With seven national forests, two national parks, numerous state parks and more than 18 million acres of public land, hikers have plenty to do and see throughout the Cowboy State. Whether you want to scale a mountain or stroll across the prairie, Wyoming has the perfect hike for you. With hundreds of trails to choose from, it’s hard to narrow it down to just a few, but here are some favorites:
The state’s two national parks offer a plethora of hiking opportunities. Canyon Country is one of the best areas for hiking in Yellowstone National Park, where you can see thermal mud pots, vents and lakes, open meadows and old growth forest. Or try the Upper Geyser Basin trails — they’ll take you past Old Faithful, Castle, Beehive and other impressive geysers. Grand Teton National Park is also renowned for its hiking, from a day hike around Bearpaw and Trapper Lakes to a strenuous backpacking trip along the Grand Teton Loop.
There’s plenty of hiking outside the borders the national parks as well. Expert hikers and climbers can ascend Cloud Peak in the Bighorn National Forest, or tackle the Glacier Trail near Dubois. Didn’t bring your climbing equipment? Not to worry, you can get the peak payoff without the strain on the seven-mile Medicine Bow Peak loop near the Snowy Range.