Wyoming: Outdoor Adventures and Natural Beauty

Outdoor adventurers and enthusiasts have several recreational endeavors to enjoy in Wyoming.

By
Joe Morris
On Thursday, June 20, 2013 - 09:01

Wyoming is home to some of the nation's most beloved outdoor natural treasures — Yellowstone, Devil's Tower, Grand Teton and Shoshone National Forest. Outdoor adventurers and enthusiasts also have several other recreational endeavors to enjoy.

Whitewater Rafting

One of the most exciting summer activities in all of Wyoming is going whitewater rafting on the Snake River in Jackson Hole. The river narrows just south of town, and the whitewater will undoubtedly create a day of thrills for all rafting participants.

The state is home to thousands of miles of cross-country skiing trails. Downhill skiing, sleigh rides and dogsled tours are also abundant, especially in northwest communities such as Grand Teton National Park, where snowfalls may total more than 400 inches per season, and Jackson offers some of the nation's best skiing at its numerous resorts.

Camping/Hiking/Nature Loving

Wyoming is a virtual paradise for anyone who loves to hike and camp. Top venues to visit include Big Horn Mountains, Bridger-Teton National Forest, Curt Gowdy Trail, Green River Lakes, New Fork Lakes, Glendo State Park and, of course, Yellowstone National Park.

Golf

There are 70 golf courses to choose from in Wyoming, with a majority of them in the cities of Cheyenne, Casper, Jackson, Sheridan, Gillette and Laramie. One of the nicest private venues is Cheyenne Country Club, which spans 6,619 yards over 18 holes. A challenging and scenic public course is Three Crowns Golf Club in Casper, which measures 7,065 yards.

Festivals

More than 50 interesting festivals occur in Wyoming each year, and the largest is Frontier Days in Cheyenne. The 10-day celebration features a world-class rodeo, a Chuckwagon Cookoff, carnival midway, a Buckin' A Saloon and concerts. The 2011 dates are July 22-31, and the concert lineup will include Kid Rock, Toby Keith, Charlie Daniels, Darius Rucker and the Zac Brown Band.

For more on outdoor recreation options in Wyoming, go to www.wyomingtourism.org

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Joe Morris is a Nashville-based writer and editor.