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Adventure State: Travel Guide to Wyoming’s Off Season Epic Vacations
Adventure State: Travel Guide to Wyoming's Off Season Epic Vacations
Wyoming is home to some of the world's best ski slopes, but did you know it's also a western hub of snow-free, off-season activity? Our EpicSki team put together this Off Season Activity Guide for the adventure traveler in partnership with our friends at Wyoming's Office of Tourism. Use it to plan your next getaway and get excited for big skies, natural wonders, and dust-kicking rides!
The state is divided into three main geographic regions, including mountains and ranges of the Eastern Rocky Mountains to the west, and the High Plains to the east. Choose your own adventure in historic towns like Cheyenne, Cody, Evanston, Jackson Hole, Laramie, and Torrington. Wyoming's fields, grasslands, hills, buttes, and mountains are sure to make a lasting impression. Discover famous roadside eateries, interact with friendly locals, and float in the awesome grandeur of nature.
Do you prefer rugged beauty, fast thrills, family fun, or easy cruising? Wyoming's splendors and pleasures await you, ready to cater to every style of adventure. We encourage you to stay in shape this off-season with an action-filled Wyoming vacation that will deepen your appreciation for this favorite, western ski country.Wildlife
If you're nostalgic for ski bunnies and barking bears, consider a frolic with one of Wyoming's many other wild creatures. In addition to rascal Buffalo Bill of Cody, Wyoming, this northern mountainous state is where the American bison roam (also known as American buffalo). You'll also see elk, antelope, grizzly bears, black bears, moose, gray wolves, coyotes, bighorn sheep, pronghorn, trumpeter swans, bald eagles, and about 400 other species of birds!
Remember: please don't feed the wildlife, no matter how friendly and hospitable. Try to maintain at least 300 feet of elbowroom around large animals whenever possible, too.National Parks
Two of the United States' National Parks are located in Wyoming, including the first park and monument recognized by the federal government as national treasures. Yellowstone is the country's oldest National Park, and shares international visitors and federal funding with Teton, the state's second National Park. Wyoming also has the country's first National Forest, the Shoshone.
While you're in the neighborhood of the 1,200-foot Devils Tower, take a tour of the visitor's lodge, hike its 8 miles of trails, or get outfitted and climb this iconic volcanic rock formation that is also the nation's first National Monument. If you're afraid of idle hands, consider a nearby boating expedition on the Keyhole Reservoir, a round of golf at the Sundance course, or an overnight camp-out in the Black Hills National Forest.Outdoor Activities
In addition to open prairies pounded by the hooves of wild Mustangs, and lakes and streams busting with game fish, Wyoming's outdoors offers a wide assortment of recreational and adventure sport activities for solo travelers, couples getaways, and family fun, alike. From canoeing and riding rapids to mountain hiking and biking, you'll find ample outlets for energetic kids (big and small) to roam free, breathe in fresh air, and commune with the untamed spirits of the West.
Wyoming's public lands are like your own personal wilderness area, with backwoods, wagon train rides, fossil digs, and more. Stars shine so bright in its vernal night skies that you might just mistake them for winter's white powder!
When you're not stargazing or sleeping in tents, cabins, or RVs illuminated by moonlight, consider wrestling a steer, watching a raucous evening of bronco busting and bull riding at a local rodeo, or scratching for bones at a 50-million-year-old lakebed (Fossil Butte National Monument) famous for having the world's largest deposit of freshwater fossils.Culture, History, and Frontier Heritage
If you're more than a little bit country, we invite you to line dance with your favorite cowboy or cowgirl, or don a 10-gallon hat at your first of many rodeos. You can even observe a Native American powwow or glimpse your first petroglyph, as well as enjoy local art galleries, community theatre, and museums for every persuasion.
Wyoming's culturally historic offerings span T-Rex bones to the histories of native peoples to mining towns to today's work ranches. If you're itching for souvenirs, pick up local jewelry, crafts, tanned leather, moccasins, kettle corn, Indian fry bread, and homemade pies at Wyoming's historic rendezvous events, the first of which took place in 1825 near today's town of Burntfork. Today, you can catch up with traders and craftspeople at yearly rendezvous, including July's annual event in Pinedale or Wyoming's second-largest rendezvous in Fort Bridger that boasts over 40,000 attendees annually.
Bring along your camera and take home some of Wyoming's untamed nature. We hope you'll share your snapshots with the EpicSki community, and tell us how you spent your off-season vacation. In addition to all the activities and sightseeing opportunities listed above, we'd be remiss not to mention these other strongholds of fun: ATV and 4-wheeling, kayaking, rafting, hunting, fly fishing, national park tours, pack trips, hot springs, fumaroles, geysers, and mud pots!
With stunning landscapes, diverse wildlife, and natural and cultural history, Wyoming promises a memorable holiday for every traveler. We strongly encourage you to think, "Wyoming," as you plan your next romantic getaway, family reunion, or summer vacation with the kids. See you on the mountain, prairie, and range!
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