Wyoming’s wide-open spaces are a playground for rough-and-tumble types. Tie in or drop a line for the outdoor adventure of a lifetime at these Cowboy State treasures.
Geological wonders, prehistoric boulders and limestone crags beckon climbers of every skill level for an unforgettable day on the rocks at these top climbing sites.
1. Devils Tower National Monument
This otherworldly, rocky cathedral near Hulett and Sundance is clad with sheer dihedrals on every side, luring crack-climbers from around the world with 5.6–5.13 difficulty. Note: Many rock climbers honor Devils Tower's significance to local tribes by voluntarily opting not to ascend the tower during the month of June, when many American Indian cultural activities take place.
2. Near Laramie - Vedauwoo
These granite outcrops between Cheyenne and Laramie look like they were stacked by giants. “Land of the Earthborn Spirit,” as it’s known to the Arapaho Indians, is home to hundreds of fun and challenging routes for bouldering, sport and trad climbing. Vedauwoo also awesome hiking trails.
3. Lander - Sinks Canyon
Climbers will feel at home in the town of Lander, which hosts the International Climbers’ Festival each July. The big draw is nearby Sinks Canyon State Park, featuring more than 300 climbs on pockety limestone, sandstone and granite.
Reel Big Fish
1. Casper - Miracle Mile
This storied section of the North Platte River near Casper is the holy grail for serious anglers. Bring your nymph rigs and streamers to land behemoth rainbow and brown trout or enlist one of the many local outfitters to show you their secrets.
2. Pinedale - Green River
Meltwater from the Wind River Range feeds the Green River in southwest Wyoming, which becomes a hotspot for dry fly-fishing each summer. Get outfitted in Pinedale, then set out in search of trout.
3. Grand Teton National Park - Jackson Lake
Deep, cold waters at the base of Grand Teton National Park harbor abundant trout, trophy-size pike and even salmon. June through September is high season, but the spring ice-out brings droves of hungry fish to the shallows.