Nearby Attractions

Here are some nearby sites and attractions that may be worth visiting if in the area.
If the site has it's own website click on the title to link to it for more information.

Big Sandy Reservoir (~ 10 miles)

Big Sandy Dam and Reservoir, Eden Project, are on Big Sandy Creek about 15 miles north of Farson, Wyoming. Recreation at Big Sandy Reservoir is directly managed by the Bureau of Reclamation. Information about the area can be obtained by contacting the office listed below. The site has primitive facilities and no on-site manager or law enforcement. Use at your own risk. There is no charge for boat launching, primitive camping, picnicking or other activities. The reservoir has a water surface area of approximately 2,500 acres, and is situated in an open setting north of Farson, Wyoming. The elevation is about 6,760 feet. Use is low and seasonal. Available fish species include brown trout, cutthroat trout, catfish and ling. Big Sandy Reservoir U.S.

Directions:
From Rock Springs, Wyoming, travel 36 miles on U.S. 191 to Farson, Wyoming. Continue north for another 9 1/2 miles until reaching a county road heading eastward. Proceed along this road 3 miles to the dam. The county road is not maintained and may require 4-wheel drive vehicles in periods of heavy rain or snow. From Lander, Wyoming, travel southwest on State Highway 28 for approximately 77 miles to Farson. Proceed from Farson as described above.


Killpecker Sand Dunes (~ 20 miles)

The Killpecker Sand Dunes are known for being one of nature's largest sand dunes in the US and can be seen from the Highway in Farson and driven to on county roads however, I would not recommend taking your brand new luxury sports car there. The roads are lengthy, unpaved and can be affected by the extreme weather conditions. There is an established recreational camping area at the dunes that has parking, pit toilets, and running water. There is an off-road vehical area for four-wheelers or dune buggy's on the dunes. If you decide to take a visit to these dunes, you will notice on the way the core of an ancient volcano called Boar's Tusk. It protrudes straight out of the ground within a small distance from the dunes. You can't miss it! Both are worth the extra drive if you are in the area.


Petroglyphs (~ 20 miles)

Over a dozen Panels bearing hundreds of figures were etched into sandstone bedrock of the Eocene Bridger formation.

These incised petroglyphs were carved by the ancestors of present Plains and Great Basin Native American people. The petroglyphs include drawings of elk, buffalo, horses, teepees and several kinds of human figures, including riders with feather headdresses. Many of the petroglyphs date to early historic times, about 200 years ago, as evidenced by the horse figures which were introduced by the Euro-Americans. Other figures appear to be much older and are estimated by archeologists to be as much as 1,000 years old.


Wild Horse Viewing Area (~ 20 miles)

One of the best spots to see wild horses is in southwestern Wyoming, just 20 miles south of Farson-Eden on a landscape of sagebrush, native grasses and rock. Here, on the mesa-like summit of White Mountain, the Pilot Butte Wild Horse Scenic Loop Tour skitters roughly 23 miles along good, gravel-base roads. Travel this route and along the way you gain not only many chances to spy roans, blacks, paints, appaloosas and sorrels, but panoramic views of the Wyoming Range to the west, the Wind River Range to the northeast and the Uinta Range to the south.

Placed out along the route are a handful of kiosks that delve into the origin of the horses (most are descendants of horses long ago turned out by the region's ranchers) and reflect on the area's geography and history.


Wind River Mountain Range (~ 40 miles)

The Wind River Range stretches more than 100 miles in western Wyoming and contains 35 named peaks over 13,000 feet in elevation. Gannett Peak, Wyoming's highest, is in the Wind River Range. Seven of the largest glaciers in the Rocky Mountains are located in the Wind River Range. There are no roads in the wilderness, and mechanized vehicles, including mountain bikes and snowmobiles, are not allowed. The Wind River Range encompasses an area of 2.25 million acres and forms a triple divide for three major western watersheds: the Columbia River, the Colorado River, and the Missouri. The Winds are a mecca for backcountry travelers and offer exceptional backcountry trail trips, mountaineering, technical rock climbing, and wilderness experiences.


Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge (~ 28 miles)

First Hunters arrived in this area as the great continental ice sheets were receding to the north. To survive, they constantly hunted and gathered whatever food was available. They stamped out trails along the rivers and streams as they followed great heards of bison and pronghorn that migrated within this area.

The refuge was established by Congress in 1965 to help offset the loss of marshlands habitat resulting from the construction of both the Fontenelle Dam and the Flaming Gorge Dam which is about 100 miles downstream in Utah. Since 1965, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service refuge managers have used methods such as prescribed burning, flood irrigating, native grass planting and fencing to enhance this valuable wildlife habitat and restore the lands to the condition similar to that in the days of the Oregon Trail.5


South Pass & Altantic City (~ 40 miles)

South Pass City is a historic gold mining town and is one of Wyoming's largest historic sites, with 24 historic structures, more than 30 period room exhibits, a visitors' center, picnic areas and nature trails. Living history demonstrations, lectures and movies are presented on weekends throughout the summer, and the July 4th celebration is one of the oldest and biggest in the state. Located 35 miles southwest of Lander on WYO 28, the historic site is open daily, from May 15 to Oct. 15.
 

Atlantic City is located four and a half miles east of South Pass City. Most of the historic buildings are still standing, and many are occupied by small, thriving businesses that cater to tourists. Close by, one can see remnants of abandoned and active gold mines, since gold is still the lure that attracts people to Atlantic City.


Flaming Gorge Resevoir (~ 65 miles)

This recreation area in southwestern Wyoming and eastern Utah comprises some 201,000 acres of scenic land, which surrounds Flaming Gorge Reservoir.

The reservoir, fed by the waters of the Green River, is 91 miles long with approximately 375 miles of shoreline ranging from low flats to cliffs more than 1,500 feet high.

Flaming Gorge has become nationally known as the "fishing hot spot" of America. The reservoir offers quality trout fishing year 'round. A fishing license from either Wyoming or Utah is required, and a special-use stamp is available for fishing both states.

Huge boat launching ramps, located close to campgrounds, are provided at convenient access points along both sides of the reservoir. Boat rentals, marina supplies and food are available at Buckboard Crossing and Lucerne Valley. Kaleidoscopic better defines the awesome coloration of this desert/reservoir area, for it is truly a land of living color with the many rock formations sculptured through the centuries by wind and water, changing colors and perspective with the varying sun.


Jackson Hole (~ 160 miles)

The community, the valley and the lake were all named after mountain man, trapper and trader, David Jackson. Approximately four miles north of Jackson, to the east off US 26-89-191, upheavals of mountains and erosion have produced an interesting formation. The works of nature have created a "Sleeping Indian," complete with mouth, nose, flowing headdress and folded arms across the chest. With a sharp eye and a little imagination you can see the Indian on the horizon. The National Elk Refuge, northeast of Jackson, provides a home for thousands of elk each winter. Visitors can take sleigh rides among the elk from mid-December through April.

 Jackson Hole is encompassed on all sides by mountain barriers. The hole - or valley - is 48 miles long and for the most part, six to eight miles wide, embracing an area of approximately 400 square miles. It lies a few miles west of the Continental Divide and occupies the central portion of the headwaters of the Snake River. Mountain streams converge radically toward it from the surrounding highlands, and the Snake River receives these as it flows through the valley.  With so many mountain ranges within a stone’s throw,

 

Jackson is a hub of outdoor recreation opportunity. Wildlife watching is easy here; elk, deer, and many other small mammals can be found throughout the valley. A plethora of bird species hangs in the valley throughout the year including various ducks, geese and even swans. As it is with mountain ranges, skiing is the major winter pastime and Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Snow King and Grand Targhee all offer an excellent skiing experience and accommodations.


Yellowstone National Park (~ 200 miles)

Since its designation as our first national park in 1872, Yellowstone has been a cherished part of the Wyoming's rich tapestry. It’s easy to see why. The very definition of “unspoiled,” Yellowstone National Park has served for generations as a sort of living museum, its natural splendors giving visitors an up-close-and-personal glimpse of what the continent was like in the days before recorded history. With 2,219,789 acres of sprawling wilderness to explore, Yellowstone stands as one of North America’s greatest assets — and it’s open year-round for visitors to enjoy.

The park’s vast network of trails will take hikers to hundreds of secluded places where vehicles are prohibited. You’re bound to see wildlife wherever you go. Yellowstone’s legendary wildlife includes grizzly and black bears, gray wolves, buffalo, elk, pronghorn antelope, trumpeter swans, eagles and much more.

The iconic spots — Old Faithful, Lower Falls, Yellowstone Lake — will be familiar from paintings and photographs, but seeing them in person is a humbling, enthralling experience. They’re not just as good as you’ve heard — they’re better.


Some Interesting Facts about
Farson-Eden, Wyoming

Farson-Eden, WY 

Elevation: 6700 feet

Population: 660

Median Resident Age: 38 years

Land Area: 140 square miles (4.7 people per sq. mile)

Lowest Record Temperature: -52 degrees in Dec 1978

Highest Record Temperature: 97 degrees in June 1954

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