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The 10 Most Beautiful Places in Wyoming You Have To Visit!

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Wyoming may be the least populated state in the country, but it has no shortage of beautiful places. This least densely populated state is most densely populated with natural wonders. Wyoming is home to 6 National Parks and Monuments, 8 National Forests, and over 9 million picturesque acres of public lands ready for you to explore. 

We are lucky to have family that lives in Wyoming, and we have had the opportunity to spend months exploring the Cowboy State. Read below for what we think are the 10 most beautiful places in Wyoming.

The 10 Most Beautiful Places in Wyoming

10.  Crazy Woman Canyon, Buffalo

Crazy Woman Canyon

Crazy Woman Canyon, located near the town of Buffalo, is surrounded by granite peaks, jagged cliffs, towering pine trees, and one insane story.

Legend has it that the canyon and the creek, which goes by the same name, were named after one of my ex-girlfriends (ha!). Just kidding, the story is even crazier. The Morgan family was traveling in a covered wagon when it was attacked by Sioux warriors. The attack left three children and their father dead. The mother, Mrs. Morgan survived and went straight “John Wick” on some Sioux. Mrs. Morgan allegedly stole an axe and avenged the death of her family by murdering four of the attackers. Yikes…

Shortly after, a local mountain man came along, saw the bloody scene, buried her family, tried to get her to leave (she refused), and built her a cabin. Not long after, the man found her frozen body, dead from starvation. Crazy story, eh?

Crazy Woman Canyon

The 13.2 mile dirt road follows the Crazy Woman Creek which winds its way from 7,100 ft elevation down to 5,900 ft. Bring a pole and catch some tasty trout, climb some of the massive boulders, and enjoy your time in the canyon. If you’ve got a high clearance vehicle, I recommend it. Also, check the local weather before you go. You wouldn’t want to get stuck there and wind up like Mrs. Morgan.

Where To Stay Nearby

Crazy Woman Canyon is less than a half hour from Buffalo, one of my favorite towns in Wyoming. Stay at the famous (and probably haunted) Occidental Hotel and grab a bite to eat at the creekside Busy Bee Cafe. If you are a fan of the show Longmire, the fictional town of Durant is based off of Buffalo. Be sure to visit the Longmire store located downtown. 

9. Shell Falls, Bighorn National Forest

Shell Falls a beautiful place in wyoming

Shell Falls is a beautiful waterfall located in the Bighorn National Forest. The creek that feeds the waterfall, Shell Creek, got its name from the shell fossils found in the sedimentary walls.  The rushing water cascades down 120 feet from top to bottom. 

The great thing about Shell Falls is that you can basically drive right up to the falls. From the visitor center, you are just steps away from scenic views. The visitor center, open 7 days a week from Memorial Day till mid-September, isn’t much but it does have bathrooms should the sound of the rushing water make you have to go. 

Where To Stay Nearby

Shell Falls is located between the towns of Sheridan and Greybull, the second of which is about an hour closer than Sheridan. If you are looking for lodging in Greybull, check out Wheels Motel or the Historic Hotel Greybull

8. Ten Sleep Canyon

ten sleep canyon wyoming

Ten Sleep Canyon. If you visit Wyoming in the fall, wow! The yellow of the Aspen trees and the canyon views will leave you stopping and staring. The nearby town of Ten Sleep was used as an American Indian rest stop and got its name because it was ten days (or sleeps) away from Fort Laramie, Yellowstone, and the Indian Agency in Montana. 

Ten Sleep Canyon is definitely one of the most beautiful places in Wyoming and can be explored in a multitude of ways. The easiest and most comfortable way is from inside your vehicle as you drive through the twists and turns of U.S. 16. There are numerous pull offs where you can get out and snap an epic picture. If you want to get a little closer to nature, Ten Sleep Canyon is an incredibly popular climbing and hiking destination

Where To Stay Nearby

The town of Ten Sleep, like a lot of Wyoming towns, is pretty tiny. There are two hotels, the Carter Inn, which is the highest ranked of the two and is probably your best bet. There are also a few home rentals (check out this one— it can sleep ten people and is beautiful!). If  camping is your thing, you can camp at the Ten Sleep RV Park which has tent and RV sites, as well as cabins.

7. Devils Tower National Monument

Simply put, Devils Tower National Monument is incredible. The 1,267 foot tall tower of rock sits on the border of Wyoming and South Dakota. Established in 1906, Devils Tower became the first United States National Monument. 

The monument and surrounding 1,347 acres are open year round for exploration. There is a 1.6 mile paved loop around the tower which lets you see it from all angles. If you love animals, you’ll see some adorable little prairie dogs, deer, and the occasional bald eagle!

DEvils Tower Wyoming

While you are enjoying the area, take a close look at the tower itself. Chances are, you will see some rock climbers attempting the towering climb. The first documented person to scale the tower did so in 1893! How wild! In fact, approximately 1% of the park’s 400,000 visitors a year visit with the intention of ascending the tower. 

Where To Stay Nearby

If you are looking for a place to rest after a long day of climbing or exploring the area, you can get yourself tucked in at Devils Tower Lodge, Best Western Devils Tower, and Sawin Logs Inn which are all close by. 

6. Mount Rushmore National Memorial (not in Wyoming but close!)

Mount Rushmore

As the crow flies, Mount Rushmore National Memorial is about 30 miles from the Wyoming border. Due to its close proximity and its awesomeness, we decided to include it on this list. It is about two hours from Devils Tower, so you can easily see both in one day. It is free to visit but they will get you with parking which is $10 per vehicle, $5 for seniors, and free for Active Duty Military. 

Mount Rushmore

I don’t think I really need to say much about Mount Rushmore since most (if not all) people know what it is. But I will say that seeing it up close and in person is spectacular! Definitely walk around on the many paths to get some different vantage points and perspectives.

Be sure to go to the visitor center and learn how in 1927 these badasses used dynamite to sculpt a mountain into the faces of our most beloved and influential presidents.

Where To Stay Nearby

If you are planning to make your Mount Rushmore experience an overnighter, you will have plenty of accommodations to choose from. The area is surprisingly built up and touristy near the park. You can pick from a more budget friendly Holiday Inn Express and Best Western, or you can opt for the Bavarian Inn Black Hills, which is one of the top-rated hotels in the area. Check out that pool!

Also, while you are visiting, check out the Rushmore Taffy Shop nearby. Their huckleberry taffy is incredible!

5. Bridal Veil Falls, Cody, Wyoming

Bridal Veil Falls Wyoming

If you are planning on visiting Yellowstone National Park, chances are you might end up staying nearby in the town of Cody. You might’ve heard of the town in the news recently because one of the area’s residents is kind of a big deal. Kanye West owns a 1,400 acre ranch just outside of Cody. Though his 52,000 square foot mansion is probably a beautiful place, one of the most beautiful places you can visit near Cody is Bridal Veil Falls. 

Bridal Veil Falls is a 4 mile out and back hike located less than an hour drive away from Cody. The hike itself begins in the middle of Clarks Fork Canyon and the views of the surrounding mountains are stunning. The hike begins on the Morrison Jeep Trail and winds along the Clarks Fork River for about a mile before you turn right and head up into the mountains.  

Bridal Veil Falls Hike

Once you turn, you will start to gain in elevation and begin hiking up to the falls. Watch where you put your hands. I put my hands down on a rock to pull myself up (a little bouldering involved) and a snake took off. We saw two during our hike. You will hear the falls before you see them and once you see them, they are a wonderful sight!

Overall, it is a moderate hike. I had 11 month old Amelia strapped to me, and it was more than manageable! She seemed to enjoy it too! 

Where To Stay Nearby

You can actually camp in this area, and I can’t imagine how incredible it would be to wake up to those views. We really wanted to camp here but it just didn’t work out for us. Let us know if you do! If you’re unable to camp here, you can’t go wrong with the Chamberlin Inn and The Cody Hotel in Cody. 

4.  T.A. Moulton Barn, Jackson, Wyoming

TA Moulton Barn Beautiful Places in Wyoming

One of our favorite experiences in the Grand Tetons was being able to watch the sunrise at T.A. Moulton Barn near Jackson, Wyoming. The barn is all that is left of a homestead that was built between 1912-1945.

I’m glad the barn is still standing because it is easily one of the most photogenic locations in the entire state. Due to that, don’t expect to be alone when you visit the barn. We ended up seeing a huge moose and even met some people from our home state while we were there enjoying the scenery. 

Where To Stay Nearby

Jackson is definitely the best place to stay if you plan on visiting the T.A. Moulton Barn. The barn is a quick 10 minute drive away. We enjoyed our stay at the Modern Mountain Motel. If you are looking for something a bit more fancy, check out Hotel Jackson. It looks stunning!

3. Oxbow Bend, Grand Teton National Park

Coming in third on our list of most beautiful places in Wyoming is Oxbow Bend in Grand Teton National Park. Oxbow Bend, like T.A. Moulton Barn is a very popular place to catch a sunrise. Also, like the barn, it is incredibly photogenic just about anytime of the day or season. 

The great thing about Oxbow Bend, unlike some beautiful places in the Grand Tetons, is you don’t have to hike a long distance to soak in all the views. Oxbow Bend is an overlook on highway 89/191 between Jackson Lake Junction and Moran Junction

Oxbow Bend is located on the way to or from Yellowstone National Park which holds the spots for both our #1 and #2 most beautiful places in Wyoming.  

Where To Stay Nearby

Before we witnessed Oxbow Bend and its majestic beauty we spent the night glamping in Victor, Idaho at the Moose Creek Ranch. They offer various types of cabins and even offer Airstream camping. *beautiful mountain views included*

2. The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, Yellowstone National Park

The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone a beautiful place in wyoming

I’m pretty sure it would be impossible to make a list of incredible places in Wyoming and not mention any in Yellowstone National Park. In 2020, the park was the #2 most visited National Park in the entire country, and according to us (if that’s worth anything), the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone is our #2 most beautiful place in Wyoming. 

The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone might not be as grand as THE Grand Canyon, but it is almost as stunning. The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone measures 20 miles long, more than 1,000 feet deep, and with a width ranging from 1,500 feet – 4,000 feet. 

While you are exploring the area which consists of numerous trails and overlooks, you will be able to see Upper and Lower Falls. Upper Falls is 109 feet tall and Lower Falls is 308 feet tall. Most of the paths down to better vantage points are paved. However, they do lose elevation dramatically. I don’t recommend pushing a child in a stroller up and down like me. Yeah, just don’t.

Where To Stay Nearby

The closest hotel to the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone is Canyon Lodge and Cabins, just 1.5 miles away. 

1. Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone National Park 

Grand Prismatic Spring Yellowstone the most beautiful place in wyoming

We are finally at the most beautiful place in Wyoming, the Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park. Every time I’ve been to Yellowstone with Kate, I annoy her with how many times I mention the Grand Prismatic Spring. There is something about the whole Midway Geyser Basin that just gets me excited, and the Grand Prismatic Spring is the crown jewel.

The Grand Prismatic Spring is the third largest hot spring in the ENTIRE world. And though its size is incredible, what really is the most remarkable about the Grand Prismatic Spring is its color. While looking at the spring you will see blue, green, orange, and yellow.

There are a few ways to enjoy the spring. You can get up close and personal on the boardwalk that surrounds the many springs and geysers, or you can do my favorite thing in the park, make the trek up the Fairy Falls Trail to the Grand Prismatic Overlook. The views from the overlook are the best in the park, and the best in Wyoming. 

Where To Stay Nearby

The Old Faithful Inn is the closest accommodation to the Grand Prismatic Spring. The hotel was built in 1903 and is simple but beautiful (take a look at that lobby!) If you stay there, definitely don’t miss the opportunity to see Old Faithful.

I hope you found this list helpful in planning a trip to the Cowboy State. Wyoming is filled with incredible landscapes just waiting to be seen and explored. Let us know in the comments if you’ve visited and what you think the most beautiful place in Wyoming is!

Also, if you plan on spending some time in Cody, Wyoming, check out our post here!

Andrew Schloe

I love surfing, scuba diving, and soaking in a good sunset at the beach. There is a good chance you will find me by water. Favorite Destination: Great Ocean Road, Australia.

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