After exploring Wyoming during the day, find an equally great place to rest up and relax in at night. From dude ranch vacations in Jackson and historic hotels near Yellowstone to cozy cabins in Buffalo and campgrounds in Wyoming State Parks, there are several options that will fit your personal vacation style. Use these quintessential places and the listings they link to as inspiration for your next vacation.
Wyoming Dude Ranches
Nothing says Wyoming better than an authentic guest or dude ranch stay. Ranches range from all-inclusive resorts where all you have to worry about is getting there to rustic working ranches where you’ll learn to rope and ride ’em like a true cowboy. Popular activities include horseback riding, of course, as well as fishing, hiking, campfire songs, rafting, archery, cookouts and more.
Dude ranch vacations should be planned far in advance. Ranches typically recommend making reservations approximately four to six months prior to your arrival. Keep an eye out for specialty weeks like cattle drives and adults-only or winter specials that offer twists on the traditional dude ranch experience or discounted rates.
National Forest Cabins
One of the best-kept secrets when it comes to places to stay in Wyoming is the affordable cabin rentals in Wyoming’s four national forests. Perfect for reunions, family vacations or a solo getaway, rustic and cozy cabins are the perfect compromise between hotels and campsites. Generally speaking, cabins come with stoves, cookware and bunks for sleeping. Rates can be as low as $30 a night; reservations and seasonality dictate availability.
The best part? You’re surrounded by untouched wilderness deep in Wyoming’s public lands, and these cabins provide a perfect jumping-off point to delve in and explore with convenient amenities at your home base.
With affordable rates, these are first-come first-served operations that fill up quickly. Go to recreation.gov to reserve your cabins well in advance or use these links below for popular cabins in Wyoming’s national forests:
Wyoming still holds true to its Wild West roots, meaning you can experience the same Victorian ambiance visitors did in the 18th and 19th centuries. Stay in the same places as notable Old West personalities like Annie Oakley, Butch Cassidy, Buffalo Bill, and Calamity Jane.
– Wort Hotel, Jackson: Enjoy happy hour at the historic Silver Dollar Bar, where 2,032 Morgan Silver Dollars minted from the last year of their creation in 1921 cover the bar surface. But that’s not the only place where these rare dollars live: Keep an eye out for hundreds more hidden in the hotel’s furniture and walls. The Wort is a member of Historic Hotels of America (as are Lake Yellowstone Hotel & Cabins and the Old Faithful Inn).
– Occidental Hotel, Buffalo: Several features of the Occidental originate from the first days it opened its doors in the late 1800s, including bullet holes in the saloon. Staying here is like visiting a history museum and a peek into what it was like live in the Old West.
– Elk Mountain Hotel, Elk Mountain: This hotel is ideal for a quiet weekend getaway in Wyoming’s countryside. Located close to Medicine Bow National Forest, visitors hike, bike, ski or snowmobile before calling it quits and relaxing at the hotel. The house features a unique architectural style known as Folk Victorian, with its wraparound porch, delicate adornments, and gingerbread-like trim.
– Nagle Warren Mansion Bed and Breakfast, Cheyenne: Everyone loves a good B&B, especially a little hidden gem like the Nagle that was built before the turn of the 20th century. Spend your time relaxing in the reading room, sitting room, library or parlor, all of which highlight the hotel’s historic elegance. Guests are treated to afternoon tea from 4 to 6 p.m. daily.
With spectacular scenery and pristine public lands, you might not want to stay in a hotel when you can get back to basics. Wyoming’s wide-open spaces lead to spectacular camping and recreational opportunities, where there’s nothing between you and the sparkling stars above. Get campsite ideas by checking out these campgrounds and RV parks.