Traveling Responsibly in Southwest Wyoming

As you take a break from the day-to-day to slow down in our small communities, our neighbors welcome you and ask that you visit responsibly. We know you seek a relaxed atmosphere and wide-open spaces to escape into, and we know you’ll find that in Fossil Basin. We’re happy to host you!

We just ask that you remember a few things to keep our home and our neighbors well:

Leave no trace: Remember to take only pictures and leave only footprints as you adventure in all our public lands and free spaces.

Cover up or step back: We don’t have very many crowded places around here, so keeping six feet between yourself and others comes pretty naturally. When close quarters are necessary, pull a bandana or other face covering on for your wellbeing and ours. We won’t hassle you to put it on, but we appreciate it when you do.

Stay informed: We’ve settled into a pretty normal routine here, and though we’ve never had a raging nightlife, you’ll find most of our doors open these days. However, remember to check hours online and be flexible as you make plans. Sometimes hours change because we’ve had to make COVID-related adjustments, and sometimes it’s just because the neighbor’s cattle got out again.

Additional Resources

You can find great tips about traveling, both in general and in Wyoming specifically, at the links below.

Traveler Experiences

“These wide open spaces are a great relief from the crowds back East. This Monument has a wonderful visitors center with a fossil display that will surprise and delight you. Worth a stop as you travel route 80!”

-Instagram user @fishhawkcreative

“Wyoming. Least populous state in the union. This is Kemmerer, where JC Penney lived and opened his first three stores. (Unfortunately the Stock Exchange Club was closed. But Grumpies was open, and we actually had a great talk about wildlife conservation with the bartender there, who wasn’t grumpy at all.)”

-Instagram user @amycuddy

“Poofy clouds and pretty rocks at Fossil Butte, which may be the quietest, most isolated National Park site in the country right now. We didn’t see a soul on our late afternoon hike.”

-Instagram user @avxyvei
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