Coronavirus has made it challenging to feel safe while traveling, so I have been taking the time to explore all the wonderful possibilities for activities around me. Living in Wyoming, there are so many things to see and do that I can rest and recuperate here instead of traveling long for a holiday. Unfortunately, there are ranches, hotels, and restaurants that will miss the season and re-open next year. The rest of the hotels and attractions re-opened for visitors at the end of July 2020. Now it is time to have some fun. Here are some of the best outdoor activities to do in Wyoming right now.
There is no better way to explore our beautiful national parks than on horseback. Something about the rugged landscape and the plodding gait of a horse makes you feel like you are back in the time of cowboys and the wild west. If you don’t have your own horse, there are plenty of trail ride companies that can take you out, or even teach you how to ride a horse. My recommendation would be to go all-in on the cowboy experience and join a Dude Ranch trail ride – a one-day trip or multi-day pack trip where you get to camp out under the stars and have cowboy-style cookouts.
Not all outdoor activities have to be physical; after all, being at one with nature should be relaxing and revitalizing. Because of the area’s thermal activity, there are many different places you could go to soak in some hot springs, depending on what kind of experience you want to have. If you want more of a spa experience, then the Saratoga Hot Springs Resort is the place to go. The hot springs are only for hotel and spa guests, so book an overnight stay or a spa treatment and enjoy the thermal circuit. My favorite is Granite Hot Springs, which is in the middle of a pine forest. Being surrounded by trees adds an extra level of relaxation to the experience.
We have to be one of the luckiest states with 18 million acres of public land in our national forests and state and national parks. Yellowstone National Park is one of the best places to go to have a broad range of different scenery to explore. My recommendation would be the Upper Geyser Basin Trails as they will take you past the geysers, which are so much fun to see.
There is nothing better than seeing wildlife up close and personal. Wyoming offers excellent opportunities for spotting bears, elk, moose, birds, deer, and mountain lions, among many others. If you go hiking around dawn or dusk, the national parks and forests will be alive with wildlife as they go about their day before trails get busy. Alternatively, several guided tours offer some of the best chances for wildlife spotting and the opportunity to learn about the animals you are seeing. One of the best places for wildlife is the Lamar Valley in Yellowstone, which is often called the American Serengeti.
Whether it’s for sport, thrill, or relaxation, take a boat down one of the state’s waterways to experience a different perspective. There are plenty of options for kayaking, canoeing, and white water rafting if you want to exercise or get adrenalin hit. Float trips would be my recommendation, though, just taking it easy on the river and watching the world go by. There are even some which offer fishing.
Those were my favorite outdoor activities to do in Wyoming, what kind of things do you like to do?