In Wyoming, it’s easy to trim dollars from your budget without trimming activities from your itinerary. So, to help you plan your wallet-friendly vacation to the Cowboy State, here are 50 fun and fabulous things to see and do in Wyoming.

  1. Check out mountain man, Native American and mining artifacts at the Fossil Country Frontier Museum in Kemmerer.
  2. Explore one of Wyoming’s incredible prehistoric rock-art sites at Castle Gardens, near Riverton, where carvings in the sandstone are thought to date as far back as 1250 A.D.
  3. Take a short hike up Medicine Mountain, about 30 miles east of Lovell, to see the amazing and mysterious Medicine Wheel, a ancient arrangement of boulders in the shape of a wheel that measures 80 feet in diameter.
  4. Enjoy the collection of more than 7,000 works of art at the University of Wyoming Art Museum in Laramie.
  5. Marvel at the White Mountain Petroglyphs in southwest Wyoming’s Red Desert.
  6. Read the signatures and inscriptions left by pioneers at Independence Rock, near Casper.
  7. Tour Point of Rocks Stage Station in southwest Wyoming, a key outpost on the historic Overland Trail.
  8. Walk in the path of pioneer wagons at the Oregon Trail Ruts, near Guernsey, where the wheels gouged the sandstone as deep as four feet.
  9. Drive along one of Wyoming’s amazing Scenic Byways and Backways.
  10. Pose for a prime photo-op under the famous elk-antler arches in downtown Jackson.
  11. Tour the Historic Governors’ Mansion, built in 1904, in Cheyenne.
  12. Drive the Pilot Butte Wild Horse Scenic Loop Tour, between Rock Springs and Green River.
  13. Relax along the Bighorn River in Worland’s Riverside Park.
  14. Take a self-guided tour of the Wyoming State Capitol Building, a National Historic Landmark in Cheyenne.  (The Wyoming Capitol is currently closed for restoration. Learn more about this National Historic Landmark restoration project here.)
  15. Absorb the spirit of wild west women at the Cowgirls of the West Museum & Gift Shop in Cheyenne.
  16. Learn about Wyoming’s history at the Wyoming State Museum in Cheyenne.
  17. Get a 3D lesson in Wyoming’s frontier history with Tecumseh’s Old West Miniature Village & Museum in Cody, where dioramas made from thousands of miniatures tell the story.
  18. Stand under Ayers Natural Bridge, a 100-foot-long rock arch spanning LePrele Creek, near Douglas.
  19. Head to Jackalope Square in downtown Douglas and get the lowdown on this mythical creature that roams Wyoming.
  20. Learn about pioneer life in the unsettled West at the Homesteader Museum in Powell.
  21. Peruse the astounding collection of rare manuscripts, books and historical documents relating to the American West at the University of Wyoming’s American Heritage Center.
  22. Explore the numerous art galleries in downtown Jackson.
  23. Walk among prehistoric rock etchings at Legend Rock Petroglyph Historic Site (just getting there is an adventure).
  24. Fish for free on Wyoming’s Free Fishing Day, when a fishing license is not required.
  25. Walk the 1.5-mile interpretive Gooseberry Badlands Scenic Overlook Trail, 25 miles west of Worland, where otherworldly rock formations rise from the desert soil.
  26. Enjoy free summer concerts in downtown Rawlins’ Washington Park, every Thursday night beginning the third week of June through the second week of August.
  27. Join the Grand Teton Music Festival’s free Inside the Music concert series on Tuesdays in July.
  28. Join Sheridan Ice for free ice skating — and free skate rentals, too!
  29. Celebrate the holidays by attending one of the state’s many December parades and celebrations.
  30. Take an easy hike to the Intermittent Spring near Afton, which runs for 18 minutes and then abruptly stops for another 18 (it’s one of only three such periodic springs in the world).
  31. Stop by the Occidental Hotel in Buffalo and explore the Wild West artifacts displayed in the lobby.
  32. Get a vivid look at living history at the Aladdin General Store in northeast Wyoming, which has been selling wares for more than a century.
  33. Soak up some Wild West spirit in Sundance, the town where The Sundance Kid, formerly Harry Longabaugh, received his famous nickname after being thrown in prison in for stealing horses.
  34. Get spooked at the Sweetwater County Library in Green River, which locals say is haunted by the spirits of those buried in the old cemetery underneath the building.
  35. Walk, run or bike the Sheridan Pathways System. Seven miles of paved paths connect parks and open space to shopping, dining and more in the town of Sheridan.
  36. Stroll among the fresh produce, crafts and more at one of the many welcoming farmers markets across Wyoming.
  37. Visit the excellent gallery at the Community Fine Arts Center in Rock Springs, which houses works by Norman Rockwell, Grandma Moses and other important 20th-century artists.
  38. At Saratoga’s historic Hobo Pool, have a soothing soak in the same waters where warring Native American tribes used to sit together in peace to enjoy the pool’s healing properties.
  39. Catch free music at “Friday’s on the Plaza” in Cheyenne every friday in the summer months.
  40. Climb Snow King Mountain in Jackson. It’s free, but the spectacular views are priceless.
  41. Take a leisurely drive along the roads in the National Elk Refuge, where thousands of elk migrate each winter.
  42. Hike through Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge for the chance to spot 220 species of birds as well as bald eagles, trumpeter swans, moose, mule deer, white-tailed jackrabbits, coyotes, foxes and more.
  43. Visit the historic man-made CCC Ponds — which include ponds for beaver, frogs, ducks and fish — near Pinedale. An adjacent six-mile path provides opportunities for walking, biking and cross-country skiing.
  44. Stop by the Pryor Mountain Wild Mustang Center in Lovell and learn about the horses that run free in Wyoming.
  45. Explore the Weidner Wildlife Exhibit at Western Wyoming Community College in Rock Springs.
  46. See the work of Wyoming artists at Cheyenne’s Wyoming Arts Council Gallery.
  47. Look up at the monumental, 180-ton Our Lady of Peace Shrine in Pine Bluffs.
  48. Meet “Big Al,” one of the most significant Allosaurus specimens ever found, at the University of Wyoming Geological Museum.
  49. Attend one of Wyoming’s numerous free arts and crafts fairs, such as the annual Big West Arts Festival in Sheridan or the Buffalo Bill Art Show and Sale in Cody.
  50. Learn all about Yellowstone National Park and the surrounding area (without paying park entrance fees) at the Jackson Hole Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center.

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