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Scenic Byways

Nothing compares to a Wyoming road trip. The Rocky Mountains and the High Plains meet in Wyoming, resulting in stunning views in every direction. Wyoming has 21 scenic byways that twist, turn and climb through some of the state’s most breathtaking landscapes. Plan a drive along these Wyoming roads to immerse yourself in wild beauty and western history.

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Wyoming is broken into several regions, all of which lead to the state’s most-visited destinations: Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks. These regions are meant to guide you through parts of the state that shouldn’t be missed, including state parks, unique attractions, outdoor recreation opportunities and more. There are many ways to arrive at your destination, but planning a road trip through one of these regions is a great way to discover Wyoming.

Salt to Stone

The Salt to Stone region is a colorful adventureland stretching from Salt Lake City into Southwest Wyoming and northward to Yellowstone.

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90 MILES BY CAR FROM SALT LAKE CITY AIRPORT TO EVANSTON

Rockies to Tetons

The Rockies to Tetons region follows the Rocky Mountains to the Teton Range, passing through the beauty of the Snowy, Medicine Bow, Seminoe and Wind River mountain ranges along the way.

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133 MILES BY CAR FROM DENVER AIRPORT TO LARAMIE

Park to Park

Named for the popular early 1900s Park to Park Highway, the Park to Park region connects Wyoming’s lively capital to small towns with renowned fishing and prehistoric wonders.

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106 MILES BY CAR FROM DENVER AIRPORT TO CHEYENNE

Black to Yellow

The Black to Yellow region offers kaleidoscopic landscapes and iconic sights starting in northeast Wyoming’s Black Hills and venturing west to Yellowstone.

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107 MILES BY CAR FROM RAPID CITY AIRPORT TO DEVILS TOWER

129 MILES BY CAR FROM BILLINGS AIRPORT TO SHERIDAN

National Parks

Located in northwest Wyoming, Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks are home to some of America’s most diverse ecosystems.

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Beartooth Scenic Byway

Located just east of Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming’s northwest corner, Beartooth Scenic Byway follows US-212 as it winds through Shoshone National Forest. Nearly 39 miles of this 68-mile drive are in Wyoming, with sections crossing into Montana. Plan to spend about three hours driving this beautiful road, and leave plenty of time for stops at trailheads and lookout points along the way.

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Bighorn Scenic Byway

This scenic byway begins in Shell, Wyoming, and travels east before connecting with Medicine Wheel Passage. Bighorn Scenic Byway passes through Bighorn National Forest, past Shell Falls and over Granite Pass, featuring views of vast ranchlands, limestone outcroppings and various mountain peaks along the way. Be sure to make time for stops at scenic overlooks, trails and other enjoyable outdoor areas.

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Black Hills Scenic Byway

This historic byway was once the point where the Oregon Trail, Mormon Trail, Pony Express Route, Transcontinental Railroad, Old Lincoln Highway and old US-30 all met. You can find this route in Wyoming’s southwest corner as an offshoot of I-80. The road passes through a number of historic sites, including Fort Bridger State Historic Site. Plan to spend a few hours immersed in this significant part of western culture.

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Buffalo Bill Cody Scenic Byway

Winding west toward Yellowstone through Shoshone National Forest, Buffalo Bill Cody Scenic Byway is filled with wildlife and stunning views. This drive starts about 25 miles west of Cody and follows US Highway 14-16-20 for 27 miles. Take time to enjoy a hike or a stay at a historic lodge before experiencing this route’s ultimate grand finale: Yellowstone National Park. The byway ends near the park’s east entrance, which is usually open May through October.

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Chief Joseph Scenic Byway

Located in northwest Wyoming, this scenic drive begins near Yellowstone National Park’s eastern border and travels southwest through Shoshone National Forest and the Absaroka Mountains. The 47-mile drive boasts prime wildlife viewing and outdoor recreation opportunities to those who stop along the way. Chief Joseph Scenic Byway was named after the chief of the Nez Perce Tribe, as the region was home to this Native American group before they left in an attempt to flee the U.S. Cavalry.

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Cloud Peak Skyway

Cloud Peak Skyway is an incredible stretch of road that offers views of the Bighorn Mountains, including the highest peak in the range, Cloud Peak. The scenic drive follows US-16 between Ten Sleep and Buffalo in north-central Wyoming. In just 47 miles, the Cloud Peak Scenic Byway transports you through Ten Sleep Canyon and Bighorn National Forest before climbing to stunning views of the Cloud Peak Wilderness.

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Medicine Wheel Passage Scenic Byway

Located in north-central Wyoming, the Medicine Wheel Passage offers views of the Bighorn Basin and Absoraka Mountains. This scenic drive passes Wyoming’s Medicine Wheel/Medicine Mountain National Historic Landmark and celebrates the state’s rich Native American history along the way. Those traveling west along the byway can connect the 27-mile drive with Bighorn Scenic Byway to extend their route.

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Red Gulch Alkali Backcountry Byway

Located in north-central Wyoming, this byway begins in Shell and travels 32 miles south to Hyattville. Along the drive, keep an eye out for hoodoos and other unique rock formations and impressive views of Trapper Canyon. Plan to get out of the car and stretch your legs by fishing or hiking.

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