Rock Springs: A New Planet
My dad recently accepted a new job in Rock Springs, Wyoming. Have you ever heard of it? Me neither. Rock Springs is a tiny town in the Southwest corner of Wyoming, and I’m really not kidding when I say tiny town. The current population is about 25K people, there’s two main streets, one mall, a couple of restaurants, and that’s about it. It’s small, y’all.
With all that said, despite its size, Rock Springs is one of the most underrated places EVER. The amount of outdoor activities, trails and scenic drives is insane. And I should also mention the entire area is surrounded by these absolutely massive rock formations. If I had to picture what another planet would look like, that would be it. Even the vegetation is so different, it’s almost desert like. So pretty.
I was so happy I finally got to visit my dad! It only took me eight months. 🤦🏻♀️ He took a couple of days off work while we were there and together with mom and Ray (my boyfriend) we got to go to some fantastic places in town and in the surrounding area including the Flaming Gorge and Grand Teton National Park.
I really wasn’t expecting the Rock Springs area to be as beautiful as it was, though. The downtown area was super cute and the scenic drives were amazing. The Butte Wild Horse loop was my favorite. The views from the top of the mountains were breathtaking and so was the Pilot Butte, a beautiful lonely plateau that worked as a remarkable backdrop for the wild horses and other wild life we encountered along the way.
I should also mention that one of the most “interesting” things we encountered was a wild Walmart shopping cart. Not sure how it ended up at the top of the mountains, but we had to have a little fun with it.