walls could talk" . . . but, oh, they can at Spirit West!
And they start talking as soon as you step inside. From the
entryway to the great-room . . . from the kitchen to the bedrooms
. . . it's definitely "The Old West." Through images
and artifacts of cowboys, Indians and mountain men, the walls
at Spirit West tell a story of Wyoming's wilder days, when
those who settled the area wore feathers and fur, and fought
hard to carve out a life in this rugged country.
The lodge is filled with an incredible
collection of memorabilia from Wyoming's younger days: Indian
robes and headdresses, tomahawks and spears, rifles and black
powder guns, sheep bells and mule yokes, pistols and spurs,
antlers and bones, coal buckets and oil lamps . . . they all
have a story to tell the guests at Spirit West.
Along with these, R.G. displays his own
original western and wildlife art in such a way that it naturally
complements the buffalo, elk and bighorn sheep mounts, which
hang proudly overhead. Lynn adds her western touch to each
bedroom, mixing antique furniture with beautiful quilts, animal
skin rugs, and western accent pieces. One corner of the great-room
humbly displays an antique wood burning stove, butter churn
and assorted crocks reminding guests that preparing
a meal wasn't always as convenient as it is today. An old
oak piano stands patiently in the opposite corner, hoping
for someone to play a cowboy's tune. Across the room is a
library full of books for anyone wanting to learn more about
the area or read tales of interesting characters who populated
this part of Wyoming.
Spirit West is more than a destination
it's an experience. By artistically blending the old
with the new, Lynn and R.G. have built a get-away that not
only pampers guests with elegant comfort but also enriches
them with an older spirit of the West.
Looking across the Spirit West pond --
an Indian tepee adds a focal point to the western landscape
and reminds guests of the Cheyenne, Arapahoe and Sioux who
traveled across Wyoming.
WEST RIVER LODGE
P.O. Box 605 - Encampment, WY 82325
Toll Free: 1-888-289-8321 (reservations only)
All other inquiries: 307-327-5753