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Lovers of American history know all about Manifest Destiny and the journey out west. Fort Laramie was built in 1834 as a fur trading post and gradually evolved into a military post to protect and further American expansion. In its prime location at the convergence of the Laramie and North Platte rivers, Fort Laramie also became a stopping point for those on the Oregon Trail. With so much history wrapped up into one historic outpost, it’s no surprise that adventurers still make their way out west to Fort Laramie.
When you book an RV rental near Fort Laramie National Historic Site, you will also get to explore the eastern regions of Wyoming. Whether this is your first or 15th visit to the “Cowboy State,” you will get to head out into the rugged wilderness of the Great American West. You can enjoy the wide-open spaces, learn about the pioneers who ventured west, and learn about the Native tribes who once inhabited the land.
The Fort Laramie National Historic Site marks a key point along the Oregon Trail and an American West holdout and the fort is rife with history. You can learn more about the history by taking an audio tour. You’ll get to explore the various preserved buildings at your own pace as you learn about the historic significance of each one.
For those traveling with kids, Fort Laramie partakes in the Junior Ranger Program with the National Park Service. You will be given a family-friendly scavenger hunt to help you explore the park and learn even more about the site. At the end of the scavenger hunt, kids will get a unique Fort Laramie badge for their collection.
Those looking to explore the landscape can enjoy the hiking trail that leads from the Iron Bridge. The trail leads to the point where the North Platte River and Laramie River meet. This trail is a great way to catch a glimpse of some Wyoming wildlife, such as chipmunks, rabbits, and even coyotes. And keep an eye to the sky, because you just might catch a glimpse of a hawk or eagle.
Fort Laramie does not have any camping amenities available on-site. However, there are several options nearby that are worth considering when you rent an RV.
The Pony Soldier RV Park in Lingle has plenty of spaces available to those passing through with a Fort Laramie RV rental. The park provides its guests with on-site restroom and shower facilities. And with its location within the “Dark Skies” region of Wyoming, Pony Soldier is a popular spot for star-gazers.
Another campground to consider when camping with an RV near Fort Laramie is Chuckwagon RV Park. Here, you can set up your camper rental in a full hookup or electric-only site. Guests can also use the on-site laundry facilities.
To learn more about the history of the region when you book an RV in Goshen County, you can head over to the Western History Center near Torrington. With more of a focus on the general pioneering history of eastern Wyoming, the Western History Center showcases artifacts from early native peoples, early pioneers, and even fossils. You can talk with the docents and curators to learn even more about the colorful history of the region.
Those who enjoyed learning about the Oregon Trail have surely heard about Guernsey. If you want to learn more about its significance, you can spend some time at the Guernsey State Park Museum. You can learn about the pioneers who traveled through here, how the Civilian Conservation Corps worked to maintain the land, and how the state park works to preserve that history today.
For a night out, you can explore Fort Laramie, Guernsey, and Wheatland, and the various eateries these charming towns have to offer. You can get a true sense of the flavors of this part of the country. Wyoming is ranching land, so it’s no surprise that some of the local favorites revolve around beef. Whether you want to enjoy a nice seared steak, some country-fried steak, or something in between, you’ll be able to find what interests you.
While you’re exploring the Oregon Trail with a Fort Laramie camper rental, you will be a little more removed from some of the larger cities around. Be sure to keep your food reserves stocked and your fuel tank filled and plan accordingly. There are several gas stations and grocery stores around; however, there's some distance between them.