Wyoming November 23, 2016
10 Underrated Places In Wyoming To Take An Out-Of-Towner
You’ve got friends or family who are coming to visit the great state of Wyoming. What are you going to do with them while they’re here? Sometimes the best places to take visitors aren’t always the most obvious. There’s much more to Wyoming than the most popular attractions in the Cowboy State. Here are 10 underrated places in Wyoming to take an out-of-towner.
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1. Crazy Woman Canyon
This is a great place to take visitors since it is off the beaten path, historic and is such an interesting landscape. Crazy Woman Canyon is a point along the bloody Bozeman Trail. The canyon is located between Kaycee and Buffalo and is a fascinating spectacle with high cliffs and boulders. This dramatic landscape was once a passageway for Native Americans.
2. The Sinks State Park
An out-of-towner should definitely visit this state park which is home to an intriguing geologic phenomenon. The Sinks Canyon State Park is located at the base of the Wind River Mountains. The state park is named after "The Sinks" because the river vanishes underground at the mouth of the canyon. The canyon consists of falls, sagebrush, juniper covered foothills, conifer forests, aspen meadows and alpine habitat.
3. Old Trail Town
Old Trail Town, located in Cody, is a great place for visitors to experience the Frontier West. What you'll find here are historic buildings, artifacts and gravesites. Buildings include a cabin used by Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, a saloon frequented by the Hole-in-the-Wall Gang and the home of Curley, a Crow Indian army scout.
4. Intermittent Spring
Intermittent Spring is one of Wyoming's most fascinating natural features and is one of the largest of its kind. It's located in Swift Creek Canyon in Star Valley near Afton. The spring flows for around 15 minutes and then stops for 15 minutes and then starts up all over again. Visitors will be very fascinated with this natural phenomenon.
5. Wind River Range
Wind River Range is one of the most beautiful and least traveled of the mountain ranges in the state. The Wind River Range is a mountain range in the Rocky Mountains located in western Wyoming. The Continental Divide follows the crest of the range and includes Gannett Peak which is the highest peak in Wyoming. It's another must-visit.
6. Shell Falls
Shell Falls is one of the best kept secrets in Wyoming. It's a beautiful cascading waterfall located halfway through Shell Canyon in the Bighorn National Forest. The thunderous falls are 120 feet in height and tumble over an abrupt formation of granite.
7. Chief Joseph Scenic Highway
The route that Chief Joseph led the Nez Perce Native Americans out of Yellowstone National Park and into Montana while fleeing the U.S. Cavalry is known as the Chief Joseph Scenic Highway. It winds through the Shoshone National Forest, through the Absaroka Mountains and then through Dead Indian Pass. This is the view looking down from Dead Indian Pass. Newcomers will appreciate the history and beauty of the area.
8. Ayers Natural Bridge
Ayers Natural Bridge was one of Wyoming's first tourist attractions. Today, it is one of the most overlooked. Located between Glenrock and Douglas, this is one of three natural bridges in the United States with water beneath. This area includes a picnic area, hiking paths, a volleyball court, fishing areas and horseshoe pits.
9. Lamar Valley
Most visitors just happen across wildlife but there is a single best place to view all the wild things in Yellowstone. Lamar Valley is an expansive valley that runs along Lamar River in the northeastern section of Yellowstone. It's home to bears, wolves, bison and pronghorn.
10. Register Cliff
A visit to Register Cliff is an experience like no other. To see the registered names of hundreds of emigrants that traveled along the Oregon Trail is pretty incredible and very moving. Register Cliff is a sandstone cliff located near Guernsey.
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Everyone Should Explore These 10 Underrated Places In Wyoming At Least Once. Can you think of any others?