Sweetwater County Travel & Tourism Announces Top 5
Ways to Keep Kids Learning on Summer Vacation Apr 24, 2015

Sweetwater County, Wyoming is your Educational Summer Destination

Sweetwater County, Wyo. – Research shows that all young people experience learning loss when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Education, most students score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer vacation than they did at the beginning of the break.

Sweetwater County, located in southwest Wyoming, offers an anecdote for educational evaporation with these vacation ideas that are not only fun for the whole family, but are also informative.

  • Take a guided tour.
    Green River Wild Horse Tours and Safaris and The Wild Calls are two tour operators in the area that offer adventure and learning. Let the knowledgeable tour guides chart educational exploration throughout southwestern Wyoming, which in many ways is like stepping back into the days of the Wild West. The “show and tell” excursions include glimpses of the area’s history, wild horse herds, archaeology, cowboy culture and more.
  • Read the writing on the walls.
    The ancient artwork of the White Mountain Petroglyphs is located 26 miles northeast of Rock Springs. Over a dozen panels bear hundreds of figures – elk, buffalo, horses, teepees and humans – that were etched into the sandstone bedrock by the ancestors of present Plains and Great Basin Native American people.
  • Study unique rock formations.
    Southwestern Wyoming is the perfect place to cultivate a budding explorer, topographical engineer or geological enthusiast. An ancient lake, which dried up thousands of years ago, created Sweetwater’s high desert climate, leaving behind soil formed by the erosion of sandstone and shale. Such a setting made conditions rife for the natural phenomena of stunning rock formations. To help visitors explore these handiworks of Mother Nature, Sweetwater County Travel & Tourism compiled a guide to view six geological wonders in the area.
  • Step back in time.
    Reading history can be boring, but experiencing it first-hand is impactful! Sweetwater County boasts more miles of still-visible pioneer trails than any other area in the country, enabling visitors to literally walk in the footsteps of early American settlers. At the town of Reliance one can see the remains of the mining and railroad industries that created many of the towns throughout Wyoming. Expedition Island, located in the center of Green River, is a National Historical Site. It recognizes the starting point for two expeditions down the Green and Colorado Rivers led by Major John Wesley Powell in 1869 and 1871 that ultimately helped him discover the Grand Canyon.
  • Explore Sweetwater’s museums.
    American history is captured in the many museums of Sweetwater County. The Rock Springs Historical Museum offers an in-depth look at the pioneer and mining history of Wyoming. The Sweetwater County Historical Museum, housed in a 1931 post office building that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, enables visitors to experience what life was like for early settlers and Native Americans. Dinosaur lovers won’t want to miss the Western Wyoming Community College (WWCC) Natural History Museum in Rock Springs. The WWCC houses five life-size replicas of the hulking creatures that thundered across the open space of Wyoming tens of millions of years ago.

For more information about planning a trip to Sweetwater County 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.


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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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