There are a lot of awesome places to visit in the Cowboy State. Most people gravitate toward the more popular attractions but the lesser known ones are just as worthwhile. Here are some underrated places in Wyoming that you really need to check out.
1. Ayer's Natural Bridge
Ayer's Natural Bridge is considered to be one of the first tourist attractions in Wyoming. Back in the day, a young brave was struck by lightning and killed under the bridge. From then on, the Native Americans thought an evil spirit lurked under the bridge. Therefore, the white settlers used the bridge to escape attacks from the Native Americans since they wouldn't go near it. There's something very mystical about this unusual bridge. The natural bridge is located at 208 Natural Bridge Road in Douglas.
2. Hell's Half Acre
Forty miles west of Casper, there is a very unusual geological formation known as Hell's Half Acre. This area is made up of deep ravines, unusual rock formations and caves. Native Americans used the ravines to force bisons to their death. Hell's Half Acre was used as the fictional planet in the movie 'Starship Troopers'. This is a very intriguing natural wonder.
3. Castle Gardens
The Castle Gardens Petroglyph Site is located 45 miles east of Riverton. The wind has eroded the outcropping of sandstone into shapes resembling a castle. The area is filled with petroglyphs also known as rock art created by Native Americans. The carvings in the rock are fascinating.
4. Continental Divide Trail
The Continental Divide follows the crest of the Wind River Range and includes Gannett Peak. The Wind River Range is part of the Rocky Mountains which are located in the western portion of the state. This is one of the most beautiful hiking sections of the Continental Divide.
5. Bighorn Canyon
The Bighorn Canyon runs along the border of Wyoming and Montana. The national park was established in 1966. Pictured is the view from Devil's Canyon River Overlook. Jim Bridger was the first to float down the river through the canyon. The water flows through the canyon just like a maze.
6. Fort Washakie
Fort Washakie is located in Fremont County in the Riverton area. Here you will find the grave and statue of Sacajawea. Sacajawea helped guide Lewis and Clark's expedition to the Pacific Ocean. The grave and statue are located on Cemetery Lane. The grave is located near the log cabin. This is a very moving tribute to Sacajawea and her son.
7. Wyoming Frontier Prison
The Wyoming Frontier Prison was Wyoming's first state penitentiary. The prison opened in 1901 with 104 cells. The prison also consisted of a dungeon, solitary confinement and a punishment pole. Executions were carried out by using the traveling Julien Garrows and gas chamber. The movie 'Prison' was even filmed here. The prison has now been converted into a museum that will leave a somewhat unsettling impression on you.
8. Wyoming Downs
Wyoming Downs is the largest and the only privately owned horse racing track in Wyoming. Visitors can enjoy the excitement of live horse racing and simulcast off track facilities. Wyoming Downs is located 15 minutes north of Evanston at 10180 Highway 89 North.
9. Shell Falls
Shell Falls is a dramatic waterfall where Shell Creek cascades down steeply pitched granite. It's located in the northwestern region of Wyoming 11 miles northeast of Shell on U.S. Highway 14. Shell Falls is breathtakingly beautiful.
Vedauwoo consists of rocky outcrops of Sherman Granite. These rocks are some of the oldest in Wyoming. This fascinating area is located in southeastern Wyoming, north of I-80 between Laramie and Cheyenne. Vedauwoo is a popular place for climbers.