Rawlins

Carbon County owes much of its early history to the Union Pacific Railroad. The railroad gave names to unnamed places as it laid tracks westward over the Rocky Mountains that would eventually become the Trans-Continental Railroad. Well ahead of those tracks were Army surveyors laying out the route and marking the waterholes the great steam-locomotives would need to fill their empty tanks.

Rawlins, Wyoming

When General Grenville Dodge’s crew discovered a clear alkali-free spring, General John A. Rawlins made the comment, “If anything is ever named after me, I hope it will be a spring of water.” Shortly after that Dodge named this tiny oasis Rawlins Springs. In time, that oasis became a division point for the railroad, and the division point eventually became a town. Somewhere along the way, the town of Rawlins Springs became simply Rawlins.

In 1886, while Wyoming was still a territory, the legislature voted to construct a Territorial Prison and chose a site outside of Rawlins. Poor funding slowed construction, and the prison did not accept its first prisoner until thirteen years later. By that time, not only had Rawlins grown to completely surround the prison, Wyoming had also become a state.

This oppressive, medieval-looking, stone building was Wyoming’s only state prison for eighty years until a new, more modern, facility was built outside of Rawlins. The “Old Frontier Prison”, as it is best known, was closed in 1981. Today the “Old Pen” houses not only the Frontier Prison Museum, but also the Wyoming Peace Officers’ Museum, bringing the stories of Wyoming’s best and worst together in one place. The prison is open for tours during the summer months and it also hosts a special, reservation only, Halloween Night tour (not recommended for children).

Rawlins, Wyoming is a vibrant community with plenty to do & see.

Rawlins has much to offer visitors. Stop by one of our historic sites such as the notorious Frontier Prison or the Carbon County Museum. 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. You will also want to check out the local events like SummerFest & the Carbon County Fair & Rodeo.

FRONTIER PRISON Built around the turn of the century from sandstone milled in the county, the prison housed criminals until the new state prison was built in 1981. On the National Register of Historic Places, the prison hosts a variety of activities and events with tours available from June through Labor Day weekend. Visit Website

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. Visit Website


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 traces its origins to the late 1860's and the early history of the Union Pacific Railroad. A 60 – 90 minute historic walking tour provides visitors with a fascinating glimpse into Rawlins' colorful past. Walking Tour guides can be picked up at the murals or click here for to download PDF version.

RAWLINS RECREATION CENTER This modern recreation center offers a host of indoor activities including three full-size basketball courts, a walking track, racquetball, handball courts, and a full indoor shooting range.



Old Union Pacific Train Depot Located at 400 West Front Street in Rawlins. Built at the end of the 19th century, it was given as a gift to the City of Rawlins and then refurbished at the end of the 20th century. There are now meeting rooms and a kitchen designed to accommodate small to medium sized groups.


Rochelle Ranch Golf Course Golfing at Rochelle Ranch Golf Course is 18 holes of outdoor  scenery at its best. This prairie golf course has a restaurant, bar, driving range and on-site golf pro. Great views and a good chance of seeing wildlife right on the course make this an adventurous golfers dream. The course is 7,925 yard in total and borders lakes and wetlands. The rates are reasonable and the atmosphere is casual.  This course open around April 1 each year. 307-324-7121 Visit Website

Rawlins Outdoor Shooting Complex Besides Trap, Skeet and 5 stand shotgun shooting, we have a 15 shooting position 300 yard rifle range, 1,000yard black powder rifle cartridge range and we are currently constructing a 10 position pistol range. Open to the public 307-324-PLAY

Drinks & Dining in Rawlins

McDonald’s

2225 Plaza, Rawlins 82301, Carbon County
307-324-7377

McDonald’s

Turnbuckle Lounge at Best Western Cotton Tree Inn

2221 West Spruce Street, Rawlins 82301, Carbon County
307-324-2737

Turnbuckle Lounge at Best Western Cotton Tree Inn

Shogunz Pizzeria

309 West Cedar Street, Rawlins 82301, Carbon County
307-328-5550

Shogunz Pizzeria

Burger King

2510 East Cedar Street, Rawlins 82301, Carbon County
307-324-3866

Burger King

Subway

1400 South Higley Boulevard, Rawlins 82301, Carbon County
307-328-2103

Subway

Domino’s

312 West Cedar Street, Rawlins 82301, Carbon County
307-328-1400

Domino’s

Rose's Lariat

410 East Cedar Street, Rawlins 82301, Carbon County
307-324-5261

Rose's Lariat

Denny's

Johnson Rd & Lincoln Hwy, Rawlins 82301, Wyoming
307-324-0078

Denny's

Pizza Hut

506 Higley Boulevard, Rawlins 82301, Carbon County
307-324-7706

Pizza Hut

Aspen House

318 5th Street, Rawlins 82301, Carbon County
307-324-4787

Aspen House

Four Seasons Chinese Restaurant

1730 West Spruce Street, Rawlins 82301, Carbon County
307-324-0565

Four Seasons Chinese Restaurant

Country Pride Restaurant

1400 North Higley Boulevard, Rawlins 82301, Carbon County
(307) 324-8722

Country Pride Restaurant

Mike’s Big City Bar & Grill

1711 West Spruce Street, Rawlins 82301, Carbon County
307-324-4868

Mike’s Big City Bar & Grill

Asian Bistro

1800 East Cedar Street, Rawlins 82301, Carbon County
307-324-8922

Asian Bistro

Buck’s Sports Grill

401 West Cedar Street, Rawlins 82301, Wyoming
307-328-5581

Buck’s Sports Grill

KFC/Taco Bell

2421 Plaza, Rawlins 82301, Carbon County
307-328-5890

KFC/Taco Bell

Deb B's Family Espresso

1902 East Cedar Street, Rawlins 82301, Carbon County
307-324-2919

Deb B's Family Espresso

Subway

2014 East Cedar Street, Rawlins 82301, Carbon County
307-324-6130

Subway

Taco John’s

1821 East Cedar Street, Rawlins 82301, Carbon County
307-324-4932

Taco John’s

Peppermill Bar & Cactus Jack’s BBQ

1602 Inverness Boulevard, Rawlins 82301, Carbon County
307-324-8100

Peppermill Bar & Cactus Jack’s BBQ

Huckleberry’s Espresso & Ice Cream

509 West Cedar Street, Rawlins 82301, Carbon County
307-324-4758

Huckleberry’s Espresso & Ice Cream

Penny's Diner

2005 Daley Street, Rawlins 82301, Carbon County
(307) 324-4700

Penny's Diner

Big O BBQ Company at Econo Lodge

1801 E. Cedar St., Rawlins 82301, Wyoming
904-735-4390

Big O BBQ Company at Econo Lodge

Cappy’s Restaurant

2351 W Spruce St, Rawlins 82301
307-324-4847

Cappy’s Restaurant

Anong’s Thai Cuisine

210 5th Street, Rawlins 82301, Wyoming
307-324-6262

Anong’s Thai Cuisine

Jerry’s Donuts

606 East Cedar Street, Rawlins 82301, Carbon County
307-324-2673

Jerry’s Donuts

Rochelle Ranch Restaurant & Bar

2808 E. Rochelle Dr, Rawlins 82301
307-324-7121

Rochelle Ranch Restaurant & Bar

Rawlins provides a variety of dining options and a welcome atmosphere. Cusine types you can discover include American, Asian & Thai, Italian, Mexican, Fine Dining, Specialty and more. Scroll through our list of available dining options or click here to view all dining options.

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Shopping in Rawlins

Artistry in Glass

213 2nd Street, Rawlins 82301, Carbon County
307-328-1988

Artistry in Glass

Graphic Sports

405 West Cedar Street, Rawlins 82301, Carbon County
307-324-7562

Graphic Sports

A & B Surplus

222 West Cedar Street, Rawlins 82301, Carbon County
307-324-2771

A & B Surplus

Davidson Gun & Grocery

729 West Davis Street, Rawlins 82301, Carbon County
307-324-3880

Davidson Gun & Grocery

Red Desert Arts

608 West Cedar Street, Rawlins 82301, Carbon County
307-710-8700

Red Desert Arts

Anne's Dog Grooming & Spa

103 4th Street, Rawlins 82301, Carbon County
307-324-4763

Anne's Dog Grooming & Spa

Rasmusson Furniture

316 West Cedar Street, Rawlins 82301, Carbon County
307-324-2781

Rasmusson Furniture

Windy Corner

310 West Cedar Street, Rawlins 82301, Carbon County
307-328-2197

Windy Corner

Art Floral & Gifts

1409 West Spruce Street, Rawlins 82301, Carbon County
307-324-3781

Art Floral & Gifts

Rawlins Thrift Store

311 West Cedar Street, Rawlins 82301, Carbon County
307-328-5833

Rawlins Thrift Store

Mabuhay Oriental Market

122 5th Street, Rawlins 82301, Carbon County
307-324-5544

Mabuhay Oriental Market

Bi-Rite sporting goods

313 West Cedar Street, Rawlins 82301, Carbon County
307-324-3401

Bi-Rite sporting goods

All My Love Flowers

411 West Cedar Street, Rawlins 82301, Carbon County
307-324-6000

All My Love Flowers

City Market

1409 West Spruce Street, Rawlins 82301, Carbon County

City Market

K & Ko Clothing

414 West Cedar Street, Rawlins 82301, Carbon County
307-324-5559

K & Ko Clothing

The Man Cave

109 4th Street, Rawlins 82301, Carbon County
307-324-7296

The Man Cave

Old Pen Gift Shoppe

500 West Walnut Street, Rawlins 82301, Carbon County
307-328-4004

Old Pen Gift Shoppe

Floors N’ More

214 West Cedar Street, Rawlins 82301, Carbon County
307-324-6100

Floors N’ More

Choir Loft

322 5th Street, Rawlins 82301, Carbon County
307-328-5092

Choir Loft

Rawlins Wyoming Gallery

  • Rawlins
  • Territorial Prison
  • Wyoming Peace Officer Museum
  • Mansion
  • Rawlins Park
  • County Fair
  • Territorial Prison
  • Territorial Prison
  • Rochelle Ranch Golf
  • Union Pacific
  • Prison Museum
  • Depot
  • County Fair
  • Scenery
  • Bucks Sports Grill