Marvels across the country are an insightful reflection of culture, history and nature. Here are some in Wyoming that speak volumes about life native to the area. In fact, you will have to see some of the these for yourself to believe them.
1. Devils Tower
Devils Tower looks like something from outer space. This flat topped volcanic formation is a one-of-a-kind natural wonder that you really do have to see to believe. It doesn't look like anything you would find anywhere in this country. Devils Tower is located in the northeast region of Wyoming.
2. Grand Prismatic Spring
Grand Prismatic Spring is the largest hot spring in Wyoming and the third largest in the world. What is so spectacular are the bold colors that emanate from this spring. It's hard to believe that nature can produce such beautiful bold colors from the ground itself. The water temperature runs around 160º. Grand Prismatic Spring is located in Yellowstone National Park.
3. Big Al
Dinosaurs themselves are such a cool reflection of the past. Wyoming is home to one of the most complete Allosaurus fossils ever found. Big Al can be found at the University of Wyoming Geological Museum.
4. Big Boy Steam Engine
Big Boy is the name of steam locomotives manufactured and operated by the Union Pacific Railroad from 1941 to 1959. The fleet of 25 were used in Wyoming to haul freight between Green River, Wyoming to Ogden, Utah. Of the 25 manufactured, only 8 remain. Number 4004 can be found at Holiday Park in Cheyenne.
5. Grand Canyon Of The Yellowstone
The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone is the most memorable sight in the state and probably the whole country. The yellow walls of the canyon transform into orange, red and pink hues. That, along with the plunging water, is a sight to behold. It's a very stark, bold and breathtaking act of nature. The canyon drops to a depth of 12,000'.
6. Old Trail Town
Old Trail Town has the largest collection of buildings and artifacts in Wyoming. This is an authentic old Western town that has been recreated to represent life between 1879 and 1901. This is a walk back in time to a truly unique era in American history. Old Trail Town is located in Cody.
7. Intermittent Spring
Intermittent Spring is the largest one of three intermittent springs in the world. The spring is located in Swift Creek Canyon in Star Valley near Afton. It flows for 18 minutes and then stops for about the same amount of time before starting back up again. How does that happen?
8. Medicine Wheel
Check out this amazing medicine wheel created by Native Americans. They used these wheels for religious ceremonies, healing, giving thanks and to receive visions. This particular medicine wheel is located in Bighorn National Forest. What a moving tribute to those who were here before the settlers.
9. Killpecker Sand Dunes
Killpecker Sand Dunes is an eerie but fascinating natural wonder. The sand dunes here look and sound a little out of place. Killpecker Sand Dunes is one of seven in the world that produce a 'singing' sound. This sound comes from the grain of sand itself; the grains are rounder and more polished than typical sand so that when the wind blows, it produces a melodic sound.
10. Thermopolis Hot Springs
Thermopolis Hot Springs is the largest mineral hot spring in the world. This area is known for its hot springs which maintain a temperature of 135º F. The springs are a natural phenomenon. They truly are an intriguing part of nature.
11. Parting Of The Waters
This marvel allows you to stand in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans at the same time (sort of). Parting of the Waters is located in the Teton Wilderness of the Bridger-Teton National Forest. Two Ocean Creek on the Continental Divide splits into two creeks: Atlantic Creek and Pacific Creek. These creeks eventually make their way to their corresponding ocean.
This geological marvel, Vedauwoo, is home to some of the oldest rock in Wyoming. This area is located 15 miles east of Laramie. The area is known for its unusual shaped rock formations.
13. Hells Half Acre
Hell's Half Acre is a group of jagged rock formations. Native Americans drove buffalo off of the high cliffs when hunting them there. The movie 'Starship Troopers' was also filmed here. Hell's Half Acre is located 40 miles west of Casper. This is a very 'otherworldly' looking site.
14. Natural Trap Cave
Natural Trap Cave preserves an intriguing part of America's heritage. The cave is like a sinkhole where animals have fallen in since the Ice Age. These fossils are now being studied to give us a better idea of that time.
15. Castle Gardens
Castle Gardens appears to be a stone fortress. This amazing rock formation is located 45 miles east of Riverton. Native Americans carved and painted designs into these wind eroded outcroppings that can still be seen today.
16. Sinks Canyon
Sinks Canyon is located near Lander and is home to a river that completely disappears! The Popo Agie River curves around into a cave and then underground or commonly known as "the Sinks." Then all of a sudden the river reappears further down into a pool called "the Rise". More water shows up at "the Rise" than originally is at "the Sinks" which is another strange natural occurrence.
17. Boar's Tusk
Boar's Tusk is what remains of an extinct volcano. The volcano remnant is located in the Red Desert and protrudes out of Killpecker Sand Dunes. This is an intriguing geologically formed landmark on a much smaller scale than Devils Tower.
18. Heart Mountain
Heart Mountain accomplished a truly unheard of feat. The mountain moved 25 miles all on its own. Volcanic eruptions lifted the rock and caused the mountain to slide. Heart Mountain is located just outside of Cody.