2019 Heartland Wilderness
2019 Heartland Wilderness
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Kemmerer is the gateway to some of the best geological attractions in southwest Wyoming – and in a state with such amazing sights as Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park, that’s saying a lot.
When you book an RV in Kemmerer, you can explore this remarkable region of the state, as many of the most interesting attractions can be far away from each other and lodging is difficult to find. Fossil Butte National Monument is undoubtedly the most well-known in the area and is home to some of the best preserved and extensive archeological sites in the country. The Kemmerer area was once underwater, covered by what historians now call Fossil Lake, which left behind a treasure trove of aquatic animal skeletons and impressions when it dried up about 30 million years ago.
Everyone’s first stop, once they’ve gotten settled in with their travel trailer rental in Kemmerer, is Fossil Butte National Monument. It’s only about 20 minutes' drive outside of town and is worth spending the day at if you have the time. The visitor’s center has dozens of incredibly well-preserved fossils from crocodiles, bats, birds, and turtles; however, the most interesting experiences are outside on ranger-guided hikes that take you past some of the excavation sites where scientists are still unearthing the fascinating artifacts.
Fossils hikes aren’t the only activity in Kemmerer though; the Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge on the Green River is also just a short drive from town and is an ideal location for a mid-summer hike or paddle. Birdwatchers will also enjoy the abundance of wildlife here.
If golf is your game, Kemmerer also has an excellent course on the stretch of land known as Fossil Island. Whether you’re a novice or a pro, this course is sure to challenge you, and the scenery is pretty great too.
Kemmerer is a sparsely populated and off-the-beaten-path destination, so it may be a challenge finding a place to park when you rent an RV here. One of the closest campgrounds is Riverside RV and Mobile Home Park on the north side of Kemmerer. It has water and electrical hookups.
Foothills Mobile Home and RV Park is a similar option and is also conveniently located just off the US-189. Its sites have electrical and water hookups, and there’s an excellent walking trail to enjoy along the Ham’s Fork River.
Ham's Fork Campground is north of the city, nestled in the rolling hills near the Kemmerer Ranger District. Amenities are minimal here, but there are hiking trails and access to the nearby Ham's Fork River.
There’s also the Weeping Rock and Tailrace campgrounds, which are a relatively short drive to the east on the Fontenelle Reservoir on the Green River. These could be fantastic destinations for camping with your motorhome rental in Kemmerer if you like to get away from the crowds and spread out a little. There’s plenty of space on the shores of the Green River, but very few amenities, so come prepared for self-sufficiency.
The nearest Walmart is almost an hour's drive away in the town of Evanston, near the border with Utah. It could be a good place to park the Kemmerer RV rental if you’re planning on visiting any of the towns to the south.
As you might expect, there are a number of excellent attractions in town related to the fossil discoveries around Kemmerer. The Fossil Country Frontier Museum is one of the best places to learn about these ancient artifacts before heading out to the national monument. Exhibits extend beyond the fossil beds though, branching out to tell the story of Kemmerer and the fascinating residents who have lived there over the years.
There are also a couple of fossil galleries in the town where you can pick up souvenirs for yourself or presents for friends and family back home. Finding a good one at these galleries might be a better option than searching for one of your own at the monument, especially if you don’t have an eye for spotting the ancient artifacts among the dirt and dust.
Kemmerer was also home to the first of one of America's most famous department store chains, J.C. Penney’s. The J.C. Penney House and Museum is, therefore, a must-see when you choose a camper rental in Kemmerer, where you can learn all about James Cash Penney and how he developed his humble corner store into the shopping mall staple that it became. The original store is just down the street from his home.