyoming.com)
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.

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Gaylene Ore, Ore Communications, 970.531.2336, gaylene@orecommunications.com
Jenissa Bartlett, Sweetwater Travel & Tourism, 307.382.2538, jbartlett@tourwyoming.com

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