Elk Mountain is located 3 miles south of Interstate 80, and about 12 miles north of the Snowy Range. Nestled along the Medicine Bow River, at the base of it's 11,156 foot namesake, Elk Mountain was originally founded as a stage stop on the Overland Trail. Here, immigrants and stage travelers could safely cross the river. The Crossing Station, coupled with coal mining, timber and ranching, encouraged settlement of the Medicine Bow Valley. During the 1940's and 1950's, the famous Garden Spot Dance Pavilion attracted famous musicians and large crowds. Today, Elk Mountain is still a crowd pleaser, attracting fishermen, hunters, hikers and tourists to it's uncrowded and peaceful surroundings.
Elk Mountain Elementary (K-6) is a public school located in Elk Mountain. H-E-M Junior/Senior High School (7-12) is located 16 miles northwest of Elk Mountain in Hanna. H-E-M is one of three high schools in Carbon County School District #2 and serves the communities of Hanna, Medicine Bow and Elk Mountain. It has a graduation rate of 92%. Carbon County School District #2 has a total enrollment of about 333 students, with schools located in the communities of Elk Mountain, Encampment, Hanna, Medicine Bow and Saratoga.
Households in Elk Mountain earn a median yearly income of $52,999. 23% of the households earn more than the national average each year. Household expenditures average $45,168 per year.
78% of the people in Elk Mountain are homeowners. The median home cost in Elk Mountain is $186,800. Homes here have appreciated in value by 34% over the last 10 years. The average rent for a 2-bedroom dwelling is $830/month.
Memorial Hospital of Carbon County - Hanna Family Practice Clinic is located in Hanna and serves the communities of Hanna, Elk Mountain and Medicine Bow.
Fort Halleck became a base to defend emigrants, settlers and stagecoach passengers traveling the Overland Trail from Indian attacks. It was established in 1862 and abandoned in 1866. The site is located on a private ranch.
In the 1940s and '50s, the Famous Garden Spot Dance Pavilion, with its renowned bouncy dance floor, hosted many dances and parties with popular musical talent such as Louis Armstrong, Lawrence Welk, Hank Thompson, Jim Reeves, Tommy Dorsey, Merle Haggard and many more.
Originally called “Medicine Butte,” the mountain and surrounding areas served as sacred Indian hunting grounds.
Our collections feature the Famous Garden Spot Pavilion, the Historic Elk Mountain Hotel, Old Carbon, Percy, Fort Halleck, the legendary tie-hacks, Elk Mountain school(s), pioneer ranches, the Kleen Dairy and the characters that have shaped our history.View website
Located 9 miles east and southeast of Hanna, the town of Carbon was founded in 1868 as Wyoming's first coal town. In 1890, a fire destroyed most of the town's structures. Today, only traces of the old town and the cemetery remain.View website
Built in 1905, the Hotel is situated along the banks of the peaceful Medicine Bow River. Every room at the Historic Elk Mountain Hotel is unique and special. Whether you are staying at the hotel or not, we invite you to be our guest for breakfast, lunch or dinner.View website
Whether you hike, fish, hunt, mountain bike, ski, snowmobile, camp, picnic or prefer to observe wildlife along a scenic drive, there are plenty of opportunities for adventure in the Snowy Range. A large network of high elevation trails, that wind among the unspoiled beauty of glacier formed peaks and alpine lakes, is unique to these mountains.