Once called Grand Encampment by French-Canadian trappers who rendezvoused along the Encampment River, this small town has a rich history. In 1897, copper was discovered in the Sierra Madre Mountains just above this quiet settlement, and soon hundreds flocked to the area to get their share of the mined riches. A smelter was built along the river, and an incredible (for its time) tramway was built. This tram ran for sixteen miles from the mining site in the mountains down to the smelter. The tram could carry almost a thousand tons of ore a day! Part of this tram is now on display at the Encampment Museum, which is a must see when visiting here. Other wonderful displays (including the infamous two-story outhouse!) are set up there, and volunteers offer tourists a wealth of information on the area’s history.

Encampment, Wyoming

Encampment has a population of approximately 500 year-round residents. It rests at the base of the Sierra Madres, and is the gateway to the Medicine Bow Forest on the south end of the county. The Grand Encampment Opera Hall is over one hundred years old. Melodramas are still performed there at least twice a year by the Grand Encampment Opera Company and are highly entertaining for the whole family. One performance is held during the Wood Choppers Jamboree and Rodeo. This event is held every year on Father's Day weekend in June, and is located at the Encampment Rodeo Grounds. In addition to the melodrama, visitors will enjoy wood chopping events and a rodeo.

Encampment has plenty of recreational opportunities available in or around this scenic western town.  In the summer camping, ATV Riding, canoeing, fishing, rafting, hiking, horseback riding, mountain bike riding and kayaking are among the favorite out door activities among the locals. In the autumn hunting is the activity of choice. Winter provides recreational opportunities like cross county skiing, snowmobiling and snowshoeing.

Grand Encampment Museum

The Grand Encampment Museum (GEM), located in Encampment, Wyoming, preserves history with its collection of over a dozen historical buildings filled with artifacts representing the timber, mining, and agricultural history of the Encampment valley. Includes a research library.

Hours of Operation:  Seasonal Dates: May 27 - October 10th
Tuesday - Saturday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Free Admission 307-327-5308

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The Sheep Shed Studio

Encampment is home of the Academy of Spinster’s a learning institution for the fiber arts. Learn carding, spinning on wheels and spindles, fleece weaving, triangle loom weaving, and natural dyeing. Onsite lodging is available. Visit Website

Take the Tour of Historic Houses in Grand Encampment

Pick up a Historic House Tour brochure from the Grand Encampment Museum or the Carbon County Visitors Center in nearby Riverside and take the tour. There are 20 historical houses on this tour including The Henry House former home of the 1901 Mayor of Encampment and the Kuntzman House which was the first Encampment home to boast an indoor toilet.

Battle Highway

The Battle Highway along Wyoming’s Highway 70 stretches across the Sierra Madre Mountains from Encampment to Baggs. The scenic highway is open Memorial Day through October. Historic sites along the way include Battle ghost town and the Edison Monument commemorating the place where, while fishing on Battle Lake, Thomas Edison got the idea for the first light-bulb filament. Battle Pass, on the Continental Divide, provides a sweeping view of the Sierra Madre Mountain Range. Traffic on the highway is light and wide shoulders make this an excellent bicycle route as well.

Hunting, Fishing & Camping

Camping is available in the Sierra Madre Mountains to the West and the Snowy Range to the East. Hike to many alpine lakes or hunt with one of experienced outfitters.


Rafting is a popular activity on both the North Platte River and the Encampment River. There are 12 + river accesses in the Encampment/Riverside area. Bring your own gear or let our knowledgeable river runners do all the work. Scenic and whitewater rafting available in the area.

Farmer’s Market

Call for information on the Farmer's Market (307) 327-5119

Local Encampment Businesses

red wagon encampmentThe Red Wagon
614 Mccaffrey Ave #2 Encampment, WY 82325
Open Daily from 9-5
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Salon Sierra
Hair & Nails
210 6th St, Encampment, WY 82325

Encampment Branch Public Library

Doggett Greenhouse (Grand Encampment Business Park)

Drinks & Dining in Encampment

The DiVide

520 McCaffrey Avenue, Encampment 82325, Carbon County

The DiVide

Dee’s Bar and Grill

6th St and MacFarlane, Encampment 82325, Carbon County

Dee’s Bar and Grill

How You Bean? / The Red Wagon

614 McCaffrey Avenue, Encampment 82325, Carbon County

How You Bean? / The Red Wagon

Shopping - Encampment

The Red Wagon
The Red Wagon is an eclectic marketplace offering handmade goods, paintings, furniture, antiques, vintage glass, kitchen wares and more--try our coffee!
614 Mccaffrey Ave #2
Encampment, WY 82325

Good Things, LLC
705 Freeman Avenue
P.O. Box 213
Encampment, WY

Riverside Garage and Cabins
Gas station, convenience store, movie rentals, hardware store and more! Our cabins are located in the little town of Riverside, at the foot of the Sierra Madre Mountains, close to outdoor activities, but far from the crowds.
107 Riverside Avenue
Riverside, WY 82325

Trading Post Encampment / Riverside Junction
Cross Country ski rentals are available at “The Biggest Little Store in the Country”. Outdoor clothing, hunting, gas, groceries, fishing licenses, and maps are also available here.

Spotlight - Encampment

The Willis House is a two-story modified American Four Square style house built in 1908. It is the only two-story masonry clad residential building in the town of Encampment. The house was built by Mrs. Lydia M. Willis to be a deluxe house of prostitution and the headquarters of the Willis business empire. Mrs. Willis never finished the inside of the house. 

Encampment Mountain Wyoming Gallery