Our 7 Favorite Hikes in Wyoming

Explore wild Wyoming.

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Wyoming is a wild and rugged state, from the well-known mountains around Jackson Hole to the relatively undiscovered peaks of the Bighorn Mountains. Whether you're into exploring the national parks or want to get further off-the-beaten-path, Wyoming won't disappoint.

The only disappointing part may be leaving—we find it's quite hard to do every time we visit. 

Ready to check out the "Cowboy State?" Here are seven of our favorite hikes in Wyoming.

Adventure by Chase Dekker

This short hike brings you to a view that not many take the time to see—an overlook down onto Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park. Like with all National Park hikes, be sure to stay on the marked routes and follow all posted regulations.

Adventure by Ben Lertsakdadet

Mt Washburn is the highest point in Yellowstone National Park, and tackling it at sunrise not only means views enjoyed in solitude, but it also leaves you plenty of time to explore more of the Park's beauty in the afternoon.

Adventure by IdleTheoryBus

Phelps Lake is one of the best swimming holes in Grand Teton National Park, and absolutely worth the hike even if you intend to stay dry. Big mountain views, wildflowers, and plenty of shoreline mean you can easily spend a whole day on the edge of Phelps Lake. This is a popular hike, so arrive early to get parking!

Adventure by Isaac Parsons

If you want to be in on Wyoming's secret spots, beeline it to the Bighorn Mountains. Rugged and remote, these mountains provide the opportunity for solitude, self-reliance, and some epic scenery. Blacktooth Mountain is the second highest peak in the Bighorn Range, and some say it's a harder climb than Cloud Peak, the tallest peak.

Adventure by Aaron Selig

Also in the Bighorn Mountains, Shell Canyon is a geologic wonder, with waterfalls and streams running down and through the limestone and granite cliffs. There are few trails, but plenty of places to scramble.

Adventure by Dan Petersen

Though a little more intense than a day-hike, the 30-mile Cirque of the Towers loop in the Wind River Mountain Range is a bucket list hike for backpackers. Lakes, peaks, and challenging climbs make this loop one for the memory books.

Adventure by Andrew Slaton

As the name suggests, Photographer's Point in Pinedale is an exceptionally good spot to take your camera. This trail is also a great introduction to the Wind River Mountains (be sure to pack bear spray! The Wind's, as the mountains are called, are known for their bear population).

Cover photo by Dan Petersen

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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