The state of Wyoming is located in the western part of the US and is sparsely populated. It is largely defined by the meeting of the Rocky Mountains and Great Plains and has two spectacular National Parks, Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park. Under the National Park Service also are two recreation areas, two national monuments and six national historic trails and sites, making it quite an open, sweeping state.
So sweeping and inviting is this state that tourism is its second largest income producer. Each year over six million people visit the state to thrill to its two panoramic national parks and the Fossil Butte and Devil’s Tower National Monuments. Yellowstone alone brings in over three million people a year, and the tourism industry accounts for over two billion dollars a year.
Steeped in the culture of the American West, here are some of the things and outings you won’t want to miss. Lewis and Clark River Expeditions offers raft trips, with guides, of a number of varieties down the Snake River in Jackson Hole. Calm to rapids, breakfast to lunch, a nice choice awaits you. As mentioned, the Devil’s Tower National Monument is not to be missed. It’s a beautiful drive there, the monument itself is stunning and there is climbing and hiking available, as well as a restaurant (and prairie dogs) nearby.
Don’t miss the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, an exquisite sight. And BrushBuck Guide Services in Jackson offers customized trips through both national parks, be it for photography, wildlife, history or any combination therein. Mad River Boat Trips and Dave Hansen Whitewater and Scenic River Trips, both in Jackson, are also known in the area for their river trips.
Yellowstone Lake within the Park is to be enjoyed, too, with fishing, kayaking and viewing wildlife. Fort Laramie National Historic Site is an excellent place to visit for those interested in Western history. And in Jackson is the National Museum of Wildlife Art where some of the finest wildlife art can be found.
Perhaps no place is as noted for its skiing than the Jackson Hole Ski Resort. A major resort, it has something for everyone: shops, lodging, skiing and more.
To properly see this Cowboy State, you’ll not only want to be in great shape to enjoy it, but have a unique place to stay while there as well. True to its heritage, there are numerous guest and dude ranches available for lodging. The Wyoming Dude and Guest Ranch Vacation Association can help you find your dream ranch for your special vacation.
With such a crown jewel of nature awaiting you, make your trip all it can be, and ride with the cowboys.