Living in Natrona County

Wyoming’s plains are the historical home to many nomadic tribes including the Cheyenne, Arapaho, Shoshone and Sioux. Today, about 6,000 Shoshone and Arapaho continue to reside on the 2.3 million acre Wind River Reservation, northwest of Natrona County.

In 1812, John Jacob Astor established Astoria at the mouth of the Columbia and sent Robert Stuart east to start what was hoped to become a network of trading posts. Stuart found South Pass by following a Crow Indian trail and entered our region. Near Bessemer Bend, Stuart and his small band erected the first white man’s hut in 1812. Although Astor’s plans failed when the British captured Astoria in 1812, trappers and scouts continued to explore our high plains and develop transit routes. On July 4, 1824, some of these trappers named Independence Rock.

In 1840, Father Jean Pierre DeSmet began spreading the gospel among area Indians. Father DeSmet was the first to carve his name on Independence Rock and give it the name, “The Register of the Desert.” In 1843, John C. Fremont (known as “The Pathfinder”) chiseled his name on Independence Rock and later with Kit Carson as his guide, went on to explore the country along the Platte and Sweetwater Rivers.

Mar 21

[ARCHIVED] Casper Mountain Conditions and Updates

The original item was published from March 21, 2023 10:17 AM to March 21, 2023 10:35 AM

Nordic Ski Conditions for March 21st, 2023

  • 1 to 2 inches of fresh snow.
  • Over 90%  groomed. 
  • Trails are in fantastic conditions.
  • Biathlon Championship is the 24th through the 26th.
  • The last day of grooming for the season will be April 2nd.
  • The lodge will also close for the season April 2nd.

Expect snow removal operations to begin around lodge the 4th of April to facilitate its removal and the construction of the new lodge to begin this spring. 

The slash pile road and access to the storage area beneath our shop will also be plowed at this time as staff begins preparing for our summer season.



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