All Other Destinations and Attractions in Wyoming
The small town of Dubois has a motto "enjoy a stay away from the fast lane" and it is quite appropriate. Dubois is surrounded by beautiful wilderness on all sides including badlands, mountain peaks, rivers, and grasslands. The main street features a unique boardwalk in the style of the Old West.
National Bighorn Sheep Interpretive Center
Everything you could ever want to know about Bighorn Sheep is on display at the National Bighorn Sheep Interpretive Center in Dubois. Interesting displays on the sheep themselves along with the plants and environment that they exist in are all featured. The center also has several interactive displays including "What does a Bighorn See" and "The Sheepeater Indians of the Wind River Range".
Address: 907 West Ramshorn Street, Box 1435, Dubois, WY 82513-1435, United States
Opening hours: May 1 to May 24: 9am-5pm; Closed: Sun
May 25 to Sep 3: 9am-7pm; Sun: 9am-5pm
Sep 4 to Nov 15: 9am-5pm; Closed: Sun
May 25 to Sep 3: 9am-7pm; Sun: 9am-5pm
Sep 4 to Nov 15: 9am-5pm; Closed: Sun
Entrance fee in USD: Family $6.00, Adult $2.50, Child 12 & under $.75
Facilities: Gift shop
Dubois Fish Hatchery
Located 5 miles East of Dubois on Highway 26 on Jakeys Fork Creek road, the Dubois Fish Hatchery produces three kinds of trout favored by anglers. These brown, rainbow, and cutthroat trout are released into the surrounding streams and lakes along with the nearby Wind River.
Located in downtown Dubois, the Dubois Museum contains many interesting exhibits on Dubois and the surrounding Upper Wind River Valley. The museum has a gift shop and also hosts a variety of events throughout the year including a Swedish Smorgasbord and an Archeology Day.
The town of Guernsey is a pleasant place to visit with several interesting attractions in or nearby town. These include the Guernsey State Park, Oregon Trail Ruts Historic Site, and Register Cliff State Historic Site. The North Platte River runs through town and interesting buttes can be seen off in the distance.
Guernsey State Park Museum
The Guernsey State Park Museum is located within the wonderful Guernsey State Park. The museum has several interesting displays on the work of the Civilian Conservation Corps and is housed in a historic building overlooking the lake. The park features seven campgrounds, a large lake for boating, and a multitude of hiking trails.
Register Cliff State Historic Site
Register Cliff State Historic Site is a sandstone cliff where migrants passing by scrawled their names. Most of the names date from the mass migration that passed through in the mid 19th Century. Register Cliff State Historical Site is located South of Guernsey, two miles past the turn for Oregon Trail Ruts State Historic Site.
Oregon Trail Ruts State Historic Site
Oregon Trail Ruts State Historic Site is located near Guernsey and can be easily accessed off Highway 26. At this site visitors can see the wagon ruts left in the soft sandstone by thousands of wagon wheels, horse and oxen hooves. These ruts date from the mass migration of the 1800's along the Oregon Trail.
Fort Laramie National Historic Site, Fort Laramie, Wyoming
Two hours' drive north-east of Cheyenne, at the junction of the Laramie River with the North Platte River, is Fort Laramie, founded in 1834 as a fur-trading post. The fort was taken over by the United States Army in 1849 in order to protect the Oregon Trail. Throughout the next 40 years Fort Laramie played a key role in the Indian Wars. From there troops could be sent out against the Indians, and there too treaties were signed with them. In the late 1880s the fort increasingly lost its military importance, and finally was abandoned. Some of the buildings are well preserved or have been restored, including the guardhouse, the cavalry barracks, the bakery and some officers' houses. On some summer weekends, particularly around July 4th, there are "living history" presentations.
The small town of Story, population just under 1,000, is a good base to explore a couple of nearby attractions. These include the Story Fish Hatchery and the Fort Phil Kearny State Historical Site.
Story Fish Hatchery
For those with a penchant for fish hatcheries, the Story Fish Hatchery should not be missed. Located near to the town that bears its name, the fish hatchery specializes in several kinds of trout. It was built in 1907 and is located on a beautiful piece of property. Parts of the facility were refurbished in 1993 and now contain interesting exhibits.
Fort Phil Kearny State Historic Site
Fort Phil Kearny State Historic Site is more than just a restored fort from the 19th Century. The site also includes the Fetterman and Wagon Box battlefields. Fort Phil Kearny State Historical Site provides a glimpse of life on the Bozeman trail in the days of the Wild West.
The small town of Saratoga is in the middle of an area well renown for the multitude of recreational opportunities. Hunting, fishing, and in the winter, snowmobiling are all popular pastimes. The hot springs in town are one of the states most active hot springs and can be visited free of charge for a soothing dip.
The Saratoga Museum is housed in the original railroad depot for the town. Archeology exhibits, regional railroad displays, Bison diorama, history of the local Episcopal Church, and several hands-on displays are featured.
Saratoga National Fish Hatchery
The Saratoga National Fish Hatchery provides the fish used in the restocking programs in the surrounding rivers, lakes and streams. In operation since 1911, the fish hatchery primarily produces restocking fish destined for the Great Lakes.
The small town of Lander is located in one of Wyoming's great wilderness areas - Fremont County. Spectacular vies of the Wind River Mountains can be had from town and a fine variety accommodation and dining options are available. Also of note is the Popo Agie River that flows through town.
Sinks Canyon State Park
The Sinks Canyon State Park offers visitors a unique sight - a disappearing river. It is here that the Middle Fork of the Popo Agie River suddenly plunges into a cave and disappears only to reappear a ¼ mile later. The visitor center provides the explanation and some history of the area along with displays of local wildlife. Camping is available at the park.
Wind River Indian Reservation, Fort Washakie
The Wind River Indian Reservation is one of the largest reservations in the United States. Encompassing over 2.2 million acres, the Wind River Indian Reservation offers a wide variety of cultural and activity based adventures. Visitors can participate in a pow wow, go whitewater rafting, or visit a museum.
Fremont County Pioneer Museum
The Fremont County Pioneer Museum tells the story of the first settlers to the Freemont County area. Of interest are period pieces, photographs, and other memorabilia. The museum also provides information on the areas first families and subsequent generations.
Rock Springs, Wyoming
The town of Rock Springs has much to offer visitors. This town founded in 1888 for its mineral resources is now a thriving community with just over 18,000 inhabitants. Located near Rock Springs is an aptly named area called the Sand Dunes. These are the largest sand dunes in North America.
Rock Springs Historic Museum
The building that houses the Rock Springs Historic Museum is almost, if not, more impressive than the collection inside. Once done gazing at the building, visitors will find a collection of items dating from 1868 onwards. The collection primarily deals with items from the area surrounding Rock Springs. The museum also has a research facility that can be accessed free of charge.
Community Fine Arts Center
The Community Fine Arts Center in Rock Springs is the cultural hot spot in town. Featuring artwork by local, national, and international artists, the center always has something interesting on show. The Community Fine Arts Center also has a busy schedule of events ranging from symphony concerts to jazz performances.
Western Wyoming Natural History Museum
Located on the campus of the Western Wyoming College, the Western Wyoming Natural History Museum possesses an impressive collection of fossilized items and reassembled dinosaurs. Also of note are the dinosaurs that are on display around the campus complete with informative descriptions of the animal's history.
The city of Rawlins was incorporated in 1886 and named after John A. Rawlins. The city claims to sit directly on top of the Continental Divide. Located in south central Wyoming, Rawlins is at the junction of Interstate 80 and Highway 287.
Carbon County Museum
The Carbon County Museum located in Rawlins is a treasure trove of all things related to Rawlins and the surrounding areas. Displays of note are the original Wyoming flag and the remains of Big Nose Parrot. The museum frequently changes exhibits so be sure to check in to see what's new.
Wyoming Frontier Prison
The Wyoming Frontier Prison in Rawlins gives visitors a taste of what life behind bars was like. The prison, built at the turn of the 20th Century is no longer in use except for the hour long tours that take place on a regular basis. Visitors get to visit the actual cells, the mess hall, and the Death House.
Powder River Experience, Arvada, Wyoming
Urban cowboys who hunger for a taste of the real West can sign up for the Powder River Experience. Here visitors will be actively involved in the operation of a working ranch with activities such as horseback riding and cattle drives on 24,000 acres. The Powder River Experience also includes skills training in horsemanship.
The town of Newcastle is ideally located. Mount Rushmore, The Black Hills, and Devils Tower are all a short drive away. Newcastle is also near the Black Hills route, an old chuckwagon road. Of interest in the town is the Anna Miller Museum, located just off highway 16 and of the Accidental Oil Company.
Anna Miller Museum
The Anna Miller Museum in Newcastle is like stepping back in time. Built in the 1930's as a WPA project, the museum today contains several interesting buildings including a schoolhouse, the Jenney Stockade Cabin, and a country store. The museum is named after Anna Miller, who was killed in the last known Indian battle in the area.
Accidental Oil Company
The Accidental Oil company in Newcastle tells the history of how one man digging a hole in 1966 discovered crude oil. On the site visitors can go down the hole and see the oil oozing up to the surface. The Accidental Oil Company also has one of the most unique gift shops. It is located inside a 10,000-barrel oil storage tank.
Independence Rock State Historic Site, Alcova, Wyoming
Towering above the Sweetwater River about 53 mi. south-west of Casper is the monolithic Independence Rock on which settlers heading west left their marks for prosperity. A mile further south-west is an impressive natural monument known as Devil's Gate.Independence Rock State Historic Site near Alcova is a treasure trove of pioneer history. It was here that settlers venturing westward carved their names into the soft rock. Also known as the "register of the desert" the large rock outcropping is situated at 6028 feet above sea level and is more than a mile around.
The small town of Douglas should be on the itinerary of any tourist who takes joy in collecting photos of unusual roadside attractions such as the world's "largest pecan" or the "dog on a tucker box". Douglas is known for its huge statue of a jackalope - a jackrabbit with antlers.
Fort Fetterman State Historic Site
All that remains of Fort Fetterman is a couple of restored buildings, however, that should not deter the visitor from stopping in at exit 25 off Interstate 25. Fort Fetterman State Historic Site contains a plethora of information on the history of the site and how it played an important role in the development of the West. Picnic tables and large areas of grass are available, and camping is permitted.
Wyoming Pioneer Memorial Museum
The Wyoming Pioneer Memorial Museum in Douglas contains all kinds of memorabilia related to the pioneers that came this way in years gone by. Photographs, artifacts and a description of the westward expansion by these tough souls are on display. The Wyoming Pioneer Memorial Museum also conducts research and family histories are on file.
Buffalo Wyoming is a place nestled near the Yellowstone Mountains. The city is located on the famous Bozeman Trail and is chock full of old West history. The area around Buffalo offers a wide range of recreational opportunities ranging from hiking and fishing to snowmobiling and camping. Buffalo is located at the junction of interstates 25 & 90.
Fans of the heroes of the Wild West, including Butch Cassidy, The Sundance Kid, Calamity Jane, and Buffalo Bill Cody will want to stop in at the Occidental Hotel. All these " larger than life" heroes stayed at the Occidental Hotel at one time. The hotel has been restored to its former glory and now offers accommodations to modern day explorers of the Wild West.
Jim Gatchell Memorial Museum
Full of antiques and items from bygone days of the Wild West, the Jim Gatchell Museum is a treasure trove of memorabilia. The museum features special exhibits on the history of the area and museum staff are happy to answer any questions you may have. On site is a restored chuck wagon, complete with cloth covering.
Address: 100 Fort Street, Buffalo, WY 82834-1801, United States
Opening hours: May 7 to May 31: 9am-4pm; Closed: Sun, Sat
Jun 1 to Sep 6: 9am-6pm; Sun: 12pm-6pm
Sep 7 to Sep 17: 9am-5pm; Closed: Sun, Sat
Sep 18 to Oct 1: 9am-4pm; Closed: Sun, Sat
Jun 1 to Sep 6: 9am-6pm; Sun: 12pm-6pm
Sep 7 to Sep 17: 9am-5pm; Closed: Sun, Sat
Sep 18 to Oct 1: 9am-4pm; Closed: Sun, Sat
Always closed on: American Independance Day (Jul 4)
Entrance fee in USD: Family $12.00, Adult $5.00, Child 17 & under $3.00, Child 6 & under FREE
Disability Access: Partial facilities for persons with disabilities.
Facilities: Gift shop
Carousel Park, located in Buffalo, Wyoming, is a pleasant spot for a picnic or a family outing. The park contains, as indicated by its name, a Carousel called the Cowboy Carousel, along with a Ferris wheel, and a miniature golf course.
Bridger-Teton National Forest
The spectacular area known as Bridger-Teton National Forest is a favorite of those whose pursuits include hiking, fishing, skiing, or camping. Spread out over the Western area of Wyoming, the Bridger-Teton National Forest encompasses 1.2 million square miles of designated wilderness. The area is noted for its varied wildlife including bighorn sheep, pika, black bears, bison, and beavers.
Address: Box 1888, Jackson, WY 83001-1888, United States
Gros Ventre Slide
The site of a massive rockslide in 1925, Gros Ventre is a sight to behold. Still readily visible today, the slide site looks as though someone has scooped a big hole out of the side of the mountain. A memorial plaque gives the history of the town of Kelly that was wiped out two years after the slide when a earthen dam holding back a lake gave way.
Periodic Spring is a unique sight. The spring emanates from a canyon wall that only flows for 18 minutes before coming to a complete stop. The local Indians believed that the spring was sacred and that a powerful medicine man had the powers to turn the spring on and off.
Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area
Bighorn National Forest
The Bighorn National Forest is a great spot for nature lovers. Fishing, hiking, and camping opportunities abound. The Bighorn National Forest is massive, spread over 189,000 acres and features 32 campgrounds, 14 picnic areas, 1500 miles of trails, and for those more into windshield tourism, 3 scenic byways.
Address: 2013 Eastside Second Street, Sheridan, WY 82801-9638, United States
Located within the massive Bighorn National Forest is the Medicine Wheel. Native people used this ancient arrangement of stones in days gone by, however, the exact purposes are lost in the sands of time. The site is still considered sacred by native peoples so please exercise a level of respect when visiting.
Black Hills National Forest
Straddling two states, Wyoming and South Dakota, the Black Hills National Forest is one of the largest forest areas in the United States at 1.2 million acres. The Black Hills National Forest has 30 campgrounds, 26 picnic areas, 450 miles of trails, and 1300 miles of streams. Visitors will be sure to find their own piece of solitude in this massive area.
Homesteaders Museum, Powell, Wyoming
The Homesteaders Museum in Powell, focuses on the life and times of a homesteading family. On display are period pieces and photographs along with history of the region and family. Farm implements Indian artifacts and a caboose are also on display.
Rockpile Museum, Gillette, Wyoming
Museums take their names from a variety of sources, but the Gillette Rockpile museum surely has to be unique in the fact that the people who run it named it after a pile of rocks. Exhibits focus mainly on the local area's history. Occasionally the Rockpile Museum plays host to special events and displays so be sure to call to see what is happening.
Greybull Museum, Greybull, Wyoming
The Greybull Museum located in the small town of the same name deals primarily with the history of the local area. Also on display are fossils and Native American artifacts. The Wyoming State Historical Society manages the museum.
Meeteetse Bank Museum, Meeteetse, Wyoming
Despite the name, the Meeteetse Bank Museum has artifacts related to sheep and cattle. There is also a photography exhibit by Charles Belden of the famous Pitchfork Ranch. The building has been restored and is listed on the National Register of Historical places.
Washakie Museum, Worland, Wyoming
The Washakie Museum located in Worland presents the past for modern day visitors. It has displays on the history of the region dating back to the dinosaurs and running right up to modern day. Some of the items of note are the prehistoric tools and the displays on geology.
Fossil Butte National Monument
Fossil Butte National Monument is famous the world over for its immense collection of fossils found in the cold sagebrush desert. Hiking trails are available as are bicycle tracks. Fossil Butte National Monument has a fantastic visitor center and hosts a variety of ranger led activities.
Address: Box 592, Kemmerer, WY 83101-0592, United States
Opening hours: Sunrise-Sunset
Entrance fee: FREE
Useful tips: The visitor center is open 7 days a week 9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. May 1 through September 30. October through April 30, the visitor center is open 8:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., 7 days a week, but closed winter holidays.
Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area
Medicine Bow Mountains
The Medicine Bow Mountains west of Laramie were sacred to the Indians. Now there are popular winter sports available, especially in the vicinity of the Snowy Range.
Grand Encampment Museum, Encampment, Wyoming
The Grand Encampment Museum in the city of the same name provides a glimpse of pioneer life in the old West. The museum consists of over a dozen buildings, all done up in the style of the times, filled with period pieces of that day and age. The history of the Encampment Valley is also presented. Of particular note is the Doc Culleton Interpretive Center.
Fort Bridger State Historic Site, Fort Bridger, Wyoming
Fort Bridger State Historical Park is located 30 miles East of Evanston. The park is at an elevation of 6675 feet and provides excellent views to the south where the Uinta Mountains can be seen. Several buildings from the original fort have been restored and a visitors center is on the site. Also at Fort Bridger State Historical Park is an archeological exhibit of the base of the original cobblestone wall.
Fossil Country Frontier Museum, Kemmerer, Wyoming
The Fossil Country Frontier Museum located in Kemmerer, WY, has more than just the standard period pieces and memorabilia from days gone by. It has a replica coal mine, a bootlegging still, and a fossilized footprint of a Hadrosaurid. The museum has an active event calendar hosting five events throughout the season ranging from campfire chats to a music festival.
Museum of the Mountain Man, Pinedale, Wyoming
The Museum of the Mountain Man in Pinedale, WY, tells the story of the courageous men that opened up the Rocky Mountains to the fur trade. The museum also provides an interesting overview of the fur trade and of the Rocky Mountain Rendezvous system. The museum hosts a variety of events throughout the season from a Spring Thaw Party to Sublette County Days.
Shoshone National Forest
The Shoshone National Forest was the United States' first forest reserve when it was set-aside in 1891. The Shoshone National Forest is spread over an incredible 2.4 million acres and as a result the outdoor recreation opportunities are almost endless. The park ranges from snow capped mountains to sagebrush flats and is stunningly beautiful.
South Pass City, Wyoming
South Pass City State Historic Site in the city of the same name makes for a great outing. Here visitors can pan for gold, see a blacksmith in action and tour through the 17 restored buildings on the site. Hiking and walking trails are also available in South Pass City Historic Site but note there is no camping at this location.
Torrington - Homesteaders Museum
The Homesteaders Museum in Torrington is the home of a variety of displays related to the mass migration of homesteaders that took place in the mid 19th Century. Also on display are items and information on the second wave of homesteaders that came this way after World War II. The museum is located in a renovated railway depot on highway 85.
Big Piney - Green River Valley Museum
The Green River Valley Museum located in Big Piney, WY features exhibits on the history of the local area along with special displays of Indian Artifacts, outdoor ranch equipment, and historic oil fields tools. The museum also features one yearly exhibit that changes annually.
Uinta County Historical Museum, Evanston, Wyoming
Uinta County Historical Museum is the repository for all history in Unita County. A variety of interesting displays and exhibits make this museum in Evanston worth a quick stop. The museum is housed in the famous Carnegie Library located right downtown.
Sweetwater County Historical Museum, Green River, Wyoming
Western History Center, Lingle, Wyoming
The Western History Center in the small town of Lingle is worth a visit for those interested in learning more about the geological make up of the area, immigrant history, and ancient peoples who once inhabited the nearby lands. Of particular interest are the displays of ancient mammoths and the Spanish Diggings.
Stagecoach Museum, Lusk, Wyoming
The Stagecoach Museum in the small town of Lusk. The feature attraction is an original stagecoach that was used on the Cheyenne Black Hills Stage Line. Also on display are other horse drawn buggies, memorabilia from the 1800's and an old storefront.
Medicine Bow National Forest
This huge area is combined with the Routt National Forest and extends from north central Colorado to central Wyoming. Also located nearby is the Thunder Basin National Grasslands and all three areas combined offer almost 3 million acres of recreational opportunities.
Riverton Museum, Riverton, Wyoming
The Riverton Museum located in the town of the same name provides visitors with the history, life and times of the homesteaders who settled here in 1906. The museum is housed in one of the town's oldest brick buildings that was once a church. It also has an extensive research library on Wyoming's history.
Little Snake River Museum, Savery, Wyoming
The Little Snake River Museum in Savery has a variety of information and displays on the town of Savery and the history of the region. Also on the property are four buildings of historical significance. They are Jim Baker's Cabin, Strobridge House, the Blair Cabin, and the Dutch Joe School.
Wheatland - Laramie Peak Museum
The Laramie Peak Museum located in Wheatland has an interesting selection of displays of homesteader equipment and artifacts. Some of the displays featured are a tool exhibit, a 1880's pottery kiln, a Dempster hand pump, and a wide brimmed lady's hat among many others.
Lincoln County Daughters of Utah Pioneer Museum, Afton, Wyoming
Not unlike other historical pioneer museums, the Lincoln County Daughters of the Utah Pioneers Museum in Afton contains a variety of period pieces. The museum also provides some history of the area and on the Mormons in particular.
Medicine Bow Museum, Medicine Bow, Wyoming
The Medicine Bow Museum features exhibits on the town and the surrounding area. The museum is housed in an old railway depot that is on the National Register of Historic Places. Also on site is the Owen Wister Cabin.