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5 Can’t-Miss Day Trips in Sweetwater County

Start in Sweetwater County and follow the beaten path to gorgeous sights and exhilarating experiences.

By Kayla Walden on May 23, 2019

Sweetwater County WY
Rock Springs / Jeff Adkins

Want to get away but can’t take more than a day? Sweetwater County has plenty of scenic routes and day trip drives to keep you entertained. 

1. Flaming Gorge Reservoir and the Green River

Length of Drive: 90 minutes

What’s ThereTwo of Wyoming’s most scenic fishing destinations, Flaming Gorge Reservoir and the Green River are perfect for catching prize-winning trout in the summer or ice fishing on a winter morning. For those wanting to go without waders, additional outdoor adventures include tubing, water skiing, and hiking through the area’s desert and forest trails.

Local Tip: If you need to purchase a fishing license, make a quick stop at Ace Hardware in Rock Springs before hitting the waters.

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Rock Springs / Arnold Brokling

2. WhereWhite Pine Ski Resort

Length of Drive: 2 hours

What’s ThereWhite Pine Ski Resort offers outdoor adventurers 25 runs for downhill skiing and snowboarding at elevations reaching 9,500 feet. If rocketing through the ski trails isn’t your cup of tea, White Pine features horseback riding, mountain biking, scenic chairlift rides, camping, and fishing throughout the rest of the year.

Local TipWhen you’re ready for a break from the ski slopes, drink in the magnificent alpine views on the tubing hill.

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Rock Springs / Saratoga Hot Springs Resort

3. Where: Saratoga Hot Springs Resort

Length of Drive: 2 hours, 15 minutes

What’s There: Perfect for romantic getaways or weekend retreats, Saratoga Hot Springs Resort is Wyoming’s premier hot springs destination. Whether you want to soak away your troubles in the healing mineral waters, play a round on the golf course, or enjoy a local craft beer, this one-of-a-kind Western resort has something for everyone.

Local TipSeeking an unforgettable adventure? Ask the resort staff to customize an activity for your stay to make the trip one for the memory books. 

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Rock Springs / Arnold Brokling

4. Where: Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge

Length of Drive: 45 minutes

What’s ThereSpanning over 26,000 acres in southwestern Wyoming, Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge is rich in history and culture. While hundreds of thousands of pioneers crossed these lands on The Oregon and Mormon Trails, today’s visitors can enjoy all the birding, wildlife watching, fishing, hiking, hunting, and boating the refuge has to offer.

Local Tip: While camping isn’t allowed on the refuge, outdoor enthusiasts can make arrangements at one of the nearby campgrounds: Slate Creek, Weeping Rock or Tailrace.

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Rock Springs / Jeff Adkins

5. Where: Red Canyon Lodge

Length of Drive: 1 hour, 30 minutes

What’s ThereTucked in the Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area, Red Canyon Lodge is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream, offering an abundance of winter activities like cross-country skiing and snowshoeing and summer recreation that includes hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and world-class fly fishing in the heart of the West.

Local TipAfter a full schedule of outdoor adventures, make reservations to enjoy a lavish dinner at the Lodge’s award-winning restaurant with meals ranging from wild game to gourmet desserts.

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