Rockies To Tetons Itinerary

Rockies to Tetons

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This route traces a path between two of the most iconic and majestic mountain ranges in the United States: The Rockies and Tetons.Wind through Wyoming and experience the recreational and historical activities provided by this contoured land.

Route Overview

Route A: Rawlins to Lander & Beyond

  • Distance: About 469 miles
  • Estimated Drive Time: 7.75 hours

Route B: Rawlins to Rock Springs; Rock Springs to Pinedale & Beyond

  • Distance: About 452 miles
  • Estimated Drive Time: 7.5 hours


Stop into the Pine Bluffs Information Center on your way to the capital city of Cheyenne. Rich with history, Cheyenne housed a depot for the Union Pacific Railroad in 1867 and is now home to several memorable museums, local restaurants and the world-famous Cheyenne Frontier Days.Continuing west on I-80, take a quick detour to Curt Gowdy State Park. The Laramie Mountains offer a stunning backdrop for outdoorsy folks, especially mountain bikers looking to single track its epic trails. Nearby is Vedauwoo Campground and Recreation area — a great place for climbers, hikers and campers.


Get back on I-80 to head toward Laramie. It’s a popular spot for recreation from fishing to skiing. The town is also home to the University of Wyoming Geological Museum and the American Heritage Center.
Next, travel along the Snowy Range Scenic Byway, open from late spring through mid-November. It starts in Centennial and crosses the Medicine Bow Mountain Range. Detour on your way to Rawlins to Seminoe State Park north of I-80, surrounded by white sand dunes and home to thousands of pronghorn, the Seminoe Mountains, Seminoe Reservoir and the “Miracle Mile" of the North Platte River. Or head
south to explore Saratoga and Encampment. Saratoga is perhaps best known for its Mineral Hot Springs, but also draws folks to blue-ribbon trout fishing on the freestone North Platte River. Encampment rests at the base of the Sierra Madres and is the gateway to the Medicine Bow Forest. The 114-yearold Grand Encampment Opera House still presents melodramas, plays and dinner theaters.



Rawlins dates back to when tracks were first laid for the Union Pacific Railroad in Wyoming. It’s the center of a thriving sheep and cattle industry and is best known for the Wyoming Frontier Prison. Known as the "Old Pen," this museum is said to be haunted with history. A break from the interstate will take you on Hwy 287 to the South Pass City State Historic Site. North of the historic Oregon Trail, the city was built in 1867 during the gold-mining boom. Stop at Sinks Canyon State Park, a geologic phenom where the Popo Agie River vanishes into a cavern and reappears in a pool a half mile down the canyon. Lander has several ways to stretch your legs in the Wind River Range: mountain climbing, fishing, miles of hiking trails and the Beaver Creek cross-country skiing trail system. 


Northeast of Lander is the town of Riverton, home to the 1838 Mountain Man Rendezvous, a gathering of Native Americans, fur trappers and mountain men. Test your modern-day skills at the Wind River Casino. In summer, it hosts a weekly Northern Arapaho Experience, where traditional dances are performed. 


Next up is Dubois, the perfect Old West town. Stop at the National Bighorn Sheep Interpretive Center, which tells the story of one of Wyoming’s signature animals — the Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep.


From Dubois, head to the Moran Junction on Hwy 26, where you’ll choose your final destination: Grand Teton National Park or Yellowstone National Park. Grand Teton National Park’s peaks are popular with climbers, hikers and photographers. Yellowstone National Park has served for generations as a sort of living museum, its natural splendors giving visitors an up-close-andpersonal glimpse of what the continent was like in the days before recorded history.



From Rawlins, instead of heading on a northerly track, you can opt to go west on I-80 through the wide-open lands of the Red Desert and Great Divide Basin, home to a plethora of wildlife. See if you can spot the world’s only desert elk herd or the largest herd of pronghorn in the area around Wamsutter. Farther down I-80, stop off at the Point of Rocks Stage Station just south of the highway, where you’ll find the abandoned yet only-remaining intact station on the Overland Trail. There’s a building to explore, then walk a quarter-mile down the trail to view a fenced-in collection of 19th-century gravesites. Continue on to Rock Springs, a former coalmining town where the infamous outlaw Robert Leroy Parker, aka George "Butch" Cassidy, earned his moniker while working as a butcher. For a glimpse of local life in the old days, visit the Rock Springs Historical Museum, or swing by the Community Fine Arts Center to admire works from renowned artists like Norman Rockwell.


As you depart, overshoot Rock Springs by a few miles for a detour southwest to Green River, which makes an ideal base for exploring Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area or Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge. Circle back to follow Hwy 191 north toward the Killpecker Sand Dunes, a sprawling natural sandbox that’s popular with both off-road vehicle enthusiasts and hikers who take to the trails around Boar’s Tusk — the core of an ancient volcano. Also nearby are the White Mountain Petroglyphs’ hundreds of etchings into sandstone cliffs.


Once you arrive in Pinedale, consider staying at one of the welcoming dude and guest ranches for a real taste of Old West character. Check out the collection of oldschool rides at Buckys Vintage Snowmobile Museum, or the Museum of the Mountain Man’s fur-trading relics. From there, jump back on Hwy 191 and make your way to Jackson, cutting through the southern end of Bridger-Teton National Forest.


A stop in the recreation hub of Jackson situates visitors to take advantage of outdoor activities year-round. Jackson is home to the National Elk Refuge, a safe haven for thousands of elk each winter. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is famous for its skiing, but summer months are wonderful for outdoor activities like whitewater rafting on the Snake River, arts and dining. Go north again to reach the end of your route at either the ethereal mountain landscape of Grand Teton National Park or Yellowstone’s legendary landmarks.

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