A Wild West Road Trip
Big Wyoming and Cowboy State are two of Wyoming’s nicknames. Indeed, it is a place of vast wide open spaces and plenty of cowboys. The State Code is even “The Code of the West” from the book, Cowboy Ethics by James P. Owen.
Live each day with courage;
Take pride in your work;
Always finish what you start;
Do what has to be done;
Be tough, but fair;
When you make a promise, keep it;
Ride for the brand;
Talk less, say more;
Remember that some things are not for sale;
Know where to draw the line.
Some people consider Wyoming one of the “flyover states”, a state they’ve only seen from the air and have no desire to visit on the ground. I’ve seen Wyoming from a height of 33,000 feet, but I’ve also seen some of its beautiful scenery and wildlife up close on road trips. While you browse through these photos, listen to Neil Young’s Emperor of Wyoming if you’d like a little mood music.
Did you know about these Wyoming state symbols?
State Mammal – Bison
State Fish – Cutthroat Trout
State Fossil – Knightia
State Dinosaur – Triceratops
State Reptile – Horned Toad
State Gemstone – Jade
State Bird – Meadowlark
State Flower – Indian Paintbrush
State Tree – Plains Cottonwood
State Grass – Western Wheat Grass
State Sport – Rodeo (I wonder if their rodeos are anything like the Houston Rodeo I saw a few months ago.)
Yes, you read that right — Wyoming has a “State Dinosaur”! What are your state symbols?
I have to admit I knew nothing about Wyoming before I looked at your gorgeous photos and read about its state symbols. After seeing the beautiful scenery, I would stop and explore the State if I had the chance.
It really makes me feel good when someone says that my photos have made them think about visiting a new place. Thanks, Nancie!
I have a very good friend who lives in Jackson Hole so I went skiing there a few years ago. Holy steepness. It’s also the only airport I where I’ve been on a plane that’s had to abort it’s takeoff. You need special credentials to fly in and out of there.
Also took my kids Xcountry skiing one winter in Yellowstone a long time ago – and it was fabulous. Love the variety of landscapes in Wyoming.
The words of the Code From the West also resonate.
Sounds like you had some adventures in Jackson Hole. I love to ski, but I’m afraid that those slopes would probably be too much for me.
Fabulous pictures, Cathy! I love Wyoming and would visit in a heart beat. Yellowstone is probably my favorite National Park. Thanks for taking me back to a place I love 🙂
You’re welcome, Debbie! Glad to bring back good memories.
I made my first trip to Jackson Hole and the Tetons (and then on to Yellowstone) about 30 years ago. I remembered by stunned by the view of the Tetons as I stepped off the plane.
The Tetons are stunning — like no other mountains.
Sounds like that state dinosaur should be the answer to a Jeopardy question.
I’ve never been to Wyoming but I expected it to be this beautiful. Great shots, Cathy!
Thanks, Marcia. I think you’re right about the state dinosaur question — I wonder if Alex T. reads this blog? 🙂
Some of your scenes reminded me of northern Oregon and our road trip. . .I love these kind of trips and now may have to expand our trips to include Wyoming. This really was an informative – and fun! – post Cathy. The photos are spectacular!
Thanks, Jackie. Always happy to offer up new ideas for road trips.
These are some beautiful landscapes and photos! I must finally go to Yellowstone…
Yes! Autumn is a great time to visit Yellowstone, so don’t hesitate.
Wow! You got really close to that Elk. We were just at Mt. St. Helens and everyone kept saying they saw elk but I sure never saw one. A little disappointed still.
We were pretty close to elk. They were just kind of hanging out near the roadway.
Beautiful shots, Cathy! We loved Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons NP! You have an awesome picture of the Tetons. We stayed in Jackson Hole too and found it charming. I love how much the state has to offer nature lovers and those who want some wildlife sighting.
I’d like to spend some time in Jackson Hole. I’ve always just been passing through.
Yellowstone looks as beautiful as I imagined. At the mention of Jackson Hole , I immediately think of skiing but as with a lot of other skiing spots, they seem to look even better after the snow has melted. Your fabulous photos are proof of this!
Thanks for the kind words. I hope that the photos do justice to these beautiful places.
Lovely photos – Wyoming certainly room to roam.
Haha — yes, plenty of room to roam and lots of fresh air!
We just drove through the eastern side of Wyoming, which while pretty, is certainly not as dramatic as Yellowstone, Jackson Hole and the Tetons. In fact, there is really nothing dramatic at all about the eastern part of the state.
I’ve been through the eastern part, too. Not dramatic, but I like the wide open spaces feel of it.
I’ve only seen a small part of Wyoming, but it’s one of those states that I really want to explore more.
There’s certainly a lot of diverse scenery and much history, too.
Living on the east coast, it’s hard to believe that there’s still so much wide open space in this great country of ours! I hope to make it to Wyoming — and other forgotten states — sometime in the not so distant future! Your photos are beautiful — my favorite is the shot of the ranch in Jackson Hole.
I love big cities, but there’s something about getting away once in a while and getting lost in the wide open spaces that can be very therapeutic.
I’ve always wanted to visit Wyoming (especially Yellowstone National Park.) Stunning photography!
Thanks, Michael! Yellowstone is reason enough to visit Wyoming — more than once!
Wow, beautiful photos of Wyoming. It’s the least populated state in the entire US but I love the landscape, Tetons, and wildlife. I haven’t been to Wyoming yet – still on my list. It’s one of the 15 states I have left to visit!
15 left — you’re getting there! How about making Wyoming the next one? I wonder if they have a college football team you can follow for your series?
A very interesting post, Cathy. It seems to be the place to go to experience some wide open spaces.
Thanks, Andrew. 🙂
I will admit, I’ve never considered Wyoming since I’m not much on the outdoors. But given the beauty of these pics, I might can be persuaded!
Hmmm.. Wyoming might not end up one of your favorite places, but I’m guessing you’d been blown away by some of the scenery!
Gorgeous pictures – I loved our trip to Wyoming in the summer – we went without the kids and I really can not wait to take them back!
Thanks for linking up!
Good excuse to get back there — to show the kids!
Beautiful photos! I know very little about Wyoming but it certainly looks like a beautiful place to visit! Certainly had no idea that there were stagecoaches at Yellowstone – I’ve always wanted to ride in one of those!
I have to admit that I didn’t ride in one of the stagecoaches, but it would be fun.
Really liked all your pictures. I thought I’d be so impressed with Grand Teton and didn’t think Yellowstone would be all that great. Was I ever wrong. Grand Teton has beautiful sights too but Yellowstone is the most uniquie place I’ve even been. Seeing steam come out of the hills next to the road is amazing, incredible blue pools of water that are boiling and all the wildlife. You’ve got me knowing I have to go back again.
You said it, Barb. Yellowstone is like no other place on earth.
Flyover state? Heaven Forfend! Wyoming is a destination state. And your pictures should seal the deal for anyone in doubt.
I like your attitude, Vera.:)
I’m with Vera–Wyoming is absolutely a destination state! Jackson Hole is a personal favorite spot of mine, and the Tetons and surrounding areas are just magnificent. I was once stopped on the road by a herd of bison running across, and that combined with the snow-capped Tetons, rolling green fields, and brilliant blue sky was one of the most picturesque moments I’ve ever experienced.
Love the picture you just painted of your experience there — nice!
Yeah yeah…beautiful state…fantastic photos…tell me a little more about this State dinosaur? How do you get to choose your State dinosaur? Do you vote for it? Is it first come, first serve, because it would kind of suck to get stuck with a lame dinosaur like an Apatosaurus or something like that. And who got the Velociraptor? Because that’s the next state I’m stopping in.
I’m not surprised that your attention was grabbed by the State Dinosaur. What the heck is a Velociraptor??
Wyoming has a lot of amazing sights, and it seems like you captured them all. I wanted to see the rodeo while I was there, but didn’t get a chance. I think it would be fun to witness.
The rodeo is the State Sport, after all. 🙂
Love your photos! They make me actually want to go to Wyoming, something I had never consider before, well except to go to Yellowstone.
I’m rather pleased that there have been several commenters here that never really thought about going to Wyoming before. You’d love Yellowstone, Laurel.
I was in Wyoming when I was a student – but just over the border from Colorado, really – in Cheyenne. Gorgeous photos here – I need to go back and see much more of the state.
Thanks, Sophie. Cheyenne is actually an interesting, historic city. I haven’t stopped there in quite a while– just driven on through.
That looks exactly like I’d picture the Wild West. So cool! The hot springs and elks are a bonus 🙂
The hot springs are an important part of Yellowstone and of course, Old Faithful is amazing.
Thanks for sharing all these photos of Yellowstone – I’ve always wanted to visit there. Wyoming looks like a fantastic place for an adventure!
Wow – gorgeous landscape, I love the Mammoth Hot Springs!
I loved the scenery in Wyoming when I went there. It was so beautiful.
How wonderful to take a little mini-trip to Wyoming with Neil Young as the soundtrack! I just discovered your blog and we’re off to a great start! Thank you!!
I love the idea of the stage coach trip but can’r find anywhere on the web where to book this. Do you know what the url for the company is?
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