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Wyoming Vacations Travel Guide

 

General Information

Baby Equipment Rentals - companies in Wyoming that rent baby gear and equipment including car seats, strollers, cribs and more

Wyoming Division of Tourism - visitors information with maps, places to eat, accommodations, activities, what to see, calendar of events and more.

 


Zoos

If you know of a Zoo in Wyoming, let us know and we will add it here.


National Parks

Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone, Wyoming
Phone: (307) 344-7381
Established on March 1, 1872, Yellowstone National Park is the first and oldest national park in the world.  Preserved within Yellowstone are Old Faithful Geyser and some 10,000 hot springs and geysers, the majority of the planet's total. These geothermal wonders are evidence of one of the world's largest active volcanoes; its last eruption created a crater or caldera that spans almost half of the park.  An outstanding mountain wild land with clean water and air, Yellowstone is home of the grizzly bear and wolf, and free-ranging herds of bison and elk. It is the core of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, one of the largest intact temperate zone ecosystems remaining on the planet.  Activities include: biking, hiking, horseback riding, boating, fishing, camping, picnicking, wildlife viewing and viewing various scenic areas of the park. For more information on the various activities such as viewing Old Faithful Geyser, click here.
Yellowstone National Park Net Online - Visit this helpful site for detailed information on planning your trip to Yellowstone Park.  This site offers details on summer and winter activities, hotels and lodgings, entertainment, helpful maps, history of the park, area news & weather and much more.

Devils Tower
Devils Tower, Wyoming
Phone: (307) 467-5283
The nearly vertical monolith known as Devils Tower rises 1,267 feet above the meandering Belle Fourche River. Once hidden below the earth's surface, erosion has stripped away the softer rock layers revealing Devils Tower. Known by several northern plains tribes as Bears Lodge, it is a sacred site of worship for many American Indians. The rolling hills of this 1,347 acre park are covered with pine forests, deciduous woodlands, and prairie grasslands. Deer, prairie dogs, and other wildlife are abundant.  Activities include hiking, climbing, nature walks and wildlife viewing.  Devils Tower is also known for being in the Steven Spielberg science fiction movie "Close Encounters of The Third Kind", starring Richard Dreyfuss.

Grand Teton National Park
Moose, Wyoming
Phone: (307) 739-3300
Towering more than a mile above the valley known as Jackson Hole, the Grand Teton rises to 13,770 feet above sea level. Twelve Teton peaks reach above 12,000 feet elevation, high enough to support a dozen mountain glaciers. In contrast to the abrupt eastern face, the west side of the range slopes gently, showing the angle of tilt of the Earth's crust. Youngest of the mountains in the Rocky Mountain system, the Teton Range displays some of the North America's oldest rocks.  Grand Teton National Park and the John D. Rockefeller, Jr., Memorial Parkway offer a variety of activities from traditional mountain park hiking, walking, wildlife viewing, photography, backpacking, camping, climbing and fishing to swimming, boating, floating, canoeing and biking in the summer to skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling in the winter.

Fort Laramie National Historic Site
Fort Laramie, Wyoming
Phone: (307) 837-2221
Founded in 1834 as Fort William, a fur-trading post, it was a center for trade in beaver pelts and buffalo robes, and a place for mountain men, frontier entrepreneurs, and Plains Indians to mingle. Rebuilt in 1841 as Fort John, the new trading post became a welcome stop for emigrants migrating westward along the Oregon Trail and the Mormon Trail.  In 1849, the United States Army purchased the post, renamed it Fort Laramie, and expanded it into a major military fort. From then until 1890 when it was decommissioned, it was the center of military presence on the High Plains.

Fossil Butte National Monument
Kemmerer, Wyoming
Phone: (307) 877-4455
This 50-million year old lake bed is one of the richest fossil localities in the world. Recorded in limestone are dynamic and complete paleoecosystems that spanned two million years. Preservation is so complete that it allows for detailed study of climate change and its effects on biological communities.

John D. Rockefeller Jr. Memorial Parkway
Moose, Wyoming
Phone: (307) 733-2880
Linking Yellowstone with Grand Teton National Park, this scenic 82-mile corridor commemorates John D. Rockefeller's role in aiding establishment of many parks, including Grand Teton.

 


Museums

Nicolaysen Art Museum and Discovery Center
400 East Collins Drive
Casper, Wyoming 82601
Phone: (307) 235-5247
One large and six small galleries have three simultaneous exhibitions that are of or about the Rocky Mountain Region. Ranging for contemporary to traditional western, these exhibitions address the strength and depth of the art that is made in the region or made about the region. In a year, twelve exhibitions are shown. In addition, there are opening receptions open to the public for all exhibitions.  Education: The Museum offers many educational opportunities for both children and adults. The Discovery Center is a hands-on self-guided art-making studio that offers 10-15 different stations at which people of all ages can get "creative." The stations concentrate on the current shows, art methods, and having fun.

Wyoming Science Adventure Center
400 E. Collins Dr.
Casper, Wyoming 82601
Phone: (307) 261-6130
The Wyoming Science Adventure Center is Casper's only children's Science Museum. Located on the third floor of the Nicolaysen Art Museum, the center features hands-on science displays guaranteed to please parents and spark the interest of kids of all ages!  Families can experience the excitement of exhibits which demonstrate important scientific concepts - disguised as FUN!

Wild West Rattlesnake Museum & Reptile Zoo
1420 Sheridan Ave.
Cody, Wyoming 82414
Phone: 1-877-VENOM-88
Over 20 Species of Rattlesnake, 6 species of cobra, vipers, constrictors, boas, spiders, scorpions, bugs, etc. Very educational and child oriented.

Warren ICBM & Heritage Museum
7405 Marne Loop, Bldg. 210
F.E. Warren AFB, Wyoming 82005
Phone: (307) 773-2980
The Museum is in historic Building 210, which was the Army commander’s headquarters at the turn of the century. You will find exhibits in the first floor rooms, as well as the museum annex building 211, depicting the history of missiles and that of the 90th Space Wing. On the second floor of Bldg. 210 are rooms that create a look back into the life of the men and women stationed at the post/base.

Old West Wax Museum
Thermopolis, Wyoming
Step back into the Old West... where men and women were as raw and untamed as the country around them. Hero and heroine, outlaw and lawman, cowboy and schoolmarm, Indian and mountain man-they all became part of the legends of the West.  Opened in August 1999, the Old West Wax Museum is a unique blend of history, folklore and folk crafts. Its appeal is timeless and ageless.  More than 50 life-size wax figures in 20 Western frontier historical dioramas.

Wyoming Dinosaur Center
110 Carter Ranch Road
P.O. Box 868
Thermopolis, Wyoming 82443
Phone: (307) 864-5522
The Wyoming Dinosaur Center located in north-central Wyoming is known for some of the largest dinosaur fossil quarries in the world. Join our paleo-technicians in the field as they uncover large Jurassic dinosaurs such as Allosaurus, Apatosaurus, Camarasaurus and Diplodocus. Visit the center's spectacular museum. See 19 full-size mounted skeletons, including 8 dinosaurs, such as: Allosaurus, Triceratops and Tyrannosaurus Rex. There are displays on geology and prehistoric life on earth. Shop for fossils, gems, minerals, posters and great educational books, games and toys in the center's unique museum shop.

 


Theme Parks, Amusement Parks & Water Parks

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Family Activities

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Summer - Family Vacation Hot Spots (Beaches, Lakes, etc.)

Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone, Wyoming
Phone: (307) 344-7381
Established on March 1, 1872, Yellowstone National Park is the first and oldest national park in the world.  Preserved within Yellowstone are Old Faithful Geyser and some 10,000 hot springs and geysers, the majority of the planet's total. These geothermal wonders are evidence of one of the world's largest active volcanoes; its last eruption created a crater or caldera that spans almost half of the park.  An outstanding mountain wild land with clean water and air, Yellowstone is home of the grizzly bear and wolf, and free-ranging herds of bison and elk. It is the core of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, one of the largest intact temperate zone ecosystems remaining on the planet.  Activities include: biking, hiking, horseback riding, boating, fishing, camping, picnicking, wildlife viewing and viewing various scenic areas of the park. For more information on the various activities such as viewing Old Faithful Geyser, click here.

Devils Tower
Devils Tower, Wyoming
Phone: (307) 467-5283
The nearly vertical monolith known as Devils Tower rises 1,267 feet above the meandering Belle Fourche River. Once hidden below the earth's surface, erosion has stripped away the softer rock layers revealing Devils Tower. Known by several northern plains tribes as Bears Lodge, it is a sacred site of worship for many American Indians. The rolling hills of this 1,347 acre park are covered with pine forests, deciduous woodlands, and prairie grasslands. Deer, prairie dogs, and other wildlife are abundant.  Activities include hiking, climbing, nature walks and wildlife viewing.  Devils Tower is also known for being in the Steven Spielberg science fiction movie "Close Encounters of The Third Kind", starring Richard Dreyfuss.

Grand Teton National Park
Moose, Wyoming
Phone: (307) 739-3300
Towering more than a mile above the valley known as Jackson Hole, the Grand Teton rises to 13,770 feet above sea level. Twelve Teton peaks reach above 12,000 feet elevation, high enough to support a dozen mountain glaciers. In contrast to the abrupt eastern face, the west side of the range slopes gently, showing the angle of tilt of the Earth's crust. Youngest of the mountains in the Rocky Mountain system, the Teton Range displays some of the North America's oldest rocks.  Grand Teton National Park and the John D. Rockefeller, Jr., Memorial Parkway offer a variety of activities from traditional mountain park hiking, walking, wildlife viewing, photography, backpacking, camping, climbing and fishing to swimming, boating, floating, canoeing and biking in the summer to skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling in the winter.

Yellowstone Lake - The largest mountain lake in the western US.  Boating, fishing, camping and other water activities.  Certain restrictions apply due to this lake being located in the Yellowstone National Park.  Permits for boating activities can be obtained at the various park entrances.  Yellowstone Lake and Yellowstone National Park are located in northwestern Wyoming.

Flaming Gorge Reservoir - Fishing, boating, swimming, picnicking and camping.  This lake lies within the scenic Flaming Gorge National Recreational Area which lies partially in Utah and mostly Wyoming.  Popular recreational sites include Squaw Hollow and Buckboard Crossing on the western shoreline and Firehole Canyon and Upper Marsh Creek on the eastern side. Lucerne Valley Recreation offers camping on an outer fork surrounded on three sides by the lake on the Utah side along the southwestern section.  From I 80 take the Green River Wyoming exit (near the information center). Follow Wyoming State Route 530 if you wish to see the western shoreline and visit access points.

Shoshone Lake - Boating, swimming, fishing, camping and other water activities.  Located in the Yellowstone National Park just 5 miles west of the Continental Divide.

Jackson Lake - Boating, fishing, swimming, camping and other water activites.  Located along the scenic John D. Rockefeller Parkway beginning 7 miles south of Yellowstone National Park.

Pathfinder Reservoir - Boating, swimming and fishing.  This is a very scenic lake located about 45 minutes southwest of Casper off Wyoming State Route 20.

Seminoe Reservoir - Boating, fishing, swimming and camping.  This lake extends over 16 miles point to point with numerous coves and forks. Seminoe State Park is located on its northwestern shoreline and features recreational camping facilities. Located 14 miles north of Sinclair and I 80, take Seminoe Road north to the reservoir.

National Parks and Museums listed above and during summer months some of  the Winter Park links below will show you summer activities that are available at the parks.

 


Winter - Family Vacation Hot Spots (Ski Resorts, etc.)

Jackson Hole Ski Area - Jackson Hole is the name of the entire valley beginning at the south entrance of Yellowstone and running 60 miles south through Grand Teton National Park.  Early residents built one of the first ski tows in the U.S. in 1939 on Snow King Mountain in town. In 1965, the Jackson Hole Ski Area in Teton Village opened, offering full resort facilities and some of America's best skiing terrain. Then, in 1969, Grand Targhee Ski Resort began operations on the western slope of the Tetons near the small community of Alta, Wyoming. The development of these three areas helped establish Jackson Hole as a world-renowned skiing center, as well as an unrivaled all-season recreational resort area. Jackson Hole has ski runs suitable for skiers of all abilities. Beginners and intermediates will find plenty of terrain to suit their needs. Experts will be challenged by the 10,450-foot Rendezvous Peak that has a myriad of terrain and snow to offer.  For an overview of the Jackson Hole Wyoming area along with local attractions, click here for a regional guide.

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
3395 McCollister Drive
Teton Village, WY 83025
Phone: (307) 733-2292 / (888) DEEP-SNO
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is made up of two mountains:
Apres Vous Mountain: With over 2100 vertical feet of groomers and glades, "AV" is known as our intermediate mountain. Wide open groomers like Werner and Moran allow for fast laps on the high speed Apres Vous Quad. The slightly more adventurous might find themselves in gladed areas like Saratoga Bowl or Moran Woods. Halfpipe and park riders will find their preferred terrain secluded between Werner and Hanna. The base of Apres Vous Mountain flattens into our gentle beginner slopes, accessed off of Eagles Rest and Teewinot chairlifts.
Rendezvous Mountain: This is where you will find the terrain that Jackson Hole is famous for: chutes, bowls, couloirs and glades make up most of the terrain. There are advanced intermediate groomers and cruisers as well, runs like Rendezvous Trail, Grand and Amphitheater. The tram travels 4,139 vertical feet above the valley floor to 10,450 feet (3,185 meters) above sea level. From the top of the Jackson Hole Tram, you can enjoy some of the best consistent fall line skiing and riding in the world. The 8-Passenger Bridger Gondola™ offers quick access to a great deal of the mountain from its summit, just below the headwall.

Snow King Resort
400 E. Snow King Ave.
PO Box SKI
Jackson Hole, Wyoming 83001
Phone: (800) 522-KING (5464) / (307) 733-5200
Only a few blocks from downtown Jackson, Wyoming, Snow King Resort is surrounded by over 400 acres of the Bridger Teton National Forest. Jackson Hole is the year round gateway to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. Snow King Resort is the largest full service year round resort in Jackson Hole offering a variety of amenities.  In the winter: located at the base of Snow King Mountain Ski Area, our resort offers great skiing opportunities and access to several winter activities including King Tubes, Snow King Tube Park, ice skating at Snow King Center, skiing at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and Grand Targhee, snowmobiling in Yellowstone National Park, snowshoeing in Grand Teton National Park and much more.  In the summer, Snow King guests can enjoy our Alpine Slide, a Scenic Chairlift ride up Snow King mountain, horseback riding, white water rafting on the Snake River, or a hot air balloon above the Grand Teton Mountain Range and many other outdoor activities.

Grand Targhee
Ski Hill Rd
Alta, WY
WY 83422
Phone: (800) TARGHEE / (307) 353-2300
In the winter: Skiing, snowboarding, tubing, snowmobiling, snow shoeing and dog sledding.  In the summer: Hiking, biking, swimming, fishing and more.

Sleeping Giant
349 Yellowstone Hwy.
Cody, Wyoming 82414
Phone: (307) 587-4044
Skiing, cross country skiing and snowboarding on a wide variety of terrain with beautiful scenery.  Sleeping Giant is right next door to the East Entrance of Yellowstone National Park and is one of America's oldest ski areas.

Antelope Butte SkiArea
P.O. Box 450
Dayton, Wyoming 82836
Phone: (307) 655-9530
Skiing, snowboarding and snowmobile trails for every age and everyone in the family.

Snowy Range Ski Area
Located 32 miles west of Laramie, Wyoming. Take I-80 exit 311 (Snowy Range Road) west to Hwy 130 then 32 miles into the scenic Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest.

White Pine Ski Area & Resort
In the beautiful Wind River Mountains
10 miles northeast of Pinedale, Wyoming
PO Box 1420, Pinedale, WY 82941
Phone: (307) 367-6606
Great downhill skiing, snow-boarding, and cross-country ski trails!

National Parks, Museums and Summer vacation hot spots listed above.

 


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