While it might be the least populated state in the U.S., Wyoming is also one of the most beautiful. Nicknamed “The Cowboy State”, Wyoming shares a sense of the West with Montana in that it is one of the last frontiers where that way of life still exists. From Yellowstone National Park to the High Plains, the Rocky Mountains, to the ski resort of Jackson Hole or such epic scenery as Devil’s Tower National Monument, Wyoming boasts some of the most scenic regions in the entire United States, and what it lacks in infrastructure and cities it more than makes up for in wild landscapes of untouched wilderness.
The largest cities in Wyoming are Cheyenne and Casper, but they pale in comparison to most other “major” cities in terms of their size. Wyoming’s strength lies not in her cities, but in her wide-open spaces and natural beauty. From places like Dead Indian Pass to the Fossil Butte National monument, almost 50% of Wyoming is owned by the U.S. Government and operated as either State or National parks. There are various ski resorts, hiking trails, and other ways to access the landscape, but of particular note is the harshness of the winters in this state. If you happen to be traveling in Wyoming during the winter, it is imperative that you pay attention to snow gates and road conditions at all times. Many people liken Wyoming to Siberia in the winter, because the distance between populated areas combined with blinding sheets of snow and ripping wind conditions can literally leave people stranded on the highway without being able to see or know where they are, potentially for days.
While there is a certain rugged appeal to the cities and places like Laramie, Jackson, Gillette, and Cheyenne can certainly offer modern amenities, the culture is western. This isn’t called “Cowboy Country” without reason; most of the people in the state are tied to ranching in some way or another, so keep that in mind while visiting.
Jackson is located in the northwest corner of the state of Wyoming. Jackson is high altitude community sitting at approximately the 6500' level. Jackson is the gateway for the Grand Tetons an…
Cheyenne is the capital of Wyoming and is located at the intersection of Interstate 80 and Interstate 25 in the South Eastern corner of the state. The city was named after the Nati…
Laramie is a city of just over 25,000 in the south eastern part of Wyoming. Founded in the mid-1860s as a tent city near the Overland Stage Line route and the Union Pacific portio…
Gillette is a city of about 20,000 persons, situated in Northeastern Wyoming. Gillette serves as the county seat of Campbell County. It is located in the Powder River Basin, an area rich in …
Rock Springs is a convienent stop on western I 80. They have most services there. From Rock Springs go south on US 191 to Flaming Gorge Lake and south to Utah. Head north on US 191 to Jackson…
Casper is the only city in Natrona County, Wyoming. With a population of 49,644, Casper is the second largest city in Wyoming, according to the 2000 census. Casper is nicknamed "The Oil City"…
Devils Tower in Wyoming is a large rock monilith that was formed by ancient volcanic activity. The theory is that magma welled up in an ancient volcano, hardened, and eventually the volcano …
I thought those pictures looked familiar. Sundance which I visited in 2004 on the infamous trip to Sturgis was named for nearby Sundance Mountain where the Lakota and their allies held a rel…
Green River is just west of Rock Springs on western I 80. There are most services there. It was here at the Green River John Wesley Powell launched his two historoical boat trips down the Gre…
Wilson is a small town in northwestern Wyoming with a population of roughly 1300. It is part of Teton County and the larger Jackson Hole community. Famous for its natural beauty and low tax r…
Buford is a town in Wyoming off of highway 80 in between Cheyenne and Laramie. It was once a staging point for railroad construction but is now all but deserted except for its one resident w…