Autumn in the Snowy Range Mountains

The crispness of fall is starting to creep into the morning and evening air. The mountains are beginning to discard their summer green in favor of warmer autumnal tones. And the elk, deer, pronghorn, and moose are preparing for their courtship season. Autumn in the Snowy Mountains is nearly upon us. Do you need to recharge after a busy summer? Do you crave one more escape to nature before winter sets in? Come to the Snowies this fall.

Fall is that cozy time of year for warm sweaters, hot beverages, beautiful colors, and crackling fires. And autumn in the Snowy Mountains near Centennial, Wyoming will not disappoint. If the end of summer has you wishing for one more getaway before winter, consider planning a retreat to the Snowy Range Area of the Rocky Mountains. 

Autumn in Snowy Range
Libby Creek Photo Credit K. McShane

Stay at the Cozy Mountain View Historic Hotel 

The fall nights may be getting a bit chilly for camping, but The Mountain View Historic Hotel and Cafe in Centennial, Wyoming is the perfect warm hideaway for this season (or any season). Spend the weekend (or week) in one of the hotel’s six rooms and suites. A stay at this beautiful and homey hotel is a great way to enjoy the best of the fall weather, without sacrificing comfort. You can hike, fish, and sightsee by day and enjoy a snug bed with all the modern amenities you could want in the evening. (Read more about this amazing hotel here.)

Autumn in the Snowy Range Mountains
The Mountain View Historic Hotel Photo Credit K. McShane

Feed Your Stomach While You Feed Your Soul

Before venturing into the autumn wilderness for a day of hiking, fishing, or nature-watching, fill your stomach with a delicious and hearty breakfast at the Mountain View Cafe. Hot and fresh omelets, breakfast sandwiches, and waffles are the best fuel for a day spent exploring and reveling in the sights of fall. Not to mention the Mountain View Cafe’s signature house-roasted coffee, which is AMAZING! While you are enjoying your cup of joe and morning meal, you can gaze out the cafe windows at the gorgeous autumn mountains.

The Mountain View Cafe is only open for breakfast this fall (open until 11 Tuesday – Saturday, and noon on Sunday), but the mountain town of Centennial offers several other restaurants to top off your day in the mountains. Dinners at the Old Corral Steakhouse or the Bear Bottom Bar and Grill are always fantastic and filling.

Revel in the Autumn Colors

Autumn in the Snowy Range
Little Laramie Trail Photo credit K. McShane

As the temperatures decrease, the mountains adorn themselves with their autumn raiment. This is, of course, the primary incentive to visit the Snowy Range in fall. Whether you are driving the Snowy Range Scenic Byway, hiking the endless forest trails, or fishing the glassy lakes, you will be awestruck by the stunning vistas. 

In the autumn the aspen turn to gold and the oak trees become ruddy shades of orange and yellow. While the number of deciduous trees may be less than in other areas of the country, the contrast with the deep emerald of pine, spruce, and fir trees makes their colors explode in a way that is truly exceptional. The sweeping slopes of green, gold, and orange juxtaposed against rocky peaks and a brilliant blue sky make for unrivaled photo opportunities.

Hike the Tranquil Trails

Autumn in Snowy Range
Little Laramie River Photo Credit K. McShane

As if the views weren’t enough, hiking in the fall also provides exclusive appeal. The heat of summer has melted away, and the coolness of autumn is a welcome respite. Hiking in the brisk air seems to lend more energy and vitality to a hike. Some higher trails may have early snow, so it is important to wear appropriate layers and adequate footwear. However, the cooler temperatures mean no mosquitoes. (Check out an interactive map of hiking trails in the Snowy Range area here).

What’s more, hiking in the fall is very peaceful compared to the hustle and bustle of the peak summer months. Much like hiking in spring, the trails are less-traveled and crowded and the serenity is palpable. A mountain trail in autumn is the epitome of serenity. 

Watch Wildlife

Autumn Wildlife
Moose Photo Credit K. McShane

Yet another reason to visit the Snowy Range in autumn is the abundance of wildlife viewing opportunities. This is especially true before the hunting season is in full swing. Pronghorn, elk, deer, and moose are in their fall rut (mating season) and are often less shy as they pursue females. They are also trying to add as much additional weight before the scarcity of winter and will spend long hours grazing in the open. Plus, the fact that the mountains see fewer tourists in the fall means that there is less human encroachment to make them scarce.

Relax, Renew, and Rejuvenate

Autumn in the Snowy Range
View of Lewis Lake and Sugar Loaf Photo Credit K. McShane

Whatever it is that draws you to the Snowy Range in autumn—whether it be a cozy stay in a historic hotel, breathtaking views, or a quiet and peaceful hike—the mountains promise serenity and rest. Leave behind the busyness of the everyday hubbub and renew yourself in the mountains.

Book any room or suite for 2 guests now through Oct for $88, Call the hotel directly to access this special. Based on Availability. Subject to Blackout Dates.

Leah Veinbergs at Two Little Time

3 Reasons Why You Should Visit Wyoming’s Snowy Range This Winter

 

2019 is here and many are excited for what the New Year has to offer. For those who seek fun, mountain adventures, you may not have all your upcoming adventure destinations mapped out yet. Don’t worry, you have one less destination to worry about because the beautiful Snowy Range Mountains are calling your name this winter!

If you enjoy a day where there is snow under your feet and sun on your face, then our nearby national forest land will satisfy you for all your winter adventure needs. Area trails provide everyone who visits a chance at everything from snowshoeing to sledding, and everything in between. So whether you are seasoned in the wintertime madness or wanting to try something new, we put together 3 reasons why SE Wyoming should be a part of your 2019 travel plans:

#1: It’s Like Going To Grandma’s House

When you go on vacation, you want to feel comfortable and cozy. The Mountain View Hotel & Café is one of the first buildings to welcome you to town and it’s 100-year-old charm is warm and welcoming. Past guests have been quoted saying it felt like going to Grandma’s house and we feel it’s because of our homemade signature dishes, comfy beds, and a warm, welcoming atmosphere.

 

#2: Fun For All Types!

Whether you decide to hit the winter trailheads or head up to the local ski area, getting snow under your feet is no issue here in southeast Wyoming!

Snowshoeing & Cross-Country Skiing Trails: Grab a pair of snowshoes or skis & check out the 200+ miles of Medicine Bow National Forest Service winter trails to explore! No matter if you are looking for a nice relaxing morning of fresh mountain air or wanting a challenging day adventure, the Snowy Range Mountains are your place to be

Notable snowshoe & cross-country ski trails can be accessed at any of the 3 area trailheads; Corner Mountain, Little Laramie & Green Rock Picnic Area. All within 10 miles of Centennial, these USFS day-use areas are perfect for your organized daytime mountain adventures. Immediate trailhead parking may not always be available, but walking in from a safe roadside parking spot is ALWAYS worth it!

Are you and your family coming in from out of town? We’ve got you covered. Stop into our friends at Laramie’s Basecamp in downtown Laramie for snow shoe and cross-country ski rentals during your final pit stops to Centennial!

 

Downhill Skiing & Snowboarding at Snowy Range Ski Area: Do you enjoy no traffic when you head out for a day on the slopes? How about short lift lines, nice people and great snowfall each year? We do too and are spoiled with these luxuries every single winter.

 

Snowy Range Ski Area is a great, family fun establishment that was founded in 1959. Today, you find 4 established lift lines leading to runs that serve all skiing abilities, with most moderate to difficult ski runs being separated from the easier parts of the mountain. What does this mean for families? It’s much easier to stick together but big enough to fulfill every snowrider’s dream.

Other notable features and amenities of Snowy Range Ski Area include additional cross-country ski and snowshoe trails located on the property, their own Gear Rental Shop, Ski & Snowboard School, and an out-of-state Ski Bus that brings in guests from the Fort Collins & Loveland, CO area. For more information, check out their website by clicking here.

Book your stay at the Mountain View Hotel & Café and ask about our Ski & Stay Booking Special! (307) 742-3588

 

#3: We’re a Bit Off the Beaten Path

Located in Southeastern Wyoming, just 30 miles west of Laramie, you will find the small, quiet mountain town of Centennial and our beautiful historic hotel and café. Another 5-minute drive west on Highway 130 plants you at the start of our beloved Snowy Range Mountains.

While it may be a long journey for some to get here, it is well worth the features of any hidden mountain gem; not a lot of people, beauty for miles and everyone is friendly everywhere you go.

 

Support Wyoming Small Businesses:

Book with the Mountain View Hotel and receive a 10% discount code (at the time of booking) for shopping at Laramie’s Basecamp, a local outdoor gear and rental shop located in downtown Laramie! We have paired up with this family-owned small business to help provide you affordable gear and rentals whenever you visit our beloved Snowy Range Mountains.

Recently went shopping at Laramie’s Basecamp and you are feeling hungry or thirsty? Bring in your receipt within 48 hours of purchase and get 10% off any meal or drink at the Mountain View Café! This offer is not valid with any other promotions.

Written by Brianna “Bri” Arnbrecht | http://mountainadventurer307.com/