As the USA’s least populous state, Wyoming is also one of the richest in unspoiled natural beauty. Two of the most famous national parks–Yellowstone and Grand Teton–are located here, drawing outdoors lovers looking to connect with Mother Nature. Wyoming's history also includes the legacies of several American Indian tribes, collectively known today as the Plains Indians. Visitors can discover this heritage at many events and landmarks around the state, including lively powwows, Medicine Wheel, and the Wind River Wild Horse Sanctuary. The state's vast landscapes mean ranching is a big part of local life, and no trip to Wyoming is complete without visiting a dude ranch. Finally, while Wyoming's cities are quaint by some standards, they offer a blend of authentic Western culture and welcome amenities. One thing is certain--a pet friendly trip to Wyoming will leave you with an appreciation of the West.
Best Time To Visit
Depending on your agenda, there isn’t a bad time for a pet friendly trip to Wyoming. In June the mountains turning into a vibrant world of wildlife, wildflowers, and outdoor recreation. Summer is the peak travel season in the state, particularly in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, so don’t expect to find amazing deals on lodging. The weather is lovely through the fall months of September and October when the aspens turn golden and create quite a show in the high country. Things quiet down a bit in early November, but winter brings another wave of tourists as skiers arrive in Jackson Hole and snowmobilers come to explore Yellowstone. If you're looking for the best rates on lodging, plan your trip for April or May, though expect the trails to be muddy.
Things Not To Miss
Enjoy the timeless beauty of the Big Horn Mountains by traveling one of three scenic drive, hiking some of the 1,500 miles of pet friendly trails, or admiring the views from Medicine Wheel.
Explore Yellowstone National Park in quarters, spending a day driving the park roads followed by a day exploring pet friendly trails and sights outside the national park boundaries.
Admire Devil's Tower, a magnificent butte rising above the Belle Fourche River. Be sure to ask how your pet can become a BARK Ranger during your visit!
Plan your trip between mid-May and late-September to experience South Pass City, a ghost town with 23 original structures, 30,000 artifacts, and nearly 5 miles of pet friendly hiking trails.
Drive Grand Teton National Park's 43-mile Scenic Loop Drive, then hit the pet friendly trails in Bridger-Teton National Forest.
For a taste of the Old West, mosey around downtown Cody, or hop aboard a narrated trolley tour for insights into the colorful history of the town.
Step back in time at Fort Laramie National Historic Site. Once the best known military post on the Northern Plains, you can now talk with living history interpreters, admire twelve restored buildings, and walk the old Army Iron Bridge.