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First Choice Inn

First Choice Inn

First Choice Inn

About Us

1st Choice Inn is located in South Central Wyoming in Carbon County.   At 1st Choice Inn we pride ourselves in providing clean comfortable rooms at economy prices.   From the time you walk into our property till the time you leave you will be treated with true Wyoming Western Hospitality.  Our 48 room property offers daily, weekly and monthly rates to serve all your needs. We have a 24 hour desk and refrigerators, microwaves, free high speed internet, 65 television channels, and free local and 800 calls in all our guestrooms. We also provide free continental breakfast and 24 hour beverage service during your stay.

Are you curious how Rawlins got its name?  In 1867, while in command of the troops protecting the crew surveying the route of the first trans-continental railroad, General John A. Rawlins (chief of staff of the U.S. Army) expressed a wish for a drink of good, cold water. A detachment of scouts explored the countryside as they rode west and approached the hills that stand guard over the present city, and they discovered a spring.   General Rawlins declared it was the most refreshing drink he had ever tasted and stated that if anything was ever named after him he hoped it would be a spring of water.   The spring was immediately named Rawlins Spring and the community that grew around it became Rawlins, Wyoming.   Our hotel carries on that tradition and "hey" the water isn't bad either.

Our Location

1st Choice Inn is conveniently located in Carbon County Wyoming a few blocks from downtown Rawlins just off I-80 at the junction of Hwy. 287. We are approximately 4 hours from Denver, Colorado and Salt Lake City, Utah.    The Historic Wyoming Frontier Prison, seven restaurants, full service stores and shopping are all within walking distance of our property.

Things to do

The history of Rawlins centers around the Union Pacific Railroad, Lincoln Highway, The Overland Trail, Oregon Trail, Mormon Trail, coal and mining exploration, multiple pioneers, outlaws and Native Americans.  Rawlins is surrounded by "Western Tradition" with fishing, hunting, hiking, horseback riding and camping located close to the property.  We are located near the Carbon County Museum which contains the only Thomas Edison exhibit in the State of Wyoming.   Golfing is available at the Rochelle Ranch Gold Course. Trap, skeet, a five stand shotgun facility and a 300 yard shooting range are available at the Rawlins Outdoor Shooting Complex. Local events in our area include the annual Ice Fishing Derby at Saratoga Lake, winter carnivals, Don E Erickson Memorial Chariot Races, pool tournaments, Wood Choppers Jamboree, Platte River Rodeo, Wyoming Ranchers Family Camp, Grand Encampment Cowboy Gathering, Sierra Madre Muzzleloaders Mountain Rendezvous, Livestock shows and sales, Wyoming Film Festival, Cooper Days Festival with Antique Trackers on display and various seasonal parades and community events.  As you can see through these events Rawlins is surrounded in Western History.   Local attractions include the Frontier Museum, Carbon County Museum, Historic Downtown Rawlins, Rawlins Recreation Center and the Old Union Pacific Train Depot. Contact our property direct at (307) 235-2711 to inquire about upcoming events and local areas of interest.  We are always here to serve your needs.


  • Street: 1904 E Cedar St
  • City: Rawlins
  • Zip: 82301
  • State: WY


  • Telephone: (307) 328-1401
  • Fax: (307) 328-1401 (same as phone)
  • Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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National 9 Inns
9571 South 700 East, Suite 201
Sandy, UT 84070
UT United States

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