Some of the best things in life are free and that is certainly true in Wyoming. You can spend days taking in the history and nature of the area without spending a penny at any of these sites. Here are some fun and educational things to do in Wyoming that are absolutely free.
1. Castle Gardens
The Castle Gardens Petroglyph Site is located east of Riverton in Central Wyoming. The name comes from the wind that has eroded the sandstone into castle-like shapes. In the sandstone, you can find rock art created by Native Americans.
2. Independence Rock
Independence rock is located southwest of Casper and is known as the "Register of the Desert." Pioneers carved their names into the hard stone. This was a key landmark that assured travelers that if they arrived at this rock by July 4th, they would make it through the Rockies before winter.
3. White Mountain Petroglyphs
Native Americans have carved figures into the sandstone cliffs at the White Mountain Petroglyphs site. This site is located in Southwestern Wyoming in Wyoming's Red Desert near Rock Springs. At the site, you will find bison and elk hunt carvings and handprints that are 200 to 1,000 years old.
4. Medicine Wheel
Medicine Wheel is located in Northern Wyoming in the Big Horn Mountains near Lovell. Throughout the centuries, this sacred site has been used as a location to offer up prayers for healing and atonement.
5. Oregon Trail Ruts
The Oregon Trail Ruts is a National Landmark located in Central Wyoming near Guernsey. The Oregon Trail was a primary trail used by emigrants heading westward in the 1840s. You can still see the gouges cut by the wheels of wagons.
6. Historic Governor's Mansion
The Historic Governor's Mansion is a state historic site located in Cheyenne. The mansion has been home to Wyoming Governors from 1905 to 1976.
7. Pilot Butte Wild Horse Scenic Loop Tour
The Pilot Butte Wild Horse Scenic Loop Tour provides a great opportunity to see wild horses of the west. This drive along a gravel road takes around an 1 1/2. The loop runs between Rock Springs and Green River.
8. Wyoming State Museum
The Wyoming State Museum is located in Cheyenne. Some of the exhibits include dinosaurs, regional wildlife, coal mining, Native Americans, pioneers, and much more. This is the only museum that depicts the entire history of Wyoming.
9. Intermittent Spring
Take a hike to Intermittent Springs which is located near Afton. The spring runs for 18 minutes and then stops before starting up again. There are only three springs like this in the world.
10. National Elk Refuge
The National Elk Refuge is located in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. It was developed in 1912 and provides a winter refuge for the Jackson elk.
11. Hobo Pool
Hobo Pool is a historic pool located along the banks of the Platte River in Saratoga. This is a natural hot spring used by the Native Americans because they believed it possessed healing powers. The pool ranges from 108 to 119 degrees. There is also a picnic area behind the pool.
You can make some great memories in Wyoming without even opening your wallet.