Nothing compares to a Wyoming road trip. The Rocky Mountains and the High Plains meet right here in Wyoming, resulting in stunning views in every direction. Wyoming has over 20 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.
Cloud Peak Scenic Byway, Johnson County
Battle Pass Scenic Byway
This 57-mile paved highway follows Wyoming Highway 70 through Medicine Bow National Forest and over the Sierra Madre Mountain Range. Starting in Encampment, Wyoming, Battle Pass Scenic Byway drives through a number of ghost towns and passes the field known for the famous 1841 battle between fur trappers and Native Americans.
Beartooth Scenic Highway
Located just east of Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming’s northwest corner, Beartooth Scenic Highway 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 numerous trailheads and lookout points along the way.
Bighorn Scenic Byway
This scenic byway begins in Shell, Wyoming, and travels along US-14 for 58 miles before connecting with Medicine Wheel Passage, which is located just southwest of Dayton, Wyoming. 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.
Big Spring Scenic Backway
Traveling 68 miles from Kemmerer, Wyoming, to Cokeville, Wyoming, this scenic backway offers mountains, valleys wildlife-viewing and more. Big Spring Scenic Backway follows Wyoming Highway 232 as it passes through the same part of the state over 350,000 emigrants passed through along the Oregon, Mormon and California trails. If you travel to this part of the state, add Fossil Butte National Monument near Kemmerer to your list of places to explore.
Black Hills Scenic Byway
Located in northeast Wyoming, this scenic drive travels through the large Black Hills region that spills into South Dakota. The byway begins in Newcastle, Wyoming, and continues for 78 miles toward the South Dakota border, offering a glimpse at the region’s complex geology. Discover the lesser-known Black Hills of Wyoming by stopping to hike, mountain bike, fish or just get outdoors along the way. You can also explore ghost towns and museums as part of your Black Hills Scenic Byway experience.
Bridger Valley Historic 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. While the road only spans 20 miles before reconnecting with the interstate, it 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.
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, Wyoming, 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.
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 along Wyoming Highway 296 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.
Cloud Peak Skyway
Cloud Peak Skyway is an incredible stretch of road that offers views of the Big Horn 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.
Flaming Gorge-Green River Basin Scenic Byway
The Flaming Gorge-Green River Basin Scenic Byway connects two roads split by the Green River in southwest Wyoming, traveling through high desert and towering rock formations along the way. Wyoming Highway 530 and US-191, both located just west of Rock Springs, use I-80 as a connecting point to create the 160-mile byway. Both roads travel to the Wyoming-Utah border, with US-191 continuing through Utah and into Arizona. Plan to stop and enjoy the recreation opportunities surrounding both Green River and the breathtaking Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area.
Medicine Wheel Passage
Located in north-central Wyoming, the Medicine Wheel Passage travels along Wyoming Highway 14-A, offering views of the Big Horn Basin and Absoraka Mountains. This scenic drive passes Wyoming’s Medicine Wheel 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.