5 Best National Parks to See in Wyoming
Now is a great time to visit Wyoming’s National Parks and National Monuments. No matter which direction brings you to Jackson Hole, there is probably a Park or Monument along the way. Take the time to explore Wyoming’s best treasures! Here are our picks for the 5 Best National Parks to see in Wyoming.
Grand Teton National Park
You can find breathtaking views a short 10 mile drive from our basecamp in Jackson Hole to Grand Teton National Park. During the summertime, the rising peaks of the Teton Range afford breathtaking vistas, hundreds of miles of trails, stunning alpine lakes, wildlife encounters and more! In the winter, the towering peaks are covered with winter snow and invite you to strap on your snowshoes or find a cross country trail to get out in nature. Check out some of our Wise Guide’s posts on our favorite nearby attraction:
Yellowstone National Park
Wyoming is proud to have the world’s first National Park in our state! Well-known for its iconic hotsprings, mudpots and geysers (ever heard of Old Faithful?), Yellowstone National Park is truly spectacular. Staying at Mountain Modern places you just 55 miles from the South entrance of the Park – a peaceful and beautiful drive that will get you there in about 90 minutes. We’re kinda big fans, so we’ve done a few blogs on our favorite things to see:
Devils Tower National Monument
Located in northeast Wyoming, Devils Tower is an astounding geological feature that protrudes out of the prairie landscape surrounding the area. It’s an impressive site so take the time to stop and marvel at this impressive natural wonder. You can enjoy a picnic and a hike around the park while you’re there. The Monument is open 24/7 and there is also a Visitor Center for additional information.
Fossil Butte National Monument
Some of the world’s best preserved fossils are found in the flat-topped ridges of southwestern Wyoming. Fossil Butte National Monument holds an abundance of fossilized fishes, insects, plants, reptiles, birds, and mammals. Described as “America’s aquarium of stone”, your time spent here will leave you amazed at the detail of preservation of the wide range of species.
Fort Laramie National Historic Site
Southeast Wyoming is the location of Fort Laramie, originally established as a private fur trading fort in 1834. Fort Laramie evolved into the largest and best known military post on the Northern Plains before its abandonment in 1890. Check out this virtual tour of the Fort which provides a view of what you’ll see when you visit.
We’re pretty lucky to house these amazing National Parks right in our own state! Be sure and take advantage of the wonder that these incredible places offer during your next visit to our beloved Wyoming.