If you love to spend your time tracking down Wyoming hidden gems, these 9 under-the-radar destinations are perfect for you. How many have you visited out here in the wild Wyoming west?
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. Hoofprints of the Past Museum, Kaycee
This Kaycee Museum was founded to help preserve the history of the town and of southern Johnson County. Step back in time when you explore the property, including pioneer cabin artifacts and displays about Native culture.
Address: 344 Nolan Avenue, Kaycee, WY, 82639
2. Killpecker Sand Dunes
These sand dunes in the Red Desert are some of the world's only whistling sand dunes. Visit to hear them as the wind blows by - it's a one-of-a-kind experience.
Address: Chilton Road, Rock Springs, WY, 82901
3. The Museum of Flight and Aerial Firefighting, Greybull
This underrated Greybull museum is the place to go to learn about one important public safety mission - aerial firefighting. Wyoming's wildfires would quicky get out of control if it weren't for the plane crews fighting from the sky. Learn about how this craft developed and see planes in person here.
Address: 2534 Hiller Lane, Greybull, WY, 82426
4. Red Gulch Dinosaur Tracksite
The Red Gulch is one of the most incredible, hard-to-believe places in the country. Walk in the footsteps of dinosaurs that roamed the land and left their mark. This gulch wasn't discovered until the late 1990s, and it rarely draws a crowd.
Address: Greybull, WY, 82426
5. Pony Express National Historic Trail
The National Historic Trails system acknowledges the pathways carved through the country by the Pony Express, Oregon, Mormon and California Trails. You can spot the remnants of these trails throughout the state, particularly in the South Pass region. Another way to learn about these excursions is to visit the National Historic Trails Center in Casper.
Address: 1501 N Poplar Street, Casper, WY, 82601
6. Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area
The Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area straddles the Wyoming-Montana Border and is home to some of the most breathtaking landscapes you'll ever see. One of the most interesting features is the "triple echo" spot along the Sullivan's Knob Trail.
Address: 20 U.S. 14, Lovell, WY, 82431
7. Pathfinder National Wildife Refuge
The Pathfinder National Wildlife Refuge was founded in 1928 and contains 16,807 acres of preserved land. This beautiful refuge is home to migratory birds, pronghorn, and dozens of other unique species. There are three campgrounds and three boat ramps for recreation.
Address: Alcova, WY, 82620
8. Rockpile Museum, Gillette
The Rockpile Museum is a unqiue history and heritage museum that displays Campbell County culture for all to see. Temporary displays and permanent fictures make this one of the best places to spend a day learning about your local area. It's fun for children and adults alike.
Address: 900 W 2nd Street, Gillette, WY, 82716
9. Crazy Woman Canyon
Wyoming 33 is better known as Crazy Woman Canyon Road. There is a lot of folklore about the name of the Canyon, and you'll learn the history by reading interpetive signs as you enter the canyon. This scenic stretch of road is one of the most breathtaking drives in the state. You can get there by following Wyoming 16 through Bighorn National Forest, between Hazleton and Buffalo, and looking for the signs for WY-33.