Welcome to Rawlins, Wyoming

Discover Rawlins, Wyoming: A City with Rich History and Endless Adventures

Rawlins is a city located in south-central Wyoming with a rich history dating back to the late 19th century. It was established as a stop on the Union Pacific Railroad and quickly became an important transportation center for Northern Colorado and interior Wyoming.

Plan a Visit to Rawlins, Wyoming to See the Ferris Mansion

Historical Sites and Downtown Treasures Rawlins Wyoming

Rawlins played a vital role in the development of the state's sheep and cattle industries, and it still remains an important transportation hub with its location at the intersection of two major highways. Visitors can explore the city's historic downtown area and museums to learn more about its fascinating past. Be sure to stop by one of our historic sites such as the notorious Frontier Prison or the Carbon County Museum.

Frontier Prison

Explore the Downtown Rawlins Wyoming Area

Explore the charming historic streets of Rawlins, where you'll find a mix of locally-owned businesses and larger retailers. Take a trek downtown for shopping, dining, drinks and more. While you are downtown consider taking the downtown mural tour. This downtown educational walking tour celebrates the history of Carbon County through murals created by local artists.

Outdoor Activities and Events

In addition to exploring the city's history, Rawlins offers plenty of outdoor activities such as hiking, fishing, and hunting. If you plan to visit during the summer months, be sure to check out local events like SummerFest and the Carbon County Fair & Rodeo.

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Whether you are a history buff, outdoor enthusiast, or just looking for a friendly community with a strong sense of civic pride, Rawlins, Wyoming has something for everyone.


Things to Do & See in Rawlins

Wyoming Frontier Prison

The Old Wyoming State Penitentiary in use from 1901 - 1981 is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places and offers hour-long guided tours that take visitors through three cell blocks.

Carbon County Museum

The Carbon County Museum houses an extensive collection of photographs and artifacts including boots, an ashtray and everyday items crafted from the anatomy of notorious outlaw Big Nose George.

Historic Downtown Rawlins

A nationally designated historic district, downtown Rawlins is rich in 19th century architecture. Named for General John A. Rawlins, who commanded an expedition through the area.

Rawlins Recreation Center

Looking for a fun and active way to spend your time in Carbon County? Look no further than our modern recreation center, which offers a wide variety of indoor activities suitable for all ages.

Union Pacific Train Depot

Rawlins played a significant role in transportation during the late 19th century when Union Pacific selected it as a division point due to its location near a permanent water source and semi-arid climate.

Rochelle Ranch Golf Course

Play a round of golf at Rochelle Ranch Golf Course a public, city owned links style 18-hole championship golf course. The design offers enjoyment and challenges for players of all abilities.

Outdoor Shooting Complex

The range offers 10 Pistol bays, rifle ranges for short range shooting and long range shooting, skeet, trap, 5-stand and archery with a shooting stand and 3 D targets.

Carbon County Fair and Rodeo

Get ready for a western adventure you won't soon forget! Whether you are a seasoned cowboy or a city slicker, the rodeo is an experience you won't want to miss.


Rawlins Dining and Shopping

Rawlins provides a variety of dining and shopping options and a welcoming atmosphere.

You can explore a range of cuisine types including American, Asian & Thai, Italian, Mexican, Fine Dining, Specialty and more. Check out our list of available dining options in the link below.

When it comes to shopping, Rawlins offers a mix of chain stores and unique boutiques, featuring everything from clothing and jewelry to gifts and souvenirs. Take a stroll through the historic downtown area for a charming shopping experience. Check out our list of available shopping options in the link below.

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"Old Pen" Tours at the Wyoming Frontier Prison

The eighty year history of Wyoming’s first state penitentiary, now known as the Wyoming Frontier Prison, is as colorful as a western movie!

Listed on The National Registry of Historic Places, it offers tours to more than 15,000 visitors per year. If you are visiting Rawlins, Wyoming, you will definitely want to tour this historic landmark.

Explore 3 cell blocks and the spooky gas chamber where unfortunate prisoners met their end. Tours are also pet friendly! Contact the Wyoming Frontier Prison for tour options & pricing.

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