Saratoga & Aspen Alley Wyoming Scenic Fall Road Trip

Wyoming Weekend Vacation

Fall brings color to Wyoming, and if the beautiful scenery of a fall day is your thing, this trip will not disappoint. In addition, the many wildflowers of spring make it a great trip in June.

The trip originates in Laramie, WY, located in Southeastern Wyoming just two hours north of Denver.

From Laramie get on state Highway 130 (also known as Snowy Range Road) to Centennial. From Centennial the Snowy Range Scenic Byway will take you across the Medicine Bow Mountains (also referred to as the Snowy Range) and Medicine Bow National Forest. This road features plenty of fall color and great views of mountains and lakes. The 78 mile trip will take you to Saratoga - please note that this road is closed for the winter season so plan accordingly.
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Saratoga is located on the North Platte River which provides for excellent fishing and kayaking for those interested. In addition, Saratoga has two beautiful golf courses, of which the public course plays along the river.

One of the main attractions in Saratoga is Hobo Pool, which is located at the east end of Walnut Street. It is an outdoor pool fed by water of Saratoga Hot Springs at around 120°F. The pool is open 24 hours a day, and has heated change rooms with showers nearby.

From Saratoga the trip will go south on Highway 130 to Highway 230 on to Encampment, a quick 20 minute trip. From Encampment the trip will turn west on Battle Highway (Highway 70) across the Sierra Madre towards Baggs to go to "Aspen Alley" - a beautiful area filled with very tall aspen trees overarching a half mile stretch of dirt road - a photographers must. On Highway 70 leaving Encampment, you will travel west approximately 23 miles to Deep Creek Road (Forest Road 801). From there you will travel north just .8 miles which will lead right to Aspen Alley.


The return trip will depend upon your final destination. For those returning to Laramie, the adventerous can continue on Wyoming Highway 71 north to Rawlins, or can return to Highway 70 on to Baggs, before turning north on highway 789 which will meet I80 west of Rawlins.

For those returning to Denver or Fort Collins, return to Encampment on Highway 70. From Encampment you can continue south on Highway 230 to Walden, CO. From Walden taking Highway 14 east will take you back to Fort Collins, or Highway 125 south will go to Granby and Highway 40 south from Granby to I70 just west of Idaho Springs. From Idaho Springs it is a short trip down I70 to Denver.



Special Note - This is a great trip from late spring to fall, however much of Highway 130 is closed in the winter and early spring so plan accordingly.


Recommended Places along the way:

Hotels

- Wolf Hotel (Saratoga), Vee Bar Ranch (near Centennial), many camping and RV areas along the way.
Cheyenne Hotels
Rawlins Hotels
Laramie Hotels

Restaurants

- Chelos (Mexican - Laramie), Elmer Lovejoy's Bar & Grill (Laramie), Lollypops (Saratoga), Whistle Pig Saloon (near Saratoga).