Glenrock has a vast array of attractions for others to enjoy. From museums, parks, to a day of golf.
Outdoor recreation opportunities are plentiful in the area surrounding Glenrock as the Laramie Mountains, Medicine Bow National Forest and the Platte River are readily available. Fishing, camping, hiking, mountain biking, hunting are just a few of the activities offered.
Glenrock, known as Deer Creek Station, had its beginning as a mail and stage station along the Oregon Trail. The station served as a relay and eating place and was a vital supply point for thousands of emigrants as they traveled westward. The discovery of oil and gas in the area in 1912 greatly contributed to the economy of central Wyoming and especially Glenrock.
Glenrock’s Deer Creek Museum provides a local, yet nationally significant, look at western settlement. The museum stands near the route of the Oregon Trail. Rock in the Glen, rocks on which pioneer travelers carved their names and Glenrock’s namesake, can be seen in the background. Access to the historic sites is just down the street from the museum. The museum’s displays include information on the Oregon Trail, the Bozeman Trail, homesteaders, early day residents and military veterans from the community.
Rock in the Glen, located on the western edge of present day Glenrock and the community’s namesake, is etched with the names of many of the approximately 350,000 emigrants who passed through this area on the pioneer trails. A short walking path, which begins in a parking area on Glenrock’s west end, leads visitors to Rock in the Glen.
Deer Creek Park, the 1850s brought a trading post, appropriately named Deer Creek Station, to the area. In 1860 and 1861 Pony Express Riders raced through the area carrying the nation’s mail at then record speed. In 1861 the telegraph replaced the riders and Deer Creek Station became a relay point for telegraph messages. Glenrock’s community park, located near the union of the North Platte River and Deer Creek, is a great place to enjoy this historic area.
Glenrock Paleontological Museum, numerous Wyoming dinosaurs such as Triceratops, T-Rex and more. One of the few facilities where visitors can visit the preparation lab to see the fossils being prepared. Day digs and week-long field excursions are available. Easy access off I-25.
Natural Bridge: Crafted by the hands of Mother Nature, Natural Bridge, located just south of the Oregon Trail, is one of only three natural bridges in the United States with water beneath. Considered one of Wyoming’s first tourist attractions, scenery seekers enjoy this breathtaking wonder that includes a picnic area, hiking paths, a sand volleyball court, fishing areas and horseshoe pits. Limited camping is available to recreational vehicles under 30 feet in length. No dogs are allowed in the park.
Natural Bridge is a great location to enjoy photography and a picnic lunch.
It is considered one of Wyoming’s first tourist attractions, drawing trail weary pioneers
seeking reprieve from rigors endured along the Oregon Trail.
LaPrele Creek flows beneath the rock formation, creating one of only three rock archways
in the nation that span water.
The angles associated with the natural rock
archway will challenge even the most experienced photographer, but the rewards
Open 8 a.m.-8 p.m. April – October • 307-358-3532
The Glenrock Golf Course is a nine hole course located on the south edge of town. This unique course has five blind holes out of nine. It has a course rating difficulty of 31.4 and a slope of 95. The combination of the challenge of this course and the beautiful scenery make this a golfer's dream.
The Glenrock Golf Course is a public, not for profit organization. For information about green fees and golf cart rentals, please contact us at (307) 436-5560.
The Higgins Hotel, on the National Register of Historic Places, is just a few years from a 100-year celebration. We have done our best to maintain the character and history of this great place, and hope that you will enjoy the historic luxury that we have worked to capture in our rooms, suites and public areas. Along with the Antelope Bar and Prairie Kitchen, we offer comfortable accommodations and terrific fresh food and libations for our guests.
Built in 1916, the Higgins Hotel has been a Glenrock institution for nearly a century. The hotel is currently undergoing remodeling and renewal to assure that all overnight accommodations are comfortably updated. Flat screen televisions are one necessary compromise to the otherwise historical restoration of the guest rooms. The third floor, which has six rooms, is being restored as the Weatherby Suite, as a tribute to the Weatherby Rifle Company and the many hunters and outfitters that visit that hotel annually in the pursuit of the great hunting the area affords.
Mountain Memories at Turtle Mountain Ranch
Two rustic cabins accommodating 2 to 5 people are available, each with a wood burning stove/cookware and outhouses. No running water. Bring your sleeping bag/air mattress to roll out on the bed frames. There is a possibility of hearing elk bugling in the early morning of the late summer months as you wake up in the cabin. If you are the adventurous type you can pitch your tent and experience even more of the sights and sounds of nature. Come for one night or stay for a long weekend. Request home cooked, western meals when you make your reservation 2 or more weeks in advance. However, bringing your own food will save you money. Couples seeking a true frontier experience can spend the night in our authentic, refurbished sheep wagon. These unique wagons were the home for sheep herders that tended their flocks in the early 1900's. Featuring a full bed, wood burning stove and table.
Isn't it time to get off the beaten path? Come visit a historic cattle ranch and experience 1886 ways up to the present. Enjoy horse drawn wagon, buggy or sleigh rides, ranch tours for kids of all ages, scratching hens, crowing roosters, and cow milking. We also have birdwatching, fishing and hiking/cross country skiing. Come photograph the scenic mountain vistas, wild flowers and wildlife such as elk, deer and antelope. During the months of July and August elk are more likely to be seen on a wagon ride in late afternoon and early evening. If quiet is your quest - spend the night in a rustic cabin near a trout pond or spend a honeymoon or anniversary in a sheep wagon complete with the music of the coyote to lull you to sleep and the crowing rooster to wake you up in the morning. We are sure you will go home with wonderful mountain memories.
Our buggies and sleighs were originally used in the early 1900's and have been restored for your use today. We have a variety of options to choose from depending on the time of year you visit us. Horse drawn tours of the ranch can be for one to ten people at a time and can be as short as an hour or as long as four hours. Each tour can be individually planned for your family. Have fun on a wintry sleigh ride or ride our wagon on the original two track road as you enjoy the mountain wildflowers. Evening rides offer spectacular sunsets. Children will enjoy watching the chickens, ducks and baby calves as they wait for the horses to be harnessed. Every horse drawn ride includes a narrated tour of this historic working ranch.
Enjoy the dirt track races on Glenrock’s Valentine Speedway!