Are there ghost towns in Wyoming?

Wyoming - The most populous state

Large parts of the Cowboy State (Cowboy State) Wyoming have high mountain character (there are 11 larger mountain ranges), only a small area belongs to the Great Plains with prairie landscapes. The state is in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. Unpopulated for a long time, the area was only a transit station for the large treks to the west. You can still find memories of that time everywhere.

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Farmers only stopped here in the second half of the 19th century, when there were bloody clashes with the Indians. Wyoming is still the most sparsely populated state today. Although the state is as big as Great Britain, only a little over half a million people live here. Wyoming calls itself the “Capital of Rodeo” and it is indeed a hotbed of rodeo events, especially in Cody (the hometown of “Buffalo Bills”). The largest cities are the capital Cheyenne and Casper, each with a population of over 60,000.

Tourist Attractions

Founded on March 1, 1872, Yellowstone National Park, in the middle Rocky Mountains, owes its name to a 1,114-kilometer-long offshoot of the Missouri River - the Yellowstone River - and should not be missing on any to-do list of travelers to the USA.

The National Elk Refuge borders the national park in the south, where the largest herd of elk in the USA overwinters.

Jackson is one of the most visited tourist spots in the western United States and a well-known winter sports area. The place tries to maintain the western flair.

  • Buffalo Bill Historical Center

The museum goes by the beautiful nickname “Smithsonian of the West”. It consists of four departments, each of which justifies its own museum and provides an interesting insight into the development of the Wild West. In the Buffalo Bill Museum, numerous exhibits recall the legend of this man, whose home was Cody and who became world famous. The Cody Fire Arms Museum houses the largest collection of handguns on earth. The Whitney Gallery of Western Art is one of the best collections of wild west paintings. Famous names like Albert Bierstadt, George Catlin, Charles M. Russell, Frederic Remington can be found here. The Plains Indian Museum is dedicated to the Plains Indians (Arapaho, Black Feet, Cheyenne, Crow, Shoshone, Siouw) and displays tipis, tools, weapons, clothing and cult objects.

In Cody you will also find the "Old Trail Town", a ghost town from the old days. Here are 24 buildings from the 80s and 90s of the 19th century, reminiscent of the time of the bandits Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid.

The Cody Nite Rodeo is a permanent rodeo event that takes place every night from the first Saturday in June to the last Saturday in August.

  • Devils Tower National Monument

A 264 m high basalt monolith with a flat top (diameter 305 m), looming in the landscape. A well-known landmark because it can be seen from afar, it was declared the USA's first national monument in 1906. It is the remnant of a volcano that has long since eroded away. An approx. 1.5 km long hiking trail leads around the mountain, whose angular basalt columns are a paradise for mountaineers. The mountain was the setting for the film “Memories of the Future” (Close Encounters of the Third Kind).

  • Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area

Half an hour south of the mining town of Rock Springs, in the Uinta Mountains on the Utah state line. Here the Green River was artificially dammed up to form a 146 km long lake. The reddish rock formations of the deeply cut bay gave it its name (Flaming Gorge). From SR-44, a round trip leads past various geological rock formations of Sheep Creek Canyon back to the SR-44. From Dows Mountain view of the rugged, water-filled Red Rock Canyon and bizarre rock formations. There is information and an overlook at the Red Rock Visitor Center.

The Bighorn Mountains are sister mountains to the Rocky Mountains in northern Wyoming, about halfway between Mount Rushmore and Yellowstone National Park. They offer a diverse landscape and a wide range of outdoor activities: including 32 campsites, 3 scenic byways, 7 lodges, etc. The hiking trails cover more than 1,500 miles. Since the summer of 2010, the Forest Service has been charging a "park fee" of $ 10 at the West Tensleep Trailhead in the Bighorn National Forest - the popular entrance to Cloud Peak Wilderness. Officially, it is a "Recreation Access Tax" or RAT for short. Michael Pearlman explains more about this on Nov. 22, 2009 at New West.

Grand Teton National Park is located south of Yellowstone N.P., to which it is connected by the John D. Rockefeller Jr. Memorial Parkway. The national park consists of the Jackson Hole valley and the mountain range of the Teton Range, the highest peaks of which rise around 4,000 m. The name Grand Teton comes from French trappers (“grand tetons” = large breasts). Jackson Hole is partially surrounded by lakes and traversed by the Snake River. Elk, elk and mule deer wander through the moist high mountain valley. A herd of bison grazes east of Oxbow Bend.

  • Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area

The Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area is a recreation area in the area of ​​the states of Wyoming and Montana. The muddy Bighorn River was dammed in 1967 by the construction of the Yellowtail Dam over a length of 114 kilometers. Because of its brown, slightly greenish color, the river is not particularly popular with tourists, and the area is barren and remote. It is a landscape that is more likely to be expected in Utah. About a third of the recreation area is in the Crow Indian Reservation area. For centuries this was the home of nomadic Indian tribes who moved from the grassy plains of Montana to the Wyoming prairies. The most interesting area is in Wyoming. Starting from the Bighorn Canyon Visitor Center near Lovell, a road leads north along the canyon rim, past several viewpoints. The road leads through the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range, a 19 hectare area with wild horses, one of the last herds of mustangs to live in the wild.

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Tickets for attractions and activities

For tickets to attractions and activities in Wyoming, visit www.getyourguide.de.

Climate and Weather

The state of Wyoming's climate is determined by its location on the North American land mass and by its altitude. There are desert areas with annual rainfall between 100 and 200 millimeters and short-grass prairies with annual rainfall of 230 to 400 millimeters (the latter cover about 70 percent of the national territory). In contrast, the mountains are very rainy, here the snowfall can be over 5,000 millimeters annually and the snow can be up to 150 days a year. The average temperatures fluctuate accordingly very strongly. They can be as low as -12 degrees Celsius in the mountains in January while the southeast of the state is a milder -2 degrees. In July, the average temperatures are 10 degrees in the mountains and 24 degrees in the Big Horn Basin in northern Wyoming.

Hotels, apartments and holiday homes

Wyoming hotels, apartments and vacation rentals can be found at www.booking.com.