When you live in Wyoming, you can get used to seeing stunning scenery wherever you go. Even in a state as gorgeous and wild as our sprawling Cowboy State, there are several places that really stand out. If you’re looking to get out and about, you’ve got to add these most beautiful places in Wyoming to your must-see list!
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1. Oxbow Bend, Grand Teton National Park
There are tons of parks and stunning overlooks in Wyoming, but it's hard to beat the Tetons when it comes to incredible scenery. Oxbow Bend provides one of the best overlooks in the entire National Park.
2. Cedar Mountain and Buffalo Bill Reservoir, Buffalo Bill State Park
While eveyone else is on their way to Yellowstone, stop at this historic state park named after William Cody himself. The visitor's center is full of fascinating history, and the view of Cedar Mountain across the reservoir is breathtaking.
3. Knapsack Col, Wind River Range
If you're an avid hiker, make it a point to get down to the Knapsack Col for one of Wyoming's best hidden wonders. You'll find it within the Wind River Range between Winifred Peak and Twin Peaks, on a ridge that separates Peak Lake from the Titcomb Basin. It's one of the most beautiful places in Wyoming, and a great place for backcountry camping.
4. Jenny Lake, Grand Teton National Park
Jackson Lake is the biggest draw, but don't forget to visit the smaller lakes in Grand Teton National Park. Jenny Lake is so clear that it will almost look like a mirage.
5. Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area
Water lovers and hikers will enjoy a visit to Flaming Gorge, where the stunning red rocks set the backdrop for the Flaming Gorge Reservoir, separated from the Green River by the monstrous Flaming Gorge Dam.
6. Devil's Tower National Monument
Devil's Tower is one of the coolest geographic wonders you'll find in Wyoming. Visit on a clear day and the tower's contrast with the bright blue sky will seem surreal.
7. Taggart Lake, Grand Teton National Park
Another one of the smaller lakes of Grand Teton National Park, Taggart Lake is often overlooked. This picturesque viewpoint shows off the best of the Grand Tetons from a more uncommon vantage point.
8. Sinks Canyon, Lander
Sinks Canyon is at the base of the Wind River Mountains, and it's one of the most beautiful places in Wyoming. Start your hike at the Falls and follow the trail down to the Sinks, where the water seems to disappear into the depths of the canyon.
9. Rainy Lake, Cloud Peak Wilderness
Rainy Lake is at the foothills of the Bighorn Mountains, and the gorgeous reflections you'll find on a clear day will take your breath away. The hike to the lake begins in Bighorn National Forest, and is a loop trail of about 5.5 miles. It's moderately difficult, but even a novice hiker will find the payoff to be worth it.
10. Bighorn Scenic Byway
In fact, just about any hike in the Bighorns is worth the effort! Sometimes, though, you don't feel like lacing up those hiking boots, and that's okay. Gas up the car and drive the Bighorn Scenic Byway straight across Bighorn National Forest.
11. Green River Lake, Wind River Mountains
If you're looking for an amazing place to paddle, choose either the Upper or Lower Green River Lake. Squaretop Mountain provides a unique feature in the background of your Wyoming adventure.
12. Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, Yellowstone National Park
The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone is the first canyon downstream of Yellowstone Falls. It's worth traveling to the Canyon area of the park just to take in this wonder! The sprawling canyon is 24 miles and between 800 and 1,200 ft wide. It's hard to grasp the size unless you see it for yourself.
13. Medicine Bow Peak, Snowy Range
The beautiful Medicine Bow Peak is the tallest of the Medicine Bow Mountains, but it's often overlooked for the spectacular Bighorns, Windy River Mountains, or Tetons. Make it a point to visit the mountain, taking the treacherous path to the summit only if you're an experienced climber. Most visitors will be content to relax by Lake Marie and take in the sights and sounds of wilderness.
14. Hayden Valley, Yellowstone National Park
You'll see more wildlife in Yellowstone's Haden Valley than you will anywhere else in the park. The mountains provide the perfect backdrop for the scenic valley, where it's common to spot buffalo, elk, grizzly bears, and coyote.