Located 21 miles south of Interstate 80 on Highway 130, Saratoga is nestled along the Upper North Platte River and surrounded by the beauty of the Snowy Range and Sierra Madre mountains. Founded in 1877 as Warm Springs, the small town became a destination for travelers to soak in the natural mineral hot spring pools. Today, visitors are still drawn to Saratoga to relax and soak, fish the "blue ribbon" trout river, dine in many outstanding restaurants, enjoy thrilling outdoor adventures, and attend events and meetings at the Platte Valley Community Center.
Saratoga Elementary (K-6) and Saratoga Middle High School (7-12) are the two public schools located in Saratoga. Saratoga High School s one of three high schools in Carbon County School District #2 and has a graduation rate of 95%. 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 Saratoga earn a median yearly income of $73,845. 49% of the households earn more than the national average each year. Household expenditures average $65,262 per year.
78% of the people in Saratoga are homeowners. The median home cost in Saratoga is $232,500. Homes here have appreciated in value by 36% over the last 10 years. The average rent for a 2-bedroom dwelling is $913/month.
Memorial Hospital of Carbon County - Platte Valley Clinic is located in Saratoga. 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 2023, will provide another 25 beds for acute care and long-term care for residents in Saratoga, Encampment and Riverside.
The Saratoga Health Department monitors public health risks, coordinates Saratoga agencies responding to public health threats, and enforces Wyoming public health standards. As a Department of Public Health (DPH), the department works to prevent the spread of diseases, promote healthy behaviors, and ensure a clean water supply. The Health Department also provides access to Carbon County public records.
Native American tribes were the first to discover the healing and relaxation benefits of the natural mineral hot springs, naming them the “Place of Magic Water”.
In 1868, “Tie hacks” were employed to cut logs from lodgepole pine in the Medicine Bow mountains to supply the Union Pacific Railroad. During spring runoff, the logs were floated down creeks to the North Platte River, where they drifted in mass to Fort Steele.
Saratoga's original elementary school building (built in 1928) was transformed into the Platte Valley High School/ Saratoga Middle School. Years later, the building was completely remodeled to become the Platte Valley Community Center.
Delicious finds await you in downtown Saratoga! Whether you are in the mood for mouth-watering prime rib or gourmet Italian dining, Saratoga has an impressive selection of restaurants. Our unique western stores, outstanding art galleries and gift shops offer an unparalleled shopping experience.
The North Platte River is the largest river in Carbon County. It has long been prized for it’s excellent "blue ribbon" trout fishing, solitude and scenic views. Saratoga has become the magnet for first-timers wishing to land big trout. Guided fishing trips and scenic floats are available locally.
This two-and-one-half story hotel has been a gathering place in Saratoga for the past 125 years. Located in downtown Saratoga, the Wolf offers visitors and locals casual dining in historic ambiance.View website
Free and open to the public 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, Saratoga's hot springs are the ultimate for healthy relaxation. Water temperatures range from 101 to 110 degrees; the Lobster Pot is a steamy 120 degrees. The “Not-So-Hot” Pool offers cooler soaks. Restrooms, changing, and shower facilities are available on the premises.
Whether you are hosting a small meeting, or a fully-catered wedding, the unique spaces at the PVCC set the stage for your event. The state-of-the-art auditorium can hold 404 attendees, making it perfect for large presentations and music or theater shows.View website
Located 2 miles north of town, Saratoga Lake is stocked with rainbow and brown trout. A 50-site campground, boat dock, restrooms and playground are accessible from the Highway 130 entrance. Sandy Beach is located on the east side of the lake. The adjacent Storer-Saratoga Lake Wetland is home to hundreds of species of birds.
This is the perfect place to take the kids and cool off. Located next to the Saratoga Hot Pools, it is one of the few remaining outdoor pools in Wyoming. It is open June through early September, seven days a week, weather permitting.View website
Housed in the original Saratoga-Encampment Railroad Depot, the Museum features the most diverse collection in Wyoming of gems, minerals and fossils, hands-on dinosaur poop, vintage toys, a one-bedroom pioneer cabin and more.View website
Established in 1911, the hatchery rears lake, brown, and rainbow trout and the native Yellowstone cutthroat trout. To meet trout production demands, the hatchery facilities include 37 raceways and 16 tanks and a toad-rearing room for the endangered Wyoming toad.View website
The #1 championship cliff-top tee begins a golf experience you won’t soon forget. Whether a beginner or an accomplished player, we welcome you to join us on this scenic 3,580-yard, 9-hole course with cliff-top tee, three over river shots and a wildlife-rich setting.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.
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.