In the extreme south east of the state, close to both the border of Nebraska and Colorado is the capital and most populated city in Wyoming, Cheyenne, considered the rodeo and railroad capital of the United States. This low lying city offers visitors Old West attractions, a collection of steam engines from the original railroads, and the impressive Wyoming State Capitol building. Venture to one of the nearby ranches and witness huge herds of bison grazing in the grasslands.
In the extreme west of the state, at the southern end of Grand Teton National Park is the small city of Jackson, situated in the valley of Jackson Hole, sometimes referred to as the Last Real Mountain Town, The Last Of The Old West. Located at the edge of the mountains, this low lying sprawling small city is a great location for outdoor activities, hiking, skiing, heading into the Grand Tetons National Park, and only a short distance from the T.A Moulton Barn, probably the most famous barn in the world.
Pictured from the Snow King resort.
In the northern centre of the state, covering some 4,482 square kilometres (1,730 square miles) is the Bighorn National Forest, encompassing part of the Bighorn Mountains, an outlying range of the Rocky Mountains. Made up of primarily forest, with alpine lakes and meadows at higher elevations, the protected area is home to black bears, cougars, elk, mule, deer and moose. With over 2,414 kilometres (1,500 miles) of hiking trails it is perfect for trekking, with one of the most notable hikes taking visitors into the Cloud Peak Wilderness, named after the 4,015 metre (13,171 ft) Cloud Peak, the highest mountain in the Bighorn Range.
Pictured is Shell Falls.
8. Bighorn National Forest
In the extreme south of the state, crossing the border into neighbouring Colorado is the 8,993 square kilometre (3,472 square mile) Medicine Bow Routt National Forest, made up of three national forests and encompassing part of the Medicine Bow Mountains. With its huge plateaus, great open prairies, giant forested areas, high peaks and huge valleys of the Snowy Range, this national forest makes for incredible natural terrain. For hikers, one of the best trails is a moderately easy 4.1 kilometre (2.6 mile) hike that takes you right to the top of Medicine Bow Peak, sitting 3,663 metres (12,018 ft) above sea level.
7. Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest
In the north west of the state, straddling Yellowstone National Park is the 9,983 square kilometre (3,854 square mile) Shoshone National Forest, designated in 1891 it is the first protected national forest in the United States. Having never been heavily exploited, the forest retains much of its untouched pristine wilderness, with designated wilderness areas including North Absaroka, Washakie, Fitzpatrick and Popo Agie. Home to grizzly bear, cougar, moose, a huge elk population and the largest bighorn sheep population in the US, the incredible terrain of steep mountains and forested slopes includes Gannett Peak, at 4,210 metres (13,810 ft) above sea level it is the highest mountain in the Wind River Range and the highest in Wyoming. With incredible landscapes, 16 named and 140 unnamed glaciers and over 2,092 kilometres (1,300 miles) of hiking trails, it is a trekkers paradise away from the huge numbers that head to neighbouring parks.
6. Shoshone National Forest
In the north west of the state, between Grand Teton National Park and Shoshone National Forest is the 13,770 square kilometre (5,317 square mile) Bridger Teton National Forest, the third largest national forest outside of Alaska. Home to grizzly bear, wolf, elk, moose, bighorn sheep and bison among the 75 other mammals within the forest, it is also home to seven of the largest glaciers in the United States outside of Alaska. With over 3,200 kilometres (1,988 miles) of hiking trails leading across the wilderness areas and into neighbouring Yellowstone National Park, it is another wondrous natural mountainous and forested terrain in Wyoming.
5. Bridger-Teton National Forest
In the far north east of the state, rising an almost vertical 265 metres (867 ft) from the base to the summit is the Devil's Tower, also known as Bear Lodge Butte, the first national monument of the United States. Whether the tower is a volcanic plug or the neck of an extinct volcano is up for debate, but what remains clear is that the Devil's Tower is one of the most iconic landmarks and most visited sites in Wyoming.
4. The Devil's Tower
In the extreme south west of the state, shared between Utah and Wyoming is the 839 square kilometre (324 square mile) Flaming Gorge National Recreational Area, centred around the 146 kilometre (91 mile) long Flaming Gorge Reservoir. This landscape of red sandstone cliffs rising from the Green River gives visitors great opportunities for camping, biking, rock climbing, canoeing and hiking in one of the states most beautiful locations.
3. Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area
In the north west of the state, straddling the border with Idaho and located around 10 miles to the south of Yellowstone National Park is the 1,300 square kilometre (502 square mile) Grand Teton National Park, named after the 4,199 metre (13,775 ft) Grand Teton, the highest mountain in the Teton Range. Home to large mammals including grizzly bear, black bear, moose, bison and thousands of elk that migrate through the park during spring and fall, the landscape is one of steep rugged mountains, giant valleys and vast untouched forests. Popular for mountaineering, camping and fishing, it also offers visitors 320 kilometres (200 miles) of hiking trails.
2. Grand Teton National Park
In the far north west of the state, straddling the border with both Montana and Idaho, covering some 8,983 square kilometres (3,468 square miles) is the world famous Yellowstone National Park, the first national park in the United States, and widely understood to be the first national park in the world. Home to hundreds of species of mammals, birds, fish and reptiles, Yellowstone is the largest and most famous megafauna location in the United States, with grizzly bear, wolves, elk and the oldest and largest public bison herd in the US. Made up of lakes, canyons, rivers, forests and mountain ranges, some of the most famous sites include the Grand Canyon Of The Yellowstone with Yellowstone Falls, the cone geyser of Old Faithful, and the Grand Prismatic Spring, the third largest hot spring in the world, the eye of the largest supervolcano on the continent. With a wealth of wildlife and unmatched scenery, as the largest remaining nearly intact ecosystem in Earth's northern hemisphere, Yellowstone National Park has been inscribed a UNESCO World Heritage Site.