All About The Outlaw Inn

What we are, where we're at, and how it all started...

Centrally located off I-80 at exit 104 (Elk Street Exit) business travelers find The Outlaw to be just a short drive from numerous mining, oil, and natural gas companies. Wyomingites know US191, traveling North, as the most scenic route to Pinedale, Jackson Hole, Yellowstone and the Wind Rivers. The hotel is also in close proximity – 40 miles – to the Flaming Gorge Reservoir, known for its fishing and boating opportunities. A 27-hole municipal golf course is located two miles from The Outlaw as is the Sweetwater County Fairgrounds and Western Wyoming College - with a Dinosaur Exhibit and an adjacent 1-mile-long walking track - is two miles from the property.

The Outlaw Inn management and staff, continue a tradition of offering warm, Western hospitality and a knowledge of the high-desert area and points north.

Welcoming guests from around the globe for over fifty years, we look forward to your visit.

Our Guest Directory is now available online!

How to Find Us:

If you're traveling on Interstate 80 (I-80) take exit 104, go North 1 block on Elk Street and US Highway 191. We're located on the East side of the street.


1630 Elk Street
Rock Springs, WY 82901    


(888) 688-5296 toll free
(307) 362-6623 direct
(307) 362-2633 fax


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About The Outlaw Inn

The Outlaw Inn is Southwest Wyoming’s finest full-service hotel committed to comfort and relaxation for each and every guest. Our 100-room hotel, which is listed on The National Register of Historic Places, includes 67 courtside and 33 drive-up rooms – featuring satellite TV with HBO and Wifi, and a Fitness Center is in close proximity to the large indoor poolwhich can be enjoyed by guests year-round

The property also boasts The Open Range Restaurant, known locally for its Slow Roasted Prime Rib served daily beginning at 5pm for dinner, along with the popular Huevos Rancheros and Breakfast Burritos offered on our breakfast menu. Our signature items, in addition to our Prime Rib, include our Homemade Green Chili, and our signature dessert, Grilled Carrot Cake. Guests are served a complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast daily (6am to 9am) and for those wishing an early start - fresh coffee and breakfast-to-go bags are available at the front desk beginning at 5 a.m. Room service is available from 6am to 8:30pm.

Meeting and banquet facilities - for up to 300 – with snacks and meals prepared by our Chef and kitchen staff along with wine and liquor served by our skilled bar team is a package unmatched in Sweetwater County.

The Open Range bar, located just off the lobby, features Five HD Flat Screen Televisions, a variety of Domestic and Craft Beers on tap, and our House Pour Liquors are always name brand stock. Guests may order lunch and dinner from the dining room menu to enjoy while relaxing in the bar. Hotel guests also receive a voucher for two complimentary drinks redeemable either in the bar or in our main dining room with your meal. 

The History of The Outlaw Inn

On May 20, 1965, four Rock Springs, Wyoming, businessmen – Don Anselmi, John Anselmi, Mike Vase and Vernon Delgado – took part in a ground breaking that would mark the beginning of the construction of a new hotel complex – to be called The Outlaw Inn - one mile north of the town center of Rock Springs, Wyoming. All local businessmen, (lawyer, bar owner, insurance salesman and oil and gas distributor) the four had taken on what some considered to be a risky venture by investing $1,560,000 in a state-of-the-art full-service hotel that would provide “All the luxuries of the home as well as recreational facilities and convention accommodations.” In 1965 the town of Rock Springs claimed a population approximately 6,000 people. A large part of Interstate 80 – connecting California to New York City and passing by the north and eastern edge of the community - had just been completed. With a projected growth in population for the area the men placed their bets on the need for a convention facility in the growing community, commercial business and the interstate highway travelers – many of whom were turning North on US-191 to venture on to Pinedale, Jackson Hole and Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. The owners also made the decision to join the small but growing Best Western franchise as an independently owned and operated hotel.
When completed in March of 1966 the 66,000 square foot hotel complex featured Wyoming’s first indoor hotel pool - located in a spacious, covered, climate-controlled atrium. The architectural firm of Whitaker and Hall, AIA, had designed hotels in other parts of the country with the same concept and felt interstate highway travelers, as well as business people, would enjoy a year-round indoor pool, restaurant, saloon and meeting facilities all under the same roof as hotel accommodations.
Over the years The Outlaw Inn has played host to many visiting dignitaries including Lady Bird Johnson (dedication of the Flaming Gorge Dam), Vice-President Al Gore, Representative Teno Roncallio (native of Rock Springs), Governor Ed Herschler (from nearby Kemmerer), Senator Cliff Hansen (rancher from Teton County), Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa (also a former Rock Springs resident), Governor Mike Sullivan (also former Ambassador to Ireland), Wyoming Governor Dave Freudenthal and the actor Jack Lemmon along with many other politicians, actors and musicians, some of whom roll in off I-80 in tour buses looking for a good meal and a comfortable night’s rest.

Historic Photos of The Outlaw Inn Circa 1966