Welcome in the Fall season with a visit to scenic Carbon County, Wyoming. Here you can enjoy a combination of local culture, scenic beauty, and abundant outdoor recreation in a tranquil setting.
Take part in the infamous Haunted Halloween Night Tours at the Wyoming Frontier Prison
Haunted Tours are on October 28, 29 and 31st. They run from 7pm to midnight every half hour. Reservations are required! Reservations will be available on the Wyoming Frontier Prison website beginning early October. Guests 13 or older only.
Welcome in the Fall season with a visit to scenic Carbon County, Wyoming
Embrace the season and plan a getaway to Carbon County, Wyoming to observe bountiful wildlife and breath-taking scenery. It’s a beautiful time to visit and plan a fall road trip.
Wyoming’s scenery will not disappoint! Take in the fall foliage on a scenic drive. Keep your eyes open and you may catch a glimpse of Wyoming’s native wildlife species including deer, antelope, moose, elk, bald eagles, badger and more!
Driving through a glowing aspen tunnel in “Aspen Alley” near Battle Mountain Pass is simply unforgettable. The drive up and around the pass is also gorgeous, with vistas of surrounding mountains, and lakes, as well as numerous wildlife watching opportunities.
Take the Snowy Range Scenic Byway for one of the most scenic drives in the world!
This high-altitude drive offers an unforgettable introduction to the mountainous West as it winds through the Rocky Mountains. As you drive the Snowy Range Scenic Byway, you’ll wind through the massive Medicine Bow-Routte Forest on a mountain drive that offers views of gigantic granite peaks, glittering lakes, and thick forests. The scenery is stunning!
Stop in Saratoga to soak up some fun.
In Saratoga, stop in The Snowy Mountain Brewery and try the delicious local craft brews! Snack on pub-style food from sandwiches and handmade pizza to grilled steak, grilled salmon and BBQ ribs. The Saratoga Hot Springs Resort features a private 70-foot mineral hot springs pool and teepee-covered smaller mineral pools. Turn on the adventure by renting a UTV at the resort for half-day or full-day adventure!
There’s also a hot spring in Saratoga, known as the Hobo Hot Springs, which is free and open to the public 24 hours a day! Afterwards, stop at Bella’s Bistro in Saratoga, which serves delicious Italian cuisine.
Visit Historic Rawlins, Wyoming
From Saratoga, head north to Rawlins where you can walk a stretch of the Continental Divide Trail, which stretches from Canada to Mexico. Hop on the trail for hiking at Rawlins Spring Park. Afterwards, you can fuel up on curries at Anong’s Thai Cuisine or the Aspen House Restaurant for blackened ribeye or vegetarian dishes.
While in Rawlins you will want to check out the historic Wyoming Frontier Prison. It was in use from 1901 – 1981 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Guided tours are available year-round. The Carbon County Museum is also worth visiting and features exhibits highlighting the rich heritage of the area.
Discover Carbon County’s History, Legend and Lore
A large draw to Carbon County is the history, legend and lore of it’s western past. When you visit Carbon County, you can step back in time and stay in one of the three hotels on the National Register of Historic Places. The oldest hotel in the county is The Hotel Wolf. Passengers on stage coaches used it as a place to rest and eat. The Historic Elk Mountain Hotel features an eclectic style with a touch of Victorian elegance and Country charm, and no two rooms are alike. The food there is pretty incredible as well! The Historic Virginia Hotel, was the biggest one between Denver and Salt Lake City back in 1911. This was the place for cowboys and railroad workers to rest and refuel, as well as serving as a central spot for meetings and gatherings. Today, you can return to those times in antique sleeping rooms or at the Shiloh Saloon, where bullet holes riddled throughout remind you of past shootouts!
Find Lodging and Plan Your Trip
The best place to start planning your visit to Carbon County is at our website: https://www.wyomingcarboncounty.com
We have a lodging and dining directory to help you find your perfect basecamp. You will also want to make sure to download our free area travel guide. Another popular resource is our collection of interactive maps which are especially great for outdoor recreation adventure planning. We also recommend checking out area videos which showcase specific adventure ideas and places to add to your travel itinerary.