Devils Tower, named the USA's first national monument in 1906
Fishing on a summer day in Grand Teton National Park
Riding the mountain tram at Jackson Hole on a winter day
Bison grazing on the plains in the shadow of snow-capped mountains
Mountain biking on challenging and scenic terrain
Motorcycle tour on the Black Hills Scenic Byway
Witnessing the eruption of Old Faithful geyser in Yellowstone National Park at sunset
Exploring Hot Springs State Park in Thermopolis
Competing in the bull riding event during the Cheyenne Frontier Days rodeo
Decadent dishes at the Sheridan Inn
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Wyoming: Yellowstone, Grand Teton and American Western history
Nature in Wyoming
The USA’s least populous state, Wyoming is also one of the richest in unspoiled nature. Two of the most famous U.S. national parks – Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park – are located here. These destinations beckon outdoors lovers and adventurers looking to unplug and tune into Mother Nature. It’s not uncommon to spot impressive wild animals like bear, bison, elk and coyotes roaming the plains of this vast and beautiful state.
Yellowstone is dotted with sputtering geothermal geysers and colorful hot springs, the most famous of which are Old Faithful and the Grand Prismatic Spring. The Grand Teton mountain range, in the northwestern portion of the state, has mountains great for hiking and winter skiing and snowboarding. The tallest of peaks here reaches 4,200 meters (13,770 feet). In the valley below sits the charming town of Jackson, a posh skiing and hiking respite with a historic “Wild, Wild West” feel. Grand Teton and Yellowstone are connected by the John D. Rockefeller Jr. Parkway; make it a back-to-back trip for the ultimate outdoor holiday.
Experience Authentic Ranch Life
Such vast landscapes mean ranching is a big part of local culture. No visit to Wyoming is complete without experiencing an authentic dude ranch to live out your cowboy and cowgirl dreams. Eatons’ Ranch is the country's first and oldest dude ranch, while Vee Bar Guest Ranch, Gros Ventre River Ranch and The Hideout Lodge are also favorites. All offer more activities than you'll have time to try out: horseback riding, cattle working, campfires under the stars, fly fishing, river tubing, camping, canoeing, hiking and more.
Wyoming’s big cities are quaint by some standards – even the largest city, the state capital of Cheyenne, has just 60,000 residents – but offer a blend of down-home, Western culture with city amenities. Cheyenne and Casper, the second-largest city, feature museums, special events, local shopping and a hearty culinary scene accompanied by a number of breweries and distilleries. In the popular gateway town of Jackson, look for fine dining and boutique shopping by day followed by spectacular stargazing at night.
Wyoming's Tribal History
Wyoming's diverse history also includes the legacies of American Indian tribes. The state was home to several tribes collectively known today as the Plains Indians. The Wind River Indian Reservation, located in the Wind River Basin, is the home of the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho tribes. Visitors can discover this heritage at many landmarks and experiences around the state, including the Vore Buffalo Jump, Medicine Wheel, authentic powwows and the Wind River Wild Horse Sanctuary, the only wild horse sanctuary on an Indian reservation in the USA.
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With vast spaces and wonderful wilderness to explore, Wyoming is the USA’s 10th largest state in land mass but the least populated with about 580,000 people.
Outlaw State: Supposedly Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid picked up their nicknames in Wyoming.
Wyoming is home to three national firsts: the first National Forest, Shoshone; the first National Monument, Devils Tower; and the first National Park, Yellowstone.
Photo: Wyoming Office of Tourism