The Rawlins-to-Moran Tour in Wyoming offers over 250 miles of travel through plains, hills, mountains, semi-arid scrubs, and dense forests. With a travel time of about four hours, the route could easily fill a day or two with stops at the local attractions. Camp overnight or stay in Landers before setting out the next day to reach Moran.
Planning Your Ride to Moran, WY
Starting in Rawlins, get a coffee and fill your tank before you take US 287 North approximately 44 miles. Keep left to stay on 287 towards Moran. The station at the junction is the closest gas place for miles, and the prices match the demand. If you must stop, only get enough to get you to the next station.
Follow US 287 another 72 miles to Lander, keeping right at the junction with Highway 28. Lander is a little shy of the midpoint on your route and offers dining, lodging, and a few attractions before you enter the Wind River Indian Reservation. Stop and stay a bit to explore Lander or continue on your ride up US 287 North. In Dubois, turn left onto US 26 West/US 287 North. Follow the road for another 55 miles to Moran.
Be aware that the US 287 Rawlins-to-Moran tour in Wyoming sometimes has seasonal road closures for weather and other conditions. You can take an alternate route on I-80 West to Rock Springs and head north on Highway 191 to Moran. This alternate is approximately 315 miles and avoids seasonal road closures.
Visit These Attractions on Your Road Trip
Before leaving Rawlins, visit the Carbon County Museum to see several artifacts and exhibits detailing the pioneer and Old West history of the area. Stop at the Wyoming Frontier Prison Museum to attend a guided tour of this historical prison facility built in 1901.
At the Highway 220 junction, you can detour to 220 and visit the Independence Rock State Historic Site. This was a major landmark on the Oregon Trail, and over 5,000 settlers carved their names into the rock on their journey west.
Back on US 287, north of the junction is the Split Rock Pullout, where you can pull over to take pictures of and explore the area around Split Rock.
When you get to Lander, visit the Fremont County Pioneer Museum to see local artifacts, photographs, and historical displays. Once you get into the Wind River Indian Reservation, home of two Native American tribes (the Eastern Shoshone and the Northern Arapaho), you can visit any of the available casinos to try your luck or schedule an appointment to visit the Wind River Wild Horse Sanctuary. The Sanctuary protects wild mustangs on a working cattle ranch.
On the rest of your trip, you’ll ride past the National Museum of Military Vehicles and the Dubois Museum, then arrive in Moran at the edge of the magnificent Grand Teton National Park.
Where To Stop for Grub and Gas
Before leaving Rawlins, gas up and grub up. Find Thai curries, noodles, and stir-fries at Anong’s Thai Cuisine. For pizza and a beer, visit Shogunz Pizzeria & Bar.
When you’re hungry in Lander, visit The Antler Restaurant and Bar for elk burgers and onion rings. For breakfast or lunch, visit The Middle Fork.
Dubois offers a range of cuisines at The Moose Outpost, Noon Rock Pizza, El Jarro Takeout, and the Cowboy Café.
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