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Your American west road trip is off to a great start. The family had a blast exploring the ancient petroglyphs at White Mountain, seeing the wild horses at Pilot Butte and flying over sand dunes on their ATVs at Killpecker Sand Dunes – and you’ve just scratched the surface. With so many summer adventures to discover, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find just as many activities and events to keep your family cool and entertained in Sweetwater County. From golfing to hunting and everything in between, it is truly a paradise for the outdoorsy family. When you’re ready for a tranquil, chilly retreat, make your refreshing itinerary with our comprehensive list.
If your family’s idea of a relaxing cool-down is casting a line, you won’t find a better place to hook a trophy fish. We’re home to numerous reservoirs, including the 90 miles of shore at Lake Flaming Gorge, cold-water fisheries and rivers, you can conveniently angle from your boat, in-stream or on the waterfront. Ensure your good time by checking the local fishing report and regulations. And be sure to come back in winter for our award-winning ice fishing and fishing competitions.
Kayaking, rafting, tubing and swimming are classic summer activities designed to keep your family cool. Luckily, Sweetwater County is in no short supply of venues to meet your on-the-water needs. Green River Whitewater Park and Tubing Channel is a great place to start. With enough variety to keep everyone entertained and activities for all skill levels, you’ll be glad you tested the waters at this family-friendly adventure playground.
If you’re looking to add sailing, jet skiing and boating to your “chill-out schedule,” your family will love the high-speed adventures you can have in Flaming Gorge Country. Not only can you take an unforgettable scenic drive through the surrounding mountains, you can also find a shady spot to camp near the shores, launch your watercraft of choice, fish, swim, and unwind in this breezy high-desert oasis. Need to rent tubing and kayaking gear? Visit White Mountain Rentals or Plains Tire.
Top-off your wet and wild Sweetwater adventures with some local summer events. Each one provides a unique way to explore the county’s culture while staying cool.
Visit Expedition Island and Evers Park during this signature three-day occasion, Flaming Gorge Days. Expedition Island is a historical marker that now serves as a launching point for tubing, kayaking and rafting, as well as a favored fishing and picnicking spot. Next door, Evers Park’s Splash Park is an amusing way for the family to cool off. Known as “Southwest Wyoming’s Weekend of Fun,” festivities for Flaming Gorge Days include sports tournaments, evening concerts, children’s entertainment and much more.
The nation’s largest rodeo, National High School Finals Rodeo, is held in the Sweetwater Events Complex. Take a break from the heat, indoors, while your family enjoys the heart-pounding performances of top international competitors. Events include Bareback, Saddle Bronc and Bull Riding, Tie-Down and Team Roping, Cutting, Steer Wrestling, Barrel Racing, Pole Bending and Goat Tying.
The summer event of the American West is Wyoming’s Big Show. During the last week of July and first week of August, this week-long affair draws crowds from states away. Your family can feel the wind in their hair with Brown’s Amusement Carnival and beat the heat at the after dark concert series featuring top musical artists, as well as many indoor exhibits, performances, circus acts and refreshing food vendors. Find out more about this can’t-miss celebration here.
The annual River Festival in Green River is another cool escape from the heat of the summer. Enjoy two days packed with action at Expedition Island. Children will love the Duck Race and kids’ games. Parents will enjoy the Micro Brew Garden, Art on the Green and Car Show on Evers Park. The whole family will appreciate the water access surrounding the park, evening concerts and nightly fireworks displays.
If you want to cool off but you’re pressed for time, worry not! Sweetwater County is brimming with exceptional municipal amenities. The Green River Recreation Center provides swimming lessons, lap lanes, a slide and diving board, as well as floating challenges on Saturdays. Rock Springs Civic Center also offers a pool, including rare features like a climbing wall and an evening concert series held at Bunning Park. If you’re going to choose one, be sure not to miss the Rock Springs Family Recreation Center. This state-of-the-art recreation center has everything from hydro-aerobics to a lazy river to a spray-water play area.