How to sell Wyoming
By Laura Gelder – October 2019 – 2 minute read
Why sell it?
Wyoming is a great fit for those who’ve experienced the 'classics' like California or the Deep South. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West recently bought a ranch in Wyoming - which may tempt some and repel others, but there’s no denying its all-American appeal.
Who to sell to
Outdoorsy people will relish Wyoming’s empty, rugged landscapes. The state is the size of France with a population of around 600,000 and the stage for activities like hiking, mountain biking, horse riding, fishing, hunting, rock climbing, kayaking and river rafting, as well as winter sports.
Wildlife lovers will be spoilt for choice with national parks, state parks and vast areas of national forest hiding iconic wildlife like bears, bison, cougar, moose, wolves and birds of prey including eagles and osprey.
Wild West buffs will find genuine historic attractions, not least the town of Cody, founded by ‘Buffalo’ Bill Cody and home to the atmospheric Irma Hotel he built and the Buffalo Bill Center of the West.
Wyoming's western culture isn't all in the past and it has many dude ranches where guests can ride and rope until sundown.
What to sell
Yellowstone is the biggest draw. The U.S.’s first national park is truly unique thanks to its position on a volcanic caldera which means its natural attractions are enhanced by geothermal features like hot springs and geysers, including the famous Old Faithful.
Yellowstone overshadows its neighbour Grand Teton National Park, but the snow-capped peaks of the Tetons are arguably more beautiful and the park has the same wildlife, as well as rafting on the Snake River and the cosmopolitan town of Jackson.
Wyoming’s other stand-out natural attractions include Devil’s Tower, a rock formation which was the first national monument and is an oft-used film location; eight national forest areas, including the Bighorn National Forest, between Mount Rushmore and Yellowstone; and 12 state parks, protecting mountains, lakes, rivers, desert, hot springs and wildlife.
History buffs will want to drop by state capital Cheyenne to learn how the railroad pushed settlers west into Wyoming; see Oregon Trail stops used by early pioneers in wagons, like Fort Bridger and Independence Rock, where many carved their names; and delve into Native American history by visiting the Wind River Reservation, home to the Northern Arapaho tribe.
How to sell it
With its wide open roads and numerous scenic by-ways, Wyoming is primarily a self-drive destination. It has more than enough to stand alone but also works well in an itinerary with neighbouring states Colorado, Montana and the Dakotas.
When to sell it
Rodeo season is mainly July to August. The parks are great to visit year round but winter sees very low temperatures and heavy snow, making large areas off-limits to vehicles - although snow shoe trekking is an option. The ski season is largely late November to early April.
Where to book it
America As You Like It has a 14-night Utah and Wyoming by RV self-drive is from £1,693pp including return flights to Salt Lake City, one night's room-only accommodation and 13 days' RV rental.