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With the leaves turning in yellow, orange, and red; we can guarantee that you will find lots of beautiful scenery in Yellowstone this time of year. The weather is perfect, the hiking is amazing, and the wildlife is out and about. Here are some of the things we found in Yellowstone that we think are unforgettable.

You are bound to see elk, bear, bighorn, moose, and maybe even an Eagle or two. Speaking of wildlife this is also an awesome place to fish during the Fall. You will find some of the largest brown trout in the area during this time of year.

Yellowstone is also a great place to hike and bike. There are a lot of trails for you to take. You will always be able to find a private area for you to enjoy the beauty of nature. This park is absolutely massive. So you are going to find some truly beautiful things around Yellowstone. Waterfalls, lakes, canyons. We highly recommend that if you do only one thing it be walking around and exploring this huge park.

The campgrounds themselves are all over. They are pretty quiet. The camping grounds are always clean and well maintained and you'll occasionally see a few elk (or a herd) walking by the side of the camp.

There are also plenty of warm swims in Yellowstone during the Fall. We recommend the Boiling River. There are also plenty of other hot springs in or nearby Yellowstone. All of them great, especially in the Fall!

We absolutely love Yellowstone and will go whenever possible. There is a lot of things to do, to see, and to enjoy. This is a fantastic park to escape into nature, fish for a weekend, or just camp for a night. Fall is the perfect time to go. Have fun!

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Botanical gardens and arboretums are great places to take a break from the road. You can get out of your camper, stretch your legs, have a snack and observe the beautiful nature that surrounds you. Whether you are driving through the area or you are out for a day trip, Wyoming’s beautiful nature is a must-see. We have compiled a list of the state’s arboretums and botanical gardens.

Cheyenne Botanic Gardens

Kendrick Arboretum and Birding Site

Newcastle Arboretum/Beaver Creek

Rock Springs Arboretum

 
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Sonnys RVs is proud to be a part of the Route 66 RV Network. As a member, we are able to offer our customers membership to various programs that help ensure your travels are as successful as possible. The RV Club offers to discounted pricing for various outside programs, one of which is a 10% discount at all KOA campgrounds. You must show proof of current membership at check in, in order to receive the discount.

Listed below are all of the KOA campgrounds in Wyoming.

Buffalo


 

Casper

Cheyenne

Cody

Devils Tower/Black Hills

Douglas

Dubois/Wind River

Greybull


 

Jackson Hole/Snake River

Laramie


 

Lymnan


 

Rawlins


 

Rock Springs/Green River


 

Sheridan/Big Horn Mountains

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Casper Soccer Complex

The fields sit just south of the Events Center providing ample view of the fireworks lighting up the night sky. The open fields allow for plenty of gazing room with an added advantage of plenty of darkness to better view the bright colors up above.

 

Lookout Point

Lookout point on Casper Mountain has incredible views on any day of the year. But just imagine the sight on the Fourth of July. The view is amplified with the framework of city lights setting the mood. But be sure to arrive early and snag a spot because lookout point is somewhat small.

 

Firework Festival

The Casper Events Center will be hosting the 2017 fireworks festival. The entire day will be filled with endless entertainment from food (funnel cake, hamburgers, kettle corn and beer) to live bands and vendors selling anything from jewelry to toys and more. It also has a great viewing area for the fireworks display. The parking lot lights are shut down for the ultimate viewing experience as the fireworks light up the sky. The show is set to American musical classics and everyone gathers around to watch the crackling fireworks that delight the eyes.

 

Happy Independence Day from Sonny's RVs!

 
 
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Fishing is a fantastic sport/activity to do. It is cheap to get into, fun for the family, perfect for relaxing after a long day of exploration, and you get a meal out of it! We love to fish and Wyoming is one of the best states to just kick back, relax, and fish. ‬Here are some of our top picks for this year!

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone is one of the most well known national parks in the US and for a good reason! They have amazing geysers, trails, and great fishing! If you are in search for some good trout fishing there is no need to go elsewhere. Yellowstone has some of the best trout fly fishing around almost year long. Yellowstone has not been stocked since the 1950s but because of the water’s high alkalinity you will find very healthy populations of cutthroat, brown, brook, rainbow, lake trout, mountain whitefish, and grayling. July and August are prime months (clear weather and frequent hatches) for fishing in some of the most beautiful locations on Earth.

Pinedale

Pinedale is host to several fishing locations including the Green River and the New Fork. You can find many different species of fish including cutthroat,, mountain whitefish,, brown, golden, rainbow, brook, and lake trout. A good time to fish around this area is mid-June. You will also run into a lot of private land so always make sure that it has public access!

Flaming Gorge Reservoir

Flaming Gorge has spectacular views, big fish, and awesome trails. The previously mentioned Green River feeds the gorge and you can find tiger trout, rainbow trout, brown trout, lake trout, Mackinaw trout, channel catfish, carp, Kokanee salmon, burbot, and smallmouth bass. Spring is a great time to fish for the trout and salmon and the summer is usually when you want to stop by for the bass. It is possible to fish from the shore and by boat. We highly recommend you pay it a visit.

Miracle Mile and the Gray Reef, North Platte River

These are legendary fishing locations for any angler. You can fish here year round! You’ll find rainbow trout, brown trout, and cutthroat. It is recommended to go by boat but you can also have great success fishing just on the shore. Just make sure to not disturb any fish eggs and to always check river flows before you head out.

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With the temperatures on the rise, it is time to start planning those outdoor adventures! Fortunately, Wyoming has tons of great activities that you can take advantage of this spring. We will go over some of the top things to do this spring right here!

Fly Fishing

If you have never had the opportunity to fly fish in the majestic waters of Wyoming, you are missing out! There is nothing quite like reeling in some fish with the backdrop of mountains and the fresh smell of the river fresh in your nostrils. With plenty of spots to fly fish, it is really up to you to decide how far you want to travel to do your fishing. Looking for a guide? Guided fly fishing is something that is pretty popular as well. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned fly fisher, Wyoming is the place to be! Spring is a great time to fly fish in Wyoming as well. Talk to local fishers about where the best spots are and what to expect as far as weather. It can change at anytime!

Take a Scenic Drive

Wyoming is also full of awesome scenic drives! Sometimes it is nice to head out for a drive with the windows down and just let go of all your cares for a while. Known for it's amazing scenery, Wyoming is the perfect place to pack up and head out for a day trip somewhere nice! Take a look at the following list of great scenic drives. These drives have it all! From deep canyons, to flowing rivers to majestic mountains. Pick the one that best suits your needs!

Camping in the National Parks

We know we talk about the great National Parks that are located in Wyoming a lot, but that is because they are truly amazing places! Camping in Yellowstone or Grand Teton is always a great idea for the spring. Check the roads leading into the parks to see what is open, but if you can get into the park, it is an amazing camping experience. Whether you want to do traditional camping or glamp in lodges, Yellowstone and Grand Teton offer plenty of options!

Sonny's RVs

Here at Sonny's we have tons of services to offer to get your spring off to the right start. Whether you want to look for a new or used RV, store your RV or get it serviced, we have it all here at Sonny's RVS. Give us a call or stop in today and see how we can help get you outdoors this spring!

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Hike Smart

Here in Wyoming we take hiking very seriously. With seven national forests, numerous state parks, millions of acres of land and two national parks, hiking in Wyoming is as good as it gets!

There is a climb and voyage for all ages and ability levels in Wyoming. 

This post will go into detail about some tips when hiking as well as some of the best spots to hike across Wyoming!

Great Wyoming Hiking Spots 1. Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park features some great hiking spots such as Canyon Country, where hikers can see lakes, open meadows and old growth forests all in one hike! Another spot in Yellowstone is the Upper Geyser Basin trails, where hikers can see amazing geysers among other spectacular sights. The beauty of Yellowstone is really what makes hiking in the park so wonderful. If you plan on visiting the park anytime soon, be sure to take advantage of the beauty and hike!

2. Grand Teton National Park

Known for great hiking, Grand Teton National Park boasts challenging climbs for even the most experienced of hikers. The hikes at Grand Teton can be a challenging because of the rugged landscape, high elevation, steep trails and extreme weather changes. Most hikers enjoy the challenge but also appreciate the beauty of the Teton's.

If you are an extreme hiker that is prepared for a challenge, then Grand Teton National Park is for you!

Hiking Tips

Each year, park rangers and search and rescue personnel respond to numerous hiking incidents. If you aren't prepared when you hike, it can be very dangerous. Here are a few tips to remember next time you go for a hike!

  • Carry a head lamp on every hike, even short day hikes
  • Carry and drink plenty of water (a minimum of 1 quart every 2 hours)
  • Sturdy footwear with good traction should be worn to avoid any ankle injuries
  • Know your body's limits
  • Stay on the established trail
  • Make a plan if your group gets split up
  • Know what to do when encountering wildlife
  • Check the weather and prepare for it

 Hopefully these tips will help you have a safe and enjoyable hike!

Sonny's RVs

With fall coming, now is the perfect time to get outside and take advantage of Wyoming's numerous hiking spots. If you are looking for an RV to help you get to your hiking destination, let Sonny's RVs help! We offer plenty of new and used RVs for you to choose from that will get you to your hiking destination.

Need parts or accessories? Check out our online parts store where we have hundreds of must have items for your camping expeditions.

Give us a call or stop by our location today!

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Labor Day weekend is quickly approaching and what better place to spend your three-day weekend than historic Buffalo, Wyoming. With its beautiful, endless scenery and historic attractions, it is the perfect place to relax and unwind with family and friends. Here are a few things you can do while you are there!

First things first, let’s talk about the food. Buffalo has a variety of great options for all taste buds. If you are in the mood for a great steak, there is no better place than Winchester Steak House. From Prime Rib to the famous Winchester Steak (topped with onions, mushrooms and provolone cheese), there is no wonder why this is the premier steakhouse in Buffalo. If you are looking for something lighter for lunch, Sagewood Gifts & Cafe is where you need to go. They offer homemade soups, salads and sandwiches. And once you are done eating, hop on over to their gift store for anything from spices and kitchen accessories to unique gifts for all ages. 

You will want to make sure you leave time to take a stroll along Buffalo’s Main Street. Many historic personalities have walked the streets, from Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid to Calamity Jane and even Teddy Roosevelt. Today, the Main Street buildings (some of which date back to 1804) are filled with local shops and restaurants. It is also home to the historic Occidental Hotel, which takes you straight back to the Old West with its embossed ceilings and original back bar in the Saloon, all of which are beautifully restored. And, if you look close enough, you can still find bullet holes in the saloon walls!

If a lake is what you are after for Labor Day Weekend, you are in luck! Lake de Smet, one of the Wonders of Wyoming, is at 16 minute drive from Buffalo. It’s sparkling waters are surrounded by hills, making it a quiet place to boat, fish or camp. Although you might want to sleep with one eye open because legend has said there is a dinosaur-like monster living under the waters who goes by “Smetty”. He is believed to rise above the waters from time-to-time. 

And lastly, for those outdoor adventurers, the Big Horn Mountains offer a multitude of activities such as hiking, rock climbing, horseback riding and more! Consisting of more than 900,000 acres of mountains, meadows and forests, it makes for the perfect place to explore. If you prefer to do your exploring within the confines of your vehicle, the Bighorn Scenic Byway includes 45 miles of scenic mountain driving from the city of Sheridan to Greybull. There are options for RV camping throughout the mountains, including a few different KOA campgrounds. 

Although that is all we are going to cover today, there is so much to do in the area waiting for you to explore! Whether you plan to spend your Labor Day in Buffalo or anywhere else in our beautiful state of Wyoming, we wish you a safe and happy weekend.

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Yellowstone National Park should be on everyone’s bucket list. I, luckily, have checked it off in my short 24 years, but I think a redemption trip is in order. I tend to be an impulsive trip planner, which is “fun” but may not be the “smart” route; I certainly found this out the hard way so just bare with me.

I hitched a ride into Jackson Hole which is just about the cutest town in I’ve ever been to, full of charming and downright helpful folk. A nice older couple offered to drive me the short hour into Yellowstone the following morning and even gave me a couch to crash on; Jackson Hole was bliss. 

I slammed the truck door after many thanks to the gracious couple the next morning and started to trek. Wyoming, from what I’d seen thus far, was remarkable. In the short hour, the terrain had changed exponentially; from a quaint town situated in a bowl like “hole” to vast scenery covering all the colors of the spectrum. 

I had my hammock, and that was it in terms of a shelter and bed. This was still a big solo trip for me as I was inexperienced and a bit cocky. My goal was to find some fellow trekkers and follow suit but it didn’t happen that way. 

I ate little and slept even less. The park was glorious; everything was so picturesque. Once I got through the initial tourist scramble of the famous stops like Ol’ Faithful and the Sulfur Cauldron, I hiked into the backcountry and didn’t see another human for two days. Maybe this was due to my lack of knowledge and use of maps, but I was actually having a great time self-reflecting in the naturalness of Yellowstone—until the last night. 

It was probably four in the morning when I felt a nudge on my hammock. I was curled up so that I was completely covered, but if you recall, a hammock was in no way protecting me from any form of wildlife. I had a flashlight on me, but I was hesitant to turn it on in fear of what was to be staring back at me. So, with my palms sweaty and my heart racing, I decided my only option was to start screaming at the top of my lungs like a cheerleader in a scary movie. Alone in Yellowstone, yelling bloody murder, I un-cocooned from my hammock and started flailing around shouting in attempt to scare whatever the beast was that had nudged me. I had no sense if it was big or small I’d just decided that it was indeed a beast of an animal. 

And then, it hits me. The spray of a skunk begins filling my nostrils and burning my eyes and I begin gagging, flailing, and running blindly around my “campsite”. Eventually out of breath and energy, I sat against a tree to catch my breath as anger and annoyance crept in. I walked slowly and defeated back to my “campsite” and packed up my things. I began walking (again, blindly) to the closest road in hopes of another kind stranger with room in the back of their truck for a stinky inexperienced Yellowstoner. 

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Stay Warm this Winter

In Wyoming, cold weather camping is very popular. The beauty and scenery in Wyoming when winter arrives is simply breathtaking. But you also need to be prepared for the cold if you do choose to go winter camping. We will help you identify some key things you need to have with you this winter.

Your warm body will thank us later!

Clothes

Having good warm clothes is the most important thing when you go camping. From your head to your feet, you need to have quality clothing that will keep you warm when you are on the move. To start you need to protect your head and face.

Head and Face

In cold weather, you can lose a lot of warmth through your head if it isn't protected.  Winter stocking caps or beanies are available in a wide range of styles and materials that are sure to suit your needs. Moisture-wicking material is not only water proof but it also dries quickly, keeping your head warm while not letting water build up into ice on your hat. For your face, a ski mask that covers your entire face except for your eyes can do wonders for face and neck protection.

Body

In winter the name of the game for dressing warm is layers. The more layers you have on, the more warmth you will receive. It is always better to take layers off than to not have enough. To start you need a nice base layer of warmth. This base layer should consist of tight-fitting apparel that is worn close to the body and is also moisture wicking so that it can dry and absorb sweat easily. The next layer on top of that should be either a sweatshirt or vest. Finally, the outer layer is for your winter coat and any pants you might have. The outer layer should also be waterproof but needs to be warm and preferably have a full zipper to cover most of your neck.

Feet

Keeping your feet warm is just as important as keeping your head warm, and with the proper socks and boots this shouldn't be an issue! For socks you will want thick camping socks. These are available at most retail outlets and are dedicated to keeping your feet as warm as possible. As far as boots go, making sure you get boots that offer plenty of support as well as fit tightly around the ankles are key. You do not want any snow or water to creep into your boots, therefore letting water potentially freeze on your feet.

Accessories

While having warm clothes is the most important, having great cold weather accessories can also help you stay warm this winter. Her is a list of some other accessories you may need to help you fight the cold.

  • Sleeping Bag 
  • Snacks
  • Flashlight 
  • Road Flares 
  • Small Snow Shovel
  • Cell Phone and Car Charger
  • Matches
  • Portable Campfire
Sonny's RVs

If you need any accessories for your winter camping this year, check out Sonny's RVs! We offer hundreds of camping accessories in our online parts store! Come check it out and stock up for winter camping!

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