This little town boomed with the discovery of uranium in 1953 at Gas Hills. More discoveries up on the Sweetwater River made Jeffrey City a community of 4,000 people. As Fremont County’s uranium mines closed by the end of the 1980’s, Jeffrey City lost jobs and people.
Today you’ll find big hospitality at the Split Rock Bar and Cafe and the Green Mountain Motel, a friendly respite for the weary traveler. There’s also a pottery shop for a souvenir.
Green Mountain, 10 miles south of Jeffrey City, provides recreation facilities at Cottonwood Creek Campground with spectacular views. Look around Carmody Lake for wild horses. Jade and agate can be found if you’re a rock hunter. This area is excellent for horse riding, mountain biking, camping and wildlife viewing.
Green Mountain is closed from December 1- June 15. Contact the Lander BLM for more info on rock hunting.