OverviewSteamboat Mountain is the highest point in Wyoming’s Red Desert. This sparsely populated region is 9,320 square miles in area, and consists mostly of high altitude steppe and desert in south-central Wyoming. Most of this area is administered by the BLM. Steamboat Mountain is obscure and little known, but it does have a fairly impressive south face that rises high above the nearby Killpecker Sand Dunes. Steamboat is the most dominant natural feature in this area. It has a prominence of 1,273’, and a fairly impressive isolation of 38 miles, which places it at #13 on the Wyoming Isolation List.
Getting ThereFrom Rock Springs, head north on Highway 191 for about ten miles. Turn right on County Road 17, also called Chilton Road. This is a good dirt road. After about 20 miles, you will reach this intersection: 41.9502 N/109.1179 W. Turn right here. You will remain on CR 17. Steamboat Mountain rises impressively from here. Drive about six miles east to this intersection: 41.9245/108.9389. Steamboat Mountain will be towering above you here. Turn left on County Road 83, and drive north about three miles to this intersection: 41.9709/108.9253. You are now at the southeast base of the mountain at an elevation of 7,315’. Park here if you want to climb the mountain.
Route - County Road 83Start walking up the road. After about 1.5 miles, you will come to an intersection at 7,823’. You can also drive to this point. Turn left, and start walking southeast up the road. At 8,300’, the road moderates, and begins a more gradual ascent. Continue heading WSW until you reach 41.9710/108.9677, or thereabouts. Turn left, leave the road, and start heading south over moderate terrain to the summit. It’s about a quarter mile and a 160’ gain from the road to the top, where you can enjoy the views.
Red TapeThis is BLM land. I'm not aware of any red tape.