About the Outlaw

The Outlaw Inn is Southwest Wyoming’s finest full-service hotel committed to comfort and relaxation for each and every guest. The 100-room hotel includes 67 courtside and 33 drive-up rooms – featuring cable satellite TV with HBO and Wifi – at no additional charge. The recently opened Hole in the Wall Fitness Center is in close proximity to the large indoor pool. 

The property also boasts an award winning dining room with breakfast, lunch and dinner menus featuring a wide variety of freshly created appetizers, entrees and desserts by Chef Dale Vogel - awarded Best of Show at the 2010 Rock’n River Chef’s Challenge. The Outlaw Restaurant is known locally for is daily Prime Rib and fresh fish specials served at dinner along with the popular huevos rancheros and breakfast burritos offered on the breakfast menu. Mexican Day (Wednesday lunch) offers up Green Chile, Salsa and a variety of other south-of-the-border creations to many locals as well as hotel guests. Guests are served a free hot breakfast daily (6 a.m. to 9 a.m.) 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 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. 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 Saloon staff is a package unmatched in Sweetwater County. 

The Outlaw Saloon, located just off the lobby, features a 60” HD flat screen television. The Saloon serves complimentary appetizers each evening including our famous Outlaw Salsa.  Guests may also order lunch and dinner from the dining room menu. Hotel guests are also invited to informal cocktail parties every Tuesday and Thursday in the Calamity Jane Room from 5:30-7 p.m. 

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 – 20 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 one mile 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 forty-five years, we look forward to your visit.

Our History

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.

The Management

Mark D. Anselmi is General Manager of the Outlaw Inn and represents the second generation of the Anselmi family to own and operate the property and the third generation of his family – following his father and Grandfather Joseph Giovanini - to be involved in the hotel business. (Joseph Giovanini partnered with his brother, Dominic, to open The Hotel America in Trento, Italy in 1923, after the two returned to Italy from working in the coal mines of Southwest Wyoming.) He began his career at The Outlaw in 1968, taking the early morning shift in the maintenance department and has worked in every department on the property except for housekeeping. Active in numerous civic, business and charitable foundations in Sweetwater County and the State of Wyoming, Mark is an avid outdoorsman enjoying all that Western Wyoming has to offer in the way of hunting, fishing and hiking.

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