Wyoming January 17, 2020
11 Hidden Attractions Locals Keep To Themselves In Wyoming
Wyoming is an incredible state, and it’s truly full of wonder. If you’re looking for some new places to discover right here in your own backyard, check out the list below that shows off some hidden gems, local secrets, and the best underrated attractions in Wyoming.
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. Crazy Woman Canyon, Buffalo
Crazy Woman Canyon is located between Hazleton and Buffalo along US-16. Crazy Woman Creek runs alongside the narrow canyon, providing anyone who drives through it with breathtaking views. Stop to see the impressive geology of the canyon before finishing your travels through it!
2. R-Deli, Hulett
R-Deli in Hulett is a frequent stop of Wyomingites in the Devils Tower area. This tiny, quirky deli serves up the best sandwiches in the state! Try a reuben for a real treat.
3. Saratoga Hobo Hot Springs
Did you know the Saratoga Hobo Hot Springs pool is free to the public and open 24/7? That's one of the reasons it's a favorite of Wyomingites from all over the state.
4. Clay Butte Lookout, Shoshone National Forest
This historic fire lookout tower shows off stunning panoramic views of the Absaroka Range and Beartooth Mountains from the side of the Beartooth Highway. Make this drive on a clear day and you'll be amazed at how far you can see.
5. Lunch Counter Trail, Alpine
The trail to access the Lunch Counter and Big Kahuna Rapids sits off the road between Alpine and Hoback. This is a very short little stroll that takes you down to a rocky river shoreline. The big, flat boulders are the perfect place to plot a picnic and watch the whitewater rafters and kayakers hit the waves.
6. Ayres Natural Bridge, Douglas
Ayres Natural Bridge was the very first tourist attraction in Wyoming. When immigrants made their way into territory along the Oregon Trail, they would often stop for a rest at this natural wonder. Today, it's one of the most underrated attractions in Wyoming.
7. Sheep Bridge Trail, Targhee National Forest
The two mile out-and-back Sheep Bridge Trail is an easy hike near Grand Targhee that shows off the beauty of Teton Creek. It's often quiet even during the busy summer season, and in the springtime, the trail is lined by millions of beautiful wildflowers.
8. Golden Prairie Bakery, Laramie
You'll find the tastiest sweets and treats at this made-from-scratch bakery on the outskirts of Laramie. Stop in to try their delicious cookies, cupcakes, scones, breads, and more.
9. 310, Deaver
310 in Deaver is a remote restaurant that serves up unexpectedly delicious food. Bring the family for an unforgettable dinner way out in the middle of nowhere
10. Libby Creek Trail, Medicine Bow National Forest
This remote and quiet four mile loop trail shows off the mountain scenery and wildlife of Wyoming. You'll stay well below the treeline as you walk alongside a creek that provides a natural soundtrack to your adventure.
11. Mad Dog and the Pilgrim Bookstore, Sweetwater Station
This rural book barn is a true treasure. More than 70,000 titles are in stock at any given time, and the women who run this farm and bookstore are two of the friendliest people you'll ever meet. This literary paradise is worth the drive!
For more of the best underrated attractions in Wyoming,
browse our archives, here, and see if you can spot your favorite places. Address: Crazy Woman Canyon Rd, Buffalo, WY 82834, USA Address: 116 WY-24, Hulett, WY 82720, USA Address: 300 E Walnut Ave, Saratoga, WY 82331, USA Address: NF-142, Cody, WY 82414, USA Address: Hoback Junction, Hoback, WY 83001, USA Address: 208 Natural Bridge Rd, Douglas, WY 82633, USA Address: 3300 Ski Hill Rd, Alta, WY 83414, USA Address: 26 B W J Rd, Laramie, WY 82070, USA Address: Deaver, WY 82421, USA Address: Libby Creek Trail, Centennial, WY 82055, USA Address: 4176 WY-789, Sweetwater Station, WY 82520, USA