State residents like to say that Wyoming is what America was, and one look at the state's attractions tells you why. The preservation of America's natural resources began in Wyoming in a spot that enjoys superstar status among the national parks--Yellowstone. It was the first national park in the world. Within Yellowstone, visitors thrill to 10,000 hydrothermal features, including the famous Old Faithful geyser. Aside from the spectacular scenery and natural phenomena, Yellowstone is also a huge nature reserve with free-roaming herds of bison, elk, moose, and deer.
Just south of Yellowstone is Grand Teton National Park, featuring the mountain aristocrats of America--the Teton range. This mountain range has no foothills, and from the valley of Jackson Hole the peaks rise a mile and a half straight up. The Snake River meanders along the valley floor and activities such as river floats, horsepack trips, hiking, and dude ranching are the favorite pastimes in this magnificent setting.
Wyoming is also the home of the first national forest--the Shoshone--and the first ranger station at Wapiti. In all, Wyoming features five national forests and over 13 million acres of national forest recreational lands.
Some of the other scenic highlights of the state include Devils Tower National Monument in northeast Wyoming's Black Hills. Devils Tower was the first national monument and is a popular site for geology buffs and nature lovers.
Keeping the western traditions alive is one of the reasons Wyoming is known as the Cowboy State. From such world-famous celebrations as Cheyenne's annual Frontier Days to the nightly Cody Rodeo, visitors can see this truly Western sport nearly every day or night somewhere within the state during the summer.
Ten state parks, two national recreation areas, 20,000 miles of trout streams, and many historic sites top off the menu of countless attractions offered by Wyoming.