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Sweetwater County Bucket List Check a Few Items off Your List in Rock Springs & Green River

Sweetwater County is home to 10,500 square miles of pure, high desert adventure.  Check out the top 10 attractions to put on your Travel Bucket List!

1. Visit the Flaming Gorge
The Flaming Gorge Scenic Byway is situated where the rugged Uinta Mountains meet the expansive Wyoming desert, the breathtaking scenery is the perfect setting for boating, fishing, mountain biking, ATVing and hiking. There is plenty to see and do year-round. In fact, the fun continues as the flakes fall in winter. From cross-country skiing to snowshoeing the trails to ice fishing for the big catch, cold-weather fanatics have plenty to do. The area is also home to a wide array of wildlife like moose, Rocky Mountain elk, pronghorn antelope, bighorn sheep and a variety of trout. 

2. Hike to the Ancient Cliff Dwellings on White Mountain
Discover the White Mountain Petroglyphs, where you will find a unique version of Southwest Wyoming’s history told through etchings in the sandstone walls of White Mountain. The Plains and Great Basin Indians who lived in this area (roughly 200 to 1,000 years ago) left behind a legacy of their lifestyle in the form of hundreds of fascinating carvings. Head up U.S. 191 about 10 miles north of Rock Springs. Turn right at CR 4-18 (at the sign that reads Petroglyphs, Sand Dunes, Boar’s Tusk), then left at CR 4-17, and drive about 14 miles on the dirt road until you reach the White Mountain Petroglyphs sign. Turn left onto the rougher dirt road and drive about 2 miles until you reach the BLM parking lot. From here, you’re on foot for ¼ mile on a packed foot trail to the petroglyphs. 

3. Kayak Down the Green River
Located right in the heart of the City of Green River, the Green River Whitewater Park and Tubing Channel offers not only the easiest access around, but also the most options for cooling off. Split into two channels that wrap around Expedition Island, the park encompasses challenging rapids as well as gentle wading pools for families.

The northern channel stretches for a full 1,200 feet and is tailor-made for mellow endeavors such as wading, tubing and swimming. A series of gently plunging rapids give tubers a thrill over three different four-foot drops. Be SafeDon't forget to check current whitewater conditions with USGS!

4. Experience a World-Class Rodeo
It's not surprising that you can get a hearty dose of rodeo in Sweetwater County, Wyoming. After all, Wyoming embodies cowboy culture, and in few places is that more evident than a local (or regional) rodeo. From saddle bronc to barrel racing and everything in between, these competitions demonstrate the unique skills often needed on ranches across the West.

5. Take in a Festival
Sweetwater County is home to nearly a dozen festivals throughout the year. If you are a fan of international activities, cars, sports, ice sculpting, or live music then Southwest Wyoming is the place for you! There is a festival to tickle everyone’s fancy! Check out tourwyoming.com/events to find out the dates of these great events.

6. Explore Seedskadee Wildlife Refuge
The Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge is more than 26,000 acres of wide-open wildlife adventure waiting to happen. Situated between the Fontenelle Dam and Green River, it’s a major attraction for those who want to go birding, wildlife watching, fishing or hunting—no matter the time of year. Cross-country ski or snowshoe in the winter for an experience you'll never forget. Head west on I-80 and take the exit for LaBarge State Highway 372 north, and go about 28 miles to the refuge headquarters turnoff.

7. Pedal through the Wilkins’ Peak Trail System
The Wilkins’ Peak Trail System allows bicyclists to warm up their legs on the lower-elevation and easier trails along the Green River, like heading out on “10 Ring” and looping back on “Surfing”. Then, get your heart racing on the labyrinth of single-track trails on the peak’s western face, such as “Brent and Mikes” and “Quick Draw”. For technical biking, hit up the aptly named 4.5-mile “Pick Your Poison”.

8. Journey through history
From dinosaurs to pioneer trails and mountain men to coal miners, Sweetwater County is diverse in its history. Not the museum type? Check out the ruts left from the handcarts and wagons of the earliest settlers or venture to Sheep Creek and experience a vast geological story.

9. Discover the Killpecker Sand Dunes
The Killpecker Sand Dunes offer beautiful, soft dunes to explore, as well as the remains of a tumultuous geologic past in the form of buttes and spires like the 400-foot-tall Boar’s Tusk, North Table Mountain, South Table Mountain, Black Rock, Spring Butte and the Leucite Hills. From Rock Springs, take U.S. 191 about 10 miles to the north. Turn right at CR 4-18 (at the sign that reads Petroglyphs, Sand Dunes, Boar’s Tusk), and then turn left at CR 4-17.

10. Create your own adventure
Sweetwater County is home to adventure around every corner. Activities include camping, fishing, golfing, sightseeing, wildlife viewing, hunting dinosaurs, shopping, and just plain getting away from it all. Sweetwater County is truly the ideal location for your next adventure

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