Two hot springs experiences, one free, await you in a string of small southern Wyoming towns in Carbon County. Break up your drive by stopping at some of these attractions.
1. Soak in Hot Springs
In Saratoga, choose between two different hot springs experiences. The Hobo Hot Springs are free mineral pools and open 24 hours a day. At Saratoga Hot Springs Resort, only guests can access the teepee-covered mineral pools and 70-foot mineral hot spring pool.
It’s also home to the country’s only brewery with its own hot springs resort when you go to The Snowy Mountain Brewery. Afterwards, dry off and sip great local microbrews in the Snowy Mountain Biergarten or indoor taproom that serves pub-style food from sandwiches and handmade pizza to grilled steak.
Spend the night in one of the rustic rooms at the on-site Saratoga Springs Resort. In the morning, play golf at the nine-hole public golf course that runs along the North Platte River. Or turn on the adventure by renting a UTV at the resort. Choose from UTVs that accommodate two-to-six passengers for half-day or full-day adventures.
2. Drive Scenic Byways
The 73-mile Seminoe-Alcova Back Country Byway in southern Wyoming brings you by a patchwork of prairie country and high desert en route over the Seminoe Mountains. The south end starts in Sinclair and ends in Alcova about 30 miles southwest of Casper. Or enjoy the solitude you’ll find on the 29-mile Snowy Range Scenic Byway, which travels along Hwy. 130 through the Medicine Bow National Forest.
The mountain range got its name from the sugary-white quartz that reflects the sunlight and looks like snow year-round. (The above photo shows real snow, not the illusion.) This drive is prone to road closures during the winter. Check conditions before you head out. www.wyoroad.info
3. Spend the Night in a Historic Hotel
Spend the night at the historic Hotel Wolf and Restaurant in Saratoga, which was built by Frederick Wolf in 1893. Grab a regional microbrew and the best burger around in the saloon.
4. Enjoy Local Food
Stop at Bella’s Bistro in Saratoga, which serves classic Italian meals on its outdoor patio or in its cute green house with red shutters. For fine dining, stop by the Aspen House Restaurant, established in 1905 in downtown Rawlins for blackened ribeye or vegetarian dishes. Buck’s Sports Grill and Anong’s Thai Cuisine in Rawlins also are popular among locals.
5. Walk on the Continental Divide Trail
In Rawlins, you can walk a stretch of the Continental Divide Trail, which stretches from Canada to Mexico. Hop on the trail at Rawlins Spring Park at the intersection of West Davis and Bennett Streets.
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