Summer Travelers Invited to Experience High Desert
Adventure in Sweetwater County, Wyo. Mar 19, 2012

Area Boasts 10,500 Square Miles of Open Space for Hiking, Biking, Fishing & More

Sweetwater County, Wyo. – In the summertime Sweetwater County, Wyo., is a thriving outdoor-lover’s paradise, with more than 10,500 square miles for hiking, biking, fishing, sightseeing, golfing, hunting dinosaurs, shopping, or just plain getting away from it all. Here is just a sample of what’s in store this summer in Sweetwater County.

Camping: The area boasts 17 campgrounds and RV parks, allowing plenty of opportunity to get out and enjoy the countryside. Most of the land in Sweetwater County is designated to the public with unlimited access, offering plenty of elbow room.

Canoeing/Kayaking/Tubing: The Green River, which runs through the city of Green River and can be accessed from many points, is a water-lover's dream. Water bugs do not want to miss the newly constructed Whitewater Park and North Channel Tubing section at Expedition Island Park. Near the outdoor Splash Park there is a lazy river and tubing channel that features a series of drops and three large pools. The Castle Falls Feature, a state-of-the-art whitewater park and play feature, is located at the southeast tip of Expedition Island Park.

Fishing: In Sweetwater County anglers have their pick of tailwaters, reservoirs, streams and a river that all lead to one thing – some of the best coldwater fishing in the country. The Green River runs into Lake Flaming Gorge, which is the largest reservoir in Wyoming and is home to four types of cutthroat trout: golden, brook, brown mackinaw and rainbow. Burbot have also recently been introduced.

Golfing: Sweetwater County’s two golf courses are available from the end of March through October, weather permitting. White Mountain Golf Course in Rock Springs has a 27-hole golf course, driving range, pro shop and clubhouse. There is also a small fishing pond, as well as a ball field complex. Rolling Green Country Club in Green River runs along the scenic Green River. It is not unusual for golfers to encounter moose, deer and waterfowl around this course.

Killpecker Sand Dunes: This area north of Rock Springs was once dotted with active volcanoes, but what remains today are flat-topped buttes and spires and a huge sand dune field that spans 100 miles from east to west and reaches heights of up to 100 feet. A herd of rare desert elk that are found nowhere else in North America, as well as wild horses make their home here. The dunes are a popular spot for recreationalists who enjoy hiking and exploring the area on off-road vehicles.  

Mountain Biking: There is nothing like exploring the beauty of the high desert on two wheels. For an exceptional experience check out the system of singletrack trails weaving around Sweetwater County. Brent & Mike’s Trail, Fast Exit, Pick Poison and Draino are just minutes from Green River and offer a variety of terrain for all skill levels. The new Green River Bike Park features trails and dirt jumps, an elevated trail with ladder bridges, a pump track, and a beginner skills area. The Loop Trail is a nice easy ride for families. There are also adventurous mountain biking trails near Lake Flaming Gorge. This system is called the 20-mile long Cherokee Trail/Currant Creek Ranch Loop.

Pioneer Trails: Sweetwater County has more miles of still-visible pioneer trails than any other area in the country. The Oregon Trail, Pony Express Route, Cherokee Trail, Overland Trail, Parting of the Ways, and Old Emigrant Trail all pass through Sweetwater County. In fact, Highway 28 parallels the Oregon, Mormon Pioneer, Pony Express and California National Historic Trails. Intact trail ruts are visible at the False Parting of the Ways, Simpson’s Hollow and Pilot Butte sites. A high-clearance, 4x4 vehicle is recommended for exploring the backcountry. Download the National Historic Trails Guide for more information.

Sweetwater Events Complex & Speedway: Every day of the week is filled with events ranging from motocross, BMX racing, stock car races and demolition derbies. This facility will also host the largest rodeo in the world, the National High School Finals Rodeo, for the next four years. Visit www.sweetwaterevents.com for a full lineup.

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, 970.812.8733, gaylene@orecommunications.com

Jenissa Bartlett, Sweetwater Travel & Tourism, 307.382.2538, jbartlett@tourwyoming.com

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