Wyoming – 6 of the best small towns
By Laura Gelder – December 2019 – 2 minute read
With Wyoming it’s all about the journey, and calling in at small towns is the best way to soak up the culture of the Cowboy State. Here are six which are worth stopping by
Tucked away between the rolling plains of the Old West and the towering peaks of the Bighorn Mountains, Buffalo prides itself on its Western hospitality. Check into the Occidental Hotel, where famous guests have included Butch Cassidy and the Hole-in-the-Wall Gang, Calamity Jane, Buffalo Bill and a young Teddy Roosevelt. There are even original bullet holes in the saloon!
If clients are looking for an outdoor adventure, friendly Casper makes a brilliant base. Visitors should stop in at the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center, which evokes the journeys of 1800s pioneers. Afterwards they can search for waterfalls at Casper Mountain, kayak down the North Platte River, look for local wildlife at Edness Kimball Wilkins State Park or rock climb in Fremont Canyon.
This atmospheric cowboy town has streets wide enough for wagons, and while most ranch owners roll into town in SUVs these days it still accommodates rodeos and horse markets. Visitors who stay the night should book in at the Irma Hotel - built by Buffalo Bill himself and oozing Old West charm, it’s the best place in town for prime rib. The Buffalo Bill Center of the West is an impressive museum and not to be missed.
Get a taste of what it was like to be an inmate back in 1872 at the Wyoming Territorial Prison State Historic Site. Don’t worry, you’ll be let out of your cell to explore the various artifacts and exhibits onsite. Laramie is also the home of the University of Wyoming, which hosts regular college football games. With reasonably priced tickets and a great atmosphere, a game is well worth seeing.
Part of the Wind River Indian Reservation, Riverton is home to the Northern Arapaho community which celebrates their native heritage through song, dance and storytelling between June and August. Other than enjoying the natural attractions of the Wind River Mountains, visitors can stop in at the Wind River Heritage Center to see exhibits on the fur trade, western exploration, wildlife and more.
Named after a Native American ceremony, Sundance then gave its name to horse thief Harry Longabaugh, dubbed the Sundance Kid after spending 18 months in its jail and then immortalised in the film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. The town acts as a great base for Devils Tower National Monument - an iconic rock formation which starred in another film - Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind.