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Big Horn Country Tour

Most of the state’s best mountain ranges cut through Western Wyoming. Sites such as Yellowstone National Park and the Grand Tetons are just short drives away. Natural beauty is all around you.

Hulett

The quaint western town of Hulett might be small, but offers a true cowboy adventure in and around Devil’s Tower.

Must Sees
Devils Tower National Monument: What the devil? This mammoth rock pops up out of nowhere! 1,200 feet of volcanic rock rising out of the trees like a giant stone platform, waiting to be explored, hiked, or climbed. In fact, Devil’s Tower is considered one of the country’s premier rock climbing destinations thanks to its deep cracks and towering columns.

Hulett Museum & Art Gallery: Dedicated to the rich culture and history of northeastern Wyoming, the Hulett Museum strives not only to educate its guests, but to inspire them.

Local’s Guide
Ponderosa Café – Ask any Hulett local where to eat and 9 times out of 10 they’ll point you to Ponderosa. Where else can you find family friendly dining in an authentic Old West Saloon? The kids will love the fun cowboy atmosphere and you will love the food.

Sundance

Sundance got its name from the nearby Sundance Mountain where for years Native Americans held their sacred ceremonies and councils. The name was later passed on to a notorious outlaw that stole horses from a local ranch and joined forces with another renegade, forming the “Wild Bunch Gang.” You may know them as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

Must Sees
Black Hills National Forest: Trek through rugged canyons and gulches in the Black Hills’ gorgeous wilderness. The Sundance trailhead starts just 1 mile from town and is one of many uncrowded trails you have to explore. For a real cowboy experience, go on horseback.

Spearfish Canyon: Take a short drive outside of town and you’ll be overshadowed by this breathtaking canyon. To fully appreciate its beauty, visit in the fall where the rock is contrasted by vibrant splashes of gold and red. Finish off the trip at Bridal Veil Falls to see water cascade over molten rock.

Local’s Guide
Higbee’s Café: The perfect mom and pop breakfast stop. Try their savory tower of biscuits and gravy or their homemade pies.

Gillette

Born from the railroad, Gillette has blossomed into a thriving town, famous for its energy production and wholesome environment.

Must Sees
Campbell County Rockpile Museum: Don’t be fooled, there’s more to see here than a pile of rocks. This cultural hotspot’s exhibits showcase pioneer firearms, a restored rural schoolhouse, and a sheep wagon. Visit the Rockpile if you want an authentic taste of the American West.

Eagle Butte Coal Mine Tours: Hop on a bus and tour one of the largest surface coal mines in the country. The 2 hour tour will show you the mining process and teach you of the production’s impact and history in the area. Did you know that Wyoming alone accounts for 35% of coal production in the US?

Local’s Guide
Avenues of Art: To highlight the town’s artistic side, The Mayor’s Art Council started a program that allowed local artists to showcase their amazing talents on the streets of Gillette. All works are for sale and have turned the sidewalks into an outdoor gallery.

Sheridan

Sheridan offers the best of both worlds, outdoor recreation at the neighboring Bighorn Mountains and a vibrant nightlife and culture downtown. Hike the alpine in the morning and later enjoy an elegant night out on Main Street.

Must Sees
WYO Rodeo: If you’re passing through in the summer, then saddle up and head on over to WYO Rodeo Week and holler at the bucking broncos and rag-dolling bull riders. Festivities include a parade and fun activities for the whole family.

Shell Falls: Hidden in the Bighorn wilderness is a waterfall worth discovering. Go on a beautiful hike along Shell Creek until it cascades over steep granite. When you come back to the Interpretive Center, learn about the area’s 2.9 billion year old rocks, some of the oldest on the planet.

Trail End State Historic Site: Tour the breathtaking 19th-century mansion. The massive home is still authentically furnished from the era and full of fascinating rooms and artifacts to explore. Collections are always being added, making return visits fresh and exciting.

Local’s Guide
Downtown Sheridan: The Historic Main Street District has 46 buildings on the National Register. Stroll through town and enjoy the unique specialty shops, museums, the WYO Theater, and the famous Mint Bar.

Thermopolis

Sometimes nature goes out of its way to create something extra special for us. Thermopolis is one of those things. Welcome to the world’s largest mineral hot spring. Your destination for relaxation.

Must Sees
Hot Springs State Park: Steaming 135 degree water flows over terraces throughout the park, channeled into bathhouses and cooled to a perfect 104 degrees for your enjoyment. View bison under the park’s beautiful red hill background, before letting all your worries go in a therapeutic mineral bath.

Legend Rock Petroglyph Site: Legend Rock’s Indian petroglyphs are among some of the best preserved. Some of the etchings date back nearly 11,000 years! Witness firsthand the evolution of writing.

Local’s Guide
Stones Throw: A delicious gem hidden in Thermopolis. Some of their exquisite dishes include the Wild Alaskan Crab Cakes, Filet Oscar, and Cold Water Lobster Tail. Stones Throw is the perfect addition to your romantic date to the Hot Springs.

Cody

Founded by the one and only “Buffalo Bill,” Cody started as a small hospitality center and grew into a thriving community hailed as the “Preferred Gateway to Yellowstone”. Buffalo Bill Cody would be proud to see his town still holding true to their roots with gun fight re-enactments and nightly rodeos.

Must Sees
Buffalo Bill Center of the West: Featuring five unique museums, The Buffalo Bill Museum, Draper Natural History, Whitney Western Art Museum, Plains Indian Museum, and the Cody Firearms Museum, each one has a unique story to tell and will give you a whole new perspective on the American West. Check out why every review site is raving about this hotspot.

Buffalo Bill State Park: A picturesque lake surrounded by the rugged Absaroka Mountains. Enjoy a day out on the lake skiing, trout fishing, windsurfing, or hiking along the shores on the Trout Creek Nature Trail. While you’re there, be sure to stop by the Buffalo Bill Dam and Visitor Center.

Yellowstone National Park: Drive into the gates of Yellowstone and you’ll be greeted not only by park rangers, but herds of bison, elk, wolves, grizzlies, and all sorts of curious wildlife. The exquisite mountain landscape can take days to explore, so give yourself adequate time to see all that this famous park has to offer.

Did you know that most of the park sits on a slumbering giant volcano? That’s why there are more hot springs and geysers here than anywhere else on the planet. Watch the iconic Old Faithful geyser live up to its name as it erupts almost every 91 minutes. Be wowed by Mother Nature with visits to Yellowstone’s Grand Canyon, the Boiling River, the Grand Prismatic Spring, and Norris Geyser Basin.

Local’s Guide
The Cody Gunfighters: Watch Buffalo Bill and other Wild West characters draw their pistols and turn the plaza into a bona fide showdown. Catch the free live performance outside the Irma Hotel from June through September.

Jackson

You’ve heard its name in song and story, and now you get to see what all the fuss is about. From world class skiing in the winter to scenic white water rafting in the summer, Jackson is an outdoor enthusiast’s playground that’s worthy of the praise.

Must Sees
National Elk Refuge: Have you ever seen an Elk in nature? They’re enormous. Which is why it’s such an amazing experience driving through Jackson’s National Elk Refuge where you will see herds of the incredible animals up close.

Besides Elk, you’ll also spot bison, bighorn sheep, wolves, antelope, and other endangered species that are being protected by the refuge. Seeing these animals in the gorgeous mountainous habitat is something you’ll never forget. And did I mention it’s free?

Jackson Hole Aerial Tram Rides: This isn’t your average chair lift ride. This is the king daddy of high altitude tours. The cozy tram starts in Teton Village and glides up 4,139 feet to the top of Rendezvous Mountain, offering unparalleled views of Grand Teton National Park and the Snake River Valley.

Grand Teton National Park: Drive north 20 minutes and behold the majesty of the Teton Mountains whose highest jagged peak towers at over 13,700 feet. Hike through the serene alpine terrain on over 200 miles of trails or float down the Snake River.

Local’s Guide
Sleeping Indian Mountain: Oftentimes when you hear people name a mountain or rock formation after something it looks like, it’s kind of a stretch. Not so with Sleeping Indian Mountain. The massive rock literally looks like an Indian sleeping on his back, complete with headdress and arms crossed over the chest. Hike along the Flat Creek Trailhead for amazing views of the landscape and wildlife.