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3 Days in Casper

Whether you’re an old friend of the Oil City or a first-time visitor, there are a few things you should know about Casper.

Our western history runs deep and our locals are friendly. Yet, there is so much more to discover about this place. With so much to see and do in Casper, it might be hard to know where to start. So to help, we’ve compiled a three-day itinerary.

Itinerary Overview

Suggested Time:

3 Days

Day 1


Casper, Wyoming

Treat yourself to a meal at Eggington’s where they serve the freshest breakfast, brunch and lunch dishes. Their breakfasts are served with fresh extra large “AA” eggs, red skin potatoes or fresh fruit and a choice of toast or Wolferman English muffin.

Downtown Casper self guided walking tour

Casper, Wyoming

Be sure to stop by the Visitor Center and pick up a self-guided walking tour map to discover the stories and history of downtown Casper up close. You can also find other helpful guides and maps for the area and the rest of the state.

Be sure to stop by the Visitor Center and pick up a self-guided walking tour map to discover the stories and history of downtown Casper up close. You can also find other helpful guides and maps for the area and the rest of the state.

Lou Taubert Ranch Outfitters

Casper, Wyoming

To fit in with the locals, head over to Lou Taubert Ranch Outfitters. They have been a trusted friend and western merchant to Montana and Wyoming. With 55,000 sq. feet of retail space spread over nine big floors, Lou Taubert Ranch Outfitters is the place to find boots, hats, and western clothing for the entire family. With 10,000 pairs of brand-name cowboy boots in stock, there’s always a fit for everyone.

Backwards Distilling Company

Casper, Wyoming

Grab a drink at Backwards Distilling Company. They were born from an appreciation for fine spirits and a propensity for the unusual. The founders of Backwards have always sought those aspects of the world that are unique, have a little bit of quirk and fall outside the norm. In that spirit, the Pollock family imagined a brand that would reflect and celebrate these traits. These spirits are crafted from grain to bottle in small batches in their Wyoming distillery, giving them plenty of personality. We invite you to embrace the unusual and experience Backwards Distilling Company.

National Historic Trails Interpretive Center

Casper, Wyoming

Make sure to explore National Historic Trails Interpretive Center which commemorates Native American history, early explorers and the travel corridor of the Oregon, Mormon, California and Pony Express trails, as well as the Bridger and Bozeman trails. After your tour experience a unique Wyoming Adventure as you head out with Historic Trails West to get a taste of what life was like on the Oregon Trail in a Conestoga Wagon and a Dutch oven dinner on the shores of the North Platte River.

Day 2

Independence Rock State Historic Site

Alcova, Wyoming

No trip to the area would be complete without exploring Independence Rock State Historic Site. More than 150 years ago, when America was still in its infancy, emigrants forging West toward the promise of a new, brighter future passed through central Wyoming. Along the way, many stopped at a large granite formation located about 50 miles southwest of Casper. As a testament to their journey, they carved their names into this behemoth rock that stands 136 feet tall and covers an area of 24.81 acres. Today, it’s known as Independence Rock, a poignant reminder of the sacrifice and fortitude of those who knew a better future lay before them. Take an afternoon to visit this national historic landmark where you might just find the names of some of your ancestors.

Martin’s Cove

Casper, Wyoming

If pioneer history intrigues you, then a stop at Martin’s Cove is right down your alley. In 1856, Edward Martin left Iowa with a group of Mormon pioneers bound for Salt Lake City. They were too poor to buy horses and covered wagons, so most brought their belongings in handcarts. They left late in the season, with inadequate provisions, and were trapped in a blizzard 30 miles from present-day Alcova and some 60 miles from Casper. Of the 600 who made the journey, 150 died of starvation and exposure before the rest were rescued by a team from Salt Lake City. Contact Martin’s Cove to try your hand at pulling your own handcart and connect with Wyoming’s rich past.

Cottonwood Creek Dinosaur Trail

Alcova, Wyoming

Natrona County is fortunate to have evidence of life from tens of millions of years ago right in our own backyard. The Cottonwood Creek Dinosaur Trail at Alcova is a fascinating glimpse of how Wyoming may have looked during the late Triassic and Early Jurassic periods. Managed by the Bureau of Reclamation, this site, about 30 miles from Casper, features interpretive signage explaining the geological evolution of the region as well as some amazing dinosaur fossils discovered in recent years that can still be found in their natural settings.

Alcova Reservoir

Alcova, Wyoming

A scenic 30-minute drive from Casper will take you to Alcova Reservoir and its 2,470 acres. Known for beautiful sunrises, abundant water recreation and fishing, Alcova Reservoir is one of the best places for summer travel. The reservoir’s offerings include six campgrounds, eight boat ramps, an interpretive walking/hiking trail, a fishing pier and more.

David Street Station

Casper, Wyoming

David St. Station, Casper’s outdoor live music and events venue, has concerts, movies, farmer’s markets and events
several nights a week during the summer. However, in the winter you will find the area hosts a skating rink and other fun events.

Day 3

Garden Creek Waterfall

Casper Mountain, Wyoming

Garden Creek Falls in Rotary Park, at the base of Casper Mountain, is one of Casper’s most treasured, iconic mountain getaways. From the cascading waterfall to the towering pines, you are sure to fall in love with nature all over again. With multiple picnic tables, iron foot bridges and a gazebo, the park is an ideal spot for a picturesque afternoon. It only takes a few minutes to hike from the parking area to the base of the falls, but many visitors pack a picnic lunch and make an afternoon of it. Sitting among the aspens and ponderosa pine, it’s easy to forget that you’re just a few miles from the heart of the city.

Tate Geological Museum

Casper, Wyoming

One of the few geology and paleontology museums in Wyoming, the Tate houses a collection of over 3,000 fossil and mineral specimens – including dinosaurs and Dee the Mammoth, an 11,600-year-old Columbian Mammoth who lived in the American West during the Pleistocene, or Ice Age. Museum staff are always on hand to answer questions and help identify items folks might bring in. You’ll even find a life-sized bronze of a juvenile T. rex right outside the museum.

Hell’s Half Acre

Powder River, Wyoming

Hell’s Half Acre is a prime example of Badlands topography, with unusual and spectacular rock formations created by the erosion of relatively soft sedimentary rocks. Layers at Hell’s Half Acre are nearly horizontal, but beneath these flat layers are older layers that were tilted on their side during the same tectonic event that lifted the rocks of many of Wyoming’s mountain ranges. This wonder is full of hiking trails and wildlife.

Fort Caspar Museum and Historic Site

Casper, Wyoming

Casper took its name from Fort Caspar, a fully reconstructed frontier outpost which draws large numbers of visitors every year. It was named after Lieutenant Caspar Collins, who was killed in the 1865 Battle of Platte Bridge Station against the Lakota and Cheyenne. The Fort Caspar Museum features reconstructed buildings, including a stockade and a replica of the Mormon ferry that operated in Casper from 1847-1849. Head inside the Interpretive Center where you can walk through Casper’s first 100 years with objects from the museum’s collection and learn about the community’s history through interactive videos.

Nicolaysen Art Museum

Casper, Wyoming

A regional, contemporary art museum and cultural center committed to bringing the visual arts to children and adults of all ages. Our facility consists of eight galleries with exhibitions changing approximately every 90 days, and a Children’s Discovery Center where children of all ages are welcome to explore their expressive and creative abilities.

Racca’s Pizzeria Napoletana

Casper, Wyoming

Racca’s Pizzeria Napoletana is a gem in Casper that offers Naples-style pizza cooked in a wood-fired oven. They use hickory wood for a lovely flavor in their pizza ovens, which can get up to 800-900 degrees.

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