If you look at all the viral travel videos, you will notice one thing they all have in common: they all focus on nature rather than common city destinations. You seldom see big cities anymore like Tokyo or Paris, it is mainly about the natural scenery in Nara or Grasse. In other words, the trend for travelling is veering away from the vibrant life of the city towards the impressive beauty of nature. One such place is the state of Wyoming — drawing in visitors because of its rich Old West history and natural wonders.
It is more than just a destination for skiing or to luxuriate in Jackson Hole cabin rentals, it is a place that offers so many activities that will surely fill every minute of your visit. So if nature is beckoning you to spend your vacation appreciating it, look no further than Wyoming and its countless places to visit for an exciting outdoor trip.
Wyoming has its fair share of popular sites to visit like their national parks and ski resorts. Each county and town offers mountain views and the occasional peculiar sites, and this is exactly what you will find in Bighorn County. Make sure by these places:
- Bighorn Mountains
The Bighorn Mountains is located at the Wyoming-Montana border, stretching from the Rocky Mountains and extends on the Great Plains. Two of the highest peaks can be found in Wyoming: Cloud Peak which rises 13, 175 feet and Black Tooth Mountains at 13,005 feet.
Within the Bighorn Mountains is the 1.12 million acre Bighorn National Forest, where animals such as the mountain lion, bear, elk, and deer can be seen roaming its grounds. You can also find the Bighorn Canyon Recreational Area, where the Devil’s Canyon Overlook can give you beautiful panoramic views of the valley.
Activities available for you here are hiking 27 miles of trails, mountain biking, and camping. You can also drop by the Bighorn River and test your fly fishing skills, or maybe just chill at the Bighorn Lake.
- Bighorn Medicine Wheel
At the summit of Medicine Mountain, almost 10,000 feet above the Bighorn Range, you will find the Medicine Wheel. These are stones arranged in the shape of a wheel built by Native American tribes. Known also as sacred hoops, it was discovered by archaeoastronomer Jack Eddy. He believes that the wheel was built 300-800 years ago, during the summer solstice, to predict the sun’s position.
Devil’s Tower National Monument
The Devil’s Tower National Monument stands over 5,000 feet above sea level, and about 1,200 feet above the Belle Fourche River. It is one of those destinations in Wyoming where the stories about it make it a more interesting visit. From a raised rock from the Great Spirit to trap a bear or an alien formation, Devil’s Tower is definitely a magnet for ominous, sinister tales. And when you look at it, the Tower does look like an opening to another dimension.
This is the first declared monument in the United States. You can hike 8 miles of trails that will take you through a dense forest and to the surrounding meadows. If you come here in the summer, you might even see an abundance of wildflowers in bloom. You can also choose to go rock climbing, or go fishing at the Belle Fourche River and catch some Smallmouth Bass, Channel Catfish, and more. If this is your first time, join the guided hikes so you not risk getting lost in the forest.
Other than the cabin rentals, Jackson Hole is known to be a ski town. It is slope-side town that is bordered by the Teton and Gros Ventre mountain ranges. From the town, you can see the snow-capped peaks that are perfect for skiing or snowboarding. You can also choose to go paragliding on the mountains, where you will jump off and pilot a glider at 3,200 feet above the valley. If that is too extreme, you can always just take scenic flights that will tour you around Jackson Hole at 12,000 feet above the air.
You can also go kayaking, white water rafting, or canoeing at any of Jackson Hole’s waterways. Mountain biking is another activity you can do here. Choose from a cross country trail that will take you from Snow King Mountain to Cache Creek. For expert mountain bikers, go to Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Teton Pass Trails, or Grand Targhee for a more challenging terrain.
But if you want to just relax in nature, you can always just camp at any of the park or forest service maintained areas. Just make sure you know all the camping ground rules before deciding where to pitch your tent.
Yellowstone National Park
To cap off our list, one shouldn’t forget to mention the famous Yellowstone National Park. This is the first and oldest national park in the world. With 2.2 million acres of land, this is home to a diverse species like elk, bison, eagles, wolves, and bears all freely roaming the protected grounds. You can also visit boiling lakes and geysers, some of which are:
- Old Faithful Geyser
A geyser that erupts every 92-minutes, its water can be as hot as 200 degrees fahrenheit with steam that can reach up to 350 degrees. It can also spew water between 130 to 190 feet high.
- Grand Prismatic Spring
The waters of the Grand Prismatic Spring changes colour depending on the season. If you come in the summer, you might notice that red and orange hues are more evident; while in the winter, green is more dominant. However, because the water is so hot and sterile, its centre remains a bold colour of blue all year round.
So get your gear and cameras ready, because a weekend in Wyoming is bound to be filled with wesome adrenaline pumping activities and beautiful sites to see.