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Snowy Range Scenic Byway

Leaving Lake Marie and Medicine Bow Peak behind
on an early June Byway drive.

The Centennial, Wyo., visitor center is a one-stop shop for anything forest-related a visitor traveling the Snowy Range Scenic Byway might need — permits, maps, books, information, even souvenirs.

The center, sitting on the eastern boundary of the Medicine Bow National Forest near Centennial, used to be a decades-old trailer. After two summers of construction, the trailer is gone and a brand new building is set to be open by this winter.

The 1,100-square-foot building will feature an open central room with tall south-facing windows. Forest service personnel will be stationed behind a counter that lines the western wall.

“It’ll be big enough to accommodate a good amount of guests. We’re hoping to use it as an education area,” Aaron Voos, a public affairs official for the forest service, said.

Outside, the parking area was repaved, and a walking path will lead down the hill behind the building.

The visitor center will be open seasonally to coincide with the opening of the highway — generally from May through October. It will also be open in the winter so forest visitors may purchase Christmas tree permits on their way up to the mountains to cut one down.

The new visitor center might be the most noticeable change on the forest, but it’s just one piece in a series of projects along the Snowy Range Scenic Byway.

The other big project was the paving of the first half-mile of Sand Lake Road, which was completed in early August. The road, Forest Road 101, offers access to the northern part of the forest as well as the North Fork Campground. A number of dispersed camping spots near the highway are heavily used by campers with trailers.

A smooth layer of asphalt now covers what used to be a rutted dirt road that climbed north from the highway a few miles west of Centennial. Voos said the popular road was impossible to keep smooth.

“We would grade it, and a week later it would be right back to the rutted condition it was in before we graded it,” he said.

Other scenic byway improvement projects, some of which are still ongoing, include paving the trail between Lake Marie and Mirror Lake, fixing damage on Barber Lake Road caused by flooding, and adding new signage along the highway.

The $2.8 million project was funded with help from a grant from the Wyoming Department of Transportation, which used money from the Federal Highways National Scenic Byway Program.

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Tips for Visitors:

  • The minimum driving time along the Snowy Range Scenic Byway is approximately one hour. Allow additional time to enjoy the many scenic features the Byway offers.
  • The Snowy Range Scenic Byway is open from late May until closed by snow again in mid-November.
  • This route traverses one of Wyoming’s famous mountain ranges. Road grades do not exceed 6.5%.
  • Wyoming Highway 130 is a modern, two-lane road and has a number of turnouts, picnic areas, and scenic views.
  • Vehicles tuned for sea level may not perform as well at higher mountain elevations. Be prepared to pull over to allow faster traffic to pass if necessary.

Fifth Wheel Travel Trailer RV Recreational VehicleFour trailers were burned in the fire early Saturday morning, with three of those destroyed. The fourth one received damage on one side, said RCMP.

The fire was reported around 4:30 a.m. July 27.

No one was in the trailer where the fire started at the AG Society Campground, but a man, woman and their pet bird in a neighboring trailer narrowly escaped before the blaze engulfed their trailer.

Officials believe the fire started from a laptop that overheated in one of the trailers.

“The Office of the Fire Commissioner believed it was sitting on a carpet. So when it’s charging and sitting on carpet, you may not notice the heat in the amount of time it would take to charge up but over a prolonged period of time that’s likely going to cause problems,” said Cpl. Scott Fefchak of Killarney RCMP.

Officials said if you’re going to be away for an extended period of time, it’s best to unplug as many devices and appliances as possible.

Damage estimates for the trailers lost in the blaze have not yet been determined. But the four travel trailers are considered a total loss.

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Jack Sisemore and his son, Trent, opened an RV Museum behind their Amarillo, Texas RV dealership this spring. It showcases RVs they have bought and lovingly restored over the years, just because they wanted to.

Inside a 6,000-square-foot metal building, the vintage RVs are staged with picnic tables and other camping paraphernalia, so that the museum has the surreal feel of an overnight trailer park — but with air conditioning. Admission is free.

“We’ve been restoring RVs for about 25 years,” Trent Sisemore says. “We just love doing it.”

Most of these campers, trailers and motor homes are beautifully restored, though a few have been cleaned but otherwise intentionally left in the condition in which they were found. About 15 of the Sisemores’ 25 vintage RVs are on display at any time.

The first RV you see when you walk in is a 1948 Flxible bus used in the 2006 Robin Williams movie “RV,” which plays in a constant loop on a TV screen near the long red-and-white bus that Trent Sisemore hunted down in a Hollywood studio.


Flexible Clipper Motorhome used in the movie RV

The Gornickes family from the movie “RV” didn’t come with the 1948 Flxible Clipper motorhome now parked at the Amarillo RV museum.

With the exception of a 1937 Elkhart Traveler the Sisemores recently acquired, all the RVs have steps at their doors, and you’re welcome to go inside and look around. Each is staged with appropriate kitchen gadgets, books, games and other knickknacks from its period.

Along with RVs, the museum displays about a dozen vintage motorcycles, because Jack Sisemore loves motorcycles. His favorite is a 1952 Blue Harley.

A replica gas station in the museum is a tribute to Jack Sisemore’s career. With money he borrowed from his grandmother, he opened a Chevron station in 1963. In the ’70s, he wanted to travel with his family, so he rented an RV. He later started renting RVs to other people, and that eventually led to the opening of his own RV dealership. Now, the family’s involved in RV manufacturing as well.

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