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The 155 miles from Cheyenne to Rawlins was probably one of the most expensive I have ever driven. With hills and 35 mph head winds, I could see the fuel gauge laughing at me. For the trip, I think we managed 7 mpg.

Rawlins is one of those ‘overnighter’ stops. The KOA RV park filled up by 5pm and was empty by 9am. No one seems to visit here. There are a fair number of seasonal or full time RV rigs. One row of pull through sites had electric pipe warmers on the water pipes, I don’t know if that was a holdover from something else or they are actually open year round.

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Rawlins is a city of just under 10,000, approximately 6,800 feet above sea level. The city is divided into north and south by the Union Pacific railway yard. These high plains are really a desert with an annual precipitation of less than 10” a year. The recent drought has just made it even dryer.

There is a good grocery store in town, City Market. There is also a Tractor Supply opening soon .

Desert DustIMG_2289We spent a couple of days walking around downtown Rawlins, north of the railroad tracks. The RV park is situated on the south side, close to the interstate, and is at the corner of one of the roads that has an underpass. It is single lane and you can get really claustrophobic driving through it. The town has made an attempt to revitalize the historic section of the downtown. There are a series of murals painted on the sides of buildings or inside them, that make for a nice walking tour of the town. Some murals present historical views while others depict actual historical events, such as the one on the right of the Lynching of Cattle Kate. You can download a brochure of the murals that shows a map and locations.

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