As we made our way from Rock Springs to Muddy Gap we drove I-80 to Rawlins and then north on Highway 287. We crossed the Continental Divide countless times to the point we did not know if we were coming or going.
Not only did we continue to cross the Continental Divide countless times but we were in such strong winds that our awning kept popping out causing us to have to stop and rig up a solution to prevent any damage or accidents. In over 8 years of driving this rig this is the second time we have had this occur. The last time was 7 years ago in western Texas near Ft. Davis. The winds were incredible but we found a safe place to pull off and get to work. Operation successful!
We arrived at Ranch 66 with no additional problems. Ranch 66 is a campground owned by the LDS Church which provides not only sites for missionaries working at the nearby Mormon Handcart Historic Site but also full hookup RV sites (loop C) and tent sites (loop D) for the public. They don’t advertise but we read great reviews on Campendium and wanted to stay there to provide easy access for visiting the nearby Handcart Historic Site. More on that visit in the next post.
The entrance to the campground is about 5 miles east of Muddy Gap on the north side of Highway 220. There is a sign but it is small and a bit off the road. The drive into the campground is about 1 mile and is wide open on the plains with plenty of pronghorn romping around. The scenery was beautiful. We arrived on a Sunday afternoon and there was not a single person around. We self registered and found a site in Loop C and made ourselves at home.
Campground: Ranch 66 Missionary Village
Location: Muddy Gap, Wyoming (about 5 miles east of town) off Highway 220
Site: 40 (pull thru)
Services: FHU (50 AMP)
Comments: A beautiful setting about a mile off the main highway with beautiful surrounding views of the mountains (Split Mountain – AKA Gun site – a pioneer trail landmark), a cattle ranch, and the plains. Pronghorn wander the campsites constantly. The winds are strong during the day but as soon as the sun sets it becomes calm and still.
Other sites in Loop C were very similar to ours and we even noticed that there appeared to be a propane hookup at each site! We did not try it out so we don’t know if they are operating.
Even though the campground is out on the prairies there are a few trees around. Loop C where we were did not offer much wind protection but the tenting area had a few nice trees and a beautiful setting.
The campground is extremely quite and peaceful (minus the winds during the day) and you are surrounded by cattle, pronghorns, and birds. It was beautiful and it is highly recommended by us. Plus we met several of the missionaries the following day at the Handcart Historic Site that were staying at the village and they could not have been nicer.
Certainly a place for us to return to some day!