Medicine Bow is a tiny, tiny little town in southeastern Wyoming. It isn’t that big a town, with a population of around 30-3500. However, what makes Medicine Bow so absolutely tiny is the narrow packing restricted area. I say tiny, because only about 5 houses out of the 90 or more along the mile-traverse the limit-are actually accessible by car. The rest are only accessible by foot (including the County Hospital, the trading post and the post office).
If you get past the walking limit, then Medicine Bow is a very pleasant place to stop for the day. The shopkeepers are generally friendly and the beer is good. You can buy both Sawbuck and specialty brews, and lunch should cost no more than $.25, all at a fraction of a mill over, which is the price all of the alim 2600 miles of the Old Gulpher Route travel by. If you are coming from Denver, the trip can take a little under two hours. General Admission is $5.50, and Beer and Lunch digits are $4.50. If you are a real beer drinker, go to the Barnum’s Hotel, just off the corner of N. 30th Street, one block south of the Limit, and get a Mountain Ale. You can feel the spirit of hops and brews on the footing of that beautiful thin-crusted granite while you sit on the brick walkway. The restrooms are across the street at the end of the blew street. There are snacks and such extendable services as band, limousines, and a newspaper, but no toilets or other amenities.
Peters Lake State Park is next to mile markers 22 and 23 on the New Jersey side. There the campground is free, but the sp as at some of the other parks is a minimum of $10 per night. Start out by looking for deserted areas near the traffic light, or drive up to the observatory where you can usually see whales from July until October. The whole park looks like something out of 2001 with ski terrain and some quaint shops.
The town of appointments is about a half-mile beyond the limit, and very quaint. It was tiny at first, but now there are more than 50 cabins and a popular bed & breakfast place, The Inn. They look like something out of old New England with those fire damaged homes for sale nearby. The prices are lower than the national average, at around $40 and even lower on the fourth of July and the first two of November. Just be careful cab drivers do not think you are a great tourist just because you are on a tight budget.
The town of appointments is one of the few in Wyoming that stays open all night long. So if beer and camping are your passion, it might be a great place to visit. Not only is it close to everything, with a total area of 2.2 square miles, it is also less than a two hour drive from the Continental Divide and six and a half hours from the nearest airport.
To give you some perspective, that is about the size of Rhode Island and one and half times the size of Texas. Cheyenne is the largest city in Wyoming. The unemployment rate was 5.4% in July, and has stayed pretty steady during the year, but generally above 5% is considered good. Also available is lodging in the form of a cabin or cabin and cottage. There are a few parks in the area, and one of the biggest is The Canyons’ Park. This was a popular sport camp that advertised existed in June of 1941. It would later transform into mostly a ski resort. The Canyons’ Park is advertised as a snow mountain with over 12,000 acres opened just for the sport-fishing season.
The climate in Wyoming is unusual in that it is typically hot and dry in the summer and cold and dry the rest of the year. However, the winters can be quite cold if offshore winds push the weather too far. Typically, Wyoming has the best weather of any state in the nation.