Sweetwater County Names Top Ways
Experience the Wild West on Vacation Feb 26, 2015

Unleash the Inner Pioneer with Southwest Wyoming Attractions Activities, and Events

Sweetwater County, Wyo. – Wyoming is synonymous with the Wild West. Today, Sweetwater County Travel and Tourism in southwest Wyoming announced the top six unique ways to embrace the Wild West culture on vacation to Rock Springs or Green River. 

  • See where outlaw Butch Cassidy earned his nickname.
    Visit the town of Rock Springs and go to South Main Street to see a building that once housed thebutcher shop where Robert LeRoy Parker – a.k.a. Butch Cassidy – worked and earned his nickname. Unable to be satisfied working an honest job, Cassidy left Rock Springs and continued drifting and outlawing.
  • Pitch a tent near Butch Cassidy’s hideout.
    The Hideout Canyon Boat-in Campground is a popular camping enclave right on the stunning Flaming Gorge Reservoir. The campground gets its name from a hiding spot used by Butch Cassidy and his gang. It is accessible only by boating or hiking in, and offers all of the activities the gorge is famous for – fishing, boating, kayaking, swimming, hiking and more. The campground is surrounded by scenic cliffs and offers 18 single-family sites, each with its own cabana, picnic table and fire ring.
  • Cheer on modern day cowboys and cowgirls.
    Sweetwater County hosts a number of rodeos, thanks in large part to the fine facilities at the Sweetwater County Events Complex, which draws thousands of rodeo competitors and tourists each year. This premier complex is a big part of the reason Barrel Horse News Magazine named Rock Springs one of the top 10 small town barrel racing destinations. The National Barrel Horse Association (NBHA) State Finals are in September, and in July the events complex hosts the “World's Largest Rodeo” – the National High School Finals Rodeo. Also in July is the Red Desert Roundup, which is part of Wyoming’s Big Show and was twice voted “The Best Mountain States Circuit PRCA Rodeo.”
  • Walk in the footsteps of the pioneers.
    Sweetwater County has more miles of still-visible pioneer trails than any other area in the U.S. Discover the pioneer spirit by retracing the steps of early Americans on the miles of trails where wagon wheel ruts still remain. The longest and most famous early-American pioneer trails all pass through Sweetwater County, including the Oregon, Mormon Pioneer, Pony Express and California National Historic Trails. In fact, these trails parallel modern-day Highway 28, making them easily accessible by car. Additional trails include the Cherokee, Overland, Outlaw, and Old Emigrant.
  • Watch wild horses run.
    The Pilot Butte Wild Horse Scenic Loop Tour – commencing from either Green River or Rock Springs – is the best way to catch a glimpse of the wild horses that call Sweetwater County home. The horses are living examples of the wide-open landscape and untamed spirit that is a hallmark of southwestern Wyoming. The current herds are primarily decedents of the Spanish horses that were introduced into the area in the 1500s.
  • Visit Historic South Pass.
    A cornerstone in the history of U.S. westward migration in the 19th Century, this once-thriving mining town now houses more than 20 original structures, thousands of artifacts and the Gold Mining Interpretive Center. Set to become one of the flagship historic sites in the nation, this landmark offers prospectors the chance to pan for their own gold in streams, just like the olden days.


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

Sweetwater County Travel Tools