6 Wyoming Weekend Getaways
Weekend getaways are supposed to be easy, that’s why we’ve outlined six Wyoming trips to choose from. Feel like kicking back and relaxing? The hot-springs-inspired weekend in Thermopolis is the perfect anecdote. Or take the family to see Devils Tower, one of America’s most iconic landmarks, and stick around to explore the charming character of nearby towns.
Use the itineraries below to plan two-day trips with ease and get in the know on things to do in the area, lodging options and local events to check out during your stay. String all six together and make a Wyoming road trip that hits much of the best there is to see and do in the state. Use the interactive map to plan an itinerary.
1. Soak in Thermopolis
Hot Springs State Park
Start your day off with a brisk hike on one of the 6.2 miles of hiking trails in Hot Spring State Park in Thermopolis. Picnic at one of the areas provided in the park, then relax the rest of the afternoon away by soaking in the free bath house, where the water is maintained at 104 degrees.
Before leaving the park, check out the Big Spring, a Technicolor turquoise and green pool that pumps out 3.6 million gallons of 127-degree water daily. Finally, head to Thermopolis for dinner and to spend the night.
Voyage 29 miles northwest of Thermopolis on Highway 120 to the Legend Rock State Petroglyph Site, a 400-meter-long, near-vertical cliff with more than 92 prehistoric petroglyph panels.
Next, drive the Wind River Canyon Scenic Byway, a spectacular journey that follows its namesake river through red-stone cliffs.
2. Pinedale and the Continental Divide
Photo: Andy Austin | Green River Lakes
Start in Pinedale and plan to spend the day enjoying one of the area’s beautiful lakes. Fremont Lake, Half Moon Lake and nearby Green River Lakes all offer fishing, boating and other recreational activities amid breathtaking scenery. Pack a picnic and plan to spend the day enjoying the outdoors. Be sure to check out the Museum of the Mountain Man while you’re in town.
After breakfast, drive approximately 14 miles east of Pinedale to the Elkhart Park trailhead on the Wyoming portion of the famous Continental Divide National Scenic Trail. This trail runs all the way from Canada to Mexico and offers breathtakingly beautiful scenery around the Wind River Mountain Range. During the summer months, hike or bike the trail. During the winter months, jump on a snowmobile for a full day of scenic views.