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Sweetwater County, Wyo., Invites Travelers on a
Scenic Drive-Thru Oct 31, 2012

Visitors May Take in Hundreds of Miles of Natural Beauty in Southwest Wyoming  from the Comfort of their Car

Sweetwater County, Wyo. – Road trip! It seems there's nothing that can't be done in an automobile these days, and that includes exploring the vast landscape of southwest Wyoming's deserts and canyons.
 
For city-dwellers looking for a temporary escape from the hubbub of the concrete jungle, the serenity of an expanding horizon, untouched wilderness, ancient history and roaming wildlife are just a steering- wheel's-reach away. For the perfect cold-weather getaway – that is exactly halfway between Yellowstone and Canyonlands National Parks – grab a comfy blanket, hot beverage, and a fully-charged camera and set the GPS for Sweetwater County.
 
Highways 191 and 530 encircling Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area are designated state scenic byways. The Flaming Gorge-Green River Basin Scenic Byway is accessible from the towns of Green River and Rock Springs via Interstate 80. The 160-mile loop dips into Utah and takes just three hours – roughly equal to a trip to the movie theater – and is drivable year-round.
 
Day-trippers and horse-lovers in need of a quicker fix will find the Pilot Butte Wild Horse Scenic Tour north of Green River just enough at 24 miles – about one hour of drive-time. This trek is best made in a high-clearance vehicle and under drier weather conditions.
 
Nature-lovers, historians, photographers and aspiring rubber tramps can step into the dramatic scenery of a real-life western rambling across the same high deserts and rugged mountains traversed in earlier times by Native Americans, mountain men, pioneers and outlaws. Scenic overlooks allow passengers to stretch their legs and capture screen shots of local wildlife. In addition to the notorious untamed horses of Wyoming, big game animals like moose, elk, deer, antelope and big-horn sheep also roam the national recreation area.
 
Road-weary travelers in need of some recreation of their own will find plenty of places to fish, hike and camp around Flaming Gorge. Activities such as cross-country skiing and snowmobiling also provide a refreshing change of pace on the long drive.
 
Green River's new visitors center (1155 W. Flaming Gorge Way) is a great starting point that offers information and resources such as maps and directions. A guided audio tour is also available online. Smartphone users should check out the High Desert Adventure app for extras on what to do, where to stay and more in Sweetwater County.
 
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.
 
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Contacts:
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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