5. Beaver Creek; Sinks Canyon State Park, Lander
Distance: Assorted loops for Nordic Skiing at Beaver Creek Nordic Ski Area; 1-4 mile hiking trails at Sinks Canyon
Brewery: Lander Bar, Lander
Winter season will find skiers flocking to Beaver Creek Nordic Ski Area, with trails winding through lodgepole pines and across open meadows. The system is groomed for both skate and classic. When the trails dry out, head to Sinks Canyon State Park for trails ranging from one mile to four miles, appropriate for all ages and abilities. After a day enjoying the outdoors, grab a pint at the Lander Bar, which was first opened as a saloon in 1908 and also has served as a hotel, brothel and boarding house. These days, the Wild West vibe still pervades, and the watering hole is a popular spot for kicking back with a pint or two of local beer on tap.
6. Wilkins Peak Trail System, Rock Springs/Green River
Distance: Options range from 1-mile loops to 15-mile rides and longer
Brewery: Square State Brewing
The Wilkins Peak Trail System has been voted one of the best areas for mountain biking in Wyoming. With multiple loops on terrain ranging from beginner to advanced, Wilkins Peak features a flowing trail network that’s extensive enough to warrant multiple days and visits. When you’ve had your adrenaline fix, head to Square State Brewing in Rock Springs, whose welcoming atmosphere is a popular gathering spot for anglers, mountain bikers and an assortment of other outdoorsy folk.
7. Ten Sleep Canyon, Ten Sleep
The red cliffs of Ten Sleep Canyon attract rock climbers of all abilities.
Grades: Climbing routes graded 5.7-5.12 and up
Brewery: Ten Sleep Brewing Company
A climbing trip in Wyoming isn’t complete without exploring the limestone cliffs of Ten Sleep Canyon. With climbs ranging from juggy 5.8s to slabby 5.12s and everything in between, there’s something for everyone. Most sport climbs are tightly bolted and accessible, and climbing enthusiasts can easily make it an overnight adventure thanks to plenty of camping sites. After you’ve maxed yourself out on the rock, take a drive out of the canyon to Ten Sleep Brewing Company. Grab pint and a board game, pet the brewery cat and relax as the pump slowly recedes from your forearms.
8. Casper Mountain Trails Center, Casper
Distance: 26 miles of groomed trails, many distance options for Nordic skiing, snowshoeing and fat biking
Brewery: Frontier Brewing Company, Casper
The trails are just the start in this top-notch winter sports hub. Groomed for skate and classic skiing—and with many trails optimized for fat biking—the Casper Mountain Trails Center has trails for all ages and abilities. Sections of groomed trail are also lighted at night, and skiing under the stars is a magical adventure. Whenever you hit the trails, opt to warm up at the Frontier Brewing Company in the heart of downtown Casper. This microbrewery uses a pour-for-yourself, pay-by-the-ounce system, and its laid-back vibe includes live music every Thursday and food trucks on site.