Wyoming has vast open landscapes, jagged mountain peaks and winding rivers. Inside and outside of Wyoming’s National Parks is some of America’s most spectacular cowboy country. It is home to two incredible national parks that exemplify the natural wonders of the American West. From the Grand Tetons, one of the most spectacular mountain ranges you’ll ever see, to the geothermal wonderland that is Yellowstone, these parks make up one of the largest protected ecosystems on the planet. You’ll find there is so much to see and do at these parks that you’ll come back again and again to explore. Come explore with us on two wheels!
Don’t miss out on some other special places in Wyoming. The Snake River is designated as a Wild and Scenic River, Devil’s Tower is a majestic and sacred place. The National Grasslands are spectacular to see as are the beautiful and rugged mountains of the Big Horn, Medicine Bow, Shoshone, and Bridger-Teton National Forests.
The Grand Tetons
Grand Teton National Park almost wasn’t. In 1943, Grand Teton National Monument was created by the the President using the powers of the Antiquities Act. This Act permits Presidents to declare national monuments without Congressional approval. In a state like Wyoming, where private land rights are held dear, creation of Grand Teton National Park came at a price. The approval of national park status also included an amendment to the Antiquities Act requiring Congressional approval for any future national monuments in Wyoming. This is the only state where such approval is required. After visiting the park, it was well worth the price!
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park is one of the crown jewels of the National Park System. Right up there with Yosemite and the Grand Canyon, it’s one of our national treasures that is known to and visited by tourists around the world. The main attraction of Yellowstone is of course Old Faithful Geyser and the many hot springs and thermal pools that occur within the park’s boundaries. But there is a lot more to see than just hot water. From herds of bison and elk, to crystal clear lakes and streams, there’s a reason Yellowstone is popular. Oh and then there are the waterfalls!