Date of Stay: July 26 – August 2, 2016
706 N 1st St., Saratoga, WY
The Deer Haven Campground is appropriately named! Deer roam through the park, stop to eat, lie down and all without being alarmed by human presence. You’ll also find a few roaming in the town of Saratoga in the yards and streets. As for the campground, parking spots are mainly back-in spaces and are accessed fairly easily. There is only one pull through site and it is oddly situated in the yard of the groundskeeper. The park is located on the banks of the North Platte River and several spaces back right up next to it. Which sounds nice, but there is a large embankment with numerous sand bags that prevent you from seeing the river as well as you would like. I’m sure the sandbags are a necessity, but they aren’t real pretty. Our site was not on the river, but we had a meadow directly behind us that was quite lovely. The space was situated on grass with a wooden picnic table and the FHUs were conveniently located for our camper’s outlets. However, the free cable requires an extra long extension cord. (The groundskeeper will be more than glad to loan you one.) Unless you have satellite, you’ll want to take advantage of the cable for entertainment because the WI-FI is pretty iffy. On the river, the sites seemed fairly close to one another, but ours was a good distance from our “door-side” neighbor. On the opposite side though, sat the maintenance building that was a bit dilapidated and had tractors, 4-wheelers, and maintenance equipment lying around the yard. But since it was on the off-door side, we just closed our blinds.
To get here, we traveled from our last campsite in Yampa River State Park to Craig, CO then up Hwy 13 to Wyoming. From there we took the beautiful drive on Hwy 70 through Medicine Bow National Forest to Saratoga, WY. There are several scenic drives in the area that are well worth your time. Hwy 130 heading south of Saratoga turns east just a few miles down and takes you through the western range of Medicine Bow and ends in the town of Laramie. This picturesque detour is the Snowy Range Scenic Byway and offers some awesome views of wildlife and panoramic landscapes. Along the way, you can pull over and take a short hike leading to an isolated lake to enjoy some fishing. About 27 miles west of Laramie, you’ll discover the historic town of Centennial which is a great place to pull over for a bite to eat. From there you may want to travel on to Laramie where you can return home via the faster I-80 route or turn around and take the path back the way you came. Why not? As you drive back toward Deer Haven, maybe go on north to Saratoga and enjoy one of the many restaurants or relax in the town’s mineral hot springs pool open 24 hours a day!