Known as the ‘Cowboy State’, Wyoming is an area of outstanding natural beauty, complemented by a fascinating, legendary history and outstanding leisure opportunities for those who love the great outdoors. Gateway to the Old West, the region is steeped in tales of dude ranching, rodeos, covered wagons, gold-seekers and Native Americans, for this is the home of ‘Buffalo Bill’ Cody, Butch Cassidy and Sacajawea. Our featured property, Amangani, can be found in the north west of Wyoming and is close to Yellowstone National Park, famous for its spewing geysers, such as Old Faithful, and numerous geothermal wonders, including the Grand Prismatic Spring. Grand Teton National Park is even closer and offers opportunities for mountain-biking, hiking, floating on Snake River, horse-riding, fishing, bird-watching, scenic flights and, of course, winter sports such as skiing and snowboarding, with Jackson Hole right on the doorstep.
Wildlife-viewing is an inevitable, thrilling feature of a stay in Wyoming and its highly likely you’ll see beasts such as elk, moose, deer, wolves and Black Bears. Further south, you’ll find evidence of much older creatures, as Wyoming is home to some of the best dinosaur fields in the world – a must-see for budding paleontologists everywhere. Visitors to north west Wyoming often visit Cody, founded in 1896 by William F ‘Buffalo Bill’ Cody, a clever man of many talents, most famous for his Wild West Show, which starred Annie Oakley and ‘Wild Bill’ Hickok. The town pays homage to the charismatic, charming man in its historic centre. For a real taste of the Wild West, a must-visit is Old Trail Town, a well-preserved collection of frontier buildings and artefacts from the local area, dating from 1879 to 1901. Tantalisingly evocative of a time long past, Wyoming offers the discerning traveller a window into the era of cowboys and Indians, against a majestic, unspoilt backdrop of wide-open, verdant plains. Perfect for any inquisitive, history-appreciating visitor who also loves outdoor adventure.