Incredible Moments in Goshen County
Nestled along the Nebraska border in southeastern Wyoming, Goshen County is the gateway to the West, where covered wagons once rumbled across the open prairies on the Oregon, Mormon Pioneer, and California trails. Today, Goshen County is home to the Oregon Trail Historic Byway and more than 60 historic markers and memorials. Feel at ease as you watch geese soar through clear skies, cattle grazing in pastures, and the sunset against an endless horizon with fields of corn and hay as far as the eye can see.
Start your visit at the Goshen County Visitor Center, and then start collecting incredible moments of your own. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
Stroll the grounds once walked by fur trappers, Native Americans, pioneers, miners, and soldiers during the Western expansion.
Originally established as a fur trading post in 1834, Fort Laramie National Historic Site eventually became the largest military post on the Northern Plains. Take the audio tour, watch a live reenactment, have the kiddos participate in the Fort Laramie Junior Ranger Program, or sip sarsaparilla and birch beer at 1883 Soldiers Bar (open select days and weekends).
Stroll along historic main streets and stop in mom-and-pop shops along the way.
Visit the local farmers and artisans at the Weekly Torrington Farmers Market in Torrington. Every Thursday from June to October, Held meets the makers when you stock up on just-picked produce, handmade tortillas, small-batch buttermilk, and flavorful loaves of bread, as well as handcrafted artwork and jewelry from independent regional vendors.
Find one-of-a-kind gifts in Torrington, such as colorful crafting supplies at Sew Addicting Quilt Shop, or find trendy women's clothing at Farm Girls Boutique, where they have a passion for all things beautiful. Stumble upon a hidden gem at the Old Moose Mercantile, and get into your western style with Home on the Range, where they specialize in unique treasures that give your wardrobe and home just the right touch of style. And don't forget your Wyoming gear from Heartland Embroidery. Additionally, Vandel Drug offers a full pharmacy with a wide variety of everyday items, and you can also still find Hallmark products.
On your way to Fort Laramie, stop by the Torrington Rock Shop. Open for 57 years. The Rock Shop has a fantastic variety of rocks, minerals, crystals, fossils, jade, jewelry, and gifts for everyone. In Fort Laramie, shop home décor at Haystack Hills Trading and antiques at old Fort Laramie Frontier Trading Post.
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Take in views of dramatic bluffs set against a sprawling reservoir.
Whether you’re sunbathing on the sandy swim beach, casting a fishing line, or enjoying lunch in the picnic area, the views at Hawk Springs State Recreation Area in Hawk Springs are spectacular.
Get a first-hand look at Wyoming’s robust ranching industry.
It's no secret that Goshen County is known for its agriculture. At Ellis' Harvest Home, just two miles west of Lingle, let Iittle ones loose in the fresh air as they run through the hay maze, navigate the twists and turns of the corn maze, enjoy the petting zoo, jumping pillow, and find the perfect pumpkin in the pick-your-own pumpkin patch and so much more. And at Young's Apple Box Orchard, visitors can handpick and eat delicious, locally grown fruit from peach, crabapple, pear, and plum trees.
Experience the excitement of a bustling cattle auction at the Torrington Livestock Markets. Sit among modern-day cowboys as you watch one of the live auctions and walk the outdoor catwalk above the livestock pens.