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5 Tips for Adventuring Responsibly

Keep Southwest Wyoming Wild

From off-roading in the Red Desert and fishing in Flaming Gorge County to exploring the restaurants and museums of Rock Springs and Green River, Sweetwater County offers adventure opportunities for everyone.

Help us conserve our beautiful lands and prioritize the well-being of locals, visitors and wildlife. Together, we can ensure the future of travel and epic adventure in southwest Wyoming.

Here are five ways to travel mindfully during your next trip to Rock Springs and Green River:

1. Support Local Business

Sweetwater County is home to a variety of small and family-run businesses, from art galleries and spas to bars and restaurants. When you purchase products and dine at locally owned restaurants, you’re directly supporting the economy.

2. Learn Local History

Take the time to learn about the places you visit — this can give you a better understanding and appreciation of the area along with helping you to create relationships with locals. Rock Springs and Green River have a rich history filled with prehistoric dinosaurs, outlaws, railroading, coal mining and more.

Visit local museums such as the Community Fine Arts Center, Superior Museum or the Sweetwater County Historical Museum. And don’t forget to check out these must-see historical and cultural hot spots in Rock Springs while you’re in town.

3. Avoid Overcrowding

Luckily, Sweetwater County is known for its wide-open spaces. However, popular trails and outdoor recreation areas can still become crowded.

Consider visiting in the off-season by planning a winter getaway. Not only will you get to experience a different season of southwest Wyoming, including winter sports and special events, but you’ll find fewer crowds and possibly some sweet shoulder-season deals.

For some outdoor solitude, choose trails off the beaten path or plan your adventure during less popular times of the day. Consider watching the high desert waking up on a stunning sunrise hike instead of going later in the morning or afternoon.

4. Leave No Trace

Whether you’re exploring Expedition Island in Green River or the vast Killpecker Sand Dunes, always remember to leave the land as you found it. Take out what you brought in to help prevent pollution, minimize your impact on natural habitats and sustain our diverse landscapes for all to enjoy.

The Leave No Trace principles are an excellent guide when adventuring in Sweetwater County and beyond.

5. Reduce Carbon Footprint

When you travel, making an effort to reduce your carbon footprint can have a significant impact. Consider bringing bikes to explore local trails and ride around town. You can use the Greenbelt Pathway in Green River for bike-friendly routes or check out the Wilkins Peak Trail System for a more thrilling adventure. Other ways to travel responsibly include recycling and remembering to bring a reusable water bottle with you.