The Best of the Best for an Outdoor Vacation

Wyoming is a place to experience the great outdoors at its best. The state provides a variety of options and opportunities no matter what type of traveler or outdoorsman you may be. A particularly vibrant outdoor area located two hours west of Cheyenne, Wyoming or three hours north of Fort Collins, Colorado, is Saratoga. This quiet Platte Valley town offers a scenic spring or summer getaway for all ages and experience levels. Saratoga, WY and the surrounding area is located at the base of the Snowy Mountain Range and features a multitude of outdoor opportunities including: camping, fishing, boating, hiking, biking, photography, bird watching, and just plain relaxing.

On recent trip taken with my husband, I discovered a new found appreciation for the outdoors. Both of us grew up in Wyoming though we now live in Fort Collins, CO. My husband grew up hunting and fishing with his father and has often reminisced about the glory of the outdoor experience. I am admittedly not much of a camper, but remember going fishing often with my parents when I was a little girl. I am also a photographer and have a general love for nature. Last summer, my husband decided that we should take a four-day trip up to Saratoga for fishing and camping. I figured I could tough it out for a few days even if I wasn’t that thrilled about sleeping in a tent.

Saratoga mountain

No matter which direction you are traveling from, the Saratoga mountain scenery is spectacular to see. Since we have family in Cheyenne, we decided to make a circle trip up through Cheyenne and take I-80 to Saratoga and return via Rocky Mountain National Park and the Poudre Valley back to Fort Collins, CO. Driving through the mountains on both sides was breathtaking. The trees and wildflowers painted the outside of my car window through most of the drive to and from. Although it was mid-July snow still capped the peaks of the Rocky Mountains along the Continental Divide and left a cooling chill in the air. We stopped often to take pictures and take in the amazing scenery.

Lakes, rivers, and camping areas are plentiful around Saratoga and Encampment, Wyoming. We had decided to stay near the North Platte River and the Miracle Mile to try our hand at some fly fishing. This area is known as one of the best trout destinations in the west and my husband was set on catching a prize worthy fish. The popularity of this area means it is often crowded during prime fishing months. I was pleasantly surprised when we found a nice clean camping area near the river with a flat enough surface to pitch our tent.
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