With thousands of miles of unspoiled American wilderness and a rough and ready cowboy sensibility, Wyoming is the place to experience life untethered.
The Real America doesn’t get any more real than Wyoming, where the classic cowboy culture of the American West is still alive and well.
Seeking an authentic Western holiday? You’ve come to the right place. Bunk down at a Wyoming ranch where trail rides, cattle drives and chuckwagon suppers served under the stars transport travelers back to a simpler place and time. Revel in the authentic history and heritage of the Old West with a tour of the Wyoming Territorial Prison, or visit Fort Laramie to learn more about frontier life. Continue on to Register Cliff to see the landmark where hundreds of pioneers carved their names as they passed through the region on their journey west.
When it comes to rodeos, Cheyenne Frontier Days can’t be beat. Held each summer in Wyoming’s state capital, the world’s largest outdoor rodeo boasts 10 days of roping and riding competitions, carnival rides and Western exhibits, including a Native American Village. For more Western heritage, visit frontier towns like Cody – home to the Cody Nite Rodeo, the Cody Wild West Show Concerts and the Buffalo Bill Center of the West – or Buffalo, home to the historic Occidental Hotel and the Jim Gatchell Memorial Museum.
If it’s outdoor adventure you crave, Wyoming has something for everyone including two of America’s most spectacular national parks. Yellowstone National Park offers 9,065 square kilometers of unspoiled natural splendour and countless opportunities for camping, hiking, fishing, boating and more. Camp by a crystal-clear lake as a bald eagle soars overhead, observe free-roaming elk and bison in their native habitat, or gaze in wonder as one of Yellowstone’s famous geysers thunders skyward.
Yellowstone’s two million acres of grandeur are only the beginning. Hike the mighty mountains in Grand Teton National Park, just south of Yellowstone. There you can cruise across scenic Jenny Lake or take a float trip down the epic Snake River. Visiting during winter? Enjoy world-class skiing in the premier ski resort destination of Jackson Hole, where you’ll have access to over 4,000 vertical feet of terrain. If prehistoric wonders are something you fancy, make your way down to Fossil Butte National Monument, where you’ll have the opportunity to view some of the Earth’s most ancient fossils. Craving adventure in a cooler atmosphere? Go boating, fishing and jet skiing at Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area in southwestern Wyoming.
From hiking to snowmobiling, Yellowstone National Park serves up a myriad of outdoor activities. Observe the thermal features, waterfalls, canyons and the region’s wildlife during a Historic Yellow Bus Photo Safari, horseback trail ride or Western stagecoach tour.
The sharp, ragged peaks of the Grand Teton National Park rise high into the sky, more than 2,100 meters above the Snake River that winds its way across the grassy valley below. Visitors to the park can take a float trip, hike the many kilometers of trails, go fly fishing with an experienced guide, or take a wildlife tour through the Serengeti of North America.
Go rock climbing at America’s first National Monument, Devils Tower, which was made famous in Steven Spielberg’s classic film Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
On the Wind River Reservation you can witness ancient Native American customs at a summer powwow on the only reservation that is home to two tribes, the Shoshone and Arapaho Indians.
Wyoming Office of Tourism
5611 High Plains Road
Cheyenne, WY 82007