With eight national forests, two national parks, 12 state parks and more than 18 million acres of public land, hikers have plenty to do and see in the Cowboy State. Whether you want to scale a mountain or stroll across the plains, Wyoming has the perfect hike for you no matter what your experience level is.
Medicine Bow National Forest.
With hundreds of trails to choose from, it’s hard to narrow it down to just a few, but here are some local favorites:
The state’s two national parks offer a plethora of hiking opportunities. Canyon Country is one of the best areas for hiking in Yellowstone National Park. Here you can see thermal mud pots, vents and lakes, open meadows and old growth forest. Or try the Upper Geyser Basin trails — they’ll take you past Old Faithful, Castle, Beehive and other impressive geysers. Discover more about day hikes throughout Yellowstone National Park here. Just south of Yellowtsone, Grand Teton National Park is also renowned for its hiking, from a day hike around Bearpaw and Trapper Lakes to a backpacking trip along the Grand Teton Loop. Read up on hikes in Grand Teton National Park here.
Many of Wyoming’s state parks and historic sites boast scenic and epic trails for hiking. Find trail maps, seasonal information and other necessary information to hit the trails at Wyoming State Parks.
Continental Divide Trail
The Continental Divide Trail covers 3,100 miles, conquers five states from north to south, and is a bucket list trip for many hikers worldwide. Wyoming is home to a diverse 550 mile stretch of the trail, spanning from the northwestern corner of Yellowstone National Park and exiting the state in the Medicine Bow National Forest in the south.