Formed by volcanic fire and glacial ice, the nation’s initial parkland is arguably its most spectacular too. Underground thermal waters come up to the surface and explode into geysers. Water exhausting from Yellowstone’s high plateau forms into rivers and tumbles down waterfalls. The most important herd of bison in America roams freely through Yellowstone, and elk, bighorn sheep, grizzly bears and wolves vary the park also. Yellowstone National Park is therefore standard that guests should build plans well in advance to secure lodging or campsites. Attracting quite 3 million guests annually, Yellowstone is quite a national park. It’s a national treasure.
Grand Teton National Park
Established in 1929, the Grand Teton National Park is well known for its stunning mountain vistas, its shimmering alpine lakes and its abundant wildlife.
Stretching from Yellowstone National Park to the City of Jackson, the rugged spine of the Teton Mountains towers more than a mile above the Snake River valley. Sparkling lakes nestle against the foot of the mountains, and moose, bison and elk are among the many animals that make the park their home. With more than 250 miles (400 km) of hiking trails and hundreds of campgrounds, motels and lodges, visitors have their pick of activities and accommodations.
Located near Wyoming’s border with Idaho, the upscale Jackson Hole resort area began life as outpost for trappers attracted by the region’s many fur-bearing animals. A river basin at the base of the Teton Range, Jackson Hole attracts visitors in every season. Rafting in Snake River is a popular pastime in summer, and with more than 500 inches of snow each winter, the region is a favorite skiing destination too. The City of Jackson is the only incorporated town in the valley, but there are resorts, homes and communities scattered all over the valley. Dining in Jackson ranges from campfire barbeque cookouts to cuisine like wild salmon, buffalo burgers and elk chops.
No visit to Wyoming is complete without exploring the state’s cowboy heritage, and the City of Cody is a great place to peer into the Cowboy State’s past. Located near Yellowstone, the city was founded in 1887 by the legendary Buffalo Bill Cody. The Buffalo Bill Center in the center of Cody has five Western themed museums filled with engaging exhibits, including artifacts that chronicle William F. Cody’s colorful life. The Old Trail Town, which features more than 25 restored Western buildings, is a must-see attraction too. Known as the Rodeo Capital of the World, Cody holds rodeos almost every night during the summer.
Flaming Gorge Recreation Area
Formed by a dam built on the Green River in 1958, the Flaming Gorge reservoir is the primary attraction of this National Recreation Area straddling the border between Utah and Wyoming. Equipped with five full-service marinas, the manmade lake is the perfect vacation destination for water sports, boating and fishing. With more than 100 miles of trails, hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding are popular activities as well. Named after the flame-colored cliffs that rise up from the Green River, Flaming Gorge is most scenic at sunrise or sunset when the canyon glows with brilliant colors.