hen you’re living on MOUNTAIN TIME, opportunities for family fun are limited only by one’s imagination.
Residents and visitors, within a short drive of the community, have access to 2.9 million acres of public land. To the north lies the Thunder Basin National Grassland. This area, with no improved campgrounds and wide-open spaces, appeals to the explorer in all of us. Travel the dirt roads for a scenic excursion down the road less traveled.
If it’s MOUNTAIN TIME you crave, trek south. Esterbrook, scenically nestled at the base of 10,000-foot Laramie Peak, is a gateway to the Medicine Bow National Forest. Whether you camp, ride ATVs, enjoy a leisurely pace horseback or hike, you’ll find plenty of elbow room for your outdoor adventure. End the day roasting marshmallows, telling tales and making memories over a Wyoming camp fire.
Converse County is home to one of the nation’s first traveler destinations. Ayres Natural Bridge, located between Douglas and Glenrock, was a spot of reprieve for immigrants along the Oregon Trail beginning in the mid-1880s. A natural rock archway spans LaPrele Creek resulting in unmatched views. A park including picnic tables, sand volleyball pits, playgrounds, hiking trails, a campground and a beautiful fishing hole, now surrounds Natural Bridge. It’s the perfect place for a little rest and relaxation!
Opportunities for family fun are equally abundant within the Douglas community. The local parks department oversees 176 acres of parks, cemeteries and pathways. Sports fields, a skate park and modern playground equipment are part of this well-kept and safe community feature. In addition to seven traditional parks, Douglas boasts a community pathway following the course of the North Platte River. A sidewalk marks the trail from start to finish, enabling users to walk, jog, rollerblade or bicycle the route known as Heritage Trail.
A recreation center, offering everything from a swimming pool to racquetball courts, is operated by the local school district. Swimming lessons, youth sports and co-ed volleyball are just a few of the offerings. Families are equally appreciative of the downtown movie theater and the recently remodeled bowling alley.
Thunder Basin National Grassland:
855 square miles
Medicine Bow National Forest:
3,472 square miles
176 acres of parks
oungsters anxiously await the annual opening of Douglas’ Municipal Water Park. The facilities are unmatched for a community of Douglas’ size. Choose your waterslide to either hit the water at rocket speed or loop to the bottom at a slower pace. A splash pond, complete with water features and sprinklers, caters to toddler-aged swimmers.
Located on Douglas’ southern edge is an 18-hole golf course complete with a pro shop and a club house known for its tasty cuisine. Golfers enjoy a nice view of Laramie Peak as they make their way around the 143-acre course totaling 6,253 yards.
Douglas is located along the Oregon Trail, the Bozeman Trail and the route of the Pony Express. The community came into existence thanks to the efforts of a historically colorful railroad enterprise. Theses tales and more are told at the Wyoming Pioneer Museum located on the Wyoming State Fairgrounds in Douglas. History enthusiasts also enjoy outings to nearby Fort Fetterman, an outpost along the Bozeman Trail. Numerous other historical attractions are within a short drive of the community.
The Wyoming State Fairgrounds, located in the heart of Douglas, draw many events to town. Each June the grounds host the Wyoming State High School Rodeo Finals. Each August the Wyoming State Fair and Rodeo is held on the grounds featuring night shows, a carnival, special exhibits and fun along the fairway.
Let your imagination run wild in your quest for family fun on MOUNTAIN TIME!