Sweetwater County Announces 3 Ways to Celebrate
National Great Outdoors Month Mar 18, 2014

The Spacious Majesty of Southwest Wyoming Provides Free Outdoor Exploration in June

Sweetwater County, Wyo.
Sweetwater County Travel and Tourism invites travelers to celebrate National Great Outdoors Month in June – established by presidential proclamation in 2012 – by exploring Sweetwater's wide open spaces. From California to the New York Island, this land was made to be explored, and Southwest Wyoming offers great American exploration like no other region!

Flaming Gorge Reservoir – There's nothing more fitting than observing the month on National Recreation Area land and Lake Flaming Gorge. Stretching 91 miles long, Flaming Gorge offers a whopping 350 miles of shoreline for hiking, camping and taking it all in – made all the more feasible by boat. Camping is tranquil along the lake's many secluded beaches and canyons or easy with the amenities provided at the area's boat-only campgrounds. Short on time? Highways 191 and 530 encircling Flaming Gorge are designated state scenic byways. 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.

Pilot Butte Wild Horses – Born to be wild, horses have roamed the area since their introduction by the Spanish in the 1500s, exemplifying the hearty and untamed spirit of our nation's roots. The Pilot Butte Scenic Tour north of the town of Green River is only 24 miles long – about one or two hours of drive time. It presents numerous vistas and photo opportunities atop the rugged landscape where approximately 2,500 horses and other wildlife – including deer, antelope, elk, coyotes and eagles – play.

Historic Pioneer Trails – History and the Wyoming landscape are sweetly intertwined in these parts of Wyoming. Sweetwater County boasts more miles of still-visible trails of American exploration than any other area in the country. Visitors can retrace the steps of the pioneers along the four National Historic Trails in one corridor— Oregon, Mormon Pioneer, California and Pony Express. Highway 28 conveniently parallels these trails and passes six significant sites, each with a story of their own.

Great Outdoors Month features an official Great Outdoors week, June 11-17, and an official Get Outdoors Day on Saturday, June 14. Plan ahead and double the fun by catching Sweetwater County's Flaming Gorge Days celebrating the first days of summer on June 26-28. The event features a number of great outdoor events including concerts, sports tournaments and a parade.

For more information on these and other attractions or to book a visit 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.

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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