Summer Activities at The Historic Elk Mountain Hotel
During the summer there are many things to explore on your own and adventures to share together. While staying with us enjoy mountain biking, scenic drives, nature hikes, blue ribbon trout fishing, rafting, picnicking, historical tours, area museums and native bison and bird watching. Just 12 miles from the north entrance to the National Forest, you can lose yourself in the beauty of Wyoming.
Fishing in Wyoming
The fishing is as diverse as the country itself. Wyoming has a variety of waters to please the dreams of most anglers.
The state offers float fishing, wading, powerful rivers, smaller alpine streams, lakes, reservoirs and ponds. There are native cutthroat plus the introduced rainbow, brown, brook, golden and mackinaw. A great web site to visit is www.takemefishing.org
Daily and annual fishing licenses are required and obtained from the Game and Fish department offices and many license vendors. These cost from $14.00 per day and $92.00 for the season in 2013 for non-residents plus another $12.50 annual conservation stamp.
An electronic version of the Wyoming Fishing Guide together with Google maps providing driving directions to fishing spots can be found on the web site.
In their hurry to get to Yellowstone many thousands of visitors pass through SE Wyoming at a high rate of speed, passing many locations for excellent fishing.
The following are examples within easy reach from The Historic Elk Mountain Hotel:
Turpin Reservoir : Follow County Road 101 south for about 12 miles from the hotel, then continue 8 miles on US Forest service road 101.
Rock Creek: Take the I-80 east towards Laramie. Exit at Arlington. Follow the Sand lake road 1 mile south and west from Arlington then turn south and continue 1.5 miles.
East Allen Lake: Take the County Road from the hotel and head north to Medicine Bow. About 1.5 miles south of Medicine Bow turn west (Left) and continue for 1 mile.
Diamond Lake: Take the I-80 towards Laramie. After about 25 miles turn left (north) at the Cooper Cove exit and continue 4 miles on County road 15.
A little further away is Saratoga Lake just 1 mile north of Saratoga. And at least eight access points to the Platte River;(a) on Wyoming 230 south of Walcott Junction, about 23 miles from the hotel. These are Foote Recreational Area, Pick Bridge, Frazier. And (b) Head towards Rawlins and take the Fort Steele exit, about 15 miles before Rawlins, follow the south frontage road to about 11 miles of fishing easement. Also from the same exit near the Historic Steel Bridge is a boat ramp on the east bank of the river.
• The following are examples of the costs of float fishing the North Platte River with an experienced guide. Full day from $380 plus $100 for one additional person.
• Guided fly fishing, wade and float are also available on the Encampment River, mountain creeks and lakes and private trophy ponds from $75 rod fee plus guide fee to $375 for a full day guided trip from an Orvis endorsed lodge.
Fly casting lessons are from $45 per hour
The Historic Elk Mountain Hotel is within one of America’s best locations for the sport. We have diverse terrain with altitude varying between 5,500 to 12,000 feet; low population density which means miles and miles of wide open spaces, a ranching community that distributes water to the land creating habitat and cooperation amongst agencies all contribute to make the county a wildlife paradise.
Pronghorn antelope bound across the plains and every Fall hunters seek the big bucks. Elk hunting is nearly without rival and big herds populate the Snowy Range, mule deer are plentiful. Blue grouse, sage grouse, ducks, geese, wild turkey, morning doves and cottontail rabbits are the common small game. For hunting information and license requirements contact the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.
For Antelope, Elk, White Tail Deer and Mule Deer contact: Dan Artery's Outdoor Adventures who specializes in trophy hunts at 307-331-0117. Dan has 35 years experience guiding and ouyfitting hunters.
For non-seasonal, license free depredation hunting please see Coda Hunts at www.codahunts.com who organize depredation hunting in the terrain close to the hotel.
Also contact Tracy Terrell, who has a large ranch in Medicine Bow, about Prairie Dog hunts at 307-379-2214. Approximately $75 per gun.
Shooting Instruction Packages
In conjunction with the NRA Women on Target program we offer the chance to get professional and certified instruction for pistols giving confidence in the use of hand guns. Please call Susan on 307-348-7774 for information. The next weekend session is in August 2013.
Guests will stay in the hotel and attend organized sessions. And after the sounds of gunfire have stopped reverberating in your ears you will enjoy fine dining and banter and bragging over whom is the ‘best’ shot.
Wonderful scenery and many marked trails make the region a ‘must’ for fat tire riders. There are challenges galore: no matter whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned mountain biker, you can enjoy steep climbs, fast down-hills, water-crossings and challenging terrains for all levels of fitness and experience.
Enjoy the longer climbs and vistas if you’re a scenery enthusiast or just potter around the lakes sight seeing the wild life. Bring your bike to the hotel and enjoy hot showers, great food and comfortable beds after a day of challenging ups and downs!
Information on local trails can be obtained by contacting the Pedal House Bike Shop at www.pedalhouse.com.
Hiking and Wild Animal Watching
For the hiking enthusiast they are 35 marked trails in the Snowy Range taking you from 7,400 feet all the way to 11,200 feet. Amongst the most spectacular are the trails leading upwards towards the 12,100 summit of Medicine Bow Peak. Where you can experience incredible views of the glacier carved landscape with beautiful alpine lakes. Don’t forget your camera as the region abounds with scenic vistas, wildlife, birds and wild flowers of every hue.
Checkout routes at http://www.wyomingcarboncounty.com/hiking.htm
Detailed information available from the Medbow Routt Forest Service: www.fs.fed.us/r2.
There is a visitor center located 1 mile west of the hotel on HWY 130. It has information provided by the forest service on near-by attractions and campgrounds.|
Laramie Ranger District # 307-745-2300:
Camping is usually enjoyed from June through September. Camping in developed campgrounds is allowed for a maximum of 14 consecutive days. Most sites are available on a first come basis. Camping outside of a campground is allowed. See above Forest Service link for more info.
One of the most traveled and spectacular Scenic Byways in the West, Highway 130 was designated as the second National Forest Scenic Byway in the United States on August 26, 1988. Elevations of the byway range from 8,100 to 10,847 feet. The byway offers breath taking scenes, mountains as far as Colorado can be seen on a clear day. There are numerous site seeing spots along the way as well as picnic grounds and lakes to stop and take in the beauty. Note that the highway is usually closed from November to May.
Rochelle Ranch Golf Course
A very challenging course!
Green fees from $19 to $21 for 9 holes and $30 to $33 for 18 holes.
Laramie Jubilee Days
Cheyenne Frontier Days
Historic Sites and Museums
There are several historic viewpoints along the highway between Laramie and Saratoga.
Carbon County Museum
Carbon County Museum has exhibits highlighting the rich heritage of cattle and sheep ranching as well as mining throughout the county. Find Native American artifacts and cultural information. The Sweetwater one house school house is also on display. You will love the great displays in this museum showcasing Wyoming’s colorful past.
Hanna Basin Museum
The Museum, which is located in the old Community
Hall building, is listed on the National Registry of Historic
Places. Originally constructed as a saloon in 1890, the
hall has served many purposes in the Union Pacific Coal
Company Town. Sharing the Front Street site is The
Miner’s Cottage, a restored exemplary Two Town House.
The Hanna Basin Museum is an active participant in the
Carbon Cemetery Restoration and Preservation Project.
The Museum houses the Carbon archive, resources
revealing life and death in the first coal camp (1868-1902)
along the original line of the Union Pacific Railroad.
Fort Steele State Park
Fort Steele was laid out on June 30, 1868 by Major
Richard I. Dodge at the place where the Union
Pacific--the westward-building portion of the nation's
first transcontinental railroad--met the North Platte
River. It was one of three military posts established
along the railroad in Wyoming during the 1860s to
provide protection for the line, the work crews, and
the communities that developed along its route. It was
named in honor of Colonel Frederick Steele
(1819-1868) of the 20th U.S. Infantry.
Medicine Bow Museum
The Medicine Bow Museum is located in the old railroad depot, across the highway from
the Virginian Hotel. The depot was built in November 1913, after a fire destroyed the original depot earlier that same year.