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                     May 2008
2-The Ultimate Guide to Sweetwater County
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Green River
                Area Events for 2008
*June 6-7, Overland Stage Stampede Rodeo, Green River Rodeo Grounds; call, 307-872-0580.
*June 7-8, Buckboard Marina Fishing Derby, Buckboard Marina, Flaming Gorge Reservoir; contact Les Tan-
ner, 307-875-6927.
*June 26-28, Flaming Gorge Days; contact Green River Chamber, 307-875-5711.
*July 4, City of Green River Fireworks Celebration, beginning at dark.
*Aug. 22-23, 7th annual River Festival, Expedition Island; features Cajun shrimp boil, live band and fireworks,
Run with the Horses Marathon, free kids games and much more; contact Green River Chamber, 307-875-5711.
*Aug. 22-23 Art on the Green. Contact Green River Chamber, 307-875-5711.

Rock Springs

*July 11-12 Wild Horse and Western Art Show, SCM Parish Center, call Rock Springs Chamber of Commerce,
*July 12 , International Day, Bunning Park in downtown Rock Springs; contact Rock Springs Chamber for
more information, 307-362-3771.
*July 24-26, Red Desert Roundup Rodeo, grandstands at the Sweetwater County Events Complex; tickets avail-
able at the Green River and Rock Springs Chambers; contact 307-872-6348 for more info.
*July 29-Aug.-2, Wyoming’s Big Show county fair, Sweetwater County Events Complex; contact 307-872-6348
for more info.

Sublette County

*June 15, Father’s Day Fishing Derby at Fremont Lake, call 888-285-7282.
*July 2-4 Chuckwagon Days Rodeo and July Fourth festivities, Marbleton and Big Piney, call 888-285-7282.
*July 10-13, Annual Green River Rendezvous Festival, Rendezvous Pageant, call 888-285-7282.
July 20, Daniel Oldtimers’ Picnic, Daniel, call 888-285-7282.
*July 26-Aug. 3,Sublette County Fair, Big Piney-Marbleton, call 307-276-5373.
*Aug. 9-10, Sailing Regatta on Fremont Lake, call 888-285-7282.
*Sept. 27, Pinedale Half Marathon, call 888-285-7282.
Bridger Valley

*May-Sept., Museum and Trading Post open 7 days a week 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. School and Group Tours available
*June-Labor Day, Costumed Interpreters in Historic Buildings
*June 16-18, Pike County Mess Emigrant Reenactment
*Aug. 29-Sept. 1, Annual Labor Day Fort Bridger Rendezvous Association Mountain Man Rendezvous
*October 27, Halloween at the Fort - Spooky Tours and Trick or Treating
Call 782-3842 for up to date scheduling, changes, and times.

Manila-Vernal-Flaming Gorge

*June 14, Manila Festival, noon, Manila Park
*June 16, Cowboy Country Junior Rodeo*June 8, Tower Rock Run, call 435-784-3436 for more information.
*July 3, Car show and Ice Cream Social.
*July 5, Dutch John concert and fireworks.
*July 18-19, Cow Country Rodeo, 7 p.m., Manila rodeo grounds 435-889-3759.
Aug. 16, Tower Rock Run 10K and Gold Medal Mile.
Aug. 30, Daggett Daze Parade and kids’ activities.
*Sept. 1, Labor Day weekend festivities, Parade, 10 a.m., Parade of Lights, Lucerne Marina at dark, fireworks to
follow. Call 435-784-3158 for more information.

 Enjoy your stay, and please drive safely!
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                                          Service Directory
                                                                                    White Mountain Mining Co.-Pg.12
            Sweetwater County                                                       John Paras-Pg.27
                                                                                    Red Desert Rodeo- Pg.29
Taco Time-Pg.23                                                                     Sage Creek Bagels-Pg.12
Little America-Pg.23
Sweetwater County Travel and Tourism-Back Cover                                                 Northeast Utah
Sweetwater County Events Complex-Inside front cover
Flaming Gorge Rec Services - Back Cover                                             The Hub/Mustang Travel Shop-Pg.45
                                                                                    Slaugh’s Chevron-Pg.39
                         Green River                                                Dinosaur Land-Pg.41
                                                                                    Red Canyon Lodge-Pg.35,37
City of Green River-Pg.20, inside back cover                                        Buckboard Marina-Pg.45
Green River Chamber of Commerce-Pg.6                                                Flaming Gorge Recreation Services-Pg.39-
Hampton Inn and Suites-Pg.46                                                        Vernal Chamber of Commerce-Pg.37
Don Pedros-Pg.7                                                                     Flaming Gorge KOA-Pg.43
Desert Divers-Pg.23                                                                 Farson/Eden
JLT Steakhouse-Pg.18                                                                Feed Store-Pg.47
Harts and Flowers-Pg.15                                                             Hitch N Stitch-Pg.47
Trona ValleyFCU-Pg.33                                                               Mitch’s Cafe-Pg.47
Favorite Things-Pg.33                                                               Country Burger-Pg.47
Sweetwater County Museum-Pg.9                                                       Lambreth Studios-Pg.48
Springtime Laundromat-Pg.11
Super 8 Motel-Pg.10
China Garden-Pg.33                                                                       Pinedale/Sublette County
Oak Tree Inn-Pg.31
K-Motive-Pg.31                                                                      Cafe on Pine-Pg.49
Club 86-Pg.13                                                                       Patio Grill-Pg.52
Wyoming Embroidery-Pg.33                                                            Cajun Cove Rendezvous-Pg.52
FMC/Solvay/OCI/General Chemical-Pg.35                                               Suger Shack-Pg.49
Robinson’s-Pg.23                                                                    Teton Court Motel-Pg.49
Sweetwater Trophies-Pg.11                                                           Museum of the Mountain Men-Pg.51
Treasures-Pg.9                                                                      The Barn Door-Pg.49
                                                                                    Pinedale Visitor’s Center-Pg.50
                       Rock Springs                                                 Togwotee Lodge/Moran-Pg.54
                                                                                    Lodge at Pinedale-Pg.52
Community Fine Arts-Pg.17                                                           Co-zy dècor-Pg.52
Rock Springs Chamber of C ommerce-Pg.21                                             Venture West-Pg.52
Local Color-Pg.19                                                                   Marbleton Inn-Pg.50
Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County-Pg.25                                        Daniel Junction Food Mart-Pg.52
Cee Anna’s-Pg.19
Don’s RV-Pg.23                                                                            Lincoln/Uinta County
High Desert Polaris-Pg.15
Work Warehouse-Pg.12                                                                Union Wireless-Pg.23
White Mountain Golf-Pg.27                                                           America’s Best value Inn-Pg.48
Rock Springs Historical Museum-Pg.21                                                Fort Bridger-Pg.46
Liquor Depot-Pg.17                                                                  Mountain View Drive-In-Pg.48
Golden Corral-Pg.19                                                                 Antelope Crossing Pub-Pg.48

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                      City of Green River
                                          Green River was a vital crossroads          Expedition Island also marks the
                                       in the development of the western           beginning of the Greenbelt walking
                                       frontier.                                   paths, which follow the Green River for
                                          The city is rich in western history      more than 6 miles.
                                       and served as a stopover for both the          The Green River through the city is
                                       Overland Stage Line and the Pony Ex-        a great place for raft and tube floating
                                       press.                                      and water enthusiasts can start at the
                                          In addition, several major emigrant      west end of the city and end at River-
                                       trails passed nearby, including the Or-     side Park.
                                       egon, California, Mormon and Chero-            The Flaming Gorge Loop Tour can
                                       kee trails. Ruts from these trails can      also start in Green River.
                                       still be seen on the desert near town.         After leaving Interstate 80, proceed
                                          With the arrival of the transconti-      south on Highway 530 to Manila, Utah.
                                       nental railroad in 1868, Green River        Take Highway 44 east to Highway 191
                                       was firmly established as a major west-     and travel north to the Flaming Gorge
                                       ern destination, and railroad buffs still   Dam and Dutch John, Utah, a dis-
                                       enjoy a visit to the working railroad       tance of about 83 miles. Leaving the
                                       today.                                      dam, proceed north on US 191 along
                                          Near downtown is Expedition Is-          the eastern edge of Flaming Gorge Na-
THIS CLIMBER has a bird’s eye          land National Historic Site, where          tional Recreation Area, completing the
view of the city from one of the       John Wesley Powell began his famous         loop 11 miles east of Green River.
many rock formations surround-         explorations of the Green River.               The entire loop is approximately
ing the town.                             This celebrated past is remembered       150 miles.
   Green River is the gateway to the   in several annual events, including the        Once back in town, there are a vriety
Flaming Gorge National Recreation      Overland Stage Stampede Rodeo and           of lodging and dining establishments
Area from the north.                   Flaming Gorge Days.                         available. Stay an extra day!

   1155 W. FLAMING GORGE WAY, GREEN RIVER, WY 82935 • 307-875-5711 • WWW.GRCHAMBER.COM
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                             Rock Formations
   Southwestern Wyoming is located on a high desert that            The imposing sentinel of the valley consists of regular
resulted from an ancient lake that receded and then dried        horizontal strata. The many layers are rich with fossilized
up thousands of years ago, leaving behind soil formed by the     fish and plants, testimony to the vast lake of the past.
erosion of sandstone and shale.                                     The Palisades, west of Green River, was used as a refer-
   Few green things besides sagebrush and prairie grass          ence point for trappers and traders clear back to the days
grow willingly in this area. However, the rock formations of     of the American Fur Company in the early part of the 19th
the area compensate for the lack of greenery.                    century.
   Sweetwater County is rich in rock formations. In fact,           Native Americans used the area to cross the river dur-
nearly every type of major geological formation can be found     ing low water and found excellent protection from the ele-
within a short distance of one of the communities. Whether       ments.
you are looking for a pinnacle to climb or an uplift to photo-      Famous artist Thomas Moran depicted the Palisades in
graph, the area offers something for everyone.                   many paintings, including “Cliffs of the Green River.”
   One of the earliest travelers through the area was Howard        The area continues to be a popular subject for painters
Stansbury, who passed through in the early 1850s search-         and photographers.
ing for a route for the Transcontinental Railroad. He went          Those traveling any direction through the county will see
on to record how awed he was by the formations along the         a flat mesa far in the distance that seems to dominate the
Green River and how inspiring he found the work of Mother        surrounding landscape. Called Pilot Buttem this mesa has
Nature.                                                          been used as a landmark since the first people came to the
   Since that time, millions have traveled the east-west         region. Native Americans used it to find their camping and
route, marveling at the formations created by eons of rain       hunting grounds, as well as familiar rivers and streams. To-
and wind.                                                        day, it is still used by stock men, pilots and hunters to orient
   Castle Rock, high above Interstate 80, is probably the        themselves in the area.
most formidable. It has been called many names through
the years, including the Citadel and Indian Head Rock.           (Continued on next page)

             Don Pedro Family
            Mexican Restaurant
              Come in for one of
              our nightly specials
            Mansface Plaza, 520 Wilkes Dr.
                #10, Green River, WY
                  (307) 875-7324
           Lunch & Dinner • 7 Days a Week
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                                   Toll GaTe RoCk and The GReen RiveR

Rock Formations .......................from previous page
   A staircase is built into the east side, and the climb to the      Tollgate Rock was named because of the number of tolls
summit allows a breathtaking, panoramic view for miles.            collected at its location. Stories vary, but one of the most oft
   Two of the most legendary formations are the Kissing            told is that early-day Mormons cut a road through a natural
Rocks, just east of Green River. Depending on the direction        gate on the south side of the rock. A chain was installed and a
of travel, the two rocks appear to come together in a kiss or      fee charged to those who wanted to use the road. Sweetwater
pull away from a kiss just finished.                               County records show a toll was assessed many times over the
                                                                   years for the use of the road or for a ferry to cross the river.
   Native Americans believed the spirits of two doomed                Other rock formations in the area include Boar’s Tusk,
lovers from opposing tribes inhabited the rocks and would          just off Highway 191 north of Rock Springs. It is the core of
spend eternity just out of each other’s reach. Rival teams         an ancient volcano and rises 400 feet above the desert floor.
who come to play against Green River teams don’t look at              Like its famous cousin, Devils Tower in northeastern Wy-
the rocks because legend says doing so will cause the visitors     oming, it has great religious importance to Native Americans
to lose.                                                           and is a favorite place for rock climbers.

Below, Castle Rock is the sentinel overlooking Green River.
at left, Finger Rock stand proudly against the blue summer
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Sweetwater County Museum
    The Sweetwater County Museum             The museum has a variety of gift         Something
is located on Flaming Gorge Way in
Green River’s historic post office, and
it contains a trove of fascinating his-
                                          items and books about local residents
                                          and events.
                                             The Sweetwater County Museum
                                                                                      new every
    The museum houses permanent
and temporary exhibits depicting the
                                          also has a large collection of histori-
                                          cal photos and the staff is always
                                          available to help those wanting to do
lives of early settlers in the area.      local historical research.                  • Home Decor • Furniture
    Chinese immigrants had a large           The museum is open Monday                 • Jewels • Kitchenware
impact on the area and many artifacts     through Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
discovered locally are on display. Ac-    Special tours can be arranged by call-        • Remodel • Clothing
tual rooms are set up which replicate     ing 872-6435.                                 • Collectibles • Books
those of an earlier era.                     No fee is charged.
                                                                                        • Movies • Gift Giving
                                                                                       SEASONAL DECOR
                                                        Museum director
                                                        Ruth lauritzen
                                                        stands beside
                                                        a collection of             New & Used
                                                        spear and arrow-            Consignment
                                                        head points at                Variety
                                                        the Sweetwater                Shoppe
                                                        County Museum.
                                                                                      823 Uinta
                                                                                     Green River,

                                                                                                Trails &
                                                                                                Book &
                                                                                                Gift Shop
                                                                                       3 E. Flaming Gorge Way
                                                                                          Green River, WY
                                                                                           (307) 872-6435
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    Rock Springs, WY                                                         Green River, WY
    (307) 362-3800                                                                      (307) 875-9330
    88 West Landway,                         280 W. Flaming Gorge
    82901                                                       82935
    I-80 & Dewar Dr.,                                  On Bus. I-80 -
    Exit 102                                       From E, Exit 91 -
    • Restaurants nearby                            From W, Exit 89
    • High-speed internet                       • High-speed internet
    • Cable 27” TV                                     • Cable 27” TV
    • Free HBO                                            • Free HBO
    • Non-smoking rooms                        • Non-smoking rooms
    • Indoor heated pool/spa
                                              • Pets with permission
    • King/queen size
      beds                                                • All queen-
                              For Toll-Free
    • Free continental                                       size beds
                           Reservations Call:
      breakfast                                     • Free continental
                            1-800-800-8000 or
    • No pets allowed                  breakfast
    • Guest laundry                                   • Guest laundry

                                                           1004 Dewar Drive,
                                                         Rock Springs, WY 82901
                                                            I-80 Exit 102, S 1 mile to motel
                                                                  (307) 362-6673
                                                         Reservations only: 1-800-BUD-HOST

     32 units, continental breakfast, cable TV w/HBO & remotes, high-speed internet,
     queen beds, non-smoking rooms, family rooms, pets with permission.

         • New remodeled rooms • Free continental breakfast
               • High-speed internet • Near restaurants
        • Direct dial phones • Free local calls • Guest laundry
                    • Microwave & fridge in rooms
                  (307) 875-2840
             890 W. Flaming Gorge Way,
                  Green River, WY
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                                                                                            Open 7 days a week -
                                                                                              8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
                                                                                            Drop-off Service • Handicap Accessible

           FoSSil FiSh MoRe Than Seven FeeT lonG.

    Western Wyoming College                                                                Washers
    Natural History Museum
   The Natural History Museum, lo-          by school children in the area and Pro-
cated on the campus of Western Wy-          fessor Charlie Love.
oming Community College in Rock                In addition, the Natural History
                                                                                           80 lb.               Dryers
Springs, holds an enormous collection       Museum has a collection of fossil
of full-size dinosaur replicas available    specimens, an art gallery and repro-
for public viewing.                         ductions of prehistoric cave paintings
   A life-size triceratops, a plesiosaur,   from France and Spain.                            Mansface Plaza
a tyrannosaurus rex and numerous              For more information, call 307-382-            520 Wilkes Dr. #11,
other prehistoric creatures can be          1600. Exhibits are open every day be-               Green River
found scattered throughout campus           tween 9 a.m. and 10 p.m. and can usu-                875-0220
buildings.                                  ally be viewed anytime the college is
   The replicas came to Wyoming in          open.
1989 thanks to help from funds raised          There is no charge for admission.

                                                                        Engraving and
                                                                         Much More!
                                                                        Art by:
                                                                        • Ansel Adams • Vivian Flasch
                                                                        • Terry Redlin • Vivi Crandall
                                                                        • Charles Russell • Thomas Moran
   selection of                                              Sweetwater Trophies,
   Green River                                                Frames & Gifts
   Wolves and                                                          Locally owned & operated.
    Wyoming                                                      79 W. Flaming Gorge, Green River
    Cowboys                                                              Fax: 307-875-3921
      attire.                                                       Email:
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                                                       BoaR’S TuSk with
                                                       Pilot Butte in the                          Your Headquarters
                                                       background is one of                        for
                                                       the dominant features             Clothing by...
                                                       of the killpecker Sand

                                                                                         Boots by...

            Killpecker Dune Fields
   The Killpecker Dune Fields make up         road over the ridge leads to a viewing
the largest moving sand dunes in North        area of the dune fields.
America.                                         There are no services in this area.
   The Leucite Hills are the remains of a     Visitors should take proper gear, in-
widespread volcano field from the Pleis-      cluding water, with them when out in
                                                                                                   “For All Your Workwear Needs”
tocene, about a million years ago. When       the area. Advise family or friends where    PLAZA MALL • 1401 Dewar Dr., Rock Springs, WY 82901
the volcanoes turned dormant, erosion         you are headed and when you plan on         4330 E. 2nd St.
                                                                                                                 (307) 362-2991
                                                                                                            Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8-9, Sat. 8-7
                                                                                                                                             410 East Lakeway
began, and wind carried sand, causing it      returning.                                    WY 82609
                                                                                          (307) 237-8011
                                                                                                                     Sun. 12-5                   WY 82716
                                                                                                                                               (307) 682-5053

to pile into what are now the dunes.
   The dunes can reach 100 feet in
height and run for more than 100 miles
from the area north of Rock Springs and
east of Farson, east to the area north of
Point of Rocks.
                                                 Try our Soup & Salad
   Many recreationalists enjoy hiking in
the area, as well as driving off-road ve-
hicles. Signs are posted as to the specific
                                                  Bar and Low Carb
locations where off-road vehicles can be
   A rare herd of desert elk can be found
                                                     Lettuce Wraps                       • Deep Fried Mushrooms
                                                                                         • Fine Wine Cellar
in the Killpecker area. This herd is the
only one of its kind known to exist in           Fresh - no preservatives!               • Steaks • Lobster

                                                SAGE CREEK
North America.
   Wild horses are frequently seen                                                       • Large Fresh Salads
throughout the area. Near the Leucite
Hills, northeast of Rock Springs, the                                                    • Banquet Facilities

dunes serve as a natural holding facility                                                  Dinner served nightly
for these horses, and became known as
the Natural Corrals.                                                                               Monday - Saturday
   Visitors can get to the Dune Fields by                                                           Open at 5 p.m.
traveling north on U.S. 191 out of Rock
Springs. A turnoff approximately 10             White Mountain Mall
miles north of town turns east on the           2441 Foothill Blvd.                                               Reservations call
Tri-Territory Road.
   This road leads to the Killpecker            362-6006                                                          382-5265
Dune Fields, Boars Tusk and the White                                                                             West of
Mountain Petroglyphs.                                                                                             Rock Springs
   An alternative route is to exit I-80 at
Point of Rocks and proceed east on the
paved road above the interstate. This
road leads past the Jim Bridger Power
Plant. The road forks north of the plant.
Continuing straight leads to the Natural
Corrals; turning north and following the
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Wild Horse                  Large Parking Lot

Happy Hour -
                             50¢ all drinks

Karaoke - ursday starting at 9
Live bands - Every Friday & Saturday

                                                        • Drive-thru is
                                                        • Fun &
                               Bring in this              Atmosphere
                                coupon for              • Domestic &
                              $1.50 OFF                   Imported
                              ONE BOTTLE                  Beer, Wine &
                              OF LIQUOR!                  Liquor
                                                        • Happy Hour
                                                          5-7 pm
                                                        • Daily
                                                        • Pool & Darts
                                                        • Pizza &
                                                        • Big Screen
Corner of Uinta & Nolan, Green River 875-2834             TV
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          Seedskadee Wildlife Refuge
                                                                                       Seedskadee National Wildlife Ref-
                                                                                    uge offers a haven to more than 200
                                                                                    species of birds including all species
                                                                                    native to Wyoming.
                                                                                       Established in 1965, the refuge en-
                                                                                    compasses more than 14,000 acres
                                                                                    along the river between Fontenelle
                                                                                    Dam and Green River. The refuge takes
                                                                                    its name from the Shoshone word for
                                                                                    the Green River: Seeds-kee-dee-Agie,
                                                                                    meaning River of the Sage Chicken.
                                                                                       It is located 37 miles north of Green
                                                                                    River. Visitors can find Seedskadee by
                                                                                    driving west of Green River on I-80 to
                                                                                    the La Barge State Highway 372 north.
                                                                                    The headquarters turnoff is approxi-
                                                                                    mately 28 miles from the La Barge
                                                                                       In addition to providing an opportu-
                                                                                    nity for excellent bird watching, Seed-
                                                                                    skadee offers world-class trout fishing
                                                                                    along with waterfowl, upland bird and
big game hunting.
   Native bird species making the refuge home are prairie falcon, peregrine falcon, owls, hawks and Canadian geese. Bald
and golden eagles also inhabit the area.
   Bottomlands, cottonwood trees and willow thickets produce food and shelter for moose and mule deer as well and the
numerous bird species.
   Public roads or refuge tour routes provide access to much of the refuge. Except for a small area around the headquarter’s
building, the entire refuge is open for walking with fence walkover structures available at some of the more popular spots.
   Camping is not allowed on the refuge. Visitors should bring
sufficient water, food and fuel.
   Historic sites related to early ranching and several crossings of
the Oregon, Mormon Pioneer, Pony Express and California Na-
tional Historic trails can be found within Seedskadee’s boundar-
   The Lombard Ferry Historical Site is located in the refuge ap-
proximately 28 miles west of Farson on Highway 28.
   It is complete with a replica of the ferry built to get pioneers
across the river. Interpretive signs erected by the Bureau of Land
Management tell the story of the ferry and the man who built it.
   A few miles passed the ferry is another BLM site. It is dedicat-
ed to all the pioneers who died along the trail on their trek west-
   The agency received many requests from families searching for
the graves of their ancestors. BLM made the decision to place a
grave that would commemorate all who braved the unknown and
died for their efforts.

                                                                     CReaTuReS laRGe and small can be seen
                                                                     at Seedskedee, from the moose pictured at
                                                                     top, to mule deer to a flock of noisy egrets.
                                                                     many kinds of birds live in the area year-
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             Rock Springs Museum                                                          Unique
   The Rock Springs Historic Museum           Coal is the rock on which the town         Woodwick
is housed in what was the first city hall grew and has played a monumental                candles
in the community.                          part in its history. The coal exhibit gives
   Financed largely from liquor license the visitor a glimpse at a past ruled by
fees, it was the first building to be con- “King Coal.”
structed completely by the residents of       With the mines came many nation-
the coal-mining town, with no funding alities of miners. Flags and ethnic arti-
from the Union Pacific Railroad.           facts illustrate the rich cultural heritage
   The         Ro-                                                   brought by the
manesque archi-                                                      Chinese, Japa-
tecture was not                                                      nese and natives
only the center
for local govern-
                                                                     of many Euro-
                                                                     pean countries.
                                                                                                         See us for a
ment, but also                                                          An exhibit of                     wonderful
became a gather-                                                     infamous out-
ing place for so-                                                    laws of the area                      selection
cial events.
   When the new
                                                                     and the history
                                                                     of stills is also                    of flowers
city hall was built,
the old building
                                                                     on display at the
                                                                     Rock      Springs
                                                                                                            & gifts
was abandoned FlaGS oF Many nations are dis- Museum, which
to the pigeons played at the museum.
and the weather.
                                                                     is open from 10
                                                                     a.m. to 5 p.m.
   A group of volunteers worked to re- Monday-Saturday in the winter. Sum-                HARTS &
open it as a museum for the Wyoming mer hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mon-
Centennial in 1988.                        day and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
   It closed again in 1991-92 while a $2 on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and
million restoration was completed.         11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.
   Exhibits in the museum, both per-                                                       175 Riverview Ste. D,
manent and temporary, depict local            Special tours can be arranged by            Green River, WY 82935
history.                                   calling 362-3138.
                                                                                         875-5494 • 1-800-282-5494

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    Wyoming’s Big Show & Rodeo
    The Sweetwater County Fair -- Wyoming’s Big Show
-- blasts into the Sweetwater County Events Complex
between July 26 and Aug. 2.
    When Wyoming wants to kick up its heels, it does it
during the Big Show.
    Each summer Wyoming’s Big Show draws thousands of
folks to Rock Springs and the Sweetwater Events Com-
    The Big Show delivers on fun with rodeo action,
family-friendly carnival rides, a wide variety of delicious
dining options, evening concerts and 4-H and livestock
    The week starts with the first evening of rodeo on July
24 when the PRCA sanction Red Desert Roundup kicks
off. Cowboys from all over come to compete and deliver a
thrilling experience for spectators.
    The rodeo runs through July 26.
    The Big Show gets underway immediately afterward,
with fun for everyone, young and old.
    Admission to the show is $7 for adults and the price
includes all shows and exhibits.
    That includes four concerts by well-known entertain-
ers -- Switchfoot, Jo Dee Messina, Tanya Tucker and rock
band Puddle of Mudd.                                                 PeTTinG Zoo
    The concerts are Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
    Franzier Shows Carnival will again offer amusement park rides
ad all the fun that goes with a carnival.
    Other entertainment throughout the week includes Bikes, Blades
and Boards, CSI Live, Double Vision, the Petting Zoo, Fun Farm,
Grouchy Gator Tails, Lanky the Clown and much more.
    For more information about the acts and exhibits, go to www. or call 307-352-6789.
    Come on out and give it a whirl!

                          Seal SPalSh
                                                                        Red deSeRT
                                                                      RounduP Rodeo
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Desert rainbow                                                  Come in and see

                                                                “The Frozen Oasis”
                                                                   Drink Station
                                                                Only at the Liquor Depot!!
                                                                 Frozen Margaritas, Southern Comfort
                                                                   Hurricanes, Orange Dream-Sicles,
                                                                 Lynchberg Lemonade, Mudslides, and
                                                                Strawberry Daiquiris. Available in 16 oz.,
                                                                      32 oz., 64 oz., and 128 oz.

a RainBow arches over the hills through the western sky. hot                    2201 Foothill Blvd.,
summer days frequently bring sudden but brief thunderstorms                       Rock Springs
to the desert.                                                                    307-362-6094
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River fun

                                                                                         Open for
                                                                                         Lunch &

                                                                           J     L        T
FloaTinG on The GReen RiveR is a popular pastime for locals
and visitors. deer, beavers, ducks and a variety of wildlife can often
be seen along the river bank.                                               95 East Railroad
                                                                            Green River, WY

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                                                               ROCK SPRINGS
                                                               “WHERE THE PAST
                                                              GREETS THE FUTURE.”
                                                                            CLOSEST MAJOR CITY
                                                                            TO FLAMING GORGE
                                                                            WE ARE SURROUNDED
                                                                            BY MAGNIFICENT HIGH
                                                                            DESERT SCENERY, FINE
                                                                            FISHING, HUNTING AND
                                                                              COLORFUL HISTORY.

  • 1,700 Rooms available to the traveler    • 16 Parks
  • Fine dining to fast food                 • Avenue of Flags
  • Home of 56 Nationalities                 • Paul J. Wataha Ball Field
  • 18-hole Public Golf Course               • Pro Shop
  • Family Recreation Center                 • Civic Center
  • Historical Walking Tour                  • Historical Museum
  • Community Fine Arts Center               • Climbing Wall
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                International Day
                                                  Groups dressed in their own ethnic
                                               costumes, perform traditional dances.
                                               Various bands also perform varieties of
                                               music throughout the day.
                                                  The event starts at 8 a.m. with a pancake
                                               breakfast and the entertainment starts at
                                               10 a.m. with the EIO Band, a polka band
                                               headed up by Rock Springs resident Dave
                                                  At 11 a.m., Utah-based Salzburger Echo,
                                               a musical group specializing in performing
                                               with European alpine horns, will perform.
                                                  Rio Bravo, a musical group specializing
                                                                                                Local Color
                                               in Spanish music will play at 1 p.m., and
                                               later at 6 p.m. while the Chmielewski           Gallery & Gifts
                                               Family Funtime Band will play at 2 p.m.
                                               and again at 5 p.m. The Chmielewski band           in the Historic Slovenski
                                               performs Slovenian and Italian music.                    Dom Building
   One of the most popular annual events          Needlefire, a Celtic rock band, will
in downtown Rock Springs is International      perform at 3 p.m. and at 7 p.m.                       • Wyoming Artists •
Day, scheduled this year for July 12 at           The band is from Oklahoma and
                                               according to the Rock Springs Chamber
Bunning Park.
   Rock Springs is home to more than 50        of Commerce’s newsletter, brings an “Irish       Art-Jewelery and Beading Supplies-
nationalities that melted together to form     Bruce Springsteen sound to the stage.”          Antique Collectibles-Clothing Boutique
a richly diverse culture. Each year, these        Tony Corona, the strolling accordion
                                               player, makes a return visit to the event and
                                                                                                 Made in Wyoming Products Make
cultures celebrate their unity in the city.                                                       Unique and One-of-a-Kind Gifts
   Various ethnic foods and several choices    will play throughout the day.
of beverages are available and entertainment      The event will also feature food and         513 Bridger Ave., Rock Springs, WY
will continue through the day.                 crafts representing a number of nationalities
                                               present in Rock Springs.

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                Something for everyone!
     Hiking, Biking, Picnics in the Parks, Fishing in the River, and More!
       Experience the history of Expedition Island and create your
                own memories in Green River, Wyoming!
      Art on the Green                   Recreation
      Aug. 22 & 23, 2008                 Center

                                                                  Sail Over the
                                                                  Green Kite Festival
                                                                  Sept. 13, 2008

                Overland Stage
               Stampede Rodeo

                                               Crystal Classic                Splash Park
                                             Ice Carving Event           Open Memorial Day
     June 6 & 7, 2008                             Feb. 16, 2009                - Labor Day

       For Information: 307-872-6151
       Visit us at:
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         Wild Horse Loop Tour                                                                     Rock Springs
   For a glimpse of the wild west of old,      Another good place to see horses
visitors should drive the Wild Horse
Scenic Loop Tour along the top of White
Mountain from Rock Springs to Green
                                            and other wild life is the Tri-Territory
                                            Loop. County Road 4-17, approximately
                                            10 miles north of Rock Springs on Wyo.
   The loop is a cooperative effort
between the Bureau of Land
                                            Highway 191, is the access to the loop.
                                               These are back country roads with
                                            no services and few inhabitants, use
Management, Sweetwater County and           caution when traveling through these                    Located in Historic
the local chambers of commerce.             areas.                                                Downtown Rock Springs
   The trip can be started from either         For more information on the wild
end, and the road is well-maintained        horse herds, contact Rock Springs or                  "Where Butch Cassidy got his name"
                                                                                                    FREE ADMISSION
gravel that can be driven with a            Green River Chamber of Commerce.
passenger car. Signs mark the route.
   This is a relatively dry area with
seemingly little vegetation, yet it is                                                                                      HOURS:
home to an array of animals, including                                                                                     Mon - Sat
the wild horses, antelope, desert elk,                                                                                    10 am - 5 pm
deer, rabbits, coyotes, hawks, eagles                                                                                     307-362-3138
and sage grouse.                                                                                                          201 B Street,
   The route offers scenic overlooks                                                                                      Rock Springs,
of the area’s prominent features, such                                                                                     WY 82901
as Pilot Butte, Boar’s Tusk, Killpecker                                                                                    Visit our
Sand Dunes, Steamboat Mountain, the                                                                                        Museum
Overland and Oregon Trails and the                                                                                          Store
Union Pacific Railroad corridor.                                                                                            Local
   Visitors can see the horses almost                                                                                      afghans
every day as they browse freely trough                                                                                     available
the brush. Group tours can be arranged                                                                                       here
by calling in advance at 307-352-0292.

      2 Events - OneLocation!
                 6th Annual Wild Horse                                     International Day
                 and Western Art Show                                         Celebration
                         SCM Parish Center                                   Bunning Park at the
                    624 Bridger Ave., Rock Springs                       Corner of “J” and Evans Street,
                                   Artists Reception                       Downtown Rock Springs
                                     Friday, July 11th
                                         6-9 p.m.                     Saturday, July 12th
                                   Open to the public
                                        Tickets are                     FUN, FOOD, &
                                 $20/single, $30/couple                ENTERTAINMENT
                                  High Hors d’oeuvres,
                                 refreshments and wine                     Free Admission
                                      will be served                 Purchase ethnic food and over
                               Wild Horse and Western                  40 varieties of ethnic beer.
                                  Art Show and Sale                  Pancake Breakfast - 8 a.m.
                               Free and open to the public           by the Rock Springs Kiwanis Club
                                   Saturday, July 12th                   Entertainment begins
                                      9 a.m. - 6 p.m.                          at 10 a.m.
                                  Sponsors of these events include: Sweetwater County Travel and
                               Tourism, City of Rock Springs, The Community Fine Arts Center, High Desert
                                Art Gallery, Currant Creek Ranch, Trona Valley Community Federal Credit
                                 Union, McDonalds, Vase Ambulance, Rocky Mountain Service Bureau,
                                                  Rock Springs Chamber of Commerce.
                                  For more information contact the Rock Springs Chamber of
                               Commerce at (307) 362-3771 or online at
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                                                Local Parks
   Sweetwater County offers a wide variety of parks and rec-         Evers Park, South 2nd East just before crossing the bridge
reational facilities for the traveler.                            to Expedition Island, provides an abundance of open space
   Overnight camping is not allowed in any of the parks, but      along with shelter, grills, picnic tables, playground equip-
the public can find many other features for picnicking, fish-     ment, rest rooms and baseball fields. River and Greenbelt
ing or sporting activities.                                       access are available also.
   Parks are open year round from 8 a.m.-10 p.m.                     Expedition Island, off South 2nd East, hosts a pavilion,
   Sweetwater County facilities include:                          grills, horseshoe pits, jogging path, picnic tables, playground
   Pioneer Trails Picnic Grounds, located 20 miles north of       equipment, rest rooms and a historical trail. It also has an
Green River, offers 52 acres with three group picnic shelters,    historical interest along with Greenbelt and river access.
20 picnic tables, three restrooms, playground equipment,             FMC Park sits on the river at the east of East Teton. Visi-
nature trails, three volleyball courts and horseshoe pits. Pa-    tors can find grills, picnic tables, playground equipment, rest
vilions can be reserved by contacting the Recreation Office,      rooms and a nature trail all in wide open spaces. The area
(307) 352-6870.                                                   also offers Greenbelt and river access.
   Sweetwater County Picnic Grounds, 5 miles west of Green           Scott’s Bottom is the nature trail. It features many plant
River, features four group picnic shelters, 35 tables, two re-    and bird and small animal species native to the area.
strooms, playground equipment, 13 horseshoe pits, youth              Jaycee Park/Overlook, located on Astle east of Uinta
fishing pond, boat ramp (rafts or small water craft only), one    Way, has baseball fields, picnic tables, grills and playground
volleyball court, one softball field, one basketball court, two   equipment. It is near a Greenbelt pathway.
tennis courts. Reservations for the large pavilion with two          Monroe Ballfields, behind Monroe Middle School, host
horseshoe pits at available at the Recreation Office.             both baseball and softball fields.
   Shooting Sports Complex, located on the Little Firehole           The Green River Recreation Center grounds offer a jog-
Road off Highway 191 South, provides one 500-yard and two         ging path along with picnic tables and playground equip-
200-yard shooting lanes with seven shooting benches and           ment.
target stands. Shooting times are available by contacting the        Riverside Park, along the Greenbelt, has a jogging path,
office.                                                           picnic tables, playground equipment and shelter. It also fea-
   Archery Range, on Little Firehole Road off Highway 191         tures an historical interest.
South, hosts archer target shooting. It has temporary rest-          Roosevelt Park, along Roosevelt west of Uinta Drive, fea-
rooms and an indoor classroom.                                    tures a baseball field, skateboard ramp, soccer field, basket-
   Crossroads West Park, 1 1/2 miles west of Rock Springs         ball and tennis courts all with plenty of surrounding space
on White Mountain Road off of Foothill Blvd., has one group       and lights.
picnic shelter, temporary restrooms, two softball and two            The park also offers picnic tables, grills, playground
soccer fields, three horseshoe pits and playground.               equipment and restrooms.
   Trap Club, located across White Mountain Road from                Stratton-Myers, off of Bridger Avenue and down on the
Crossroads West Park, provides trap shooting, indoor meet-        river, hosts baseball and soccer games. It also provides a sce-
ing room with kitchen and restroom.                               nic view and trails.
   Mesa Park, on Quadrant Drive off Yellowstone Road, of-            Thomas Moran Overlook, located just off Flaming Gorge
fers playground equipment, three horseshoe pits, basketball       Way at the west end of Green River, provides a scenic view
courts, volleyball court and temporary restrooms.                 of the Palisades and well as numerous other rock formations
   Reliance Park, five miles north of Rock Springs behind         and the river. The Green River Chamber of Commerce is lo-
the Reliance School, offers three shelters, two restrooms,        cated there and the area also offers picnic tables, a shelter
playground equipment, four horseshoe pits, one softball           and playground equipment.
field and two tennis courts.                                         Veteran’s Park, at the corner of East Teton Blvd. and Mon-
   Arrowhead Springs Park, located on Highway 430 south           roe Avenue, hosts baseball and softball games with lights. It
of Rock Springs, has two picnic tables, a youth fishing pond,     also has picnic tables, playground equipment, shelter and
temporary restrooms and a parking area.                           rest rooms.
   Aeromodelers facilities are available east of Rock Springs
on Baxter Road and features a model airplane runway, tem-                            MUNICIPAL PARKS
porary restrooms and one picnic shelter.
   Bicentennial Park, on Highway 191 North in Eden, fea-             The City of Rock Springs has many Parks including Blair
tures 14 picnic tables, temporary restrooms and playground        town Park, Veterans Park, Bunning Park and Wataha Park
equipment.                                                        and Ball Fields.
   Big Sandy Park, 1 mile east of intersection 191 North and         Wamsutter Municipal Park provides five group picnic
28, provides four group shelters, one restroom, play ground       shelters, two restrooms, playground equipment, one volley-
equipment, two horseshoe pits, one softball field, one tennis     ball court, two softball fields, two basketball courts and two
court and an indoor youth activity center.                        tennis courts.
                                                                     Mike Atwill Memorial Park in Bairoil has two group pic-
              GREEN RIVER CITY PARKS                              nic shelters, five picnic tables, one rest room, playground
                                                                  equipment, six horseshoe pits, one volleyball court, and one
   Centennial Park, located along West Flaming Gorge Way,         tennis court. It also offers outdoor ice skating in the winter.
between 2nd and 1st West, has plenty of open space with              Robert Marsky Park in Superior features two picnic ta-
a gazebo, picnic tables, playground equipment, restrooms.         bles, playground equipment, two horseshoe pits, one softball
The park also holds the city’s time capsule.                      field and one tennis court.
   Edgewater Park, off East Teton Blvd. on the corner of
Montana Way, offers shelter, picnic tables, grills, play-            Roy Adams Park in Granger offers four picnic tables,
ground equipment, rest rooms, river and Greenbelt access,         playground equipment, one softball field and one basketball
a scenic view and basketball courts.                              court.
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     Sweetwater County                                                                                                  Classes:
                                                                                                                        Open Water to

                                                                                                                          & specialty
                                                                                                                         CPR, First Aid,
   The Sweetwater County Speedway has           August.                                                                   Full Service
plenty of entertainment scheduled through          It is sponsored by the local fire fighters                             PADI Diving
the summer for those who love the roar of       union and is a “smashing” good time.
engines.                                           For more information about the Speedway               307-875-4621
   From motocross to stock cars to a            events, call the Sweetwater County Events
demolition derby, nearly every weekend is       Complex, 307-352-6789.                               154 E. Flaming Gorge Way
full of excitement.                                                                                   Green River, WY 82935
   Stock car races are scheduled every
weekend in June, July and August.
   Racers will vie for the track championship
in early September.                                                                                  Making Miles
                                                                                                     of Memories
   Several of the races will feature the
special attraction of the Dwarf Cars U.S.A.,                                                                Jay Flight Eagle
nationally sanctioned five-eights scale                                                                5th Wheels & Travel Trailers
replicas. But don’t let the small size fool
   These are serious race cars with lots of
power and professional drivers.
                                                      Plumbing, Line Thawing, Pipe Installations,
   Several motocross events are also              Irrigation, Back Flows, Expansion Tanks, Plugged
scheduled throughout the summer, and              Lines, Service Lines, Sew & Water Mains, Valves,
                                                         Hydrants, PRV’s, Leaking Curbstops.         DON'S RV & REPAIR
BMX racing is also a big favorite.                     FOR ESTIMATES CALL 307-871-5816.              1901 Foothill Blvd., Rock Springs
   The Demolition Derby is scheduled in                             ASK FOR BILL
                                                                Green River, Wyoming                           362-7646

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   River Festival and Run with the
          Horses Marathon
   The 7th Annual River Festival is a celebration of the Green    Island with the fifth annual marathon, the Run With the
River and all the benefits it brings to residents and visitors.   Horses. The marathon will begin at 6:30 a.m. , with a shuttle
   The festival this year is Aug. 22 and 23 and begins Friday     picking participants up at Expedition Island, at 5 a.m. The
afternoon with signups and orientation at 4 p.m.                  route is across the Wild Horse Loop on White Mountain,
   At about 5:30 p.m., the Cajun Shrimp Boil begins. Cajun        hence the name. The runners will travel across a self-guided
spicy style shrimp boiled with sausage, potatoes and corn is      Loop Tour that 9 times out of 10 has wild horses frolicking
served at this event, which is open to the public. However,       along side the road.
only 750 meals are available and tickets will be sold in ad-         The race starts out at about 7,500 feet and ends in Green
vance.                                                            River at about 6,200 feet. The majority of the road is a coun-
   Free kids games will be available from 5-7 p.m. and the        ty maintained dirt road and the decline is not bad.
Kiwanis Club will host the annual Duck Race on the river.            Aid stations with snack, water and energy drinks will
   The spectacular River of Fire will take place at dark with     be placed every two miles and Porta Potties will be placed
boaters floating down the river with glow sticks. Anyone with     throughout the course.
a raft, canoe or boat can join in the fun.                           Entry forms can be found online at:
   The route runs down the north channel where lighted                The “Lucky 13” Poker Horse Run begins at 10 a.m. and
cauldrons will be placed just along the river.                    free kids’ games start at 11 a.m.
   Entertainment for that evening will be the “Fireants” from        There is a Brew Fest , Dog Fetching Competition, the
Dubois, featuring Caribbean Cajun music. They will perform        Green Garboon Races, a dog show and Story Tales.
from 5:30 to 10:30 pm outside on Expedition Island .                 The day ends with a barbecue dinner from 3 to 5 p.m.
   Vendors will be on hand with some great items for sale.           For information or tickets, go to or call
   On Saturday, the events will begin at 5 a.m. at Expedition     307-875-5711.

                                                                         The GReen RiveR oFFeRS fun of
                                                                         all kinds. This young man rides water
                                                                         boards as he’s pulled behind a small
                                                                         boat. Below, even the youngest fish-
                                                                         ermen -- or women -- can catch a
                                                                         stringer of trout.
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Dialysis Unit      Diabetes Education                 Laboratory
Cardio/Respiratory Care              Hospitalist Program
Radiology           Chemo/Infusion                    OB/GYN
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                                                                    The FlaMinG GoRGe dayS queen waves
ThRee-on-ThRee basketball is one of                                 at the crowd lined up to see the parade.
the most popular events at Flaming Gorge

                         Flaming Gorge Days
   Flaming Gorge Days in Green River features activities for         On June 28, the parade winds through town beginning at
people of all ages and interests. This year’s events are sched-   10 a.m. This year’s theme is “Spirit of the West.”
uled June 26 through 28 and includes sporting events and             There’s more basketball, golf, horseshoes and volleyball.
children’s activities along with the traditional parade and          That evening, the concert will feature rock singers Bret
concerts.                                                         Michaels of Poison and Dokken.
   Flaming Gorge Days kicks off June 26 with a golf tourna-          That concert will also be at Stratton-Myers Park.
ment at Rolling Hills Country Club.                                  Tickets and entry forms for all Flaming Gorge Days activi-
   On June 27, gets into full swing with the 3-on-3 basketball    ties are available at the Green River Chamber of Commerce
tournament, Festival in the Park and all kinds of entertain-      Office.
ment for kids.                                                       For more information, call the chamber at 875-5711.
   That night, county singers Rodney Atkins and Chris                The week’s activities are funded in part by the Sweetwater
Young will perform at Stratton-Myers Park.                        County Joint Travel and Tourism Committee.
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                                                         a younG
                                                         gets a hand
                                                                                  #1 In Customer Satisfaction #1
                                                         from the rodeo
                                                                                       for the
                                                                                   Largest Savings
                                                                                       and the
                                                                                  Largest Selection!
Overland Stage Stampede                                                                  Largest
   The Overland Stage Stampede is
scheduled for June 6-7 this summer,
                                         pede Committee, and co-sanctioned
                                         with the Intermountain PRofessional
at the Green River Rodeo Arena.          Rodeo Association and the Wyoming
   The event is the first rodeo in the   Rodeo Association.
area and is sponsored by the Green         Action begins at 8 p.m. both nights.      1850 FOOTHILL BLVD.,
River Parks and Recreation Depart-         Ticket information is available at     ROCK SPRINGS, WY 82902-1259
ment and CPRA Overland Stage Stam-       307-872-0580.                               Tel. R.S. (307) 382-9344
                                                                                       G.R. (307) 875-7037

   White Mountain Golf Course
                                  Rock Springs, Wyoming
  • 18 hole Golf Course
  • Open to the Public
  • Driving Range

                                • Call for Tee Times • Restaurant • Snack Shop
                                         White Mountain Golf Course Pro Shop
                                            Open 7 days a week • 352-1415
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                 a hoT aiR Balloon ride gives a bird’s eye view of the City of Rock Springs

                                City of Rock Springs
    Rock Springs grew along the banks of Bitter Creek, as             The tour runs along North Front Street, South Main and
the result of rich coal deposits found in the area at the time     Broadway, all of which are near the railroad in the oldest
when the federal government was searching out a route for          part of town.
the transcontinental railroad.                                        A map of the walking tour is available at the Chamber of
    The first mine was operated by the Blair brothers in what      Commerce, the City Hall and the Rock Springs Historic Mu-
is now the west end of town.                                       seum.
    Eventually, the mines all became properties of Union Pa-          The city boasts two recreation centers, the Family Recre-
cific Coal, making Rock Springs a “company town.”                  ation Center and the Civic Center. Both centers have swim-
    Because of the mines, many immigrants from around the          ming pools and the Family Rec Center has an ice skating
world came to find employment during the middle of the             rink.
19th century.                                                         A climbing wall was erected at the Civic Center several
    They brought their individualized cultures and traditions      years ago and is open to the public for a nominal fee. Climb-
with them and Rock Springs came to be called the “Melt-            ing gear is also available for rent.
ing Pot.” Eventually, the various ethnicities blended into the        For the golf enthusiast, Rock Springs boast an 18-hole
present city of about 20,000.                                      course, White Mountain Golf Course, north of the city on
    A walking tour was designed by the city to allow visitors to   Yellowstone Road. Call 307-352-1415 for more information
glimpse the railroad town of the past.                             about times and fees.

                                                               Shoppers take advantage of fresh
                                                               produce and other goods offered at the
                                                               Farmer’s Market in
                                                               downtown Rock Springs. The market
                                                               opens in July each summer.
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Old West Entertainment
with a Modern Day Flare
        July 24,25,26 2008
 Sweetwater County Events Complex

       Gates open at 6:00 PM
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More places to see....
                                                        Standing on the edge of the Skull
                                                     Creek Rim in the heart of Adobe
                                                     Town, you can see a panorama of
                                                     thousand-foot walls carved by the
                                                     elements. Erosion has worn natural
                                                     arches and sinkholes into the soft
                                                     bedrock, which is made of volcanic
                                                     ash brought down from the Yellow-
                                                     stone Plateau by ancient rivers, and
                                                     deposited in a long-vanished lakebed.
                                                        Hidden in the eroded stone are the
                                                     fossils of ancient mammals, such as
                                                     woolly rhinoceroses and giant ground
                                                     sloths that stood eight feet tall at the
                                                     shoulder. Thousands of years ago,
                                                     grassy savannas covered these lands
                                                     during a period of more moderate cli-
                                                     mate, and a rich fauna that included
                                                     primitive horses, camels, and ante-
                                                     lopes roamed this land. Adobe Town
                                                     has become one of the nation’s most
                                                     important dig sites for paleontologists
                                                     studying these long-extinct animals.

               How to Get There:

    Take Interstate 80 drive east from Rock
 Springs to Exit 142, the Bitter Creek exit. Take
 the Bitter Creek exit and drive south on Bit-
 ter Creek Road (County 19). After crossing the
 railroad tracks at approximately mile 7, stay on
 County 19 and follow the signs for the Eversole
    The ranch is about 27 miles from I-80 exit.
 Drive through the ranch, taking the left fork in
 the road, and go 1.8 miles. The road forks again
 here, so go straight ahead on an unmarked BLM
 road; do NOT take County 19 which turns to the
 right (SW).
    Follow the unmarked road for 3.4 miles. Turn
 left onto a gravel road going east to the Adobe
 Town Rim.
    The Rim is about 2.5 miles after you turn onto
 the gravel road.
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    Both Green River and Rock Springs
have a number of trails for biking
                                               The most popular biking routes
around the towns. Bordered by BLM
land, it’s easy to find a route for the
most esperienced and the novice rid-
                                               *Bear Canyon-Bootleg, an easy,
                                            double-track dirt road which offers
                                            views of Red Canyon and Lake Flam-
                                                                                     & Sports
    Call 307-875-5711 or 307-362-3771       ing Gorge. A short spur trail accesses
for route information.                      Flaming Gorge Lodge.
    Mountain biking at Flaming Gorge           *Swett Ranch, a moderate double-
National Recreation Area also offers        track loop route offering scenic views
riders a variety of landscapes and          of Swett Ranch, Lake Flaming Gorge
routes.                                     and Baretop Mountain beyond Red
    Biking conditions vary throughout       Canyon.
the year. Elevations on listed trails av-      *Canyon Rim, and easy, single-                          • Arctic Cat
erage between 7,000 and 9,000 feet.         track hiking/biking trail connect-                         • Polaris
Summer thundershowers with light-           ing Red Canyon Visitor Center with
ning can occur, and late spring, sum-       Greendale Rest Area.
                             Open to
mer and early fall are best if you want
to avoid snow and winter storms.
                                               *Dowd Mountain, a moderate loop
                                            route combining single-track and
                           the public!
Higher elevations closer to the moun-       double-track dirt roads. Following the
tains also tend to be rockier;lower el-     route counter-clockwise brings excit-
evations may have occasional clumps         ing whoop-de-dos at the finish.
of cacti.                                      *Death Valley, a moderate double-     • Wells Cargo
    Biking restrictions include the         track combination of 2WD/4WD dirt        • John Deere
nearby High Uintas Wilderness from          roads. The marked route ends at the
which all wheeled vehicles are prohib-      top of Sheep Creek Hill with a fine          4670 Hwy. 374,
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       Scenic highways and byways
   The Flaming Gorge-Uintas National Scenic Byway offers
miles of rugged and varied vistas for the outdoor lover in us
   Running between Vernal and Manila in northeastern Utah
on US Highway 191 and Utah Highway 44, and on up into
southwestern Wyoming, this byway climbs foothills and ma-
jor geological formations, reaching the one billion year old
exposed core of the Uinta Mountains near Flaming Gorge
National Recreation Area. Signs along the way explain the
evolution of the area’s geology and wildlife, both past and
   The byway features 15 interpretive wayside pullouts and
four nature trails. Travelers can take the self-guided tour of
the 502-foot high Flaming Gorge Dam or enjoy the spec-
tacular view from Red Canyon Overlook. Have the camera
handy. Driving time is two hours.
   For the travelers who wish to take a journey off the beaten
path, the area also offers various scenic backways.

   Indian Canyon Scenic Backway
   Stretching southwest of US Highway 191 from Duchesne,
this route follows Indian Creek through desert terrain and
then climbs through Ashley National Forest to the summit
of Indian Creek Pass at 9,100 feet.
   On the way, travelers pass a unique display of rock forma-
tions and vegetation, from pinyon and juniper to aspen and
Douglas fir. Descending the south flank passes through open
vistas and the beginning of the Roan and Book Cliff forma-
   This backway is 47 miles long and ends in the historic
mining town of Helper. Driving time is approximately one

   Sheep Creek/Spirit Lake Scenic Backway
   Rock spires line this backway drive alongside the visu-
ally dramatic Uinta Fault. Beginning 15 miles west of the US
Highway 191/Utah Highway 44 intersection, Sheep Creek
Loop is 13 miles long. It returns to Utah Highway 44 five
miles south of Manila.
   Spirit Lake road is a 17-mile spur off Sheep Creek Loop,
winding through forests and meadows to Spirit Lake, eleva-
tion 10,000 feet. Returning from Spirit Lake requires back-      FiRehole is just south of Rock Springs on u.S.
tracking to the Sheep Creek Loop, and the route of this paved
and gravel road is 48 miles long. Allow two hours travel time.   highway 191 South.
This backway is closed in winter.                                reservoirs in Utah, Wyoming and Colorado.
                                                                    This route takes at least two hours to drive and is 80 miles,
                                                                 round trip. Higher elevation portions of the route may be
   Red Cloud/Dry Fork Scenic Backway                             impassable in winter.
   Towering mountains highlight this route accessed 14
miles north of Vernal from US Highway 191. The route trav-          Browns Park Scenic Backway
els through aspen groves, open meadows, forests of lodge-           Departing from the Diamond Mountain Plateau on the
pole pine and fishing streams. Fremont Indian rock art can       Jones Hole Scenic Backway, this route travels north across
be found at McConkie Ranch. The route is 45 miles long and       Diamond Mountain, down Crouse Canyon and into Browns
takes about two hours. Road surface varies between paved         Park. It continues into Colorado crossing the Green River via
and gravel and is closed in winter months.                       a one-vehicle-at-a-time suspension bridge.
                                                                    Before ending at US 191 five miles north of Dutch John,
   Jones Hole Scenic Backway                                     the backway passes through the narrow, winding and steep
   This route begins four miles east of Vernal, climbing         Jessie Ewing Canyon. A short side trip on the route leads to
2,600 feet to Diamond Mountain Plateau. It then travels          John Jarvie Historic Site, a preserved remnant of the fron-
east toward Jones Hole National Fish Hatchery, dropping          tier west.
dramatically into a narrow, rugged canyon with spectacular          The backway is about 50 miles and requires two hours
colorful cliffs and vegetative cover.                            travel time. This route, closed in winter, should not be trav-
   Jones Hatchery produces trout for streams, lakes, and         eled during heavy rain.
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    Soda ash is one of the most widely used and important commodities in the United States. Because so much soda
ash is used by so many industries, monthly soda ash production information is one of the pieces of information used
to determine the condition of the United States economy.
    Sodium carbonate is one of the most important compounds in the chemical industry. Sodium Carbonate (Soda
Ash or Trona) is used in glass container manufacture, in fiberglass and specialty glass. It’s also used in production
of flat glass, in powdered detergents, in medicine, as a food additive, photography, cleaning and boiler compounds,
and pH control of water.
        The largest trona deposit in the world is in the Green River Basin of Wyoming.
It is estimated that this deposit alone could produce as much as 47 billion tons of soda ash.
    The majority of soda ash is used to make glass. The next largest use is to make a variety of chemicals, followed
by soaps and detergents, distributors, the removal of sulfur from smokestack emissions, paper and paper pulp
production, water treatment, and other assorted uses. These other uses include oil refining, making synthetic rubber,
and explosives.

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Flaming Gorge Recreation Area,
       fun for the whole family

                                                                                                                  FlaMinG GoRGe
                                                                                                                  daM and the
                                                                                                                  reservoir are
                                                                                                                  awe inspiring for
                                                                                                                  photograpers and

    Flaming Gorge Reservoir is considered one of the West’s finest    ter, flush toilets and reserved docks are available. Fees are charged.
fishing and boating areas, with numerous lake facilities.             Some sites may be reserved by calling 1-800-280-CAMP.
    During the summer the dam is open to visitors from 8 a.m. to          *Undeveloped sites between Flaming Gorge Dam and Lucerne
6 p.m. Tours are offered from 9 a.m. to 3:50 p.m. With more than      Marina; first come, first serve sites with limited facilities in Jarvie
300 miles of shoreline, boat ramps and marinas, campgrounds and       Canyon, Gooseneck and Kingfisher Island.
full service lodges, the Flaming Gorge Reservoir is an aquatic            Wyoming Floating Camps: First come, first serve sites for self
paradise.                                                             contained boats at Big Bend I, II and III (4 miles south of Buck-
    The Flaming Gorge is home to cutthroat trout, kokanee salmon,     board Crossing), Flattop I, II and III (3 miles south of Squaw Hol-
small mouth bass and channel catfish.                                 low ramp).
    The following commercial marinas provide seasonal services            Beaches are also available for the sun-loving tourists.
which include mooring, storage, fuel, minor repairs, limited rent-        *Sunny Cove Beach is located near Mustang Ridge camp-
als, full hookup RV park and general supplies.                        ground just north of the dam.
    *Buckboard Marina is located 25 miles south of Green River,           *Lucerne Beach is located one mile west of Lucerne camp-
Wyoming, off WY 530.                                                  ground.
    *Lucerne Marina is seven miles east of Manila, Utah.                  *Firehole Beach is next to Firehole campground.
    *Cedar Springs Marina is two miles west of Flaming Gorge              Boaters should note reefs and rocks are not marked. Due to
Dam.                                                                  fluctuating lake levels, boaters must use lake maps and familiarize
    In addition to the marinas, Forest Service maintains paved boat   themselves with locations of hazards. Lake maps and other edu-
ramps at the following locations.                                     cational publications may be purchased from the Flaming Gorge
    Wyoming: Firehole, Buckboard Crossing and Anvil Draw.             Natural History Association, P.O. Box 188, Dutch John, Utah
    Utah: Sheep Creek Bay, Antelope Flat and Mustang Ridge.           84023. Safety equipment is required by state law.
    The following season campsites are accessible only by boat.           Boaters careful not to disturb wildlife can enjoy dramatic views
    *Hideout: 20 miles above Flaming Gorge Dam, near Sheep            of nesting osprey, bighorn sheep, pronghorn antelope and peli-
Creek Bay boat ramp. Tent pads, picnic tables, grills, drinking wa-   cans.
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Manila, southern gateway to the Gorge
    Manila, Utah, is called the Gateway to Flaming Gorge -- from         on Flaming Gorge Reservoir.
the south. The town also serves as home to the Forest Service               The Cow Country rodeo in mid-July is one of the oldest ama-
headquarters for Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area.                 teur rodeos in the west. Lake-shore events include the enchanting
    Manila Utah is nestled along the banks of the Flaming Gorge          Parade of Lights and a dazzling display of Labor Day fireworks.
Reservoir in the remote northeast corner of the State. State High-
way 43 makes Manila the western gateway to the National Recre-
ation area for millions of yearly visitors.
    Manila is less than 200 miles from Salt Lake City, but provides
a different world for the visitor. The 91-mile long lake abounds
with record-breaking fishing and the massive nearby mountains
provide all the outdoor recreation anyone could handle.
    The woods are the home of deer, elk, and moose, while antelope
and big horn sheep may be viewed in the area.
    The air is fresh and clean and the noises of the city are left far
    The small community of Manila offers a home base for the
needs of visitors0. Lodging, food, camping supplies, gasoline and
all recreational items are easily found.
    You will find the visit to Manila and the overall experience one
worth repeating.
    Situated in the transition from the vast Wyoming deserts to
Utah’s High Uinta Mountains, the town’s unique location allows
visitors to easily experience the diversity of Flaming Gorge coun-
                                                                         laBoR day fireworks light up the night over Flam-
    The town also serves the year-round recreational opportunities       ing Gorge.

                  Vernal, a step back in history
    Much of the Vernal area is the perfect place to step back in             Fossilized bones of hundred of prehistoric animals encased in
time.                                                                    the living rock can be seen, and recent discoveries of new dino-
    Vernal is nestled in the Ashley Valley in Northeastern Utah and      saurs locally provide excitement throughout the scientific and gen-
is the county seat of Uintah County, 170 miles east of Salt Lake         eral community.
City. This area is a veritable gold mine for the person interested in        Extensive hiking and camping facilities are available at the
dinosaurs and natural and Native American history.                       monument and the nearby Green River. Whitewater rafting is also
    One of Vernal’s many attractions is Dinosaur National Monu-          available on the Green and Yampa rivers.
ment, a scientific work in progress. Dinosaur National Monument              Dinosaur National Monument is located 20 miles east of Vernal
is the largest Jurassic period fossil quarry in the world.               near Jensen and is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Memo-
                                                                         rial Day to Labor Day. The hours at the site for the rest of the year
                                                                         are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Access to the back country is limited in the
                                                                         winter. The site is handicapped accessible and a fee is charged.
                                                                             Vernal is also the home of the Utah Field House of Natural His-
                                                                         tory and Dinosaur Gardens. This provides an excellent starting
                                                                         point on the road to understanding the natural history of the area.
                                                                             The exhibits at the museum feature dinosaur fossils, geography
                                                                         of the area and Native American history and artifacts, as well as
                                                                         fossils in the Rock and Mineral Hall. Also featured are displays of
                                                                         wildlife and plant life of the area.
                                                                             Visitors can view paleontologists at work in their lab, and Di-
                                                                         nosaur Gardens features life-sized replicas of prehistoric creatures
                                                                         in natural settings.
                                                                             The museum and gardens are part of Vernal’s walking tour and
                                                                         is located at 496 E. Main. It is open daily. Summer hours are 8 a.m.
                                                                         to 7 p.m., and winter hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
                                                                             Dry Fork Petroglyphs offer some of the finest and most eas-
                                                                         ily accessible examples of Fremont Culture rock art. Located just
                                                                         10 miles north of Vernal in Dry Fork Canyon, these petroglyphs
                                                                         extend for several miles along a 200-foot Navajo formation sand-
                                                                         stone cliff.
                                                                             The site is open year round, and has been featured in National
ThiS younG RaM appears to be looking at the                              Geographic, Smithsonian and American Antiquities magazines.
highway sign to decide where he wants to go.                                 For more information go to the Web site
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                       a Canada GooSe glides
                  silently along the river bank in
                   Brown‘s Park. Geese are just
                 one of the many kinds of water
                               fowl at the refuge.

                  Brown’s Park Wildlife Refuge
    Browns Park National Wildlife Refuge lies on the Green River            *Irish Canyon, a colorful, scenic canyon which offers sightsee-
in the far northwestern corner of Colorado between Dinosaur Na-          ing, picnicking, camping, hiking, climbing and wildlife and Indian
tional Monument and the Utah-Colorado state line.                        rock art viewing. The canyon was named for three Irishmen who
    This 13,455-acre refuge serves as a nesting and resting area for     robbed Rock Springs saloon and stopped to consume part of the
migratory waterfowl, and during the winter months, management            take in the north end of the canyon. County Road 10N, a main-
emphasis shifts toward providing habitat for wintering elk and           tained gravel road, provides easy access through the canyon to
deer.                                                                    Rock Springs.
    Mallards, redheads, teal, canvasbacks, other ducks and Canada
geese nest on the refuge. About 300 goslings and 2,500 ducklings            *Gates of Lodore, where spectacular red canyon walls tower
hatch annually. The waterfowl population swells by thousands             above the Green River in Dinosaur National Monument.
during the spring and fall migrations.
    Brown’s Park is a remote desert valley formed by the Green              *Two Bar Ranch, located on Brown’s Park National Wildlife
River, and was a favorite wintering place for Ute and Shoshone In-       Refuge. Use caution when exploring this 1887 ranch of log build-
dians, mountain men and cattlemen. Later, because of its remote-         ings, corrals and sheds.
ness and easy access to three state borders, it became the haven for
outlaws, including Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid, Isom Dart,               *Swinging Bridge, a one-lane bridge across the Green River
Tom Horn, Matt Rush, Annie Bassett, John Bennett and others.             on County Road 83. Size and weight restriction apply. Float boat
    Today, Brown’s Park appears much the same as it did 100 years        access and camping are available.
ago. Visitors are cautioned that services are limited in this area and
they should take along food, water and gasoline.                            *Crouse Canyon, across Swinging Bridge the road winds
    Some sites not to be missed on this tour include:                    through a scenic steep and narrow canyon along Crouse Creek.

  *Vermillion Falls, a 25-foot waterfall located on public land.            *Swallow Canyon, which provides a vista of the Green River
This can be viewed from Highway 318.                                     and into Brown’s Park.

                                                                           a SaGe GRouSe struts across the
                                                                           grass as he does his mating dance
                                                                           in the early morning.
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                        BRown’S PaRk is a popular area
                        for rock climbers of all levels and
                        abilities. unique rock formations
                        offer challenges and opportunities
                        for great photos.

                     Jarvie Ranch, Brown’s Park
    Along the lower Green River in a canyon that evolved eons ago       opened a saloon on North Front Street in Rock Springs in 1871.
in the Uinta Range, lies a valley plush and green in the summer and        He met young Nellie Barr in 1880 and they were married almost
protected from the harsh western winter winds.                          immediately. They decided to move to Brown’s Park and open a
    It’s uncertain how Brown’s Park or Brown’s Hole got its name,       store to supply the residents of the valley.
but it appears to be a quiet and serene place where nothing bad            The Jarvies eventually built a nice home, but at first they lived
could ever happen. That appearance is deceiving.                        in a cozy dugout in a hill near the river bank.
    Although evidence shows that Native Americans had used the             The dugout is still there and part of the historic sight.
valley for generations, the first white man to settle there was prob-      The folks in the valley loved John and Nell and appreciated
ably George Baggs. Baggs was a drover who moved several hun-            having a store close by.
dred head of cattle into Brown’s Park in the late fall of 1871.            They were good to the community and raised a large family.
    He planned to wait out the winter, but stayed there with his           But the tradition of helping out was the undoing of John
common law wife for many years.                                         Jarvie.
    Gradually more and more cattlemen learned about the valley             On July 6, 1909, Jimmy, the youngest of the Jarvie’s brood,
and its lush forage. Ranches began to crop up all through the area      rode up to the house, expecting his dad to meet him on the porch.
and soon a community was born.                                             Instead, he found blood pooled in drying puddles and drag
    Because of its isolation and its proximity to main trails of the    marks in the dirt. He followed the trail to the river and there he
old days, Brown’s Park became a favorite spot for outlaws and           spotted a clump of long white hair snagged on a bush -- hair like
those wishing to disappear for awhile.                                  his father’s.
    With only two ways in and out of the park, it is easy to under-        Back at the cabin, young Jarvie found the house ransacked. On
stand it’s popularity.                                                  the table was evidence of an unfinished meal and and open jug of
    Outlaws would frequently stop at one of the ranches for food,       whiskey.
water or a fresh horse. The people of the community minded their           Folks searched for John Jarvie’s body and the two men sus-
own business and weren’t overly concerned about a person’s back-        pected of robbing and killing him. George Hood, who was known
ground, as long as the person was honest and fair with the folks        to dislike Jarvie, had been seen with another man going toward the
of the area.                                                            Jarvie Store the day before the disappearance. The ranchers went
    Two frequent visitors were Butch Cassidy and the Sundance           to Rock Springs for the sheriff and began trying to pick up the trail
Kid. Both men were largely accepted in the area because they were       of the killers.
polite and helpful.                                                        It was a week before the body of the murdered man was found.
                                                                        Archie Jarvie found his father 20 miles downstream on the Green
   Jarvie Ranch                                                         River. He was tied to his overturned row boat and had been beaten
   One of the most famous names in the valley was John Jarvie.          and shot in the back.
This ranch is located on the Green River in Browns Park. Visitors          Although two $500 rewards were offered and posses roamed
are welcome anytime and there is no fee. Site tours are conducted       the hills and hidden canyons for months, Hood and his partner
daily May through October from 10 a.m. to 4 p. m.                       were never found.
   This 35-acre site contains the original stone house and two-            Visitors to Brown’s Park can see the dugout that John and Nell
room dugout that was Jarvie’s first residence.                          lived in as newlyweds and the stone house where John met his
   Jarvie migrated from Scotland when he was in his mid-20s. He         fate.
decided on Wyoming Territory as the place to start his new life and        A replica of the store stands close to the original location.
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               Nine-mile Canyon
    Prehistoric artwork, structures and ar-         Most of the trip will be along dirt and
tifacts are all available with a trip through   gravel roads that may be impassable in in-
Nine Mile Canyon in Utah.                       clement weather. The road is steep and nar-
    The canyon is a natural conduit through     row in places with many blind curves.
the Rock Cliffs between the Price River             No services are available between Wel-
drainage and the Uintah Basin.                  lington and Myton in Utah. Those making the
    Nine Mile Canyon is actually 70 miles       trip should be prepared and self-sufficient.
long not nine, according to a site brochure.        “A full tank of gas, plenty of water and
    There are several stories about how the     five good tires are a must,” the brochure      Cabins, Full Hookup RV Sites,
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count probably comes from when John Wes-            Those making the tour are encouraged to    Tent Sites with water/electric,                       Q i
ley Powell was exploring in Utah in 1986.       bring a picnic, sunscreen and insect repel-    Heated Pool, Laundry,
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               South Pass Historic Site

                                                                                                    TouRS aRe now
                                                                                                    offered at the
                                                                                                    historic Carissa
                                                                                                    Gold Mine in South
                                                                                                    Pass City which
                                                                                                    was once a boom-
                                                                                                    ing gold town.

    South Pass is a cornerstone in the history of U.S. westward
migration in the 19th century.
    Long before the mass move to the west, trappers and trad-
ers shared the area with Indians. Then, in 1836, the first white
women crossed the pass, en route to Oregon. Eliza Spalding and
Narcissa Whitman, along with their husbands, were missionar-
ies. Tales of gold in the South Pass started soon after they made
their historic journey.
    Once the Spalding’s and Whitman’s crossed the mountains,
other trains of settlers began to follow.
    In 1849, gold was discovered in California, and travel in-
creased on the South Pass route. Thousands of people made
their way along the North Platte River onto the high desert and
through the pass. It became a common truth that if one didn’t get
through the pass by shortly after Independence Day, the likeli-
hood of reaching Oregon or California ahead of the deadly win-
ter storms diminished by the day.
    Indians scared away many would-be gold seekers, so it wasn’t
until 1865 that the first serious search for gold began.
    The first mining district in the county was organized, and
two years later, the Carrisa lode was found by a Mormon group.
Word of huge gold deposits spread like wildfire and by 1868,
more than 2,000 people had gathered in the pass. But the tales of
a rich mother lode were soon proved false, and by the end of that
year, each of the towns had less than 50 residents.                  SeveRal      hiSToRiC      BuildinGS     and     the
    South Pass enjoyed the popularity for a very short time af-      South Pass Cemetery are open for visitors. Just
ter that. The transcontinental railroad was built, not through the   down the road is atlantic City, named because it is
pass as some had urged, but through the flat southern Wyoming        situated on the atlantic side of the Continental di-
    However, remnants of the old towns allow visitors to experi-     vide.
ence the beauty that is South Pass. The museum, a cemetery and
old cabins have been restored. Those who catch a case of gold
fever can pan for the precious metal in the streams. Camping
accommodations are also available, as well as fishing, hiking,
horseback riding and mountain biking.
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South Pass........from previous page
    Visitors can experience the excitement of
gold fever-without becoming a miner.
                                                an overview of the development of the mine
                                                from 1870 to the late 1940s. There will be
    The rivers in Wyoming’s Wind River
country, just north of Sweetwater County,
                                                a gold panning demonstration after the tour.
                                                    For those who would like to feed their
still contain elusive flakes of gold and with   gold fever even more, the annual Gold Rush
a pan and some perseverance, you may find       Days is right around the corner. This year’s   Boat Sales & Service
your fortune.                                   event takes place July 12-13 in South Pass
    In its heyday, South Pass City had a        City. This festival celebrates the life and    • Gas & Oil
population of 2000, dozens of mines and         heritage of the Sweetwater Mining District     • Boat Rentals
hundreds of placer claims along the stream      by interpreting many of the activities that
banks. Now, it’s one of the best-preserved      have taken place throughout the area his-      • Boat Repair
and most authentic gold mining ghost towns      torically. Of course, gold panning opportu-    • Tackle              25 miles
in the West.                                    nities abound.
    The Carissa Gold Mine, now owned by             For more information about the Carissa     • Wyoming             South of
the South Pass City State Historic Site, pro-   Mine Tours and the South Pass City State         Licenses            River on
duced as much as 180,000 ounces of gold         Historic Site, visit
during its lengthy run. It was once the main
                                                                                               • Beer • Ice          Highway
economic engine for South Pass City, and                                                       • Groceries
operated as a functioning gold mine until                                                                            875-6927
the 1940s. These days, with gold prices on
                                                                                               • Prop Repair
the north side of $600 an ounce, it’s still a
worthy - and fun - pastime for visitors and                                                        Full
locals alike.                                                                                    Hook-Up
    South Pass City State Historic Site of-
fers public tours of the Carissa Mine each                                                       RV Park
Saturday (except July 12) starting June 14
through Aug. 30 at 10 a.m. Due to safety                                                        “From Buckboard
regulations, tours are limited to 20 people                                                     in an Outboard.”
and reservations must be made in advance.                                                      Permitted by Ashley
The tour will take the visitor through the                                                       National Forest
complex workings of the gold mill and give

                      The Hub Mustang
                          Bar•Grill                                 Travel Stop
               Wyoming Liquor on the Utah/Wyoming border
                     • Gas • Diesel • C Store • Ice • Bait • Tackle
                     Breakfast served at 7 am • Dinner served at 5 pm

                   State Hwy. 530 at Flaming Gorge
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            Border communities
   Although Green River and Rock             been created from the mine water. The
Springs are the largest cities in South-     pond is a popular fishing spot, with a
western Wyoming, several smaller bor-        picnic area and restrooms.
der communities are well worth visit-           On the opposite side of I-80, is an-
ing.                                         other os stage stop. Built in 1862, the
   West of Green River on I-80 is the        Point of Rocks Stage Station lies at the
small community of Granger. Once the         base of sandstone cliffs.
site of a stage stop, it grew along the         Located in a broad canyon, the intact
railroad, as many other towns in the         station was a home station on the Over-
area did.                                    land Trail.
   Farson is 40 miles north of Rock             The infamous Jack Slade served for
Springs in Eden Valley. The valley is        a time as stationmaster. Known for          GREEN RIVER, WYOMING
the center of agriculture in Sweetwater      his violent temper that resulted in the       1055 WILDHORSE
County and is steeped in history.            deaths of several men, he gained a repu-
   Travelers who pass the feed store be-     tation Indians, traders, railroad men,         CANYON ROAD
tween Eden and Farson might notice a         and Calvary officers all passed through         (307) 875-5300
rustic log cabin at the edge of the park-    Point of Rocks. The Frontier Index, the        1-800-445-8667
ing lot. According to local resident Kar-    only local paper in 1868, reported the
la Eaton, the cabin was built in the early   presence of Indians at Point of Rocks in
1900s by Chris Juel, original owner of       1868. One stage station was burned and
Lander Creek Land and Livestock Com-         members of a military detachment were
pany. He built the cabin for his daughter    killed. One account stated this same
and son-in-law to stay in while caring       group of Indians threatened, but never
for the sheep in the mountains for the       attacked, the inhabitants of the Point of
summer. It was later moved and pre-          Rocks Stage Station.
served.                                         Rich in folklore and historical tradi-
   The Jim Bridger Power Plant is lo-
cated just east of Rock Springs. Coal is     (Continued next page)
mined at the plant site and a pond has

                                                                      Fort Bridger
                                                                         Museum and Historic Park
                                                                     Mountain Man, Native American,
                                                                    Mormon, Military, Lincoln Highway,
                                                                               and more
                                                                    3 mi. off I-80 in Southwest Wyoming
                                                                                Museum open daily:
                                                                                 May 1 - Sept. 30
                                                                     Costumed Staff, Unique Gifts,
                                                                       ADA Accessible Paths &

                 (307) 782-3842                                         MENTION THIS AD AT THE MUSEUM
                                                                      TO RECEIVE AN OLD-FASHIONED CANDY.
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Border ....... from previous page
tion, the Point of Rocks Stage Station         opened Fort Bridger, an emigrant trad-
is easily accessed from Interstate 80.         ing post.
Take the Point of Rocks exit off Inter-           Every Labor Day weekend, history
state 80 and turn south. Follow an im-         comes alive during the Mountain Man
proved gravel road less than a mile to         Rendezvous at the restored 35-acre

                                                                                                    Kevalin Skorcz
railroad tracks.                               Fort Bridger State Historical Site.
   Just past the Bridger Plant and about          During the celebration, visitors can
seven miles north of I-80 is the town of       experience Indian dancing, Traders
Superior which was also a coal mining          Row and performances of “Ballad of
mecca. The town is tucked into the rug-        the West.”

                                                                                             5 Basco
ged hills and bluffs of the breathtaking          America’s frontier history is also on
Red Desert.                                    display at the Fort’s museum.
   Reliance, north of Rock Springs, also          During the summer, several pro-

boomed during the time when coal was           grams are presented and moonlight
king. One of only two coal tipples in the      tours of the fort are offered.
state stands on the edge of town. The             These tours allow visitors to expe-

tipples were used for loading coal onto        rience the atmosphere of the fort as it
rail cars to be hauled to other parts of       must have been in its early days. Lamp-
the country. Interpretive signs tell the       light and moonlight lend a quiet seren-

story of a life much different than to-        ity to the site.
day.                                              Other area attractions include the
   All border communities have parks           Trona Mining Museum, the Lyman

and recreation stops, along with many          Historical Farm and remnants of the
good fishing and camping spots.                Oregon Trail.
   Many have visitors’ centers for infor-         Also available are full visitors servic-

mation. Stop and talk, learn the history       es along the gateway south to the Uinta
and ask questions.                             Mountains, which provide recreation
   Bridger Valley, Wyoming is “where           in the form of fishing, camping, hiking,
trails of the past converged.”                 cross country skiing and snowmobil-
   In 1843, Jim Bridger and his partner        ing.

                                                                 GOOD FOOD!
      FARSON                                     Hitch-n-Stitch GOOD PEOPLE!
     Fresh Deli Sandwiches
                                                  Machine Embroidery, Quilting
                                                 We do oilfield
      Fresh Baked Pastries
    • Beer
    • Groceries
                     • Hunting & Fishing
                       Licenses & Supplies
                                                 Workclothes, sleeping bags,
    • Ice            • Sinclair Fuel               and other large items.                     Closed Mondays
    • Tack           • Farm & Ranch Supplies      Large selection of FRC                        P.O. Box 125
    • Hardware       • Ranchway Feed                                                            Highway 191
    • Vet Supplies   • Clean Restrooms               clothing in stock
                                                   • Bulwark • Carhartt                       Farson, Wyoming
    Mile Marker 38 Hwy. 191 N.
         Farson, Wyoming                            4052 Hwy. 191                              (307)
      307-273-FARM (3276)                          Farson, WY 82932                             273-
                                                    1-307-273-9705                             9606
                                                 Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30-5:30,
                                                 Closed Saturday and Sunday
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                                                  aBove, MaRkS-        Antelope Crossing Pub
                                                  Men CoMPeTe
                                                  in blackpowder            An oasis in the western
                                                  shoots. left, a              Wyoming desert.
                                                  native american           Stop in for a beverage
                                                  dancer performs a             or a bite to eat.
                                                  traditional dance          Package beer and
                                                  at the annual Fort          liquor available.
                                                  Rendezvous.                25 Spruce Street,
                                                                               Granger, WY

                                             Lambeth                                      Home-
                                             Studio &                                    Cooking
   Continental breakfast
                                               Gifts                                      Town”
    High-speed internet                        Lawn
    Cable TV and HBO
        Guest laundry
                                              & much
         Microwave &
                                             Highway 191,
       fridge in rooms
                                              Eden, WY
    70 Bear River Dr.,
   Evanston, WY 82930                        Open ursday                Drive-Inn
      307-789-7510                           through Sunday             551 N. Hwy. 414
     1-888-315-2378                           10 am to 5 pm            Mountain View, WY                                                  307-782-6952
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                                                                     Wyoming Range

Antiques, Furniture,
 Accessories, and
   Unique Gifts                    Award-Winning Chef:
                                     Wendi Schwartz
                                • Full Bar          Open for
                                                 lunch & dinner
                                • Kids Menu      Monday - Friday
                                • Gourmet          & Saturday
                                                  dinner in the      Snow-CaPPed PeakS in the wyo-
                                  Market             summer          ming Range glisten in the summer
                                                                     sun above a green meadow in the
                                 27 E. Pine, Pinedale, WY            Cottonwood Creek area of Sublette
                                (307) 367-3111    Closed Sunday      County. Several streams and lakes in
                                                                     the area are popular fishing holes for
                                                                     locals and visitors.

 time to shop
                                                                         Enjoy your stay
31 S. Sublette Ave., Pinedale
     (behind Phillips 66)                                                 and please ...
        307-367-3667                                                      don’t littEr!

                 Cable TV
      Hunting & Fishing
   Summer & Winter Sports                             Burgers, Sandwiches,
                                                      Shakes, Malts, Floats
     (307) 367-4317
    1 (877) 841-0499                                Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10:30 am - 8 pm
                                                             Sunday 11 am to 5 pm
                                                               Closed on Monday
       123 E. Magnolia Street,
            P.O. Box 624                                                (307) 367-6404
                                                                          310 E Pine St
        Pinedale, WY 82941                                            Pinedale, WY 82941
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             Fisherman’s heaven
   There is a wide array of waters teem-      Fisherman can access the lower
ing with many varieties of fish across     Green River along Wyoming 372 and
Wyoming, and the southwestern cor-         US 189. South of Fort Bridger and
ner offers some of the best.               Mountain view exits from Interstate
   Besides the renowned Yel-                         80, Blacks Fork River also of-
lowstone, Madison and Snake                          fers several different types of
rivers, anglers can fish small-                      trout.
er streams, rivers and ponds                             At Big Sandy Reservoir,
which often yield as many if                         located about 10 miles north-
not more fish than the more                          east of Farson on US-191, one
popular waterways.                                   can expect to hook the regu-
   In addition, cold-water                           lar trout varieties and an oc-
lakes like Flaming Gorge, Fre-                       casional channel catfish.
mont Lake, Half Moon Lake                                Fontenelle Reservoir is a
and Burnt Lake tempt local                           mere 18 miles south of Rock
and out-of- state fisherman                          Springs off of US-189. Fon-
with abundant trout-filled wa-                       tenelle has schools of ko-
ters.                                                kanee salmon in addition to
   Four types of cutthroat trout are       trout. The 90-mile stretch of the Flam-
native to Wyoming rivers and golden,       ing Gorge Reservoir is home to brown
brook, brown, mackinaw and rainbow         trout, lake trout, rainbow trout, chan-
trout have been introduced into the en-    nel catfish, kokanee salmon and small-
vironment over the years.                  mouth bass.
   The lower segment of the Green             Other prime waterways for fisher-
River, south of Fontenelle Reservoir,      man include: Jim Bridger Pond, Boul-
is home to lake, rainbow and brown         der Creek, Hams Fork, LaBarge Creek
                                                                                        Toll-Free: 1-877-686-6266
trout, as well as channel catfish, moun-   and spots along the Green River like
                                                                                            Fax: 307-367-6768
tain whitefish, smallmouth bass and        Daniel junction, Warren Bridge, Na-         Email:
Snake River cutthroat.                     tional Forest and North Fork Road.

   2008 Sublette County Summer Fun
     Father’s Day Fishing Derby
       June 15, Pinedale
     Chuckwagon Days Rodeo & 4th of July Festivities
       July 2-4, Big Piney/Marbleton
     Green River Rendezvous Days & Pageant
       July 10-13, Pinedale
     Daniel Old Timers’ Picnic
       July 20, Daniel
     Sublette County Fair
       July 26-August 3, Marbleton/Big Piney
     Fremont Lake Sailing Regatta
       August 9 & 10, Pinedale
     Pinedale Half Marathon
       September 27, Pinedale
     Pinedale Cowboy Roundup
       October 4, Pinedale
     Please make lodging reservations well in advance!

    Visit us at or 888-285-7282 for more information
                                                                              The Ultimate Guide to Sweetwater County-51

      Pinedale Aquatic Center
   One of the newest additions to              The aquatic center recently began
Sublette County is the Pinedale Aquatic     offering childcare facilities for parents

Center which opened this past year.         who want to take advantage of its many
   The center offers much, much more        options.
than a swimming pool. In fact, there           For more information about the

are two huge pools, so there’s plenty       Pinedale Aquatic Center, call 307-367-
of room for leisure swimming or lap         2832. The center is located at 535 N.
swimming.                                   Tyler in Pinedale.
   The lap pool is 480,000 gallons
complete with a 30-foot slide with
three spirals and a submarine -- that’s
right, a submarine!
                                                  Leisure Pool Schedule:

                                            MON - FRI: 5:30 am-9:30 am (adults
   The leisure pool is three and one-
half feet deep and is a warm-water
                                            3:30 pm - 5:30 pm (Rec Swim)                 & Restaurant
pool. The decks around the pools are
massive and there’s even an outdoor
                                            MON -WED: 7 pm - 8:30 pm (Rec
                                            Swim)                                          • Satellite TV •
deck for summertime sunning.
   For pure relaxation, the center offers
                                            FRI: 6 pm - 8:30 pm (Rec Swim)
                                            SAT: 12 pm -2:30 pm (Rec Swim)              • Wireless Internet •
a spa as well.
   Those who are looking for another
                                            SUN: 1 pm - 5:30 pm (Family Swim)
                                                                                           Motel: 307-276-5231
kind of exercise can use the three-story             Lap Pool Schedule:                  Restaurant: 307-276-3523
climbing wall, full-size gymnasium,                                                            P.O. Box 4250
play tennis on one of the three courts
or check out the racquetball courts.
                                              Monday - Friday:
                                              5:30 am-8am, 11 am-1 pm, 5 pm-7
                                                                                              405 Winkelman
   The center also offers a special party   pm                                            Marbleton, WY 83113
room for birthdays or other family            Saturday: 10 am-11:30 am
gatherings.                                   Sunday: 12 pm-1 pm                        We accept all major credit cards

    Patio Grill                                                                  35 West Pine Street,
                                                                                 Pinedale, Wyoming

           ~ Homemade Pies, Rolls, & Biscuits ~
                                      Service with a smile!
              Hours: Wednesday - Monday 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
                            (307) 367-4611 •
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    Antiques, Furniture,                     enture                   est
     Accessories, and                   Real Estate, LLC
       Unique Gifts                   “The friendliest
                                         office in
                                                                                           • Alligator
                                      307-367-3246                                      • Frog Legs
                                        146 W. Pine, P.O. Box 40
                                             Pinedale, WY                             • Oysters
                                             BROKER: Linda Call               • Soft Shell Crab
                                               cell: 307-749-2411
                                               • Catfish
                                      ASSOCIATE BROKER: Kip Farnsworth
                                               cell: 307-231-4234                 • Shrimp
     time to shop                               Michele Gagen
                                               cell: 307-749-2433
                                                                              Hours: Tuesday - Friday 11 am to 9 pm
                                                                                       Saturday 5 -10 pm
                                                                                    Closed Sunday & Monday
                                                                                      9880 S. Hwy 191,
   31 S. Sublette Ave., Pinedale                 Shane Costello
                                               cell: 307-231-9983                    Pinedale, Wyoming
        (behind Phillips 66)                           307-367-3896
           307-367-3667                             Karla Wright Farnsworth             601-620-9634
                                                       cell: 307-231-2485             Fax 307-367-3897

                  Home                                                        Daniel Junction
                  Store                                                         Food Mart
 • Fireplaces,                                                                • Convenience Store • RV Park
   Inserts, & Stoves                                                               • Gas Station • Motel
                                                                               • Archery • Hunting • Fishing
 • Furniture & Lighting                                                             • Deli Orders To Go
 • Mattresses & Bedding                                                             • Bus Truck Parking
 • Gifts • Home Decor                                                                 • Tours Welcome
 • Jewelry                                                                    P.O. Box 383, 11072 Junction, Hwy. 189/191
 • and So Much More!                                                                      Daniel, WY 83115
                                                                                 (307) 859-8274 • Fax (307) 859-8807
            Dori Welsh                                                                email:                    Deluxe continental breakfast   
  Shirley Leffew, Heather Staley,              Indoor pool and jacuzzi
                                             Refrigerator and microwave
 Karen Anderson, Robyn Hofland                       in every room
                                                 Complimentary DSL
       229 South Cole Ave.,
          P.O. Box 273                   1054 W. Pine Street, Pinedale, WY
       Pinedale, WY 82941                      Our toll-free number:
          307-367-3216                          1-866-WY-LODGE
        Fax 307-367-3899
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                               GReen RiveR lakeS and SquaRe ToP MounTain

Sublette County, entrance to the wilderness
   Sublette County is located in western Wyoming ap-              built that are still in use today
proximately 70 miles south of Jackson Hole, Yellowstone              Deer, moose and other wildlife are often seen within the
and Grand Teton National Parks. The county is 80 percent          city limits. Recreation opportunities are just minutes away
public land including Bureau of Land Management, state            or miles from town and from there, the Bridger Wilderness
and Bridger-Teton National Forest.                                Area is just a stone’s throw. Blue ribbon stream and lake
   Pinedale is the largest community in Sublette County,          fishing is available in any direction, with more than 1,300
with a population of about 1,400 people.                          lakes fed by mountain streams.
   The elevation of Pinedale is 7,175 feet and it is the county      The lower lakes produce big fish even in the winter when
seat for Sublette County. Pinedale is located on U.S. High-       hearty fishermen must fish through the ice.
way 191 on the western slopes of the Wind River Mountain             Fremont Lake, Wyoming’s second largest natural lake, is
Range and the Bridger Wilderness Area.                            located just four miles from Pinedale. White Pine Ski Area
   With its roots as a ranching community, outdoor recre-         and Resort is 10 miles to the east in the Wind River Moun-
ation has also always been an important part of the lifestyle     tains. The Continental Divide Snowmobile Trail and Conti-
of this western town.                                             nental Divide Mountain Biking Trail go through Pinedale.
   Home to the Museum of the Mountain Man, Pinedale                  Other towns in Sublette County include Big Piney,
hosts the Green River Rendezvous each July celebrating the        Marbleton, Bondurant, Boulder. Cora, Daniel and LaBarge.
era of the mountain men who lived in this area and trapped        Entry into the pristine wilderness areas is possible from all
beaver in the early 1800s. During the 1930s and 1940s, the        of the communities, and each has its own particular charm.
CCC enrollees lived and worked in Sublette County. Evi-              Stop in and enjoy the hospitality!
dence of their impact can still be seen in the projects they

                  Museum of the Mountain Man
   The Museum of the Mountain Man in Pinedale is open             River Rendezvous, commemorating the events of the fur
for the summer season May 1 through Sept. 30 and is               trade era. The annual Green River Rendezvous always takes
a ‘must see’ for history buffs traveling through the area.        place the second weekend in July, with this year’s event
Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.                    happening July 10-13. Numerous educational venues are
   The museum houses exhibits about the fur trade, west-          scheduled.
ern exploration, Plains Indians and early settlement history         There is a small admission fee.
of Western Wyoming. In addition, the museum sponsors                 The museum gift store is located in the main lobby.
special fund and educational events throughout the season.        Books on a variety of history, posters, postcards, T-shirts
   The museum has 15,000 square feet of exhibit space,            and many other gift items are available.
built out of wood in a rotunda shape that gives visitors the         For more information, call the Museum at 1-307-367-
feeling of being in a huge lodge.                                 4101 or write P.O. Box 909, Pinedale, Wyo. 82941 or e-mail
   Highlighting the summer schedule of events is the Green
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   Togwotee Pass
   Togwotee Pass offers travelers a breathtaking view of the
   The pass was used by mountain men in the mid 1800s to
enter Jackson Hole where wildlife was-- and still is -- abun-
   The area offers an endless array of summer activities.
   Horseback trips allow riders to watch elk, deer, moose
and other wildlife as you ride into the wilderness. Wheth-
er taking a one-hour or full day horseback trip, you’ll want
your camera to help you remember the beautiful scenery
                                     and wildlife.
                                        Try your hand at fish-
                                     ing the famous streams
                                                                 a Cow MooSe stares out from a vantage point
                                     in the surrounding
                                                                 near a her willow sanctuary.
                                     mountains. A variety of     intrepid fisherman.
                                     fish are waiting for the       For those less sure of themselves, guided fishing trips to
                                                                 the Snake River, Yellowstone National Park, Yellowstone
                                                                 Lake and Lewis Lake leave daily throughout the season.
                                     ChiPMunkS                      Numerous bike trails run through the neighboring na-
                                     aRe aBundanT                tional forest, whether you’re a beginner or an advanced
                                     throughout the              rider.
                                     area and are                   Scenic float trips of various lengths on the Snake River
                                     often seen                  are available, or for the more adventurous folks, an eight-
                                     looking for a               mile white water trip through the Grand canyon of the Snake
                                     handout.                    offers great thrills.
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                                   While in
                                   Green River
                                   enjoy our
•   Splash Park: Open beginning Memorial Day.
•   Greenbelt River Walk: A great way to enjoy the
    Green River and its wildlife.
•   Scott’s Bottom Nature Walk: Another beautiful walk
    along the Green River.
•   25 City Parks
•   Sweetwater County Museum
•   Expedition Island Historical Site: The launching site
    of the John Wesley Powell Expedition.
•   Thomas Moran Overlook: See the cliffs the painter
    made famous.
•   Diverse Dining Opportunities
•   Fun Family Activities throughout the year!

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