Welcome to the Cowboy State:
Wyoming at a Glance

When people think of Wyoming, they tend to think of cowboys, as the nickname shows. The cowboy is really a symbol of Wyoming‘s rugged, hard-working character. Covering nearly 98,000 square miles, the fourth largest state in the union is a land of wild, wide-open spaces and magnificent vistas.

Every corner of the state has natural wonders of world renown: from Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons in the northwest corner, to Devil’s Tower and the Black Hills in the northeast, to the Vedauwoo Rocks and the Medicine Bow National Forest in the southeast, and Fossil Butte and the Flaming Gorge in the southwest. In between these marvels, numerous opportunities to explore Wyoming’s varied, often awe-inspiring landscapes abound.

In the high heart of the Rocky Mountains, Wyoming is laced with a number of smaller ranges, including the Laramie Mountains, the Snowy Range, the Sierra Madres, the Salt Range, the Gros Ventres, the Absarokas, the Bighorns, the Tetons, and some of the region’s highest peaks, the Wind Rivers, reaching nearly 14,000 feet elevation. Wyoming mountains are a spectacle of stark granite slopes, rolling foothills, and evergreen forests.

Between the various mountain ranges, visitors and residents will find a variety of wilderness areas, pastoral valleys, grasslands, deserts, and amazing rock formations. Nearly every geological phenomenon imaginable exists here, from deep canyons to majestic buttes and pinnacles to convoluted caverns. Geothermal curiosities occur all around the state, from geysers to hot springs.

Water is a precious commodity in the state, but it is crisscrossed with several streams, including the Green, the Snake, Bighorn, the Platte, the Powder, the Laramie, and the Wind Rivers. Headwaters for the Missouri, Columbia, and Colorado Rivers also fall within Wyoming’s borders. The continental divide, which cuts through the mountains, creates a place where water runs in three different directions. The landscape is dotted
with a handful of lakes and reservoirs that provide not only recreational opportunities, but also much needed water conservation and dam-generated energy for the state.

With so much topographical diversity, it’s no wonder that Wyoming extends a hearty welcome to individuals of all ages and interests. Discover for yourself this land of incredible history and outdoor scenery, and walk away with an experience that will leave you longing for more Cowyboy State memories and true western hospitality!

Partially reprinted from the “Ultimate Wyoming Atlas and Travel Encyclopedia”

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