See it All This Fall in Sweetwater County

Our Best-Kept Secret

With plenty of family-friendly activities, events and attractions, the summer season is always a hit in Sweetwater County. But with cooler weather and crowd-free streets, fall is truly our best-kept secret. Here are our favorite ways to enjoy the season in Sweetwater County:

1. Get Up Close & Personal With Wildlife

With wildlife ranging from our famous Pilot Butte Wild Horses to rare desert elk, Sweetwater County is the perfect place to go on a photo safari in search of our unique animal residents! And since fall is cooler and quieter than summertime, it's the best time to get out and snap some breathtaking wildlife photography. 

We Recommend: Take a drive on the Pilot Butte Wild Horse Scenic Loop to catch our local herd on camera, or try the Seedskadee to Killpecker Sand Dunes tour to catch more diverse wildlife including bald eagles, sage grouse and big game in the 27,000-acre Seedskadee Wildlife Refuge, and search for rare desert elk near the dunes!

2. Catch an Unparalleled Sunset

Fall is the perfect season to spend the whole day outdoors, all the way until the sun sets beyond the horizon. Since the weather is cooler, but not too cold, it's the best time to make the most of your day. Whether you prefer spending the day hiking, mountain biking or spending some time on the Green River, stay out and play long enough to catch the sun dipping below the horizon. You won't regret the extra-long day!

We Recommend: Spend a warm fall day on the water near Expedition Island. Kayak, tube or raft into the afternoon and early evening, then enjoy a stroll down the greenbelt pathway to enjoy a pristine sunset reflected in the Green River.

Be safe — don't forget to check current whitewater conditions with USGS!

3. Enjoy Hunting Season

Sweetwater County is a sportsman's paradise. With a variety of big game such as elk, deer, and even antelope plus smaller game like sage grouse, it's no wonder that even the locals are avid hunters. Explore our fall hunting guide to see how to nab your next buck on a fall visit to Sweetwater County!

We Recommend: If you're new to hunting, one of the best ways to ensure a good experience is booking through a local vendor who knows the land best. Red Desert Outfitters offers a variety of guided hunting treks in Sweetwater County, so we recommend booking a trip with them to pursue your prize!

4. Cast Your Line

Fishing is incredible all year long, but the fall is extraordinary. Since Sweetwater County boasts fisherman access from Lake Flaming Gorge, Jim Bridger Pond, Fontanelle Reservoir, Hams Fork, LaBarge Creek, and, of course, the Green River, the area is definitely a trout-lover's paradise! View our guide to cold water fishing for what to catch, where to catch it, and a complete list of area outfitters to suit your needs.

We Recommend: Spend your time fishing Lake Flaming Gorge. An all-season fishing hole, Lake Flaming Gorge boasts tons of nooks to find yourself a quiet spot to reel 'em in and enjoy the peaceful fall day.

5. Perfect Your Drive

Although Sweetwater County offers plenty of wonderful scenic drives perfect for this time of year, that's not the kind of drive we're talking about. To truly enjoy the fall weather, you should get out on the golf course to practice your drive, swing or putt. Between the 18 holes available to out-of-towners at the otherwise private Rolling Green Country Club near Green River and the 27 holes open to the public at White Mountain Golf Course near Rock Springs, anyone looking to spend a relaxing day on a course is in luck!

We Recommend: If you live more than 100 miles from Green River, we recommend taking advantage of Rolling Green Country Club's "non-locals only" policy and book a tee time as a visitor at this private golf club. Not only do they offer visitors and members a learning center, golf cart rentals and access to all 18 holes on the course, but they also offer opportunities to encounter moose, deer and a multitude of waterfowl that often visit this mature and exceptionally groomed course!

Find more ways to play in Sweetwater County all year long, and don't forget to check out our events calendar to see what's happening before your next visit! Order or view our travel guide to plan your fall escape today.