Wyoming is one of the largest states in the union but also one of the least densely populated, making it a wonderful outdoor destination for groups. The topography is a combination of foothills and rambling prairies coming together to form a varied and gorgeous backdrop for all sorts of outdoor activities.
Cities across the state provide urban amenities and a wealth of different activities while still having easy access to the outdoors. We’ve put together a selection of outdoor activities for different skill levels and a list of parks where groups can embrace their adventurous spirits within a short drive of each metro area.
With the Rocky Mountains to the west; the world’s first National Park, Yellowstone; and the United States’ first National Monument, Devil’s Tower, your group is guaranteed to find something to love in “wonderful Wyoming.”
In addition to being a destination in its own right, Cheyenne is a gateway destination for groups visiting Wyoming. The capital is situated between popular Wyoming parks and also features a variety of outdoor activities.
Vedauwoo Recreation Area (pronounced Vee-Duh-Voo) is part of the Medicine Bow National Forest and a popular outdoor recreation spot less than 30 miles west of Cheyenne off Interstate 80. The area is known for its breathtaking rock formations that create natural sculptures. The granite formations include large crystals of quartz, pink feldspar and mica, making them shimmer under the open sky; many of the smaller formations look as if they’re balancing precariously on only a few inches of space.
Vedauwoo is a great spot for groups to get out and walk around, with maintained hiking trails varying from well-worn flat walks to higher-level hiking and climbing. Elevations range from 5,500 feet to almost 13,000 feet, creating spectacular vistas over the prairies for the sightseers and photographers of the group.
Granite Grip Climbing provides guided hiking, backpacking, bouldering and climbing tailored to the skill levels of your group; the company also teaches climbing basics.
Nearby Parks: Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests, Ames Monument Historic Site, Curt Gowdy State Park, Historic Governors’ Mansion, Wyoming Territorial Prison
Next year will bring a special opportunity for visitors to Casper. On August 21, there will be a total eclipse of the sun that will travel across the nation from the Pacific Coast to the Atlantic. Casper is regarded as one of the best destinations from which to view the eclipse, because of the high percentage of clear and favorable conditions and its location along the center of the line of totality.
For groups unable to make it to Casper for the eclipse, there are still plenty of outdoor offerings. Casper Mountain is home to the Lee McCune Braille Trail, a trail specifically designed for the visually impaired. The trail is relatively flat and features a guide rope, making it a good option for those not interested in more challenging trails. Other popular activities on the mountain include snowshoeing and skiing in the winter months, and fishing and hiking during the warmer seasons. Also nearby is the Cirque of the Towers, a popular hiking and climbing area.
Nearby Parks: Edness K. Wilkins State Park, Independence Rock Historic Site