Welcome to Wyoming
From Yellowstone-Grand Teton country and Devils Tower-Buffalo Bill country to Oregon Trail-Rendezvous country and Bow-Flaming Gorge country, Wyoming has amazing things to see and do.
A great place to start a trip in Wyoming is the northwest region. Here, you’ll find Yellowstone National Park with its iconic spots—Old Faithful, Lower Falls, Yellowstone Lake. Yellowstone’s legendary wildlife includes grizzly and black bears, gray wolves, buffalo, elk, pronghorn, and eagles. Along with Grand Teton National Park, Jackson Hole, Cody, the Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area and Wind River Canyon, this region is a favorite for RVers. Located at the heart of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, the Rockefeller Parkway connects Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. Jackson Hole is encompassed on all sides by mountain barriers. The hole—or valley—is 48 miles long and six to eight miles wide. The National Elk Refuge, northeast of Jackson, provides a home for thousands of elk each winter.
Cody was founded in 1896 by Colonel William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody. The Buffalo Bill Center of the West honors its namesake with fascinating museums that include Whitney Gallery of Western Art.
Fossil Butte National Monument protects a large deposit of freshwater fish fossils. A ruggedly impressive topographic feature, Fossil Butte rises sharply some 1,000 feet above Twin Creek Valley to an elevation of more than 7,500 feet. The richest fossil fish deposits are found in multiple limestone layers, which lie some 100 feet below the top of the butte.
North of Rock Springs the Pilot Butte Wild Horse Loop traverses a landscape of sagebrush, native grasses, and rock. With panoramic views of the Wyoming Range to the west, the Wind River Range to the northeast, and the Uinta Range to the south, White Mountain Management Area is home to 1,000 wild horses.
Fort Bridger was the last stop in Wyoming for the major emigrant trails and today’s visitors can get of sense of what those early pioneers saw in Southwest Wyoming.
Afton is also home to the world’s largest Elk Antler Arch built in 1958 with over 3,000 elk antlers.
Surrounding Flaming Gorge Reservoir, Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area straddles the Wyoming-Utah state line. Fed by the waters of the Green River, the reservoir is 91 miles long with approximately 375 miles of shoreline ranging from low flats to cliffs more than 1,500 feet high. The sedimentary rock formations of the Flaming Gorge area resemble layers of a cake, one stratum upon another.
The North Platte River lazily flows through this long, wide swath of the state. The surrounding landscape varies from sage-covered plains to tree-covered mountains. Founded in 1834 Fort Laramie was an important outpost on the historic trails—Oregon, Mormon, and California. The post served the needs of thousands of emigrants as they headed west in search of their dreams. There are 22 original structures still standing, many of which have been restored.
The National Historic Trails Interpretive Center commemorates the pioneers who traveled westward. In addition to the Trails Center, Casper has over 20 museums ranging from the area’s territorial history (Fort Caspar) and oil history (Salt Creek Oil Field Museum) to geological history (Tate Museum) and modern art (Nicolaysen Art Museum). For outdoor recreation Casper offers fly fishing in the North Platte River.