7 Reasons to Exit at Rock Springs and Green River
Road Trip to Sweetwater County
From unmatched outdoor adventure to family-friendly fun, Rock Springs and Green River are filled with one-of-a-kind local experiences just off of I-80 in Southwest Wyoming. Whether you’re passing through to the state’s famed National Parks to the north or visiting Sweetwater County’s majestic Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area to the south, there are plenty of reasons to exit at exits 89-122! Here are the top seven:
1) Adventures Along the Green River
Discover the mighty Green River and its namesake town in Sweetwater County. Located along the banks of the river is Expedition Island and the Green River Whitewater Park and Tubing Channel. Visitors and locals alike can cool off in the summer months and into early fall by kayaking, tubing or simply wading in the waters. Watersport rentals are available at White Mountain Lumber & Rental in Green River. When the weather cools down, Expedition Island is perfect for afternoon picnics or sunset strolls along the Greenbelt Pathway.
2) Shopping at Local Markets in Downtown Rock Springs
Exit 107 leads to the vibrant and historical town of Rock Springs. Make sure to shop and eat local at one of the festive markets or events such as the Main Street Market, the city’s oldest farmer’s market! Downtown Rock Springs is filled with local and regional vendors every Thursday from mid-July through mid-September. Other year-round events include 2nd Saturdays which are held on the second saturday of each month in Downtown Rock Springs.
3) Camping in Flaming Gorge Country
Some of the best parts of a road trip are the stops you make along the way. Just south of Rock Springs and Green River, explore the outdoor oasis known as Flaming Gorge Country. Setup camp for a night at one of the many lakeside campgrounds such as the Firehole Canyon Campground, just 30 miles from Rock Springs. Experience unrivaled stargazing, fishing, boating, hiking and more in the national recreation area.
4) Mountain Biking at the #1 Trail System in the State
You can’t pass through Southwest Wyoming without making a stop at the state’s top-rated mountain biking trails. The Wilkins Peak Trail System offers an extensive number of trails for all skill levels plus breathtaking views of the diverse landscapes which make the ride even more rewarding.
5) Exploring the Red Desert and Great Divide Basin
Discover the high desert in Sweetwater County known as the Red Desert. A portion of the Continental Divide known as the Great Divide Basin runs through the county, east of Rock Springs and Green River. Here you’ll find a dry region filled with desert flora and fauna, undisturbed wildlife and magnificent landmarks. Explore the Oregon Buttes Wilderness Study Area near Farson for wildlife photography, scenic vistas, hiking, horseback riding and more.
6) Sand Sledding at Killpecker Sand Dunes
Exit 107 also brings you to the world’s second largest active sand dunes, Killpecker Sand Dunes. These singing sand dunes are also part of the Red Desert and offer a variety of outdoor recreation opportunities for both families and thrill-seekers looking for fun. Try sand sledding at the dunes on a sled or skis!
7) Learning Local History
Rock Springs and Green River have a rich history filled with Native American stories, dinosaurs, railroading, coal mining and pioneers. Whether you prefer to learn at the museum or on the go, there are plenty of ways to step into the past. Visit one of the local museums in Rock Springs and Green River, or head to historical sites such as the White Mountain Petroglyphs or the Oregon Trail.
With seven new reasons to exit at Rock Springs & Green River, start planning your adventure to Sweetwater County. Order a complimentary travel guide filled with inspiration and itineraries, and follow these 5 tips for adventuring responsibly in Sweetwater County.