If you’re looking for world-class adventure, majestic wide-open landscapes and an authentic Western escape, you’ve come to the right place.
Wyoming invites you to loosen the reigns, explore and roam free in a land that is rife with history, culture, recreation and enough memories to last a lifetime. While this state may be known for its hidden gems and small-town flair, its national parks and monuments command your attention and proclaim a humbling, other-worldly experience that simply cannot be described. Marvel at the vibrant multi-colored Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone, hike amid the iconic jagged peaks of the Grand Tetons, revel in the Native American spirit of Devils Tower, or take a step back into Wyoming’s prehistoric time at Fossil Butte. Each offers an experience as vast and wide as Wyoming’s endless mountain ranges, so you’re sure to never come across the same thing twice.
Let your imagination run wild in the nation’s first national park where pristine vistas are plentiful and wildlife abounds. Yellowstone National Park is a cherished hallmark of natural beauty and uninhibited exploration, home to thousands of astounding and unique geothermal features. Among Yellowstone’s renowned collection of geysers (more than 300, accounting for more than half in the world!), you’ll have excitement at every turn as you watch Mother Nature put on a show. The iconic spots – Old Faithful, Lower Falls, Yellowstone Lake – will be familiar from paintings and photographs, but seeing them in person is a humbling, enthralling experience. They’re not just as good as you’ve heard – they’re better.
Grand Teton National Park’s mountain range will give you more than enough to write home about. This park’s sprawling, ethereal landscape is bursting with crystalline lakes, picture-perfect summits and a number of trails that will lead you to some of nature’s most prized hidden treasures. Boat, hike, climb or ride horseback your way through the snowcapped Tetons as they beckon you to come, behold, and roam free.
As the proclaimed “Cowboy State”, Wyoming lives up to that name in everything. The state embraces its roots and Forever West way of life with its 11,000 farms and ranches all throughout our state – and you’re invited to experience it. Stay at one of their many dude ranches where you’ll see Wyoming’s warm hospitality and unbridled adventure first-hand. And, while you’re visiting, be sure to see a rodeo where excitement and the Western spirit collide.
With so much to see and do, be sure to check out Wyoming’s trip planning tools like their free Official Travelers Journal or E-Newsletter for inspiration, tips and expert advice. And click around and explore the website where you’ll find comprehensive information on places to stay, things to do and where to dine during your trip, as well as events and deals that may be offered during your visit.
Put these events on your calendar
- Cheyenne Frontier Days - Every year during the last full week in July, catch full-throttle rodeo action, parades, carnival rides, live music performances and more.
- 1838 Mountain Man Rendezvous - Dive into Wyoming history at this week-long re-creation of the trappers' and traders' encampment, games of skill, food and dancing.
You might be surprised by...
- The world's largest collection of geysers found in Yellowstone National Park or the largest single mineral hot spring at Hot Springs State Park in Thermopolis.
Top photo opportunities
- Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park
- Snake River Overlook in Grand Teton National Park
- Lower Falls in Yellowstone National Park
- Devils Tower National Monument in northeast Wyoming (which you may remember from Close Encounters of the Third Kind)
The Buffalo Bill Center of the West. It’s five museums in one and commonly known as the Smithsonian of the West.
Your child will always remember...
Riding his or her first horse at a dude ranch … it’s a very special moment.
Classic road trip
Jackson Hole to Yellowstone (drive the lower loop), back over Togwotee Pass to Dubois, and then retrace your steps back to Jackson.
Wyoming’s unique licence plate. Available real (at flea markets) or made as a souvenir.
Don't overlook this...
Fossil Butte National Monument. This site contains the largest deposit of freshwater fish fossils in the world, along with gorgeous hiking trails, an inviting visitor center, and the opportunity to check out the fossil research quarry firsthand.
Only have one day here?
Yellowstone National Park—but it will definitely take more than one day.
- World-class rock climbing in and around Sinks Canyon State Park
- Skiing over 4,000 ft of pristine vertical terrain at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
- Rodeos statewide, and every night at the Cody Nite Rodeo from June through August.
- Snowmobiling through five national forests