Wyoming Road Trips, Winter November 18, 2020
by Kim Magaraci These 7 Tips For A Wyoming Winter Road Trip Will Help You Enjoy Our Most Exciting Season
Winter is the best season in Wyoming – if you don’t let the wind blow you down! All kidding aside, though, exploring the Cowboy State in the snow is an absolute delight. Check out a few tips to make your Wyoming winter road trip as safe and fun as possible.
1. Plan your trip around Wyoming's best winter sights!
The National Elk Refuge in Jackson is one of the best places to spend a winter day. Other top spots for winter travel in Wyoming include Pinedale, where you'll find world-class snowmobiling and ice fishing, and the Snowy Range, for all sorts of backcountry adventures.
2. Be safe in the backcountry.
If you're planning to ski or snowboard in the backcountry, be safe! Check avalanche reports before you go, and carry a beacon if you're traveling alone. Always let someone at home know of your plans, and when to expect your return.
3. Double check to see what's open before you make the drive.
Lots of people plan trips to see Yellowstone in all its winter glory, without realizing that most of the park is closed to cars. You'll need to make oversnow arrangements ahead of time.
4. Stock up on emergency supplies.
Wyoming's winter weather can be brutal, and you likely won't have cell phone service for a lot of the time that you're driving around the state. Carry emergency supplies like flares, a first aid kit, foil blankets, and water before hitting the road.
5. Know how to use snow chains before you need them!
If Wyomingites had a dollar for every time they watched someone struggle to put on snow chains in the middle of a blizzard, we'd all live in Jackson by now.
6. Keep an eye on the forecast, and be ready to change up your plans.
Planning a Wyoming winter road trip requires a bit of flexibility. While you might not plan on spending the night in Laramie as you make your way towards the mountains, sometimes a storm pops up and you've got no choice but to settle in with the locals for a bit.
7. Don't let the snow keep you inside all season long!
Get out there and see our most beautiful season. With a little thought, your Wyoming winter road trip might be the most fun you've had all year.
For some more winter inspiration in Wyoming, read
7 Cool And Calming Hikes To Take In Wyoming To Help You Reflect On The Year Ahead and wrap up your year with some natural wonder.
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