Sweetwater County, Wyo., Invites Winter Road
to Make a Pit Stop in Southwest
Wyoming Nov 18, 2014

  Southwest Wyoming winter activities, tips for safe winter travel

Sweetwater County Travel and Tourism has a reminder for winter travelers heading to Grand Teton or Yellowstone National Parks for a snowshoeing, cross-country skiing or photography safari. Sweetwater County – located in southwest Wyoming off the I-80 corridor and along the popular travel routes of highways 191 and 530 – is a convenient place to stop for a night or two to refuel and explore the area’s wide open spaces.

Getting acclimated. Prior to arriving in Sweetwater County, savvy tourists should download Sweetwater County's mobile app for extras on what to do, where to stay and more. When travelers arrive in Sweetwater County, it’s recommended they stop by the Green River Visitor Center (1155 W. Flaming Gorge Way) where they can stock up on activity ideas, maps and directions.

Ice fishing. The area’s signature attraction, Lake Flaming Gorge, is very good for Burbot, rainbows and lake trout. Those traveling through the area Jan. 23-25 should take part in the annual Burbot Bash fishing derby. Teams consisting of two to four anglers can compete for over $10,000 in cash and prizes. Come through a little later in the season – Feb. 6-8 – and take part in the Burbot Classic. In this fishing competition anglers win prizes in six categories for tagged Burbot, biggest Burbot, smallest Burbot, and more. New this year there will also be an auger contest.

Snowmobiling. Boasting more than 250 miles of groomed and ungroomed trails, Flaming Gorge Country offers mountain passes, alpine meadows and backcountry trails for adventurers to explore on their own rigs. High Desert Polaris KTM in Rock Springs has parts and a service center (1175 Dewar Drive). 

Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Snow bunnies can get up close and personal with the area’s abundant winter wildlife on snowshoes or cross-country skis. There are plenty of trails off the beautiful Flaming Gorge Scenic Byway. 

Tips for winter road tripping.

  • Watch the weather. Sweetwater County has an average of 244 days of sunshine per year, but wintertime means the possibility for snow and ice. Tourists should check weather reports regularly to ensure they are prepared for whatever Mother Nature has in store.
  • Stock the vehicle. Sand or kitty litter can help drivers out of a slick spot. Other must-haves include blankets, water, non-perishable food, a flashlight, a first-aid kit and an ice scraper.
  • Keep the vehicle fueled. In the wintertime half a tank is considered “empty” since that’s the point when fuel can freeze.

Learn more about booking a trip to Sweetwater County, Wyo., at www.tourwyoming.com. 

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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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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