It’s winter and the landscape has turned a beautiful white. 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!
Grand Teton National Park
You can find breathtaking views a short 15 mile drive from Jackson Hole in Grand Teton National Park. The rising peaks of the Teton Range are covered with winter snow and invite you to strap on your snowshoes or find a cross country trail and get out in nature. U.S. Highway 89/191 and U.S. Highway 26/287 are plowed during the winter season (from Jackson to Flagg Ranch near Yellowstone National Park).
Yellowstone National Park
Wyoming is proud to have the world’s first National Park. Well-known for its hotsprings, mudpots and geysers, Yellowstone in the winter is truly spectacular. Staying at Mountain Modern places you just 55 miles from the South entrance of the Park.
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. While the Monument is open 24/7, the Visitor Center is not open during the winter, but will reopen March 1.
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. A virtual tour of the Fort provides a view of what you’ll see when you visit. Stopping by this site in the winter will give you an understanding of what the soldiers faced during the cold winters.