Sweetwater County, Wyo., Welcomes Fall Road
Trippers, RV’ers Oct 07, 2014

Great Outdoors of Southwest Wyoming Provides Intimate Adventure for Autumn Travelers

Sweetwater County, Wyo.Sweetwater County Travel and Tourism invites travelers to explore the majestic beauty of the changing seasons, Old West style. Fall in southwest Wyoming offers a respite from the busy summer season, particularly for retirees, who can get to know the vast landscape sans summer crowds at parks and landmarks. Sweetwater County is the perfect stopover on an autumn cross-country trip since it’s located exactly halfway between Yellowstone and Canyonlands National Parks.

Get oriented – The Green River Visitor Center (1155 W. Flaming Gorge Way) is a terrific place to start a trip, offering information and resources such as maps and directions. A guided audio tour is also available online, and smartphone users can download Sweetwater County's mobile app for extras on what to do, where to stay and more. 

Park the car – Sweetwater County boasts five RV park locations. There are also a number of other lodging options, including campgrounds, hotels, lodges and guest ranches. Visitors can take advantage of off-peak deals and discounts available at www.tourwyoming.com/specials-and-packages.

Get wild – 26,000 acres of high desert beauty are encompassed in the Seedskadee Wildlife Refuge along the river between Fontenelle Dam and the town of Green River. Fall means breeding season for pronghorn, mule deer, moose and elk. Flocks of birds also join the refuge including prairie and peregrine falcon, owls, nighthawks and Canadian geese. Bald eagles arrive after summer to feast on the spawning kokanee salmon that appear to turn the river red. As the weather cools, ducks, merganers and trumpeter swans also move into the area. Public roads and tour routes provide access to the refuge, which is open for walking. Historic sites for pioneer trails and early ranching are also accessible in several spots.

Roll around – There is much to see of Sweetwater County's vastness and it is easily accomplished behind the wheel. Highways 191 and 530 encircling Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area are designated state scenic byways. The 160-mile loop of the Flaming Gorge-Green River Basin Scenic Byway is accessible from the towns of Green River and Rock Springs via Interstate 80 and takes just three hours. The Pilot Butte Wild Horse Scenic Tour north of Green River offers a shorter route – 24 miles and about one hour of drive-time. This trek is best made in a high-clearance vehicle and under drier weather conditions. Numerous 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. 

Find the story – Geographic and historical treasures come to life in the vast high desert of Sweetwater with a guided tour from Killpecker Tours. Explorers will hear the stories behind the sites and get to know the area's wild horses, petroglyphs, stage stations, ranches and landmarks fun and knowledgeable guides. The company offers three tour options that are either half or full-day trips. Comfortable transportation between sites, meals and snacks are provided. Tours are available seven days a week but should be booked in advance. 

Learn more about booking a trip to Sweetwater County, Wyo., at 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, 970.812.8733, gaylene@orecommunications.com
Jenissa Bartlett, Sweetwater Travel & Tourism, 307.382.2538, jbartlett@tourwyoming.com

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