Where To Learn
Fossil Butte National Monument
864 Chicken Creek Road
PO Box 592
Kemmerer, WY 83101
The visitor center at Fossil Butte National Monument provides guests a look at an ancient world preserved in limestone. Interactive exhibits, video programs and over 300 fossils to view will help visitors understand the significance of this lake deposit and how it helps us understand the ancient world. Kids can become Junior Rangers and adults, Senior Rangers; visit the information desk for details. Hike the Historic Quarry trail or the Nature Trail, take the scenic drive, and have lunch in the picnic area. Don’t miss this major tourist attraction. Schedule your visit today!
Visitor Center Monument Grounds
May 1 – September 30 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM Open sunrise to sunset
October 1 – April 30 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM Entrance gate is closed during winter storms
Big Springs Scenic Backway
The Big Spring Scenic Backway is a 68-mile route from Kemmerer to Cokeville in Wyoming’s southwestern Lincoln County. The Backway is crisscrossed by historic emigrant trails, parallels carved river valleys, and plunge deep into the Tunp Mountain Range in the Bridger National Forest. Good tires are highly recommended when traveling this unpaved Backway. The Forest Service also recommends only high clearance vehicles westward from Kelley Guard Station.
Leaving Kemmerer behind, on Wyoming Highway 233, you begin your drive passing through the Hamsfork Recreation Area. This corridor offers a beautiful scenic view of the winding Hamsfork river, the willows, and locally owned ranches. Along the way, you will find fishing, hunting, and boating areas including the Kemmerer Reservoir and Lake Viva Naughton. Each of these areas offers developed campsites. At one such campsite, the Hamsfork Campground, you will find a horse corral, nearby fishing spots, a trailhead, and the Overland Stage Route/Mormon Trail historical marker. The rest of the journey takes you on a winding, forest road up and over the mountain. The wildlife and forest are preserved in their natural state through much of the drive. Find yourself in awe at the naturally beauty the mountains have to offer and don’t forget to visit Fossil Butte National Monument before you go.
Cokeville Meadows National Wildlife Refuge
Wildlife Viewing Station
10 miles south of Cokeville
West side of Highway 30