Baggs is located in southwest Carbon County, on the Little Snake River. This historic ranching community was reputed to be a hangout for notorious outlaws Butch Cassidy, the Sundance Kid and their ‘Wild Bunch". Today, Baggs is known for it's beautiful high desert landscape and substantial coalbed methane reserves. Public lands surrounding Baggs are abundant, from the Red Desert to the Sierra Madre Mountain Range. In recent years, over 200 exploratory wells have been drilled, with several producing gas. Hunting is the single largest recreational activity that occurs in the Little Snake Basin and the Sierra Madre mountains.
Home of the Rattlers, the Little Snake River Valley School is a K-12 campus that serves the communities of Baggs, Dixon and Savery. Carbon County School District #1 has an enrollment of about 1,750 students (K-12) at the Little Snake River Valley (190), and in Rawlins (1,560). The Little Snake River Valley School has a graduation rate of 100%.
Households in Baggs earn a median yearly income of $62,999. 46% of the households earn more than the national average each year. Household expenditures average $57,669 per year.
74% of the people in Baggs are homeowners. The median home cost in Baggs is $218,500. Homes here have appreciated in value by 16% in the past 12 months. The average rent for a 2-bedroom dwelling is $883/month.
The Little Snake River Clinic - Managed by UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center is located in Baggs. The clinic provides comprehensive and medical care, physicals, drug screening, x-rays, minor procedures and has an on-site pharmacy for residents in Baggs, Dixon and Savery.
Fur trapper and mountain man, Jim Baker, is buried in a small cemetery near Baggs.
Baggs is named after Maggie and George Baggs, cattle ranchers and early settlers in the Little Snake River Valley.
During the last ice age, large animals inhabited the region. A woolly mammoth skeleton was excavated near Muddy Creek (a tributary of the Little Snake) in the early 1960’s.
Located west of Baggs, between I-80 and the Colorado border, this HMA encompasses nearly 478,000 acres of mostly BLM-administered public land. The topography is varied from colorful eroded desert badlands to wooded buttes and escarpments.View website
This 28-mile section of Highway 70 stretches over the crest of the Sierra Madre Mountain Range between Baggs and Encampment. Typically open open Memorial Day through October (weather permitting) this paved route features museums, natural and historic sites, and the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail.
Located 6 miles east of Dixon, this museum features over 15 historic buildings, including Jim Baker’s cabin, built in 1873.Visit website
The Outlaw Stop features The Mathews/Gaddis House (which was a known hang-out for Butch Cassidy and his gang) and the Baggs Town Hall/Fire Station/Jail. Cassidy and his gang never stayed in the jail, but the jail saw many other notorious characters.View website
The Sierra Madre Mountain Range is lightly visited, making it possible to camp, hunt and explore dense areas, hike, bike, ski, and snowmobile scenic trails, and fish for hours without seeing another soul. The Encampment River, Hog Park Reservoir, Green Mountain Falls and a large segment of the Continental Divide Trail are unique to these mountains.
The Community Center provides a dedicated exercise room for CrossTRX, Pilates, and Yoga, full basketball court, walking track and exercise machines. The center also has rooms to rent for personal/business events. Daily use fees and memberships available.View website