Wyoming Holiday and Vacation Travel Information
Wyoming National Parks & Monuments
Wyoming is home to the first national park, Yellowstone, and the first national monument, Devils Tower. The wildlife and the geothermal features like Old Faithful are some of the main attractions at Yellowstone National Park. Looming over 1,280 feet in elevation, Devils Towers has always stood out to those traveling through the area. Grand Teton National Park attracts attention for its high spires erupting from the Jackson Hole Valley. Fossil Butte National Monument takes visitors back millions of years to when the area was a lake.
Through hikes, camping, photography, presentations and wildlife watching, visitors can discover hands on why these places have captured our imagination for centuries with their wild beauty.
National Forests & Recreation Areas
Wyoming has seven National Forests and two National Recreation Areas. In fact, Wyoming was the first state to have a National Forest. These National Forests cross different wilderness areas which have their own personalities.
The Big Horn National Recreation Area has plenty of opportunities for boating and wildlife viewing. In the winter months there are plenty of areas to go snowmobiling. The Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area also has many opportunities for boating and various recreation.
There are many reasons to come to Wyoming and many of them are natural wonders. From Old Faithful to Devils Tower, the forces of nature have sculpted amazing landscapes and geo-thermal features for our residents and visitors to enjoy. Yellowstone National Park and Hot Springs State Park boast numerous geo-thermal attractions. Many of the mountain ranges and wilderness areas throughout the state bring visitors to see the changing of fall colors, wildlife, and humbling mountain peaks.
Wyoming's history is one of native peoples and an emigrant frontier. There are many historic sites across Wyoming that reminds us of a past that is really not too far away. The National Historic Trails Center in Casper shows a glimpse of life on the emigrant trails that went through Wyoming. There are a number of old military forts throughout the state as well as old western towns, an old Territorial Prison, battlefields, and other places of historical importance.
Summer in Wyoming is an experience not to be missed. There are many activities in which you can participate. Whether you are interested in relaxing or going on an adventure, there is something for you in Wyoming
There's something uniquely adventurous, perhaps even romantic about winter in Wyoming. The state is a place of epic scenery, ranging from rugged mountain peaks and spectacular alpine landscapes, to the wide-open spaces of the plains and, of course, the astonishing beauty of Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks. Whether you're a snowshoer, snowmobiler, skier or sightseer, you'll enjoy Wyoming's luxurious powder and varied terrain. For more information on snowmobile trails, click here.
Winter brings other types of beauty and meaning to Wyoming that the summer visitor rarely experiences.
Maybe it's Wyoming's spectacular alpine scenery in all corners of the state or its deep luxurious powder snow that seems to have magnetic appeal.
Perhaps it's the absence of elbow-to-elbow people pushing and shoving in ski lift lines, or the indescribable thrill of being the first to break through knee-deep snow on a snowmobile or seeing wildlife close-up. Whatever it is, more and more visitors are discovering what a Wyoming winter vacation means to them.
Wyoming offers a wide range of winter activities, from downhill skiing at Jackson Hole to cross country skiing and snowmobiling in our national forests and parks. Winter in Yellowstone National Park allows visitors to see that geysers, which are beautiful in summer, are even more amazing in winter.
Outside the parks, snowmobiles are as much a necessary form of transportation in many mountain and alpine areas of Wyoming as they are a form of recreation. These individual thrill machines allow access to remote, untracked areas for skiers and a unique way to experience Wyoming's backcountry. There are also some 1,300 miles of groomed snowmobile trails throughout the state.
With a season that runs from November through March, its groomed trails, thousands of acres of quiet open mountain terrain and uncrowded alpine ski areas, Wyoming is a well-known, premier snowmobiling and winter fun destination.
Visit this great state in the winter and you'll agree, Wyoming is beautiful dressed in white.
Fishing & Hunting
Wyoming is known for its abundance of fish, as well as large and small game animals. Whether you want to go solo on your fishing/hunting excursion or go on a guided trip, there are plenty of places in Wyoming to make it happen.
The Natural World
The state of Wyoming has amazing natural wonders to experience. There are many different landscapes to see throughout the state. Grasslands, mountains, forests, deserts, rivers, and lakes make for some of the most breath-taking scenery in the country. Of course, all of these different landscapes have their own look and feel during each of the seasons. Each region of our state has its own unique vegetation, wildlife, weather, and geologic formations.
Wyoming, geographically, consists of mountains in the west and high plains and basins in the east. The Green, Laramie, Medicine Bow and Sierra Madre Mountains lie in the eastern half of the state, but do not occupy as much mass as the ranges in the west. The Continental Divide leads from the north western corner of the state, along the Wind River Mountains to the southern border with Colorado. This is a relatively arid state with only a few rivers feeding the landscape. the Green River and Snake River are the major drainages that eventually lead to the Pacific Ocean. On the eastern side of the Continental Divide are the Yellowstone, Wind, Sweetwater, Powder and North Platte Rivers.
Wyoming is a big state and it provides habitat for several large mammals. In Jackson is the National Elk Preserve, which is a winter refuge for nearly 10,000 elk. In the terrain comprising Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks visitors may encounter wolves, moose, grizzly bears and brown bears, among other animals.
The areas mentioned above are the most populated in the state. Other areas to enjoy the wilds of Wyoming include Bighorn, Black Hills and Medicine Bow National Forests in the eastern half of Wyoming. BLM lands and state parks in this region complete the landscape.
In the southwestern quadrant of the state is Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area. The reservoir was formed through the damming of the Green River fifteen miles south of the Wyoming border in Utah. This site includes a boating, hiking and camping facilities and a visitor center.
This state provides excellent opportunities for all outdoor enthusiasts. The amazing scenery will impress individuals backpacking or driving across the state. The Wyoming mountains, basins and plains facilitate exciting adventures throughout the year.
Description - This region includes several spectacular mountain ranges as well as vast areas of high desert.
Attractions - Much of the Absaroka Range, as well as the east slope of the Wind River Range is encompassed within the Shoshone National Forest. Elevations on the Shoshone range from 4,600 feet at the mouth of the spectacular Clarks Fork Canyon to 13,804 feet atop Gannett Peak, Wyoming's highest. A small portion of the Medicine Bow National Forest juts into this region in the Laramie Mountains.
Recreation - Much of the recreation in this region is focused in the mountains of the western end of the region. Some of the most popular activities include hiking, backpacking, camping, hunting, fishing, horseback riding, rafting, kayaking, snowmobiling, and cross-country skiing.
Climate - As throughout the Rocky Mountains, the climate varies drastically depending on elevation. Summers generally offer warm clear days with cool nights. Afternoon thunderstorms are often a possibility in the summer. In the winter, sunshine, with plenty of snow in the higher elevations, are ideal for winter activities. Harsh weather - including wind, cold, and snow - is possible throughout the winter and even throughout the year, in the highest elevations.
Location - The region we are calling Central Wyoming stretches from the Absaroka and Wind River Ranges in the west, to the South Dakota/Nebraska border in the east. It includes the towns of Dubois, Lander, Casper, and Douglas.
Description - This vast area includes spectacular mountain rivers, deep canyons, high peaks and miles of rolling sagebrush and high desert.
Attractions - This is a vast and unpopulated region with some spectacular attractions. Just east of Yellowstone National Park lies the Shoshone National Forest and several large wilderness areas which help make up one of the largest undeveloped areas in the lower 48 states. The Bighorn Mountains and Bighorn National Forest lie in the middle of this region offering an area of high peaks, mountain meadows and deep canyons. Devils Tower National Monument is located at the east end of this region. The nearly vertical monolith rises 1,267 feet above the meandering Belle Fourche River.
Recreation - The mountains, rivers and canyons of this region offer some outstanding opportunities for outdoor recreation. Some of the most popular activities include hiking, backpacking, camping, hunting, fishing, horseback riding, rafting, kayaking, snowmobiling, downhill skiing, and cross-country skiing.
Location - The Northern Wyoming Travel Region includes the area from the eastern Yellowstone National Park boundary, east to the South Dakota border. It includes the towns of Cody, Sheridan, Buffalo, and Gillette. Interstate 90 and US 14 and 14A are primary highways through this region.
Description - The southern region is a generally arid region apart from mountainous areas around Laramie. There are, however, several hidden treasures in this region.
Attractions - This is a generally arid region apart from mountainous areas around Laramie. The Medicine Bow Mountains and Laramie Mountains rise out of the sagebrush flats that cover much of the region. These mountains are encompassed in the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest. A large portion of Flaming Gorge Reservoir is located in this region, south of the town of Green River. Much of the region is public, administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).
Recreation - Most of the outdoor recreation in this region focuses around the mountains and reservoirs. Some of the most popular activities include hiking, backpacking, camping, hunting, fishing, horseback riding, boating, water skiing, snowmobiling, and cross-country skiing.
Location - This region encompasses the southern quarter of the state. It includes Cheyenne, Laramie, Rawlins, and Rock Springs. Interstate 80 leads through the middle of the region.
Description - This amazing region includes some of the most beautiful scenery and some of the most unique natural sites in the world. Yellowstone's incredible geothermal activity lead to its creation as the first National Park in the world. Yellowstone, however, is not the only attraction in this region of spectacular mountain ranges and grand rivers.
Attractions - The Yellowstone region contains more geysers (over 10,000) and hot springs than all others in the world combined. Yellowstone National Park also includes lakes, waterfalls, high mountain meadows and river gorges of spectacular natural beauty. Just south of Yellowstone lies Grand Teton National Park, which includes the Teton Range, one of the most spectacular in North America. Jackson Hole is a beautiful area which can serve as a good base to explore Yellowstone, Grand Teton and the surrounding Bridger-Teton National Forest. Jackson Hole is also home to the world-famous Jackson Hole Ski Area.
The Bridger-Teton covers the western slope of the Wind River Range, including Gannett Peak, the highest point in Wyoming, at 13,804 feet. Numerous natural mountain lakes lie along the western slope of the Wind River Range, near the town of Pinedale. The Snake River and Green River are two of the spectacular rivers which begin in the mountains of this region.
Recreation - The National Parks and Forests of this region offer some of the greatest outdoor recreation opportunities in the country. Many visitors prefer to tour the parks by car. For those with more time or more need for adventure, some of the most popular activities include hiking, backpacking, mountain climbing, camping, hunting, fishing, mountain biking, boating, horseback riding, rafting, kayaking, snowmobiling, downhill skiing, and cross-country skiing.
Location - The Yellowstone and Western Wyoming Region covers Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park, south through the Jackson area to Kemmerer. It include the west slope of the Wind River Range and the Pinedale area as well. US Highways 89, 189, 191, and 287 provide the primary access through the area.
Big Sandy Reservoir- This lake lies 15 miles north of Farson, at 6,760 feet in elevation, and occupies a 2,500-acre surface area. Recreation opportunities on site include camping and motorized boating.
Bridger-Teton National Forest- The enormous Bridger-Teton National Forest lies in western Wyoming, around the town of Jackson. The Bridger-Teton is a land of varied recreational opportunities, beautiful vistas, and abundant wildlife.
Fontenelle Reservoir- This reservoir is situated along the Green River northeast of Kemmerer at 6,500 feet elevation. It occupies 8,060 surface acres. Activities available on site include fishing, camping and hunting.
Grand Teton National Park- Grand Teton National Park, located in the Snake River Valley of northwestern Wyoming, offers an unlimited amount of outdoor activities and facilities in a beautiful setting beneath the stately Grand Teton. Jackson Lake- Jackson Lake is located in Grand Teton National Park, 30 miles north of Jackson. The 25,540-acre lake has a truly spectacular setting at the foot of the Teton Range.
John D. Rockefeller, Jr., Memorial Parkway- Linking West Thumb in Yellowstone with the South Entrance of Grand Teton National Park, this scenic 82-mile corridor commemorates Rockefeller's role in aiding establishment of many parks, including Grand Teton.
Kemmerer Field Office- National Elk Refuge- The National Elk Refuge provides critical winter range for an elk herd of approx. 8,500. Shiras moose, mule deer, bighorn sheep, pronghorn antelope, bison and coyotes also enjoy habitat on the refuge. Pinedale Field Office-
Yellowstone National Park- Yellowstone National Park contains Old Faithful and some 10,000 other geysers and hot springs, which make this the Earth's greatest geyser area.