Great Plains and Rocky Mountains
Wyoming, in the Northwest of the United States, is a predominantly agricultural country. Wyoming has a very beautiful, sometimes almost unreal nature. The Cowboy State is assigned to the western states and has countless travel destinations for tourists and nature lovers. Really big cities are not to be found in Wyoming. The capital of Wyoming is Cheyenne. In the country, in the American Northwest in general, the Indian roots and their culture still play an important role today. In 2019, Wyoming was home to approximately 579,000 people.
State Capitol of the US State of Wyoming in Cheyenne
The landscape of the US state is characterized by the mountains of the Rocky Mountains and the extensive, relatively flat plains of the Great Plains. Wyoming, the sparsely populated state of the USA, has a beautiful, gigantic nature to offer away from the agriculturally used areas. The possibilities for leisure activities, in summer and in winter, are very large. Wyoming has a vast, forested wilderness and gigantic, almost untouched mountain landscapes. Valuable archaeological sites are located in Wyoming. In winter, the state of the USA usually has to deal with a lot of snowfall.
Leisure and outdoors
Winter sports, alpine or in the area, are the order of the day. The north-west of the country in particular is ideal for outdoor activities. Important Wyoming natural treasures worth seeing are located near Flaming Gorge Reservoir and along the Pilot Butte Wild Horse Loop. There are also larger herds of wild horses living in the plains. The North Platte River meanders through the central region of the country. The famous Oregon Trail once passed through this part of the United States. Today, museums recall the eventful history of the early pioneers on their way west to the “Promised Land”. Scattered throughout the US state are some lakes, most of which have been artificially dammed. Numerous leisure activities are possible there. On rivers, even more so on the countless streams in Wyoming, fishing is very common (trout, walleye and other fish species).
Attractions in Wyoming
- Antelope Flats
- Bear River
- Bridger Teton Forest
- Cascade Canyon
- Devil’s Gate
- Devils Tower
- Fort Washakie
- Fort Yellowstone
- Glendo State Park
- Grand Teton National Park
- Jackson Hole
- Lamar Valley
- Longs Peak
- Mammoth Hot Springs
- National Elk Refuge
- Pikes Peak
- Yellowstone National Park
- Fossil Butte – Fossils
- Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
- Hot Springs State Park
- Old Faithful – Geysir im Yellowstone
Another natural highlight of Northeast Wyoming is the famous Devils Tower. This oddly shaped, solitary boulder has the status of a US National Monument. The mountain is located in the Bear Lodge Mountains – Black Hills. The Native Americans of the region revered and shunned Devils Tower as a sacred site and as the home of grizzlies. Overall, the north-east of Wyoming is characterized by a slightly hilly prairie landscape.
Chief Washakie am State Capitol
Western Rodeo in Cheyenne
Every July, Cheyenne hosts the world’s largest western festival and outdoor rodeo called Cheyenne Frontier Days (10-day duration). If possible, don’t miss this typical American festival. Rodeo, pageants, live music and other folk festival attractions are presented there. The State Capitol in Cheyenne is well worth seeing. In addition to natural treasures, Southeast Wyoming has plenty of vibrant culture to offer.
Yellowstone und Grand Teton National Park
The two national parks in the US state, the unique nature of the protected areas ensure the growing tourism in the country. A section of the oldest national park in the world, the “Yellowstone National Park”, is located in Wyoming. The national park stretches across the US states of Idaho and Montana in addition to Wyoming. Another protected area in Wyoming is Grand Teton National Park. The protected region is characterized by very high, quite evenly striving mountains that carry a snow-covered crest.
The climate of the Great Plains
Overall, Wyoming is a water-scarce state. In summer it can get very hot. Then violent thunderstorms ensure a brief cooling. Nights are very cold in Wyoming even during the warm season. In winter it is accordingly much colder at night. The low temperatures are to some extent tolerable because it is a dry cold.
Horses graze on the Great Plains in front of the Grand Teton Mountains
The Rocky Mountains characterize the landscape of northwestern Wyoming. Almost central in Wyoming and in the state’s southwest are the Intermountain Basins. These are deep mountain basins bordered by high mountains.
Nature and mining industry
In the eastern region of Wyoming are the Great Plains, a vast, seemingly endless grassland (prairie). In this rain-poor, dry landscape, growing crops is not a worthwhile goal. However, extensive grazing with sheep and cattle is possible in the plains. In addition to agriculture, mining is an important source of income in Wyoming. Natural gas, crude oil in ores are promoted or mined.
Leisure activities in Wyoming
Especially in winter, Wyoming has excellent opportunities for winter sports in its mountain regions. In addition to skiing, dog and snowmobile rides are very popular in winter. Not only the national parks offer very good opportunities for hikers and cyclists. There are over fifty golf courses in Wyoming, perfectly embedded in the natural landscape. The museums in Wyoming deal primarily with the Native American past and the nature of the country. Scattered throughout Wyoming are beautiful natural oases, wildlife sanctuaries and parks, as well as Native American relics and settlements. The country’s clean streams and lakes are a true fishing paradise.
Fossil Butte – Fossils
Southwest Wyoming is where the important archeological sites are located. Fossil Butte National Monument is a major site of ancient fossils.
The largest cities in Wyoming
- Rock Springs
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Regions in Wyoming
Northwest Wyoming is home to Grand Teton National Park and portions of Yellowstone National Park. A holiday in nature is highly recommended there. Northwest cities include Jackson, Riverton, Shoshon, Hyattville, Cody, Powell and Lovell. Paleontologists come to this area of Wyoming for the abundance of fossils found there.
The southwest of Wyoming is primarily characterized by impressive natural landscapes. Fossil finds were unearthed at numerous excavation sites. There are designated reserves to protect the primeval finds. Cities in Southwest Wyoming include Fort Bridger, Lyman, Rock Springs and Pinedale.
Central Wyoming is dominated by the North Platte River. The famous Oregon Trail also once ran through central Wyoming. Museums are reminiscent of the Poinier times of the time, of the settlement of the USA by the “long noses”, the white settlers. Cities in central Wyoming include Douglas, Casper, and Glenrock.
The famous Devils Tower is located in Northeast Wyoming. in the north-eastern parts of the country the landscape is characterized by very extensive, undulating sagebrush grass plains. Cities in the northeast of the country are Buffalo, Dayton, Ranchester, Gilette and Sundance.
In the southeast of Wyoming is the capital (with state capitol) Cheyenne. The “Cheyenne Frontier Days” take place there every July, a ten-day folk festival with processions and other popular amusements. Cities in the Southeast include Saratoga, Laramie, and Riverside. In addition to the original nature, the southeast of Wyoming also has numerous cultural highlights to offer.
Map of Wyoming – United States
The map of Wyoming, located on the Rocky Mountains of the USA. Wyoming is one of the western states of the USA and borders on the so-called “Midwest” in the east. The map shows the neighboring countries, the largest cities in the country, the rivers and lakes as well as the courses of the highways and the most important roads. The geographical location of the national parks can be seen. The area of Wyoming is 253,336 km². Around 580,000 people currently live in the country.