Best of Wyoming

Explore innovation throughout the state of Wyoming!

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 ( or post upcoming events in the Wyoming Public Media calendar.

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 WPM Wyoming Stories page.

Best of Wyoming Highlights


Best of Wyoming
10:58 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Museum of Flight and Aerial Firefighting - Greybull

The Greybull Museum of Flight and Aerial Firefighting

The Greybull Museum of Flight and Aerial Firefighting was started in the 1990's by Hawkins & Power's owners, Dan & Bob Hawkins and Gene and Duane Powers, in order to preserve the history of aerial firefighting.

The museum has two C-119's (Flying Box Cars) built around 1950 and a Twin Beach that have been loaned to the museum by the United States Forest Service.   There are also two PBY4Y's (Privateers) built around 1945, that have been loaned to the museum by Gene Powers & Jean Hawkins and Bob & Becky Hawkins.

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Best of Wyoming
4:19 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Lovell-Kane Area Museum – Lovell

Lovell-Kane Area Museum

The Lovell-Kane Area Museum, a non-profit organization, has a collection of artifacts, records, photos, and many additional treasures for eventual display and exhibit in the town of Lovell. They are gathering support from many individuals and are excited about the prospect of housing their very own museum one day soon. They are currently housed in the Lovell Chamber of Commerce building.

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Best of Wyoming
1:41 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Bighorn Snowkite Summit - Outside of Lovell

Bighorn Snowkite Summit

Never before in the United States has the announcement of a snowkite event created so much interest in so short a period of time. The idea was to host a week of snowkiting, on-snow instruction, kite demos and evening seminars at a backcountry lodge in the Big Horn Mountains of Wyoming. The brainchild of the event was a few of the Jackson Hole Kiters, a tight group of avid Ozone riders that have been progressing snowkite technique and adventures for many years.

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Best of Wyoming
11:04 am
Wed August 6, 2014

The Brinton Museum – Big Horn

The Brinton Museum

The Brinton Museum invites you to experience the lifestyle of a 1920s and 30s gentleman’s working ranch. Take a guided tour of The Brinton Museum’s Main Ranch House, view the Native American Gallery and the featured art exhibitions in the gallery.  Stroll around the grounds and outbuildings including Little Goose Creek Lodge, Mr. Brinton’s hunting cabin.

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Best of Wyoming
8:22 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Black Mountain Lookout – Big Horn

Black Mountain Lookout

Black Mountain Lookout is on the Bighorn National Forest 20 miles west of Sheridan and was constructed in 1939 by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and used until the 1980’s. The lookout is an L4 or “Aladdin” design on a stone foundation.  Located on an exposed rock pinnacle the tower is in need of maintenance and repair.  The Bighorn National Forest and HistoriCorps are: re-shingling the roof, repairing the log railing and catwalk, replacing two doors, and staining the building exterior and the shutters.

Best of Wyoming
11:37 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Bozeman Trail Museum – Big Horn

Bozeman Trail Museum

Built in 1879 by the Rock Creek Stage Line, the Blacksmith Shop, now home to the Bozeman Trail Museum, originally satisfied the needs of the nearby Bozeman Trail, connecting southeastern Wyoming to Virgina City, Montana. It had been 1878 when O.P. Hanna decided to build his cabin near a clear creek, in a sheltered meadow with a magnificent view of the Big Horn Mountains. This was to be the first homestead cabin in what is now Sheridan County. By 1881, pioneer families started settling in Big Horn City, a name chose by O.P. Hanna.

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Best of Wyoming
7:56 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Rock in the Glen – Glenrock

Bold face of Rock in the Glen.
Photo by Mary B. Rookstool Town of Glenrock

The Continental Pipeline Company donated the Rock in the Glen Park property to the Town of Glenrock in August 1982. The park property has direct access from the Glenrock Jaycee Park on the west edge of Glenrock.

The Rock in the Glen still has the names of the some of the emigrants that passed through Glenrock carved into its face stones.

Sign’s inscription:

“On July 26, 1842 John C Fremont’s first expedition to the far west guided by Kit Carson with Joseph Bissonette as interpreter also L. Maxwell as hunter camped in this rocky glen.

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Best of Wyoming
3:24 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Deer Creek Museum - Glenrock

Pony Express Exhibit
Deer Creek Museum

Glenrock, Wyoming's social history museum. Preserving Glenrock’s past and promoting its future.

The Deer Creek Museum features two new exhibits. The Pony Express exhibit will feature the mochilla or mail bag and Olympic torch carried by the reriders for the 1996 Olympics as well as the local history and involvement in the group. The Mormon exhibit provides a more accurate time line of Glenrock’s Mormon history and its connection and relationship with the present community.

Explore the story of Glenrock, a small town with a big history!

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Best of Wyoming
11:59 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Glenrock Paleontological Museum - Glenrock

Glenrock Paleontological Museum

The Glenrock Paleontological Museum was formed in 1995 after Sean Smith, Director of Paleontology, found a Triceratops on a local ranch.  Since then, the museum has continued to grow, adding fossils from Cretaceous, Jurassic and Oligocene time periods including marine reptiles, sauropod dinosaurs, theropod dinosaurs and mammals in addition to many other fossils.  All fossils were found in Wyoming and will remain here for the enjoyment of visitors of all ages.

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Best of Wyoming
11:31 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Oyster Ridge Music Festival - Kemmerer

Rose's Pawn Shop
Oyster Ridge Music Festival

2014 marks the 20th year anniversary of the Oyster Ridge Music Festival! The Festival’s humble beginning was a single man’s dream to start a festival in Kemmerer, Wyoming (thank you Keith Chasteen!). After a lot of hard work and perseverance, that dream became a reality. They had a handful of fans gather to watch the artists they could afford on a very limited budget. Year after year, through good times and bad, the Oyster Ridge Music Festival learned, grew into an event attended by thousands, and morphed into what it is today.

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Best of Wyoming
7:58 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Fossil Butte National Monument - Kemmerer

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.

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Best of Wyoming
2:22 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Dennison Lodge – Dubois

Dennison Lodge

The Dennison Lodge is an historic lodge which was moved to Dubois and is used for many social events. The Live from the Dennison concert series, held at the Dennison Lodge, is an innovative concept drawing musicians from across the country.

For more information visit .


(Excerpts from A Brief History of the Dennison Lodge by Eugenia Christensen)

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Best of Wyoming
4:20 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

The Dubois Museum – Wind River Historical Center

Dubois Museum Charlie Moore Display
Dubois Museum

The Dubois Museum is a living history museum that preserves and interprets the history of the Upper Wind River Valley. Museum exhibits focus on the Mountain Shoshone who were the first inhabitants of the valley, the homesteaders who settled in the late 1800s, and the Scandinavian loggers (tie hacks) who cut railroad ties for the nation's railroads in the national forests near Dubois.


Charlie Moore

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Best of Wyoming
4:00 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Headwaters Arts & Conference Center - Dubois

Headwaters Arts & Conference Center
Headwaters Arts & Conference Center

The Headwaters Arts & Conference Center Features a meeting and conference facility in the beautiful Wind River Valley. Nestled in the Wind River Mountains with the looming grandeur of majestic peaks and the serenity of calm, crystal clear lakes and streams offering many additional activities.

The Headwaters Arts and Conference Center is a year-round conference facility for national conferences, educational, art and music workshops, and corporate retreats.

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Best of Wyoming
9:43 am
Thu May 1, 2014

The National Bighorn Sheep Interpretive Center - Dubois

© Stephen Jay Lunsford / Images of Wyoming

The National Bighorn Sheep Interpretive Center is a wildlife exhibit and interpretive center located on the main street of Dubois, Wyoming. The mountains just outside of town are home to one of the world’s largest herds of Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep. Realistic habitat dioramas, full-size taxidermy mounts, interactive exhibits and films draw the visitor into the world of the bighorns. It’s a wildlife experience the whole family will love.

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Best of Wyoming
11:38 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Keyhole State Park – Sundance

Keyhole State Park – Sundance
Wyoming State Parks

Keyhole offers many attractions and is located on the western edge of the famed Black Hills, between Sundance and Moorcroft, and is easily accessed off I-90 at exit 165 or take exits 153 or 154 in Moorcroft then Hwy 14 north six miles then Hwy 113. Within sight of Devils Tower, Keyhole State Park is situated along the southeast shore of Keyhole Reservoir and offers excellent fishing for walleye, catfish, small mouth bass and northern pike. Keyhole is also a mecca for both resident and migrating birds of all species.

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Best of Wyoming
1:29 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Vore Buffalo Jump - Sundance

Vore Buffalo Jump

The Vore Buffalo Jump is on the interface between what were once great bison pastures of the northern Great Plains and the Black Hills, making it highly attractive to various groups of buffalo hunters. In about 300 years, the site was used by five or more tribes.

The rich cultures and fascinating history of the Plains Indians developed around the immense bison herds and grasslands and of western North America.

Many Native American groups believe the Black Hills have spiritual properties as well as important material resources.

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Best of Wyoming
2:02 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Crook County Museum & Art Gallery – Sundance

Crook County Museum & Art Gallery

Come see the Black Hills of North Eastern Wyoming.  History doesn’t have a state line; the historical aspects of the west can be seen in the Crook County Museum & Art Gallery in picturesque Sundance, Wyoming right off of interstate 90.

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Best of Wyoming
8:36 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Anna Miller Museum – Newcastle

Jenny Stockade Cabin
Anna Miller Museum

The Anna Miller Museum puts Weston County’s history on display with numerous exhibits covering coal camps such as Cambria, western legends and early Wyoming life.

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Best of Wyoming
9:12 am
Mon March 3, 2014

The Bird Cage Theatrics Company - Newcastle

Bird Cage Theatrics

The Bird Cage Theatrics Company of Newcastle, Wyoming was born in 2011 from a desire to produce sophisticated, artistic entertainment.  Their main mission is to offer a variety of plays on a consistent schedule, drawing on local talent in all areas of theatrical production.  The company continues to grow with each production, with newcomers to the stage and behind-the-scenes.  Productions to date include:

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Best of Wyoming
4:21 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Wheatland Wilderness

Dan Brecht

Wheatland is located on I-25, and travel/ tourism has long been an important industry in the area.  During the summer months, thousands of boaters, campers, fishermen, and water skiers from Cheyenne, the panhandle of Nebraska and the Front Range of Colorado rely heavily on both Glendo State Park and Guernsey State Park as well as Grayrocks Reservoir for outdoor recreation, and Wheatland is an important refueling stop and shopping center for many of these outdoor enthusiasts.  In addition, the Medicine Bow National Forest to the west provides many opportunities for hunters, campers, bikers,

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Best of Wyoming
2:54 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Platte County Art – Wheatland

Butterfly Sculptures adopted by folks in the community, painted, and decorated many ways.
Dan Brecht

Wheatland is blessed with many talented artisans, including sculptors, painters, and crafters.  Probably the art form you will notice most when in Wheatland (and especially downtown) are the many murals on the walls of government and private buildings.  For the most part, these wonderful murals which tell the history of Wheatland and Platte County so well are due to the talent and hard work of the Platte County Art Guild.  The Pocket Park, which is located one block south of the Courthouse in downtown Wheatland, has murals that were done by Joe Arnold of Laramie in 2000.  In addition there

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Best of Wyoming
4:42 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Wheatland Green Harvest Festival - Wheatland

Platte County Farmers Markets are held every Saturday morning from early July through late September. Markets are held in the Pocket Park located on 9th Street in downtown Wheatland. Everything from produce to jewelry can be purchased.
Dan Brecht

Wheatland’s Green Harvest Festival takes place over about 7 days toward the end of August every year and is a combination of free public concerts at the city’s band shell (emphasis is on bluegrass, folk and eclectic music) as well as lots of kids’ games and activities, a quilt show, a garden walk, an open air vendors and farmers market, a pet parade (lots of fun.. They’ve had everything from goats to goldfish) and a runaway veggie contest.

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Best of Wyoming
3:07 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

The Hoofprints of the Past Museum – Kaycee

Hoofprints of the Past Museum

The Hoofprints of the Past Museum was founded over 20 years ago by a group of local volunteers to preserve the unique cultural heritage of Kaycee and the surrounding countryside. That unique western history includes:

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Best of Wyoming
8:38 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Hole in the Wall – 40 miles southwest of Kaycee

BLM Wyoming

The Hole-in-the-Wall is a colorful and scenic red sandstone escarpment that is rich in legend of outlaw activity in the late 1800s, most notably Butch Cassidy and the Wild Bunch Gang. The “hole” is a gap in the Red Wall that, legend has it, was used secretly by outlaws to move horses and cattle from the area. The area is primitive in nature, with no services. Visitors should be skilled in cross-country travel and take adequate water, food, and fuel.

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Best of Wyoming
11:06 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Meadowlark Ski Area – 20 miles east of Ten Sleep

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:

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Best of Wyoming
11:17 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Castle Gardens - Ten Sleep

BLM Wyoming

This area of fantastic rock formations is located at the foot of the Bighorn Mountains at an elevation of 4,500 feet. Two picnic sites with tables, grills, fire rings, and a restroom are provided, however, water and trash pickup are not available. Use of the area is free. The Castle Gardens Scenic Area is open from May through October.

The turnoff to the Castle Gardens Scenic Area is approximately 2 miles west of Ten Sleep on U.S. Highway 16. From there a dirt road heads south for approximately 6 miles to the site.

Best of Wyoming
9:40 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Jalan Crossland - Ten Sleep musician

Jalan Crossland

Wyoming and Ten Sleep based musician, Jalan Crossland has been playing music, touring both as a solo artist and with the Jalan Crossland band, for more than 20 years. He has recently released a new solo album, Portrait of a Fish. Anna Rader produced this profile.

(Click here to listen to his Artist Profile)

Best of Wyoming
2:08 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Legend Rock State Petroglyph Site – 29 miles NW of Thermopolis

Legend Rock State Petroglyph Site
Wyoming State Parks, Historic Sites & Trails

Legend Rock State Petroglyph Site is a 400 meter long, near vertical cliff with more than 92 prehistoric petroglyph panels and over 300 petroglyph figures. While the site is not extensively promoted, Legend Rock is already a world-renowned petroglyph site. Legend Rock has been a sacred site for Native Americans of this region for thousands of years. Local concern for the preservation and protection of the site led to acquisition of the property as a Wyoming State Petroglyph Site in 1973. During the same year, the site was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Best of Wyoming
1:57 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Thermopolis Photographer – Jessica Lippincott

Lonesome Highland
Jessica Lippincott

Jessica Lippincott was one of the winners of Wyoming Public Media’s 2013 Photo Contest. Her photo ‘Lonesome Highland’ received listener votes for the ‘Wyoming’s People’ Category.

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