Sweetwater County, Wyo., Rounds Up Visitors to
“Cowboy Country” May 30, 2013

From Rodeos to Wild Horses, Southwest Wyoming does fun the Cowboy Way 

Sweetwater County, Wyo. –  Sweetwater County invites travelers to experience its lively cowboy culture at local events, landmarks and watering holes. Any time of year, visitors can find the spirit of the Old West blowing across the high desert plateau and through the area's red rock formations creating plenty of ways to catch the cowboy spirit around Sweetwater County. 

Cowboys play. Where there are cowboys and horses there are rodeos, and visitors will find a rodeo event happening somewhere in the county about every other week. A large part of Sweetwater's rodeo clout is due to the spacious facilities of the Sweetwater Events Complex near downtown Rock Springs. This premier venue hosts thousands of competitors and spectators each year for all kinds of cowboy skills and thrills, including bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, bull riding and barrel racing. July 25-27 the Red Desert Roundup – twice voted “The Best Mountain States Circuit PRCA Rodeo” – offers families rockin' rodeo fun plus activities to get out of the stands and into the excitement including special rodeo events, a 5K race and parade. The “world’s largest rodeo,” the National High School Finals Rodeo, runs July 14-20 and features more than 2,000 competitors.

Cowboys roam. Sweetwater knows cowboys need space to wander, and the wide-open territory of Southwest Wyoming is frontier land. In fact, the area lays claim to more miles of still-visible pioneer trails in all the United States, including sections of the Pony Express Route. Wild ponies also traverse the land and can be spotted tossing their manes along the Pilot Butte Wild Horse Scenic Loop Tour. Venturing further out, wanderers will come across evidence of early Native Americans as surely as cowboys of the Old West did. The White Mountain Petroglyphs feature over a dozen panels bearing hundreds of figures etched into sandstone bedrock of the Eocene Bridger formation.

Cowboys stay. All cowpokes need a place to lay their head, and there's nothing more authentic to cowboy life than camping out under the stars of the big Wyoming sky next to a glowing fire. For those with less grit lodges in Rock Springs and Green River offer modern-day comforts.

Visit the Sweetwater County website for activity information, as well as an events calendar, itineraries and other vacation planning tools.

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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