Park Review – El Rancho Village RV Park and Cabins
Rating: ⭐⭐ 1/2 Location: Wheatland, WY Type: Commercial Park Check-in/Check-out times: 12:00/11:00 Site Quality / Amenities: Sites are full hookup with 30/50A service an no other amenities. There are mens and womens bathrooms/showers and a laundry. There are also 6 small cabins available for rent. Access: Easy access from Interstate 25 at the Fish Creek Rd. exit. The park is alongside the interstate on the west side. Staff: Friendly and efficient. We had pre-booked and pre-paid so check in took all of about minute. Cellular/WiFi: The park had WiFi but we didn’t use it. We were at the north end of the park and the WiFi was likely at the office near the south end so the signal was weak. We had 3-4 bars ob Verizon and the speeds were OK at about 25 Mbps down and 8 Mbps up. Restaurants: We did not eat out during out stay. Nearby parks: We did not look at any other parks during our stay and there aren’t a lot of options in this area. What we liked: Easy access to the park and it was exactly half way to our next major stop. Nice view of the mountains to the west. What we didn’t like: A small amount of noise was detectable from the Interstate. Not much of anything to do in the immediate area but this makes a good overnight stay. Verdict: We would stay here again for a one night stop when travelling through the area.
Rating: ⭐⭐ Location: Lusk, WY Type: Commercial Park Site Quality / Amenities: Roads and pads are gravel. There is a picnic table at each site and all sites are 50/30A with full hookups. Access: Easy access from US-18 west of Lusk. Staff: The owner checked us in and he was both helpful and talkative. He provided tips on getting gas and restaurants to try in town as well as a history of flooding in the area – they had been getting a lot of rain. Cellular/WiFi: Verizon was decent at about 6 Mbps download and 13 Mbps upload. AT&T was also about 6 Mbps download and 3.5 Mbps upload. Restaurants: We didn’t end up eating in town. Nearby parks: We drove by BJ’s Campground in town and confirmed that the sites there would have been too short for us. What we liked: We were not assigned a site so we were able to pick whatever site we chose. What we didn’t like: The sites do not angle to the road inside the park so we had to go across the grass area which was a bit scary given all the rain they had been getting but we didn’t sink in. Many of the sites had trees that encroached into the site. Overall the sites were barely long enough for us and the truck and the park roads were a bit tight to navigate. Verdict: We’d stay here again for an overnight. There’s not a lot to do in Lusk although they did have a museum in town. There were also several restaurants as well as options for fuel.
The story of Cheyenne and Wyoming in general begins with transportation. Long a route for settlers travelling west and later for the transcontinental railroads, both played a key role in the development of our country.
The depot building was completed in September of 1887 and finished with the addition of the clock in 1890. In 1922 it was expanded and in 2006 an additional building was added to provide elevator access to the second floor. Today it is a National Historic Landmark standing as a symbol to the resilience of both the building and of Cheyenne even as the era of steam trains declined.
Bear Lodge is one of many Indian names given to the tower. Other American Indian names include Bear’s Tipi, Home of the Bear, Tree Rock and Great Gray Horn. Many Indians believed a bear scratched the side of the “mountain” with its claws and then lived inside the structure. Col. Richard Dodge translated the name to Devils Tower in 1875 and the name stuck. Some contend that Col. Dodge simply got a bad translation of the indigenous name; others say it was an intentional renaming. Dodge led a military expedition in the area to confirm reports of gold in the Black Hills and to survey the area. Scientists at that time thought the tower was the core of an ancient volcano. Recent data suggests it is actually an igneous intrusion. About 50 million years ago molten magma was forced into sedimentary rock above and then it cooled underground. As it cooled it contracted and fractured into columns. Over millions of years, erosion of the sedimentary rock exposed the tower.
We stopped in the Rock Springs / Green River area for 5 nights after leaving Laramie, WY. Rock Springs in particular has a lot of restaurants and stores including some of the big name stores so it’s a good stop for things like that. Despite the fact that Escapees was having their 2021 Escapade going on in the large Sweetwater Events Complex which has over 1200 full hookup RV spaces that area wasn’t crowded. Although we are Escapees members, we booked the site here before we knew that the Escapade would be going on and we got there a day or two late. One of these days we’ll make some of the big RV get togethers like Escapade but so far we just aren’t big fans of large crowds. With so many full hookup sites, Rock Springs would have been a good place to try one out.