This is one instance when smaller is better. When it comes to Wyoming, it’s the small towns that truly define the culture, history and character of the Cowboy State. The small towns embody the true spirit of the west. These small towns in rural Wyoming offer an abundance of historical activities and provide a recreational playground for both residents and visitors. These small towns are just downright delightful.
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Nestled at the foot of the Snowy Range Mountains, Centennial was first visited by the Plains Indians and then populated by settles in search of timber on Centennial Mountain. Gold was soon discovered, mines were established and the community began to develop. Even though Centennial remains unincorporated, it is a quaint and vital community. You'll enjoy eating at the Trading Post, staying at the Mountain View Hotel or bed & breakfast and checking out the Phoenix Gallery.
Meeteetse is a quiet community with a historic western background. Lodging consists of the Oasis Motel, Vision Quest and Sunny J's Bed & Breakfast. Be sure to check out Elkhorn Bar & Grill, the Outlaw Café & Cowboy Bar and for the most decadent chocolate in Wyoming, the Meeteetse Chocolatier.
3. Ten Sleep
Ten Sleep is comfortably situated at the base of the Big Horn Mountains. The community pretty much revolves around cattle and sheep ranching. This charming little town is home to the Pioneer Museum, Pioneer Park and the Ten Sleep Public Library. Native Americans named the town because it was ten sleeps or nights from the Sioux Camps on the North Platte River to the Sioux campsite in Bridger, Montana.
Story is an unincorporated village nestled in the foothills of the Big Horn Mountains located in north central Wyoming. The town offers a simpler way of life mostly made up of eclectic talent and wildlife. Here you can enjoy the sounds of the rushing water of the North and South Piney Creeks and the breeze blowing through the pines.
Hulett, known as the "Best Little Town In The West", is nestled between the red sandstone cliffs of the Belle Fourche River. Surrounded by the Bear Lodge National Forest, Hulett is made up of grassy prairies and pine covered bluffs. Hulett is also known as "a place where the sidewalk ends and the west begins". The charming town is filled with breathtaking scenery, shops, cuisine and ranchers.
Clearmont lies in the southeast portion of Sheridan County. The town name was inspired from the Clear Creek that flows nearby and the view of the Bighorn Mountains in the background. The town was originally controlled by a cattle company and was a major shipping point. Today, Clearmont remains a small farm and ranch community. There's a school, two churches, library, park, fabric store, the Clearmont Town Jail, the Old Rock School and the Ucross Foundation Art Gallery.
Hartville may be the smallest town in Platte County, but it's known as having a "whole lotta Hart!" It's the Oldest-Still-In-Existence-Incorporated-Town in Wyoming. Hartville was first settled in the 1870’s by prospectors and was a thriving city by the turn of the century. Many of the buildings built during this time are still standing today. You can visit the Hartville-Sunrise Museum and then stop by and visit the locals at The Miner's Inn which is the oldest bar in Wyoming.
Daniel is a census designated place in western Wyoming. The town is nestled in the Green River Valley and is surrounded on 3 sides by mountains. Daniel is known for its attractions such as the DeSmet Monument and the nearby site of the Green River Valley Rendezvous. The charming little town is made up of the old mercantile store, The Green River Bar and some remaining old buildings.
Chugwater, known as "A Little Town With A Big Heart", runs along I-25 and Chugwater Creek. The community was established as a result of a cattle ranching operation by stockholders from Scotland. Here you will find a friendly atmosphere with an abundance of natural beauty.
Bondurant is located in the heart of the Hoback Basin. It's a small ranching community nestled in the mountains of Hoback Canyon. The town is bordered by the Gros Ventre Wilderness area and the Hoback River. The population is small at around 100 and buildings are sparse with an elementary school, church and a post office outside the town limits.
Dubois is a quaint little community that resides along the Wind River surrounded by the Wind River mountains and the Absarokas. Dubois is in the middle of nowhere yet it has all the conveniences you would want or need. The community consists of ranchers, outfitters, craftsmen, loggers and artists.
Douglas is located along the banks of the North Platte River in east central Wyoming. Douglas, also known as the "Home of the Jackalope," lies along a number of historic trails. It has earned the title of being one of "The 100 Best Small Towns In America".
Kemmerer is located in southwest Wyoming. The town is rich in history with coal mining, bootleggers, railroads and historic trails. This delightful little town is surrounded by high desert and the Rocky Mountains. In Herschler Triangle Park, you can still find buildings dating back to over 100 years ago during Kemmerer's heyday.
Buffalo rests in the foothills of the Big Horn Mountains. Buffalo's main street is lined with historic buildings such as the Occidental Hotel and the Jim Gatchell Museum. The town has an abundance of spectacular scenery, frontier heritage, wildlife and outdoor recreation.
Sundance is nestled under Sundance Mountain in the Black Hills of Wyoming. It's a picturesque small town that was named to honor the Native Americans and the sun dances they performed. Central to their daily lives are the museum, library and area churches. History, culture and religion are all key components in this endearing little town.