Scenic Byways & Backways

The road is calling. Grab a drink and snacks and take advantage of one of Wyoming's scenic drives. Choose from snow-capped peaks and alpine plateaus or wide grassland vistas and the mountain skyline.

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Black Hills Scenic Byway
The 78-mile Wyoming Black Hills Scenic Byway rests at the western gateway to the sprawling Black Hills area which stretches into South Dakota. Named by Native Americans because the color of tree trunks when it rained, the entire area offers numerous historic sites and cultural resources in conjunction with beautiful natural vistas, unique geology and recreational outlets.

Battle Pass Scenic Byway
Named for a famous Battle between Indians and Fur Trappers in 1841, Battle Pass is A 57-mile paved highway over the crest of the little-visited Sierra Madre Mountains of the Medicine Bow National Forest. This drive is a beautiful route that climbs high over the Sierra Madre of southeastern Wyoming.

The Beartooth Highway - An All American Road
Cresting at 10,947 feet in Beartooth Pass, Beartooth Scenic Byway is Wyoming’s highest paved primary road. The traveling CBS journalist Charles Kuralt once called it “the most beautiful drive in America,” and once you’ve driven it you’ll understand why. The only National Scenic Byway in Wyoming, this two-lane route was the first and most substantial road to be constructed under the Park Approaches Act of 1931, and is currently in the nomination stage for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places.

Bighorn Scenic Byway
A 58-mile paved highway over the crest of the Big Horn Mountains, the Byway winds past thick forest, lush meadows, waterfalls, and deep canyons. Stretching from the Powder River Basin to the Big Horn Basin, the Big Horn Byway follows U.S. 14 from the west outside Greybull.

Bridger Valley Historic Byway
The Byway area was, for a century, a crossroads for the California/Oregon Trail, the Mormon Trail, the Pony Express Route, the Transcontinental Railroad, and the Lincoln Highway. Incorporating the towns Fort Bridger, Urie, Mountain View, and Lyman, which were bypassed when Interstate 80 was built, Bridger Valley Historic Byway is an approximately 20-mile loop showcasing some of Wyoming's most treasured historical sites. The route runs from I-80 Exit 34 and rejoins the interstate at Exit 48.

Buffalo Bill Cody Scenic Byway
The Buffalo Bill Cody Scenic Byway, U.S. 14/16/20, follows the North Fork of the Shoshone River through scenic Wapiti Valley to the East Entrance of Yellowstone National Park. The 27 miles of paved Scenic Byway start about25 miles west of Cody at the Shoshone National Forest border. Normal driving time from the forest boundary to the Park is approximately 45 minutes. The byway is open to traffic year round, but the East Entrance into Yellowstone closes the first Monday of November.

Centennial Scenic Byway
The 163 miles between Pinedale and Dubois comprise the Wyoming Centennial Scenic Byway. This horseshoe-shaped combination of highways includes U.S. 26/287 and U.S. 26/89/191. The route crosses diverse landscapes including badlands, ranch land, and the high montane.

Chief Joseph Scenic Byway
The Chief Joseph Scenic Byway, Wyoming 296, links the town of Cody with the Beartooth Highway and the Northeast Gate of Yellowstone National Park. The route crosses the Shoshone National Forest through the Absaroka Mountains to the Clarks Fork Valley. The 47 paved miles of the Scenic Byway run from the junction with U.S. 120, 17 miles north of Cody, northwest to their connection with U.S. 212, the Beartooth Highway. The Beartooth Mountains and the Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone River lie to the north of the road, and the Absaroka Mountains and North Absaroka Wilderness are to the south.

Cloud Peak Skyway Scenic Byway
The Cloud Peak Skyway Scenic Byway is the southern-most route across the Bighorn National Forest in the Big Horn Mountains. The designated 47-mile stretch of the Scenic Byway, or U.S. 16, shares its boundaries with the National Forest. The route can be reached via Ten Sleep from the west or Buffalo from the east.

Flaming Gorge - Green River Basin Scenic Byway
Your trip through Flaming Gorge - Green River Scenic Byway begins just west of Rock Springs. Head south on U.S. Highway 191 deep into redrock country and the Green River-Colorado drainage basin. Spanning the Wyoming/Utah border, this route winds through the high desert, astonishing rock formations, and glistening mountain peaks. Expect a minimum drive time of three hours on this 100 mile byway.

Mirror Lake Scenic Byway
The Mirror Lake Scenic Byway extends from Evanston, Wyoming to Kamas, Utah. The Wyoming section of the byway provides southbound travelers with a panoramic view of the Uinta Mountains—the only major mountain range in the U.S. with an east/west axis. The byway reaches an elevation of 10, 620 feet at Bald Mountain Pass, and offers spectacular views of the surrounding alpine landscape.

Snowy Range Scenic Byway
The Snowy Range Scenic Byway crosses the Medicine Bow Mountain Range and includes the 29 miles of the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest portion of Wyoming Highway 130. this Byway is located in southern Wyoming and can be reached by exiting Interstate 80 at Laramie or at Walcott Junction approximately 20 miles east of Rawlins.

Wind River Canyon Scenic Byway
The Wind River Canyon Scenic Byway begins in the town of Shoshoni at milepost 100. Following U.S. 20 north through Wind River Canyon and the Wind River Indian Reservation, the route ends just north of the City of Thermopolis at milepost 134. Without stopping, the total drive time is about 40 minutes.

Big Spring Scenic Backway
The Big Spring Scenic Backway is a 68-mile route from Kemmerer to Cokeville in Wyoming’s southwestern Lincoln County. The Backway is crisscrossed by historic emigrant trails, parallels willowed river valleys, and plunges deep into the Tunp Mountain Range in the Bridger National Forest. Traveler services are available in Kemmerer, Cokeville, and Diamondville.

Muddy Creek Historic Backway
The Muddy Creek Historic Backway provides access to locations well off the beaten path. Twenty-five miles of back roads will lead you from a real western ghost town to Muddy Creek, one of the most famous camping spots of the western migration.

South Big Horn/ Red Wall Scenic Backway
The South Big Horn/Red Wall Scenic Backway is a horseshoe-shaped, 102-mile route that explores the southern end of the Big Horn Mountain Range. It begins and ends by leaving U.S. 20/26 in central Wyoming west of Casper and east of Shoshone.

Red Gulch/Alkali Scenic Backway
Drive along Wyoming’s Red Gulch/Alkali Scenic Backway when it's open and dry, between May and October, and you’ll encounter stunning showcases of area history as well as the colorful geography of the Big Horn Mountains. A 34-mile route through a mostly untraveled (and unpaved) section of the Big Horn Basin, there are no towns, stores, gas stations or telephones along the way. Take drinking water, food, and a spare tire—the ride can get bumpy.

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