Wyoming January 29, 2019
13 Amazing Wyoming Secrets You Never Knew Existed
Wyoming is full of secrets, and we’re no good at sharing them! Here are a few of the top-secret spots we like to keep to ourselves – because everyone should be able to enjoy the beauty that’s hiding in the Cowboy State.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Killpecker Sand Dunes
The Killpecker Sand Dunes are one of Wyoming's most unique natural wonders. These singing sand dunes emit a whistling sound when the wind blows just right.
Read about this odd phenomenon here
2. Trail to Lunch Counter / Kahuna Overlook
The Lunch Counter and Big Kahuna rapids are among the most famous on the Snake River. From a small parking area, you can walk down an easy trail to find a beautiful overlook of the rapids. While you won't find an
lunch counter here, it's a great spot for a picnic.
Get directions here
3. Menor's Ferry Historic Area
Menor's Ferry was the site of William D. Menor's homestead along the Snake River. He developed a ferry service here, and then added his own cabin. He eventually expanded to create a general store where he sold coffee, tea, tobacco and more. Today, the store sells souvenirs, candy, books, and other items, and the workers all dress as the pioneers did.
Find Menor's Ferry in Grand Teton National Park near the Chapel of the Transfiguration
4. Dead Indian Pass
Dead Indian Pass is the highest point along the Chief Joseph Scenic Byway that acts as a cut-through between the Beartooth Highway and WY-120. The hairpin turns that bring you to the top are a little frightening, but the view from the top is incredible.
5. Hole-in-the-Wall Hideout
The Hole-in-the-Wall Canyon in Kaycee, Wyoming was a favorite spot of outlaws. It was a strategic hideout where figures such as Butch Cassidy brought their gangs here to avoid law enforcement trying to track them down.
Get directions to the top secret historic landmark here
6. The Guernsey Oregon Trail Ruts
The Guernsey Oregon Trail Ruts are impressive marks left in the dirt from thousands and thousands of wagon trains making their way across the state, seeing a better life on the West Coast. While many of the settlers chose to stay in Wyoming, many more traveled onward. Today, you can see the visible mark that history made on our landscape at these wagon ruts left in Guernsey.
Read more about the Oregon Trail in Wyoming here
The Vedauwoo is a strange rock outcropping just west of Cheyenne in Buford, Wyoming. These rocks are millions of years old, and this is one of the most popular climbing spots in the country. Even in the winter, there are people bundling up and heading out to bounder and climb out here.
Find the Vedauwoo on this map
and plan your trip.
8. Castle Gardens
This isolated archaeological site is home to stunning petroglyphs, or rock drawings, that are thousands of years old. This artwork is breathtaking, and you'll be even more appreciative of Wyoming's history when you make the drive out here and walk through this impressive display left behind by Wyoming's earliest residents.
Find directions and more information here
9. Vore Buffalo Jump
The Vore Buffalo Jump is an odd archeological site in Crook County, Wyoming. Hunters dug the pit and herded bison into the pit, which was deep enough that the bison would be killed or disabled by the fall. The Vore site was used as a kill site and butchering site from about 1500 AD to about 1800 AD, and was discovered in the 1970s. Today, you can visit this fascinating prehistoric site at
369 Old U.S. 14, Sundance, WY 82729.
10. Brooks Lake Lodge
The Brooks Lake Lodge is one of Wyoming's hidden resorts. Enjoy a truly peaceful getaway in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, just outside of Shoshone National Forest. See
for more information on how to book a luxury wilderness retreat.
11. Silas Lakes Trail
The Silas Lake Trail just outside of South Pass City will take you through gorgeous forest and mountains and show off stunning natural beauty. The trail is 6.9 miles, out and back, and is generally considered a moderate trail. If you have any hiking experience, you'll find it well worth any effort to see the beautiful scenery.
See trail maps and directions here
12. Grand Teton Climbers' Ranch
Grand Teton Climbers' Ranch is one of the most interesting places in all of Wyoming. This American Alpine Club campground features simple bunk cabins right at the base of the Grand Teton. Though it is primary used as a base camp for those climbing the Grand, it's open to anyone who wants to reserve their own bunk. You'll find the friendliest people in the world staying and working here, and it will become your new favorite place to lodge in the parks.
Book your stay here
13. Pilot Butte Scenic Loop
The Pilot Butte Scenic Loop shows off beautiful Wyoming scenery while also taking you through the habitats of wild horses. Watch them romp and play in open fields while climbing up to an elevation where you can look down across the town of Rock Springs.
Read more about the byway here
What’s your favorite hidden gem in Wyoming? Tell us about it in the comments below!