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. Take to 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.
The Douglas area is home to one of the nation’s first traveler destinations. Ayres Natural Bridge, just a short drive west, 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. Today the area is managed as a park and includes picnic tables, playground equipment, hiking trails, a nice fishing hole, camping and ample scenery. 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. 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, camps, clinics and co-ed volleyball are just a few of the offerings.
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. These 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, draws many events to town. 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!