Conveniently located on the way to Yellowstone National Park, Devil’s Tower National Monument, or even Rocky Mountain National Park, Platte County, Wyoming is perfect for a road trip reprieve. Here are our recommendations to take advantage of this destination steeped in western history and outdoor recreation; no matter where you’re coming from or where you’re headed.
This story was created in partnership with Platte County Chamber of Commerce.
Sample Platte County Flavors (and History) En Route
Heading north? Arrive in Platte County in the afternoon, just as the hunger pains start creeping in. The first town you’ll hit northbound on I-25 is Chugwater––aptly named for their annual chili festival. Pick up a sample and don’t miss the Chugwater Soda Fountain, the oldest operating in the state. Psst: there’s a beer garden around back, too.
Then, continue on to Wheatland; a unique irrigation area that is transformed by the annual ebbs and flows of Bluegrass Creek. Stretch your legs along the streets of downtown, where locally-owned shops make for great souvenir hunting and historic architecture sets the stage for an authentic Wyoming experience.
History buffs will also enjoy the fact that much of Platte County was home to some of the earliest settlers in the West. In fact, the county is criss-crossed with a number of historic trails, including the Oregon Trail. The author’s own family passed through here in 1850! Learn more at the Guernsey Museum or any number of Platte County’s other historical sights.
Next, enjoy sunset at Grayrocks Reservoir before sampling a flight of local craft beer at Windy Peaks Brewery. The Crazy C’s American IPA is always on tap! Overnight in any number of Platte County lodging options before continuing on to your final destination; Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks are located to the northwest of Platte County, while Devil’s Tower and Mount Rushmore national monuments are to the northeast.
Get Out the Road Trip Wiggles on the Way Home
Either spend a second day in Platte County (we wouldn’t blame you) or make a quick stop on your journey home. There’s certainly enough to do in Platte County to pass an entire weekend!
Spend a Second Day in Platte County
Cool off at Glendo State Park; stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, and boating are all on deck. This is also a great area to overnight for those traveling with an RV! Mountain bike in tow? The 14.9-mile Dam-Hydro Power Loop is a great way to spend an afternoon, while Prickly Pear and Turkey Spur offer beginner-friendly options. You’ll find 40 miles of trails at Glendo State Park for hiking or biking!
The more adventurous will enjoy experiencing Platte County like the locals do—with a 7-mile float down the North Platte River in Guernsey. You will need your own water craft for this 2-3 hour self-guided experience, but it’s an especially great way to spend a hot afternoon in the summer.
That evening, tuck into the best steak you’ll find anywhere in the state (according to the locals, anyway): Miners and Stockmen’s in Hartville. You’ve earned it.
Just Passing Through
Platte County is also ideal for those on a time crunch. As you continue homeward (southbound), you’ll come across the town of Wheatland. This is a road-tripper’s paradise where locally-sourced burgers come served with giant mason jars of raspberry iced tea at the HillTop Bar and Grill. Sit outside overlooking the golf course and let the miles fade away behind you. On the go? Stop by the Conoco Station in Wheatland, where retro candy, snacks and self-serve ice cream make for a delicious treat. Their t-shirts with custom artwork are a rite of passage for I-25 travelers—and a great reminder to stop again in Platte County on your next road trip Out West!