BAGGS

Baggs, Wyoming - Bordering Colorado as it does, the valley was host to many an outlaw riding hard trying to elude justice. Names as notable as Butch Cassidy and his infamous Wild Bunch, “holed-up” around the town of Baggs during the hay-days of the Old West. The Gaddis Mathews House, which still stands in the center of town, was known as a hang-out for Butch and his gang. Long after his reported death in Bolivia in 1909, local residents insisted that Butch made several visits to Baggs during hunting trips with friends in 1929 and 1930. Of course this is still hotly debated.

Baggs, Wyoming

Noteworthy in Baggs is the Bank Club Bar. As the name suggests, this building was first constructed as a bank but later became a bar, and it is now on the National Register of Historic Places. Baggs is especially proud of its place as the gateway to the Red Desert. Named for its vast expanses of dry red soil, the Red Desert is a land of wild horses, roaming herds of antelope, and ever present red-tail hawks. It is also the largest area of unfenced land in the forty-eight states. It’s a harsh country not to be trifled with, but the stark beauty here is more than worth the effort.

Public Lands & Wild Horses The Adobe Town Horse Management Area (HMA) is located in south-central Wyoming between Interstate 80 and the Colorado/Wyoming border. It encompasses 472,812 acres of which 444,744 are BLM-administered public lands. The topography of the area is varied with everything from colorful eroded desert badlands to wooded buttes and escarpments. In between are extensive rolling to rough uplands interspersed with some desert playa and vegetated dune areas. Elevation ranges from 6600 ft to 7800 ft along Kinney Rim, which forms the western boundary of the HMA. Some of the HMA is in the Adobe Town Wilderness Study Area. Other features in the area include the Cherokee Trail, the Haystacks, and Powder Rim. Visit Wild Horse Herd Management Map

Dad Stage Stop Dad stage stop site is 24 miles north of Baggs on the west side of the highway.

The Boyer YL Ranch 307-383-7778 The Boyer YL Ranch has been a favorite guest ranch since 1926. Located along the Savery River in Southern Wyoming, close to the Colorado border this historic site offers  accommodations for up to 18 people. Individual guests, groups and families are invited to enjoy horse back riding, tennis, swimming, hiking, mountain biking, fishing, gourmet cooking and more. We can also accommodate family reunions, seminars, workshops or just a group of  your friends. Rates start at $135 per day, includes meals Visit Website

Down river Adventures 307-383-2583 Fishing and Rafting Adventures.

Battle Highway Scenic Byway & The Edison Monument The Battle Highway along Wyoming’s Highway 70 stretches across the Sierra Madre Mountains from Encampment to Baggs. The scenic highway is open Memorial Day through October. Historic sites along the way include Battle ghost town and the Edison Monument commemorating the place where, while fishing on Battle Lake, Thomas Edison got the idea for  the first light-bulb filament. Battle Pass, on the Continental Divide, provides a sweeping view of the Sierra Madre Mountain Range. Traffic on the highway is light and wide shoulders make this an excellent bicycle route as well.

Outlaw Territory Names as notable as Butch Cassidy and his infamous Wild Bunch, “holed-up” around the town of Baggs during the hay-days of the Old West. The Gaddis Matthews House, which still stands in the center of town, was known as a hang-out for Butch and his gang. Long after his reported death in Bolivia in 1909, local residents insisted that Butch made several visits to Baggs during hunting trips with friends in 1929 and 1930. Of course this is still hotly debated.

Hunting in Baggs Hunt for elk, deer, antelope, water fowl and more in this beautiful high desert landscape. Public Lands around Baggs are abundant. Contact Wyoming Game and Fish for information on public hunting areas. Local Outfitters are also great ways to enjoy hunting in this region and will  often provide hunters with access to private lands they might not ordinarily have access to. Local outfitters also have the experience to make you hunt successful.


 Local Outfitters & Meat Processing

Savery Creek Outfitters 307-383-7117 Provides a fully guided hunt from the time the hunter arrives until the hunter departs. We provide all game care in the field, and at the hunter’s request will transport your game to the local meat processor. Comfortable cabins and a lodge where delicious home-cooked meals are served contribute to the homestyle hospitality of your stay. Hot showers and a pool table add to the comfort of your stay. Visit Website

Snake River Processing & Taxidermy  307-383-6142 High quality taxidermy art, tanning and wild game processing. Also offering jerky, salami, horn plaques, and shipping. Guided hunting trips can also be arranged.

Spotlight - Baggs

Gaddis/Mathews/Cassidy House The Ivy Pearl Mathews Gaddis log cabin has been described as the cabin Butch Cassidy built and as the cabin he lived in. In almost certainty it was neither. It is believed his gang, the Wild Bunch, led by Cassidy visited the house often. The home served a boarding house and a Saturday night dance hall that the Wild Bunch patronized. Butch was a skilled harmonica player and would often entertain. Located on Main Street Highway 789 in Baggs

Shopping - Baggs

The Stage Stop Groceries, Supplies, Hunting & Fishing Licenses 307-383-6955

Outlaw Liquors, Sports & Videos 307-383-6600

Smiling A Antiques 307-383-2433

Lariat Quick Stop 307-383-7700

The Castle Shop Odds and ends and the best peach smoothies in town!

Drinks & Dining - Baggs

El Rio Restaurant 20 N Penland St 307- 383-7515
Chicken Coop Bed & Breakfast 15 S. Miles 307-383-7059
The Cowboy Inn Bar & Lounge 210 S. Penland St 307-383-2200

Baggs Wyoming Gallery

  • Stage Shop Genreral Store
  • Russel Community Park
  • El Rio
  • Bank Bar
  • Old Building
  • Hunting Trip
  • Jebens Park
  • Scenery
  • Butch Cassidy House
  • Overland Trail Marker
  • Caslte Shop
  • Public Lands