Encampment is nestled along the Encampment River between the Snowy Range and Sierra Madre Mountain Range, where Highway 230 and Highway 70 meet. Encampment served as a rendezvous for trappers and traders in the 1830s--long before the arrival of tie hacks, miners and cattlemen. Incorporated in 1897, Grand Encampment, as it was originally known, has a rich history filled with mining booms and busts. Today Encampment is supported by the ranching, recreation and tourism industries. Residents and visitors enjoy a nationally-recognized museum, close access to mountains and rivers and a strong sense of community.
Encampment K-12 is a public school that serves the communities of Encampment and Riverside. It is one of three high schools in Carbon County School District #2 and has a graduation rate of 100%. 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 Encampment earn a median yearly income of $45,713. Household expenditures average $36,749 per year.
80% of the people in Encampment are homeowners. The median home cost in Encampment is $237,100. Homes here have appreciated in value by 27% over the last 10 years. The average rent for a 2-bedroom dwelling is $930/month.
Memorial Hospital of Carbon County - Platte Valley Clinic is located in Saratoga and is the nearest health care facility for the residents of Encampment. The clinic houses five exams rooms, one medical procedure room, laboratory and blood draw area, X-Ray, and a dedicated Physical Therapy Suite with two exam rooms and gym/exercise space.
The North Platte Valley Medical Center, to be completed in 2022, will provide another 25 beds for acute care and long-term care for residents in Saratoga, Encampment and Riverside.
During the peak of the copper mining era (early 1890’s to 1920), Encampment boasted a 16-mile-long aerial tramway to transport ore from the mountains to the smelter. Segments from the tramway and a diorama are on display at the Grand Encampment Museum.
In 1902, residents built the Grand Encampment Opera House to use as a meeting place.
Encampment is a CDT Gateway Community and located 12 miles east of the Continental Divide Trail.
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.
Carbon County's trail segment travels along the spine of the Rocky Mountains and through the Great Divide Basin. Encampment, a Continental Divide Gateway Community, is a great place to refresh and refuel. The CDT intersects with the Battle Highway (Highway 70) about 12 miles west of Encampment.
Walk among 18 historic buildings dating back to the early-1890’s to 1920. The GEM features a two-story outhouse, a segment of the aerial mining tramway used to transport copper ore 16 miles, a tramway diorama and one of the largest photography collections in the West.Visit 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.
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.
Threading its way over the Snowy Range, this scenic route showcases some of the most breathtaking and easily accessible peaks in the Rocky Mountains, including famed Medicine Bow Peak at 12,013 feet. Open Memorial Day through October, weather permitting, this route offers easy access to picnic areas, campgrounds, and a large network of roads and trails.