Spirit West River
Spirit West River Lodge is one of Wyoming's most unique Bed and Breakfasts.
Located just outside the small town of Riverside, this secluded get-away is nestled on a picturesque bend of the Encampment River, which runs through the North Platte River Valley of Carbon County. The valley is surrounded by two mountain ranges: the Sierra Madre Range and the Snowy Range. Both are included in Medicine Bow National Forest, which was established as a National treasure in 1902 by Theodore Roosevelt. Framed by majestic mountains, this captivating valley offers visitors a "little slice of heaven" . . . any time of year!
Throughout the lodge guests enjoy western memorabilia and antiques, along with original oil paintings and bronzes created by Innkeeper R.G. Finney, an internationally acclaimed western/wildlife artist. In the evening, full-screen movies (complete with surround sound) are available in the Great Room; while many guests simply enjoy warm conversation next to a crackling fire in the huge stone fireplace.
Four themed bedrooms compliment the western decor of the sprawling log lodge and remind visitors of what the "Wild West" used to be.
Each bedroom has a private bath and two entrances, one of which opens onto a large deck that overhangs the Encampment River.
Outside, rippling waters of the Encampment River carve their way through the heavily wooded landscape; and, weather permitting, Lynn Finney serves a delicious home-cooked breakfast on the deck overlooking the river. Whether served indoors or outside, no effort is spared to ensure that breakfast at Spirit West is a very special treat! Native wildlife is abundant; and to the delight of guests, deer casually stroll the grounds. Raccoons and red fox also frequent the lodge.
A visit to Spirit West offers not only great home-cookin' and some of the West's most beautiful scenery but also some of Wyoming's best year-round fun for sport and outdoor enthusiasts. For those who love the water, both the North Platte River (home of famous "Miracle Mile") and the Encampment River are world-renowned for fly fishing. Abundant mountain streams also furnish anglers with an endless supply of "brookies," while area lakes offer excellent summer reel and winter ice fishing Raft and float trips are popular with visitors who want a white-water-thrill or a lazy view of nature from the river's perspective.
For land-lovers, the snow-covered mountains of Carbon County are carved with miles of groomed and ungroomed trails. Over 500 miles of mapped terrain is awaiting the novice, intermediate and expert snowmobiler or cross-country skier. In warm weather, hikers and backpackers are summoned to scenic National Forest trails; while bikers and horseback riders also enjoy the fresh mountain air and wide open spaces. Breathtaking mountain vistas and abundant native wildlife demand photographers to bring plenty of extra film. Sightseers of every diversion are tempted with an array of attractions, including: The Continental Divide, National Scenic Byway, historic sites and trails, art galleries, shops, restaurants, and scheduled local events .
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