We loved, loved, loved Wyoming.
From all the states we traveled this was the great place ever! The geysers embracing rainbow color and erupting in front of you, the dozens hot springs, the mud volcano or the boldest geologic statements in the Rockies! This is a place to visit and revisit always!
1. Yellowstone National Park
Guys, this is one of the most magnificent place in the US, and, probably, the world, and if you decide to come here, you can’t stay for a day!
The place is of the unreal beauty, truly spectacular! World-famous Yellowstone, established in 1872, is the oldest national park in the United States and one of the most popular parks in the country.
The scenery ranges from geysers, snaking rivers and sweeping green valleys, to canyons, vast lakes, thundering waterfalls, and hissing lunar-like landscapes. The best way to tour Yellowstone National Park is by driving around the Grand Loop, a 142-mile-long road that curves around in a figure-eight past the park's most striking natural features. It will take a while, but it worth every minute.
Getting back, one of the star attractions of Yellowstone, the Old Faithful geyser. Here you will witness this incredible sight, the eruption intervals of the geyser vary from 35 minutes to 120 minutes with an average interval of about 92 minutes. The name is given after the fidelity of its eruption.
Old Faithful is not the park's largest geyser, but it does erupt more frequently than other large geysers in the park.
The eruptions usually last from one-and-a-half minutes to five minutes and reach heights of between 90 and 184 feet.
And next we go to Upper Geyser Basin which it has the highest concentration of geysers in the world, most of them packed into one square mile. A two-hour boardwalk trail through the area takes visitors past Old Faithful, the Giantess Geyser, the Beehive Geyser, the Castle Geyser, the Grand Geyser and fountain basins shimmering in a rainbow of colors, that you sincerely must-see.
Let’s move forward to Midway Geyser Basin & the Grand Prismatic Spring, one of the finest and biggest hot springs in the park. This is, again, a must-see attraction and a photographer's favorite with its vivid hues of blue, green, orange, and gold.
Lower Geyser Basin, Norris Geyser Basin are also spectacular, not to miss for nothing in the world!
Ohhh, and Mammoth Hot Springs, another one! One of the world's finest examples of thermal springs that deposit travertine. Some 60 hot springs pepper the area at temperatures of between 64 degrees and 165 degrees Fahrenheit, and their scalding waters dissolve calcium carbonate in the surrounding limestone forming a series of constantly evolving travertine steps. One of the most beautiful examples is multi-hued Minerva Terrace, a popular subject for photography and one of the enduring images of Yellowstone National Park.
Guys, there are spots here so breathtaking that we couldn’t decide for one or two, so we enumerate them all, because it worth see all of them! It’s something you see once in a lifetime, really.
So, take few days of vacation and go also to Mount Washburn, The Grand Canyon and the Upper and Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River, Hayden Valley, Mud Volcano and Yellowstone Lake. You will have where to stay, because visitors seeking overnight accommodation in Yellowstone National Park can choose from nine lodges operated by Xanterra Parks and Resorts, ranging from rustic cabins to hotel rooms.
2. Grand Teton National Park
The peaks of the Teton Range, regal and imposing as they stand nearly 7,000 feet above the valley floor, make one of the boldest geologic statements in the Rockies.
Rising above a scene rich with extraordinary wildlife, pristine lakes, and alpine terrain, the Teton Range stands monument to the people who fought to protect it.
These are mountains of the imagination.
Mountains that led to the creation of Grand Teton National Park where you can explore over two hundred miles of trails, float the Snake River or enjoy the serenity of this remarkable place. A string of jewel-like lakes, fed by mountain streams, are set tightly against the steep foot of the mountains.
Beyond them extends the broad valley called Jackson Hole, covered with sagebrush and punctuated by occasional forested buttes and groves of aspen trees, an excellent habitats for pronghorn, deer, elk, and other animals.
Biking is a popular activity in the park. The first phase of the multi-use pathway opened to the public in 2009. The pathway currently extends from the town of Jackson, north to Antelope Flats Road. At Moose Junction the pathway follows the Teton Park Road to the South Jenny Lake area.
The section of pathway through Grand Teton National Park opens seasonally after snow has melted from the pathway surface and park maintenance workers have swept it. The section of the pathway along the National Elk Refuge from Jackson to Gros Ventre Junction is closed from November 1 to April 30 due to elk migration. There is an extensive pathway system through the town of Jackson extending into Teton County. If you visit the Teton County website you can have the maps of the pathway system.
Dozens of private businesses located throughout Jackson, Teton Village, and Moose provide bicycle rentals, so you don’t need to carry your own.
Follow your inner spirit and discover adventure!
Jackson Hole is quickly becoming a summer and fall biking wonder land. Whatever style of riding – it is available – and often on un-crowded trails with breathtakingly scenic views.
The valley of Jackson Hole has over 56 miles of paved pathways that link the town of Jackson to Teton Village and Grand Teton National Park, and over 115 miles of mountain bike trails.
From flat, paved pathways to steep single track, the valley has an astonishing variety in the trail system. With the same type of variety in lodging options, dining, après bike activities and free outdoor concerts, Jackson Hole is truly the perfect biking destination. The Jackson Hole Community Pathway system allows visitors and locals alike to travel around the valley car free linking the town of Jackson, town of Wilson, Teton Village and Grand Teton National Park.
Try for once the downhill mountain biking. Bridger-Teton National Forest, the local bike shops, clubs, and associations have been hard at work building and buffing out some stellar downhill runs on the epic terrain accessed from Teton Pass. Go on Jimmy’s Mom, Fuzzy Bunny and Lithium, and you know you will have as much fun riding these trails as the riders who named them.
Don’t leave this unbelievable place without a ride in the Biking Park! The Park features six impeccably designed downhill trails with features to suit every level of courage and skill.
4. Hot Springs State Park
Over colorful terraces along the Big Horn River at Thermopolis flows water from mineral hot springs.
More than 8,000 gallons flow over the terrace every 24 hours at a constant temperature of 135 degrees Fahrenheit. The park has a free bath house where the water is maintained at 104 degrees for therapeutic bathing. Relax in the park’s free bath house where the 104 degree water soothes away aches and pains. Explore the 6.2 miles of accessible trails. Bring a picnic and enjoy the scenic views. Hot Springs State Park is a full-service park open for day use at no charge. There are boat docks and reserve-able picnic shelters within the park.
Thermopolis is a unique and remarkable corner of the world. There’s only one world’s largest mineral hot springs and it’s right here in Thermopolis in Hot Springs State Park!
Walk along a rainbow of vibrant natural colors when you follow a paved walkway beside the Rainbow Terraces, created from the minerals of the hot springs water, algae and plankton. Naturally formed, they look like small vibrant waterfalls flowing off into the Big Horn River.
5. Bridger-Teton National Forest
The Bridger-Teton National Forest offers 3.4 million acres of pristine lands just to the east side of Grand Teton National Park.
Known for its wild and scenic rivers, three wilderness areas (Bridger, Gros Ventre, and Teton Wilderness), winter recreation, and immense wildlife, there is never a dull moment to be found.
Being one of the largest forest in the lower 48 states, it has a massive number of trail miles along with numerous developed camping opportunities that do not require any reservation. During the summer months, visitors can chose from 37 developed campgrounds or partake of the many dispersed camping opportunities offered throughout the forest.
The Bridger-Teton also boasts 34 designated trailheads with more than 2,200 miles of system trails that vary in difficulty from family day-hikers to those only for hard-core wilderness enthusiasts.
6. Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area
This spectacular area serves as home to abundant wildlife.
The area covers 207,363 acres of scenic landscape and wilderness. Made of spectacular red canyon walls and arid green forest, the Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area spreads across the Southwest corner of Wyoming.
The area’s most popular destination is the Flaming Gorge Reservoir, measuring 91 miles long.
The second most popular destination is the Green River, separated only from the reservoir by the towering wall of the Flaming Gorge Dam.
With 43 campgrounds hosting over 700 individual campsites and 27 group sites, all spread over nearly 91 water-miles (with a whopping 360 miles of shore line) plus countless mountain retreats.
The mountain bikers will be delighted to take a ride here, so don’t forget your bike home! And if your not sure about how comfy your saddle will feel, try a Bikeroo LightWeight Saddle.
To see the mountain biking trails, you can take a look on the Ashley National Forest site.
7. Devil's Tower National Monument
Hundreds of parallel cracks make it one of the finest crack climbing areas in North America. An astounding geologic feature that protrudes out of the rolling prairie surrounding the Black Hills, is considered sacred to the Northern Plains Indians and other tribes. You find the tower just west of the Bear Lodge portion of the Black Hills National Forest. It is 33 miles from Moorcroft WY, 27 miles from Sundance WY and 52 miles from Belle Fourche SD. T
You can come here by bike and the 3-mile-long pedal from the entrance station at Devils Tower National Monument to the base of the rocky tooth is all uphill, a constant reminder that nothing worthwhile is every easily attained.
Of course, the tower is open to climbing, with an exception during the month of June when is discouraged out of respect for the Native Americans.
Don’t be worried about a place to stay, because 50 campsites are available in the Belle Fourche Campground. All are first come, first served.
Wyoming's capital city embodies the spirit of the Old West. From the world's largest outdoor rodeo and Western celebration to world-class mountain biking, climbing, and camping, a visit to Cheyenne offers great opportunities.
You can go to Terry Bison Ranch that consists of nearly 30,000 acres of rolling hills and lush grasslands, and more than 2,300 grazing bison. After the motorized bison tour via train go to The Senator's Restaurant or Brass Buffalo Saloon, a full-service old-West restaurant and saloon.
Don’t miss also the Cheyenne Depot and Depot Museum - The Cheyenne Depot, formerly known as the Union Pacific Depot, was built from 1886 to 1887. Known as one of the most beautiful railroad stations in North America, it is one of the last of the grand 19th century depots remaining from the transcontinental railroad.
For mountain biking, choose Curt Gowdy State Park and Vedauwoo Recreation that lies among the picturesque foothills of the Laramie Mountains. The area features granite towers, rocky soils and timbered slopes.
Visitors can visit the ancient rock formations at Vedauwoo Recreation Area, which allows for beautiful sightseeing, hiking, camping and mountain biking.
9. Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area
Bighorn Canyon offers a variety of outdoor recreational opportunities such as boating, fishing, hiking, magnificent vistas, wildlife watching, camping, and biking. The hardest part may be choosing which option to explore!
Geologic forces have distorted and bowed once-level layers of rock into immense walls creating spectacular, 1000 foot cliffs that loom over the Bighorn Lake.
Take some time to enjoy the diversified landscape of forest, mountains, upland prairie, deep canyons, broad valleys, high desert, and wetlands. Explore the lake, historic ranches, and over 27 miles of hiking trails. Bighorn Canyon offers a variety of activities for anyone willing to take the time to enjoy them.
As for biking, ride the south district park road to parallel the ancient Bad Pass Trail or in the north district pedal the Ok-A-Beh road for an intense workout!
Cody, Wyoming was founded in 1896 by the living legend, Colonel William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody, who at the age of 41 was one of the most famous men in the world. Cody is a great place to get on a bike and explore the vast expanse of Wyoming in all its beauty.
Start with Buffalo Bill Center of the West. Five world-class museums under one roof for one admission price that is good for two consecutive days. Enjoy the Buffalo Bill Museum, Cody Firearms Museum, Plains Indian Museum, Whitney Gallery of Western Art, and the spectacular new Draper Museum of Natural History.
Imagine a time capsule the size of a town! This is what you will find in the Old Trail Town. Step back 140 years and explore 25 historic cabins arranged to form a frontier settlement.
Cody is ideal for biking and many trails and tours are available catering to riders of all abilities. Bikes for two (or even four!) can be hired making it a fun day out for groups or families.
First place to stop in Cody is at the local Chamber of Commerce where you can pick up the Cody Mountain Biking Guide. You can explore trail-heads inside the city such as Beck Lake, Park, Red lakes, Paul Stock Nature Trail or those found in all directions outside Cody, including the Shoshone National Forest and the McCullough Peaks. All trails are well established and offer recreation for riders of all abilities.
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