Tackling all of Wyoming’s incredible natural wonders is quite a challenge, and could easily take a lifetime to complete. But with a little willpower, planning, and some miles on the road, you can witness some of the most exquisite features in the country – because so many of them are right in this glorious state. Here’s a list of Wyoming’s must-see sites to add to your bucket list.
1. Tower Falls at Yellowstone
This iconic waterfall on Tower Creek can be found in the northeast section of Yellowstone. The stunning waters fall 132 feet, creating quite a spectacle among the rugged mountain scenery.
2. Jackson Lake at Grand Teton National Park
The pristine Jackson Lake can be found in the northeastern portion of Wyoming in the famous Grand Teton National Park. This body of water is naturally occurring, although it was considerably enlarged by the Jackson Lake Dam which was built in 1911 and rebuilt in 1989.
3. Devil's Tower
Located just outside of Sundance stands this mammoth formation that looms 1,627 feet above the nearby Belle Fourche River. Devil's Tower is actually a butte made of igneous rock and can be found in the Bear Lodge Mountains.
4. Hot Springs State Park (Thermopolis)
Hot Springs State Park is a must-visit in Wyoming, especially if you're looking for a spa-like retreat. The warm waters from one of the largest standing mineral springs in the world seep out into a public bathhouse that can be enjoyed. Visitors will also notice the unique rock formations and coloring that are a direct result of the mineral properties.
5. Fossil Butte National Monument
15 miles west of Kemmerer stands a monument that is equally spectacular close up and far away. It includes a collection of ancient fossilized plants and animals which can be seen immortalized in the brilliant rock formations. Some of the fossils date back over 50 million years ago and suggest that the area was once part of a freshwater environment.
6. The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone
You don't need to travel to Arizona to experience a vast and stunning natural phenomenon. Just downstream of Yellowstone Falls is the first large canyon on the same river. At its deepest, the canyon reaches 1200 feet and and stretches for 24 miles.
7. Grand Prismatic Spring
The third largest hot spring in the world is part of the Midway Geyser Basin in Yellowstone. While this is an impressive feat, perhaps the most striking feature of the Grand Prismatic Spring is the array of colors emitted. In fact, its colors are an exact replica of a rainbow prism.
8. Heart Mountain
Just north of Cody, Heart Mountain ascends from Bighorn Basin at 8,123 feet tall. This summit rests on a rock bed dating back 55 million years, and the rocks at the top of the peak date back almost 400 million years. Its unique shape make for a striking composition against the Wyoming skyline.
9. Boar's Tusk
This unique and otherwordly formation is actually the core of an extinct volcano. In fact, the only other one in the state is Devil's Tower. The peak reaches an impressive 6,808 feet and can be found just outside of the Killpecker Sand Dunes.
10. Sinks Canyon State Park
"The Sinks" refers to a cavern into which a flowing river seems to disappear. The water enters crevices of the cavern and eventually reappears in a large pool known as "The Rise." It takes the water nearly two hours to make the 1/4 of a mile journey from the Sinks to the Rise, and geologists believe intricate winding passages inside the cavern cause the delay.
11. Hell's Half Acre
Hell's Half Acre isn't just an expression for the unique site located 40 miles west of Casper. This geological wonder accounts for 320 acres of land and is made up of caves, ravines, and bizarre looking rock formations. This graveyard of eroded earth seems almost ethereal.
With so many sites to be seen in Wyoming, we know this list just begins to scratch the surface. So we’d love to hear from you – what are some of your favorite natural wonders to add to the list?