Looking for an outstanding western vacation in some place different? Then it’s time to “get your west on” in Carbon County, Wyoming. Sitting astride the Continental Divide in south-central Wyoming just west of Laramie, this snowmobile secret is easily accessible via Interstate 80. Stay in beautiful lodges, enjoy fabulous dining and relax after riding with the natural treasures of this incredible area. Local outfitters can provide sleds, gear, guides and pretty much anything else you might need.
Three distinct riding areas with more than 500 miles of trails provide access to superb boondocking. The Snowy Range is the largest and most developed area, with 306 miles of trails plus extensive off-trail riding in snow up to 12 feet deep. Accessible from the cities of Saratoga, Riverside, Encampment and Elk Mountain, this area has trail-side services including lodging, dining and gas.
West of the Continental Divide, the Sierra Madres area borders the Huston Park Wilderness, and offers 110 miles of trails and off-trail riding in snow up to 8 feet deep while surrounded by some of the most beautiful landscapes anywhere. Access is available from Baggs on the west side or Encampment on the east side.
The Shirley Mountains in northern Carbon County offers extensive public land north of Hanna and Medicine Bow with remote back country riding that includes 90 miles of ungroomed trails.
This awesomely scenic area ranges from 6,000 to 11,000 feet above sea level, so if you bring your own sled, make sure it is tuned for best performance at these higher elevations. A modestly priced state permit is required. And air temperatures can vary greatly, so come equipped for changing conditions.
When riding is over, soak up some of the incredible history of this large county and visit the natural hot spring in Saratoga that is free and never closes.
Try something different this winter. Try Carbon County. You won’t be sorry you did. For details and assistance, call toll free 800-228-3547 or go on line at wyomingcarboncounty.com and check the searchable directory of lodging.