From Grand Teton National Park in the south to the Yellowstone National Park in the northwest, the list of parks Wyoming are known for majestic mountains and sweeping plains. Over 7.4 million visitors flock to its 7 national parks, 4 national trails, 1 wild and scenic river, and 6 national natural landmarks annually. The second most sparsely populated state nonetheless has over 500 places listed on the National Register of Historic Places and 27 national historic landmarks. Discover the untamed spirit of the west as you travel through small towns and then open vistas on the highway for hours between towns. Like to ski? Jackson Hole Mountain Resort has the highest vertical drop in the U.S.
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National Parks & Historic Sites
Fort Smith, MT, WY; visit Bighorn Canyon Visitor Center, 20 U.S. 14, Lovell, WY 82431
The vast, wild landscape of Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area offers visitors unparalleled opportunities to immerse themselves in the natural world and experience the wonders of this extraordinary place. With over 120,000 acres, one can find an astounding diversity in ecosystems, wildlife, and more than 10,000 years of human history to explore.
Various States CA, CO, ID, KS, MO, NE, NV, OR, UT, WY; one site is Rock in the Glen, Glenrock, Wyoming
Follow in the footsteps of over 250,000 emigrants who traveled to the gold fields and rich farmlands of California during the 1840s and 1850s: the greatest mass migration in American history. The California National Historic Trail is over 5,000 miles long and covers portions of 10 states. Step into history along more than 1,000 miles of ruts and traces from travelers and their overland wagons.
WY-110, Devils Tower, WY 82714
The Tower is an astounding geologic feature that protrudes out of the prairie surrounding the Black Hills. It is considered sacred by Northern Plains Indians and indigenous people. Hundreds of parallel cracks make it one of the finest crack climbing areas in North America. Devils Tower entices us to learn more, explore more and define our place in the natural and cultural world.
965 Grey Rocks Road, Fort Laramie, WY 82212
Originally established as a private fur trading fort in 1834, Fort Laramie evolved into the largest and best known military post on the Northern Plains before its abandonment in 1890. This “grand old post” witnessed the entire sweeping saga of America’s western expansion and Indian resistance to encroachment on their territories.
864 Chicken Creek Rd, Kemmerer, WY 83101
Some of the world’s best-preserved fossils are found in the flat-topped ridges of southwestern Wyoming’s cold sagebrush desert. Fossilized fishes, insects, plants, reptiles, birds, and mammals are exceptional for their abundance, variety, and detail of preservation. Most remarkable is the story they tell of ancient life in a subtropical landscape.
Grand National Park, Jenny Lake Trail, Moose, WY 83012
Rising above a scene rich with extraordinary wildlife, pristine lakes, and alpine terrain, the Teton Range stands a monument to the people who fought to protect it. These are mountains of the imagination. Mountains that led to the creation of Grand Teton National Park where you can explore over two hundred miles of trails, float the Snake River or enjoy the serenity of this remarkable place.
Various States IL, IA, NE, UT, WY; one place to visit is Register Cliff Monument, Unnamed Rd,, Guernsey, WY 82214
Explore the Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail across five states to see the 1,300-mile route traveled by Mormons who fled Nauvoo, Illinois, to the Great Salt Lake Valley in 1846-1847.
Various States ID, KS, MO, NE, OR, WA, WY; one location is Oregon Trail Park, E. Oregon Trail & Pioneer Place, Glenrock, WY
Imagine yourself an emigrant headed for Oregon: would promises of lush farmlands and a new beginning lure you to leave home and walk for weeks? More than 2,000 miles of trail ruts and traces can still be seen along the Oregon National Historic Trail in six states and serve as reminders of the sacrifices, struggles, and triumphs of early American settlers.
Various States CA, CO, KS, MO, NE, NV, UT, WY; one place to visit is Fort Caspar, 4001 Fort Casper Road, Casper, Wyoming 8260
It is hard to believe that young men once rode horses to carry mail from Missouri to California in the unprecedented time of only 10 days. This relay system along the Pony Express National Historic Trail in eight states was the most direct and practical means of east-west communications before the telegraph.
Grant Visitor Center, Grant Village Rd, Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190
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