Best Of Wyoming

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WPM’s ‘Best of Wyoming’ offers snapshots of creative and inspirational ventures in communities across the state. If you have recommendations for this page, please e-mail Best of Wyoming’s curator at

Each month a different community is featured. The pages below feature Artists, Performers, Wyoming Heritage and the Great Outdoors in each community. For other nonprofits in the state, visit the Wyoming Nonprofit & Charitable Organizations page. Listen to local history on the Wyoming Stories page, and view the Best of Wyoming Listener Favorites & Photo Contests Pages.

Listen to The Modern West podcast, a monthly digest of news & cultural stories from the Mountain West.

Pedigree® Stage Stop Dog Sled Race

Jan 19, 2017
Pedigree® Stage Stop Dog Sled Race

The Pedigree® Stage Stop Race is now in its 22nd year and a "Wyoming original" in that there are no other "stage stop" sled dog races like in it the world. The closest is the Tour de France in that each day is a separate race held in a different location around the State of Wyoming and hosted by a different community every stage.

Casper Mountain Trails Center – Casper

Jan 13, 2017
Casper Mountain Trails Center

The Casper Mountain Trails Area offers access to several Nordic ski/hiking trails located on Casper Mountain which are groomed regularly.  This area is multi-use allowing access for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and fat-tire biking.  A few of the trails are lit until 9:30 p.m.  There are warming sheds located along the ski trails for use by recreation enthusiasts.  Natrona County has a calendar of events that occur at the Casper Mountain Nordic Area at

Wood River Valley Ski Touring Park – Meeteetse

Jan 11, 2017
Wood River Valley Ski Park

The Wood River Valley Ski Touring Park has 25 kilometers of groomed trails, ranging from the scenic and gentle South Fork Trail to the thrilling Brown Creek Trail as well as back country trails. The park features a warming hut at the trail head equipped with tables, stools, maps, and a wood stove.

Snow King Mountain – Jackson

Dec 23, 2016
Snow King Mountain Resort

Snow King Mountain is Wyoming’s first ski area and Jackson’s Town Hill for ski racing, tubing, night skiing, and family fun.  Recently added is Wyoming’s only mountain coaster, the Snow King Cowboy Coaster, which is open all winter long. 

Lander Nordic Ski Association

Dec 16, 2016
Drew Leemon

The Lander Nordic Ski Association is a 501-c-3 non-profit, which operates on BLM and USFS land on South Pass at Beaver Creek, and at the Lander Golf Course.  Annual membership fees cover the bulk of the operating costs to maintain and groom these high quality trail systems.  The LNSA mission is to support nordic skiing in the Lander region.  The organization maintains and grooms trails for the local high school nordic ski team, as well as for the casual day touring skiers. 

Medicine Bow Nordic Association

15 km of beautifully groomed trails for skate and classic skiing just off I-80, 9-miles east of Laramie on the Medicine Bow National Forest.  These trails are maintained and groomed for Nordic skiing by the Medicine Bow Nordic Association, a non-profit organization of local skiers with financial support from the State Trails Program, the Albany County Recreation Board, the Albany County Commissioners, the USFS, local businesses, and approximately 400 members.  For more information on trails, lessons and races, please see http://www.medicinebownord

Grand Targhee Nature Tours – Alta

Nov 16, 2016
Grand Targhee Resort


For those interested in doing an on-mountain nature tour, Nature Ski Tours, led by the Resort Naturalist, provides a unique experience. On this tour, participants will ride the Shoshone chairlift to learn about the forest, local wildlife, the geology of the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem and the history of the resort.

Guests must be an intermediate level or above. Tours are approximately 1 hour long, free with valid lift ticket, and meet at the Nature Center.


Bighorn Snowkite Summit

Nov 4, 2016
Bighorn Snowkite Summit

The northern Big Horns have been a snowkite destination for a handful of Wyoming and Montana locals since 2006. Each year they have pushed the limits of snowkiting in the Big Horn range. Each year they have come away enchanted by the diversity and immense magnitude of these mountains. In the lower 48 states, the Big Horns are one of the finest locations. Last year, once the idea was hatched, it took only two days for the reservations to exceed the lodge’s capacity. With that news, some kiters said, “No problem, we’ll camp out!” Snowkiters are a hearty group, without a doubt.


Meadowlark Ski Area – 20 miles east of Ten Sleep

Oct 27, 2016
Meadowlark Ski Lodge

Meadowlark Ski Lodge offers a wide variety of services for your winter recreation enjoyment in the Big Horn Mountains:

Ski Runs & Ski Lifts:

Meadowlark operates 2 lifts with 14 runs. The runs are 1/3 green-beginner, 1/3 blue-intermediate and 1/3 black for advanced. They boast 300 acres of skiable terrain with the elevation of the Meadowlark Ski Lodge at 8,500 feet and the top of lifts located at 9,500 feet. Meadowlark also has the capability to make snow if needed.

Ski Lodge Resort Services:

Snowy Range Ski Area - Centennial

Oct 25, 2016
Snowy Range Ski Area

Snowy Range is nestled in the stunningly beautiful Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest. This pristine setting is the perfect backdrop for a winter break. Open from November through April, lifts are open 7 days a week. Snowy Range is open ALL major winter holidays for normal lift hours. Beginner, intermediate, expert; regardless of your personal level of proficiency, you’ll find the perfect ski or snowboard run, whether it’s a downhill screamer or a casual glide through tree-lined forests. Snowy Range’s 27 trails serve all skiing abilities from beginner to expert. Snowboarding and skiing lessons are available for first-timers and accomplished individuals of all ages.

Listen to an interview with the Snowy Range owners on WPM’s Wyoming Stories.

For more information, visit the Snowy Range Ski Area website.

Wyoming National Historic Trails

Sep 6, 2016
NPS Photo/Bryan Petrtyl

Full of intrigue, adventure, and hardship, Wyoming’s National Historic Trails exist not just in stories of the past, but also persist to this day as remnant paths on the landscape. Take a journey to one of the numerous trail sites and walk in the footsteps of the thousands of emigrants who traveled west in search of a better life. For information about visiting these trails, head to the following webpages:

Fossil Butte: Visit a 52 Million-Year-Old Fossil Classroom

Aug 23, 2016
National Park Service

A fossil adventure awaits your students. Use Fossil Butte National Monument as your classroom and discover the amazing things fossils teach us. Check out the lesson planstraveling trunk, and be sure to visit the additional educational resources page.

National Park Service

Fossil Butte National Monument was established in 1972 to "preserve for the benefit and enjoyment of future generations outstanding paleontological sites and related geological phenomena and to provide for the display and interpretation of scientific specimens".  The Monument is located toward the center of Fossil Basin, 10 miles west of Kemmerer.  The butte itself is a major geographic feature of the landscape as you drive west along Highway 30.

Fossil Butte National Monument

Aug 15, 2016
Fossil Butte National Monument

Fossil Butte National Monument preserves one of the richest fossil deposits in the world. Fifty two million year old fish, insects, birds, mammals, reptiles, and plants are nearly perfectly preserved in limestone.

Visitor center exhibits include over 300 fossils featuring a thirteen-foot crocodilian, the oldest complete bats and a mass mortality of 356 fish. Also, enjoy two video programs, interactive exhibits, and a book store.

Fort Laramie

Jul 12, 2016
Fort Laramie

Located at confluence of the Laramie and North Platte Rivers in southeast Wyoming, this famed outpost - first as a fur trade post and then as a military garrison played a strategic role in transforming the United States. Here, for 56 years successive waves of trappers, traders, Native Americans, missionaries, emigrants, soldiers, miners, ranchers and homesteaders interacted and left their mark on a place that would become famous in the history of the American west - Fort Laramie.

Devils Tower National Monument

Jun 9, 2016
National Park Service

The place known today as Devils Tower has been a fixture of Wyoming history since before the territory was granted statehood in 1890. Native Americans lived in the Black Hills area, including the Bear Lodge Mountains where the Tower is located. Different tribes had different names for the Tower; a common name for the geologic structure was Mato Tipila, meaning “Bear’s Lodge.” Today, over two dozen tribes claim affiliation with the site, considered sacred by many American Indians.

Grand Teton National Park - eClimb Grand Teton

May 23, 2016
National Park Service

Ever wonder what it might feel like to climb and actually stand atop the Grand Teton? You may now make this exhilarating trek without the physical effort, sweat and anxieties associated with such a lofty goal and experience the Grand's 13,770-foot summit via the Grand Teton eClimb. Take a virtual climb up the park's most iconic peak and discover the geology, history and excitement of scaling the granite ledges and spires that form the Grand Teton massif, and the plants and wildlife of the park's forest and alpine communities.

Grand Teton National Park - Cultural History

May 19, 2016
National Park Service

For a complete history timeline for the area, explore the Discover Grand Teton website. more>>

Humans and the Teton Landscape: 11,000 years of history in 1,100 words

The human history of Jackson Hole and the Teton Range dates back thousands of years. The stunning beauty and abundant wildlife and plants found here has drawn humans to this place for more than 11,000 years.

Yellowstone – History of Brochures & Guides

Apr 29, 2016
National Park Service

The National Park Service celebrates one hundred years of illustrating to the world Yellowstone’s wonder.

1. Northern Pacific Railroad brochure back cover - "Yellowstone Park"; 1913, 1914, 1915

2. Cover of the Northern Pacific Railroad brochure "Through Wonderland"; Artist unknown; 1910, 1927

3. Northern Pacific Railroad Guide; No date

4. Cover of the Union Pacific Railroad brochure "Yellowstone National Park"; Artist unknown; 1921

5. Illustrated map of Yellowstone found in the Oregon Short Line brochure "Where Gush the Geysers"; Artist unknown; 1910

Yellowstone National Park - History

Apr 12, 2016
National Park Service

Yellowstone National Park was visited by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1903. As the National Park Service is celebrating its 100th year, they are sharing early photos from Yellowstone National Park.

For more historical photos of Yellowstone National Park, visit the Yellowstone National Park Flickr site.

The Hans Kleiber Studio Museum – Dayton

Mar 22, 2016
Hans Kleiber Studio Museum

The historic log cabin studio of world famous German born etching artist Hans Kleiber (1887-1967) is on Main Street in Dayton, WY, less than a mile from where Hans originally built it behind his home. Kleiber, a US Forest Ranger, was inspired by the majesty of the Bighorn Mountains to write poetry and sketch with pencils and ink. With a desire to produce prints of his work, Hans amazingly taught himself the complex art process of etching and printing metal plates. He gave up forestry in 1923 to pursue art full-time.

Bluegrass Jam Session - Dayton

Mar 4, 2016
Tongue River Valley Community Center

The Tongue River Valley Community Center occupies the former Tongue River High School and exists to enrich the quality of community life by providing educational, social, recreational, and cultural opportunities that cultivate positive values and good character.  Among the many programs, the Center hosts bluegrass jam sessions twice a month.  Many musicians go to Dayton for the Jam Sessions.  They join in from Dayton, Ranchester, Sheridan, and Buffalo.

Cokeville Meadows National Wildlife Refuge

Feb 10, 2016
Keith Penner Cokeville Meadows National Wildlife Refuge

Cattle graze the Thornock tract of Cokeville Meadows in the fall after haying.  Cattle and haying help to open up areas of dense vegetation and make more nutrients available.  More sunlight can reach the soil and jump start bugs and plants in the spring, which are important sources of food in early spring migration as well as for local wildlife. 

Raspberry deLight Farms - Shoshoni

Jan 27, 2016
Raspberry deLight Farms

Raspberry deLight Farms was established in 1999. With the prices of conventional crops being stagnant and costs of production rising, they started looking into specialty crops that the owners could raise on their farm in Hidden Valley that would make a better living for their family. After much research and prayer, they decided to raise red raspberries. The first raspberries were planted in the spring of 1999. The weather was good and they got an excellent stand that first year.

Carlta Witthar

The annual Antique Tractor and Engine Show begins with a tractor drive on Saturday and Sunday in mid-June.  Featured during the event are craft vendors, antique sewing machines, a blacksmith, a saw, engines and tractors to view, a full-size Case Steam Engine plus a 1/3 size Reeves Steam engine! There is also a competitive Antique Tractor Pull. Food vendors and music are available for lunch, including Dutch oven cooking. 

Wild West Winter Carnival Fishing Derby - Shoshoni

Jan 8, 2016
Jennie Hutchinson

The Town of Shoshoni hosts an annual Ice Fishing Derby on Boysen Reservoir.

This tradition is part of the Wild West Winter Carnival enjoyed for 30 years, celebrating the month-long magic of unforgettable Wyoming winters. Weigh-ins begin 8am on Jan. 22 and end Noon on Jan. 24.  Special awards are presented at 2pm at the B&K Shoreline Shop, in both Adult and Youth categories. Registration is $10 per person.

For more information, visit or call 307-259-7486.

The Historic Virginian Hotel – Medicine Bow

Dec 14, 2015
The Historic Virginian Hotel

Since 1911, "The Historic Virginian Hotel" has been the "gathering place" in southern Wyoming, for over 100 years. Set in Medicine Bow, Wyoming, it was the biggest hotel between Denver, Colorado and Salt Lake City, Utah and is registered a National Historic Landmark.

Green River Valley Museum – Big Piney

Nov 5, 2015
Green River Valley Musem

The Green River Valley Museum was established in 1990. The purpose of the museum is to preserve local history for all who work, play and visit Sublette County. There are 7 buildings on site including the Big Piney Library, Halfway Post Office, Black Homestead Cabin and Price/ Sommers Schoolhouse.

Current Exhibits:

Big Piney Examiner printing press and extensive collection of newspapers from the Examiner

Big Piney Oil & Gas Company Derrick

Wardell Buffalo Trap

Green River Drift Chuck Wagon

Jail Cell built in 1920

Red Onion Museum – Upton

Oct 1, 2015
Weston County Museum District

When arriving at the Red Onion Museum in Upton, Wyoming, many visitors ask how the museum came upon its unusual name. They ask “Do you grow red onions?”  It all started when Walter K. “Jarbo” Poulson owned and operated the Red Onion Saloon in Upton for many years. During prohibition, the saloon closed. He moved what remained of the Red Onion Saloon to the barn on his property, which he named the Red Onion Ranch.