Mount Moran and fall foliage reflected in Jackson Lake in Grand Teton National Park
Horses grazing outside Yellowstone National Park
Herd of bison roaming near the Moulton Homestead in Grand Teton National Park
Horseback riding near the Tetons
Camping under the stars
Hiking among golden grass on one of hundreds of Wyoming's trails
Crossing Norris Geyser Basin in Yellowstone National Park
Classic, colorful cowboy boots
Riding high at Jackson Hole
Motorcycle tour on the Black Hills Scenic Byway
- The Cowboy State
Wyoming, home to the Yellowstone National Park
Wide Open Spaces
The USA’s least populous state, Wyoming is one of the nation’s richest in unspoiled nature. Two of the country’s most famous National Parks – Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park – are located here. These destinations beckon nature-lovers, tourists and those simply looking for a city escape. It’s not uncommon to spot incredible wild animals like bear, bison, elk, coyotes and more roaming the plains of this vast and beautiful state. Yellowstone is dotted with sputtering geothermal geysers and colorful hot springs, the most famous of which are Old Faithful and the Grand Prismatic Spring respectively.
The Grand Teton mountain range, in the northwestern portion of the state, has mountains great for skiing and hiking. The tallest of peaks here reaches 4,200 meters (13,770 feet). In the valley below sits the charming town of Jackson Hole: a posh skiing and hiking respite with a historic “Wild, Wild West” feel.
Such vast landscapes mean ranching is a big part of local culture. No visit to Wyoming is complete without experiencing a no-frills dude ranch to live out your Western cowboy dreams. Eaton's Guest Ranch is the country's first and oldest guest ranch, while Vee Bar Guest Ranch, Gros Ventre River Ranch and The Hideout Lodge are also favorites. All offer more activities than you'll have time to try out: horseback riding, campfires under the stars, fly fishing, river tubing, camping, canoeing, hiking and more.
Wyoming on the Big Screen
Those natural wonders and romantic ranch lands naturally make Wyoming a backdrop for many acclaimed movies, including “Dances with Wolves” and “Django Unchained.” The cult classic “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” featured Devils Tower National Monument’s otherworldly peak. Wyoming’s landscapes were even animated in “The Good Dinosaur.”
Wyoming is home to the first National Park and the first National Monument, Yellowstone and Devils Tower, respectively.
Outlaw State: Supposedly Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid picked up their nicknames in Wyoming.
Wyoming is known as the Equality State because it was the first state to allow women to vote (in 1869) and the first state to have a female governor, Nellie Tayloe Ross.