Road Trip Into Wide Open Spaces

Breathe in the fresh air and soak in the sights of rugged beauty and untamed landscapes on your next western road trip.

With the Wind River Mountain Range to the north and Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area to the south, Rock Springs and Green River are a haven for unrivaled adventure.  Sportsmen, anglers, hikers, mountain bikers and outdoor enthusiasts are drawn to Sweetwater County’s rivers, reservoirs, high desert trails and wide open spaces.

Flaming Gorge Country

From boating and fly-fishing to hiking and biking, Flaming Gorge Country features hundreds of miles of scenic trails and the 91-mile-long Lake Flaming Gorge, also known as the crown jewel of fishing. Visitors can make themselves at home in a cozy lodge to gain great access to trails, Lake Flaming Gorge and the tailwaters of the Green River. Many accommodations offer fishing guides, raft and mountain bike rentals and on-site dining options.

Green River

Winding through the stunning Southwest Wyoming landscape and its namesake town, the mighty Green River offers something fun at every bend for kayaking, rafting, canoeing, tubing and fly-fishing. In the heart of the city of Green River, the Green River Whitewater Park and Tubing Channel offers everything from challenging rapids to gentle wading pools. River-goers can wade, swim, tube or take the plunge on up to four-foot drops. Advanced kayakers are known for taking on the southern channel, where Castle Falls churns. For longer floats, drop a raft, kayak or canoe in at Jamestown just upstream from Green River, and meander down to take out at the whitewater park.

Red Desert

For a true off the grid experience, head to the high desert in Sweetwater County known as the Red Desert. A portion of the Continental Divide known as the Great Divide Basin runs through the county, east of Rock Springs and Green River. Here you’ll find a dry region filled with desert flora and fauna, undisturbed wildlife and magnificent landmarks. Explore the Oregon Buttes Wilderness Study Area near Farson for wildlife photography, scenic vistas, hiking, horseback riding and more. The Red Desert is also home to the second largest active sand dunes in the world, Killpecker Sand Dunes where you can experience some high-flying fun ATVing, sand sledding and hiking!

White Mountain Petroglyphs

Discover the White Mountain Petroglyphs where you will find a unique version of Southwest Wyoming’s history told through etchings in the sandstone walls of White Mountain. The Plains and Great Basin Native Americans who lived in the left behind a legacy of their lifestyle in the form of hundreds of fascinating sandstone carvings. White Mountain is a part of the Green River Formation which was formed by Lake Gosiute over 30 million years ago. If you search the base of White Mountain, you may be able to find shells from another era.

Order a complimentary Rock Springs & Green River travel guide to start planning your epic road trip through Sweetwater County’s wide open spaces, or visit ExploreWY.com for more information.

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