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A Guide To The 4 Best National Parks In Wyoming

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From the geothermal wonders of Yellowstone to the jagged peaks of Grand Teton, Wyoming offers a range of exciting recreational opportunities.

Whether you want to tackle demanding hiking routes or gaze at the stars, you’ll undoubtedly discover a national park that suits your preferences perfectly.

Have a look at the 4 best national parks in Wyoming and pick your next destination!

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Fun Facts About Wyoming National Parks

  • Yellowstone National Park, established in 1872, is considered to be the world’s first national park

  • Devils Tower National Monument served as the backdrop for the famous movie “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”

  • Fossil Butte is home to one of the world’s best-preserved fossil deposits from the Eocene Epoch

  • Yellowstone National Park has more geysers and hot springs than anywhere else in the world

  • At 13,770 feet, Grand Teton is the highest point of the Teton Range

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The 4 Best National Parks In Wyoming

Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park is famous for its beautiful 40-mile-long Teton Range. Parts of the area commonly referred to as Jackson Hole (one of the best Christmas towns in the US) are encompassed within the park’s area.

The park’s breathtaking mountain landscape is complemented by crystalline alpine lakes, rocks, and a varied range of fauna, including over 300 bird species.

As the perfect destination for mountain lovers, there are plenty of opportunities for hiking, climbing, and mountaineering.

You can also observe grizzly and black bears, bison, moose, elk, pronghorn, and other animals during wildlife viewing excursions or go driving, fishing, and boating.

Places to stay near Grand Teton National Park: Fireside Resort, Hotel Terra Jackson Hole – A Noble House Resort, Teton Mountain Lodge and Spa

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park, one of the most popular national parks, is located between Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana. It spans 5 counties including Park County, Teton County, Gallatin County, Park County, and Fremont County.

More than 1,700 different tree species can be found in the park, along with about 60 different mammal species, including the Rocky Mountain wolf, coyote, Canadian lynx, black, and grizzly bears.

The world-famous national park boasts geothermal areas with half the world’s active geysers and the iconic Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River.

Moreover, Yellowstone has a variety of hiking trails, from leisurely strolls to demanding backcountry explorations.

The stunning scenery, abundant wildlife, and geothermal elements make for numerous photo opportunities.

Places to stay near Yellowstone National Park: Old Faithful Snow Lodge & Cabins Inside the Park, Canyon Lodge & Cabins – Inside the Park

Fossil Butte National Monument

Fossil Butte National Monument

Fish and other aquatic species that lived in a subtropical lake approximately 50 million years ago are among the well-preserved fossils that make Fossil Butte famous.

In Southwestern Wyoming, 15 miles west of Kemmerer, this national park offers great wildlife and birdwatching opportunities — numerous birds, including pronghorn, mule deer, and other animals are frequently sighted.

The visitor center and museum provide more details about the area and display over 2000 Green River Formation fossils.

Plus, the virtual aquarium offers a peek into the ancient Fossil Lake, showcasing how creatures from 52 million years ago might have appeared and behaved.

Address: 864 Chicken Creek Rd, Kemmerer, WY 83101, United States

Places to stay near Fossil Butte National Monument: Best Western Plus Fossil Country Inn & Suites, Super 8 by Wyndham Diamondville Kemmerer

Devils Tower National Monument

Devils Tower National Monument

A striking geological wonder, Devils Tower National Monument is located in northeastern Wyoming, above the Belle Fourche River.

It’s considered to be sacred by Northern Plains Indians and indigenous people. It’s also one of the best rock-climbing areas in North America, thanks to its parallel cracks.

To learn more about the cultural significance of tribes such as the Lakota, Cheyenne, and Kiowa, attend ranger-led talks and demonstrations.

This location is also ideal for night sky stargazing. The best stargazing spots are Joyner Ridge Parking Lot and Trail and Circle of Sacred Smoke Sculpture and Picnic Area.

Address: WY-110, Devils Tower, WY 82714, United States

Places to stay near Devils Tower National Monument: Devils Tower Lodge, Hulett Motel

FAQ

How many national parks are in Wyoming?

There are 7 national parks in Wyoming.

How far apart are the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone?

Around 31 miles (50 kilometers).

What is the best-known park in Wyoming?

Yellowstone National Park.

What 12 state parks are in Wyoming?

Wyoming parks:

  • Buffalo Bill State Park;

  • Sinks Canyon State Park;

  • Curt Gowdy State Park;

  • Guernsey State Park;

  • Hot Springs State Park;

  • Seminoe State Park;

  • Glendo State Park;

  • Bear River State Park;

  • Edness K. Wilkins State Park;

  • Hawk Springs State Recreation Area;

  • Medicine Lodge State Archaeological Site;

  • Keyhole State Park.

What are the most famous national monuments in Wyoming?

Devils Tower National Monument and Fossil Butte National Monument.

What is Fort Laramie known for?

Fort Laramie National Historic Site in Goshen County was originally a private fur trading fort in 1834 and then evolved into the largest military post on the Northern Plains before 1890.

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