Whether you are staying a day or a few weeks, you will never run out of great things to see and do! Here are a couple of our favorite day trips using Saratoga/Platte Valley as your basecamp. Be sure to stop in to the Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center(210 West Elm Street within the Platte Valley Community Center) to pick up maps, guide books, bird watching checklists, and museum passports! We are open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm.
The Saratoga “Hobo Hot Pool” is a favorite among locals and visitors alike. Open 24 hours a day all year, seven days a week, and FREE to the public, the pool is owned and maintained by the Town of Saratoga. The bath house is complete with showers and restroom facilities at the Hot Springs.
Original inhabitants of the Valley, the American Indians, used the hot springs as a neutral area and believed that the hot springs had a healing power. The hot pool averages around 106° F from its coolest part to 119° F to its warmest part of the pool. The pool is now used as a place to relax and enjoy.
The Saratoga Municipal Swimming Pool, one of the few remaining outdoor pools in Wyoming, is located adjacent to the Hobo Pool. The municipal pool is open seasonally from late May until early September.
For swimming pool hours and swim rates, please contact the Town of Saratoga 307-326-8335.
The hot pool and swimming pool are located on Walnut Street. From First Street (Hwy 130), turn east on Walnut. Go two blocks to the end of road. You will see the swimming pool building in front, and there are sidewalks on each side of this building that lead to the Hobo Pool directly behind the swimming pool.
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The annual Saratoga Lake Ice Fishing Derby has been held at Saratoga Lake the third weekend of January every year since 1983. In 2017, it was voted “Best Annual Event” in Carbon County, WY!
Prove your skills at Saratoga Lake in Saratoga, Wyoming while competing for over $6,000 in guaranteed cash prizes and up to $35,000 in additional prizes.
Hourly cash awards of $100 will be awarded for the largest fish measured that hour. The big prize money is $2000 cash for 1st Place, $1000 cash for 2nd place and $500 cash for 3rd Place.
This year, we again added three Trophy Trout worth up to $35,000! Only three fish will be tagged with special markers. If caught during the two-day tournament hours, the fish could be worth $20,000 or $10,000 or $5,000! Keep your eyes open for the Bounty Fish, a fish with a pink tag behind the dorsal fin—the first Bounty Fish to be caught and brought to the Official Derby Tent during the derby is worth $500 cash!
Saturday: 7am to 5 pm Sunday: 7 am to 2 pm
$35—ADULT FISHERMAN $10—SMALL FRY FISHERMAN (under age 14)
Note: A Small Fry Fisherman may enter as an Adult Fisherman and be eligible for those prizes, but would not be eligible for any of the Small Fry pay outs.
Register and pay online - no need to wait in line or check in! Just fill out the form, pay by credit card, print your receipt and you’re done! No need to check in before you start fishing. Online registration receipt must be accessible at all times during the derby. Online registreation closes at 7:00 pm on Friday.
You may also still register in person by stopping into the Chamber office at 210 West Elm Street during office hours. On Friday night before the Derby, registration will be open until 8 pm. If you don’t get a chance to register before the tournament begins, you may register at the Derby Headquarters Tent at the lake beginning at 6 am on Saturday. No matter which way you choose to register, just be sure to have either your wristband or your printed receipt with you at all times and bring it to the tent when you have a fish to weigh.
Saratoga Lake is about 2 miles Northeast of Saratoga in southeastern Wyoming. The 142-acre lake features a campground with 50 sites with electrical hook-ups and 24 without, so bring your generator. They also have lots of tent sites. Sites are available on a first-come-first-served basis.
Concessions will be available at the lake–The American Legion and Legion Auxiliary and other vendors will have food available all weekend.
The official State of Wyoming Microbrew Competition will be held in Saratoga, Wyoming. Microbreweries from Wyoming are slated to compete for the coveted Steinley Cup at the annual competition held since 1996. This year’s competition brew will be judged by a panel of brewing professionals from Colorado. The event starts at 1 p.m. and goes until 5 p.m. at Veterans Island Park, two blocks from downtown Saratoga.
“This craft beer festival is unique because only microbreweries based in Wyoming are invited. It was one of the first beer festivals, and is the original competition for microbrews in the state– known by the brewers as the official competition. No-one can claim they’re the best in the state unless they have carried the Steinley Cup trophy home,” says Stacy Crimmins, CEO of the Saratoga/Platte Valley Chamber of Commerce.
A burgeoning craft distillery industry is underway in Wyoming and those based in the state were also invited to attend.
Live music will provide entertainment for the half-day event. The park location features great playground equipment for the kids and horse shoe pits. Local and regional crafters will be showing their hand-crafted creations so you can bring home your own trophy.
The annual Chili Competition will be planned for Saturday also. With the paid entry, you can taste the red chili, green chili, and salsa entered in the contest and then place your People’s Choice vote. But get tasting right away—the chili could run out! “The sampling is so good that everything is gone by about 2:30,” notes Crimmins. Please call the Chamber at 307.326.8855 if you’d like to enter a favorite family recipe and join the fun! In addition, food vendors will also be on hand all day to stave off the hunger pangs.
“Admission is $30.00 for everyone aged 13 and older. Admission is free for children aged 12 and under. With paid admission, you can enjoy live music, taste great chili, soda and beer, receive a 12-ounce mug, vote for your favorites in the competition class, and shop at the local craft booths,” Crimmins said.
Sponsors of the event include Carbon County Visitors Council, The Saratoga Hot Springs Resort, Country Store, Valley Foods & Liquor, Hotel Wolf, Aspen Sky Merchants Mall, Firewater Public House, North Fork Engineering, VIP Marketing, The Red Wagon and Bridge Street Bargains.
Chamber Board Chair Jonathan Schnal, says “Rain or shine, bring a lawn chair, your kids, and make a weekend of it!”
***Dogs are not allowed at this event. Please make other arrangements.