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 (ddenison@uwyo.edu) 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, and view the Best of Wyoming Listener Favorites & Photo Contests Pages.

Hole in the Wall – 40 miles southwest of Kaycee

Jan 2, 2014
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.

Meadowlark Ski Area – 20 miles east of Ten Sleep

Dec 13, 2013
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:

Castle Gardens - Ten Sleep

Dec 9, 2013
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.

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)

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.

Thermopolis Photographer – Jessica Lippincott

Nov 7, 2013
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.

Hot Springs County Museum & Cultural Center - Thermopolis

Nov 1, 2013
Hot Springs County Museum & Cultural Center

When the new town of Thermopolis was founded in its present site in 1897, Mr. Skinner built an 18' x 32' cabin close to the corner of 5th and Arapahoe. Mr. Skinner had become a popular figure in town and his saloon was usually bustling. A sign on the front of the building read "free drinks served at all hours" but, anyone inquiring about it soon learned that the free drinks came from a well by the front door. His business was so profitable that he had a new two story building constructed, that covered 1 1/2 lots. Beside his saloon the building housed a cafe, barbershop and hotel. Mr.

Wyoming State BBQ Championship and Bluegrass Festival – Worland

Oct 31, 2013
Wyoming State BBQ Championship and Bluegrass Festival

The annual BBQ/Bluegrass Festival takes place each August in Worland, WY. They are the Wyoming State BBQ Championship sanctioned by KCBS. Each year 30+ BBQ cookers come from all the nation to compete for each year's prizes. Participants spend countless hours preparing and cooking favorite recipes for Beef Brisket, Pulled Pork, Ribs, and Chicken.

Medicine Lodge State Archaeological Site – 45 miles north of Worland

Oct 24, 2013
Medicine Lodge State Archaeological Site

Medicine Lodge is home to a large sandstone cliff that displays hundreds of Native American petroglyphs and pictographs. This rock art is directly associated with the human habitation of this site dating back more than 10,000 years. Information about the archaeological digs and further research of this site can be found in the visitor center and library.

Medicine Lodge State Archaeological Site Video

Museum Singers - Worland

Oct 8, 2013
Washakie Museum

Washakie Museum’s select women’s choir, The Museum Singers, was created for the purpose of providing local experienced musicians an opportunity to learn and perform advanced choral literature. The Museum Singers is directed by Washakie Museum Performing Arts Developer, Sherryl Ferguson. Since its founding in the fall of 2009, The Museum Singers has expanded to include 16 members and an accompanist representing Worland, Greybull, and Thermopolis, Wyoming.

Washakie Museum and Cultural Center - Worland

Oct 1, 2013
David Huber Photography

The Washakie Museum and Cultural Center brings the past to life using fascinating exhibits to portray the relationship between the historical people of the Big Horn Basin and their environment. The unique geography of the Big Horn Basin and its world-class archaeological sites allow the Museum to offer one of the finest interpretive centers for local human history, from ancient mammoth hunters through early settlers, as well as the geology, archaeology, and paleontology of our area. The Museum also serves as a center for the visual and performing arts, conferences and conventions.

The First National Bank Museum - Meeteetse

Sep 11, 2013
Meeteetse Museums

The Bank Museum is located in the newly restored First National Bank of Meeteetse Building, which served as Meeteetse’s bank from 1901 and 1975. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places. It is full of interesting artifacts from years gone by that tell the story of the bank and Meeteetse. Exhibited artifacts include vintage office furniture, the bank vault and safes, an early telephone switchboard, dictaphones, and photographs.

A History of the First National Bank of Meeteetse

Charles Belden Museum

The Belden Museum features the photographic works of Charles Belden, most of which document daily life on the Pitchfork Ranch from about 1914 to 1940. The Belden Museum also exhibits the personal memorabilia of the photographer and the Phelps and Belden families. The new Olive Fell Gallery is also located in the Belden Museum.

Permanent Exhibits:
Charles Belden Photography Collection
Belden Family Collection

The Films of Charles Belden

The Olive Fell Gallery

A Biography of Charles Belden

Meeteetse Museum

Sep 4, 2013
Meeteetse Museum

Meeteetse Museum contains exciting exhibits that tell the story of Meeteetse and the surrounding area. These include “Mike Crocker’s Wild Sheep of North America,” “Made in Meeteetse: the Black-Footed Ferret,” the Forest Service Cabin, the “Meeteetse Mercantile,” and the Saddle Room. Meeteetse Museum is also home to a number of important western sculptures by the late Harry Jackson.

Public Programming

Wood River Valley Ski Touring Park – Meeteetse

Sep 3, 2013
Meeteetse Recreation District

Wood River Valley Ski Touring Park is located 22 miles southwest of Meeteetse, Wyoming offering the touring enthusiast the opportunity to be part of a spectacular mountain area in the Shoshone National Forest.

The Wood River Valley Ski Touring Park has 25 kilometers of groomed trails, ranging from the scenic and gentle South Fork Trail to the thrilling Brown Creek Trail as well as back country trails. The park features a warming hut at the trail head equipped with tables, stools, maps, and a wood stove.

Hot Springs - Saratoga

Aug 30, 2013
City of Saratoga

The historic hot pool, located on the banks of the Platte River, is a natural hot springs once believed to possess healing properties.  Indian tribes would lay down their weapons to partake of the waters healing powers in peace.  Today, it brings that same relaxing ambiance.

The pool is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week year round.  The Hobo Pool temperature ranges from 108 to 119 degrees.  The Not So Hot Pool maintains a temperature around 100 degrees.

Grand Encampment Museum – Encampment

Aug 22, 2013
Grand Encampment Museum

Grand Encampment Museum preserves and interprets the history of the Upper North Platte Valley. It provides the public with access to historical sources and experiences, as well as a place for research and to educate all generations.

Sierra Madre Winter Carnival – Encampment

Aug 20, 2013
Encampment Winter Carnival

Encampment’s Sierra Madre Winter Carnival is held the last weekend in January. The annual event starts Friday night with a Treasure Hunt. Saturday events include the Sled Races, the VFW Chili Feed, Saucer Bowling and a Snow Sculpture contest. The Xi Beta Delta Sorority hosts a Casino Night event for adults in the evening. Sunday events are the Sixth Street Sprint which is a snow machine race, Turkey Curling, Snow Golf and a Chili and Bread Cook-off. The Sierra Madre Winter Carnival has something for all ages.

Saratoga Museum

Aug 1, 2013
The Saratoga Museum

The Saratoga Museum is a delight for all ages. Located in Saratoga, Wyoming, nestled between the Snowy Range and Sierra Madre Mountains, the Saratoga Museum has one of the largest geology collections in Wyoming.

Bison bones discovered at The Casper Site are also a part of the museum's collection. Long-time board member Rod Laird was one of the discoverer's of the site. Laird has been the driving force behind the museum for the last 20 years and he held the first World Atatl Atatl contest.

Whitewater Park – Green River

Jul 30, 2013
Green River Recreation Department

At Expedition Island Park, made famous by the launching point of John Wesley Powell’s historic expedition of the Colorado River and the Grand Canyon in 1869, you will find an amenity for floating river users and swimmers of a wide range of abilities. The Whitewater Park and North Channel Tubing projects were completed in the summers of 2008 and 2009. These projects have enhanced the river that splits and surrounds the island.  In the north river channel, directly adjacent to the City’s outdoor splash park, the City created a 1,200 feet long lazy river/tubing channel.

Green River Wild Horse Tours

Jul 18, 2013
Green River Wild Horse Tours

View wild horses in their natural environment as well as a host of other wild creatures that make the high desert of Wyoming their home.

Visitors can enjoy seeing the magnificent vistas  at every turn. Tours will take visitors around Sweetwater County viewing the wild horses, wild life and scenic vistas that make this corner of the world a beautiful and unique experience.

The vehicle that Green River Wild Hours Tours uses is unusual, the Australian made, Pinzgauer holds ten passengers. This machine gives participants the outdoor experience without walking,

Green River Arts Council

Jul 2, 2013
Green River Arts Council

The Green River Arts Council provides access to the arts for the citizens and visitors of Green River.  The Council offers community-wide opportunities to celebrate creativity through frequent and fun events and festivals.  

Sweetwater County Historical Museum - Green River

Jul 1, 2013
Sweetwater County Historical Museum

Discover the rich cultural heritage of southwestern Wyoming at the Sweetwater County Historical Museum. Established in 1967 to preserve and present the history of Sweetwater County, the museum is located in a renovated 1931 post office building. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places.  The museum contains long and short-term exhibits, a large historical photograph collection and local history materials.

Pronghorn & Fremont Lake - Pinedale

Jun 25, 2013
Zachary Wheeler

The drive to Pinedale from US-HWY 189 or US HWY 191 is along one of the greatest migrations in North America.  Each fall and spring, 300-400 Pronghorn migrate 170 miles from their summer birthing grounds in Grand Teton National Park to their winter grounds in Pinedale, Wyoming.  This great migration, named by biologists as the “Path of the Pronghorn” is remarkable and one of the last long-distance animal migrations in the world.

Green River Rendezvous – Pinedale

Jun 11, 2013
Dawn Ballou

Pinedale’s oldest and longest standing cultural event is held annually the second weekend in July and is enjoyed by visitors and locals alike.  Vendor Street Fair, Museum of the Mountain Man specialty tours and demonstrations, Kids’ Fishing Derby, “Spirit of the Winds” Fireworks Show, 3-on-3 Rendezvous Basketball Tournament, Rendezvous Parade, nightly rodeos, live music, and Native American Dance performances makes this Pinedale’s biggest summer event.

Museum of the Mountain Man - Pinedale

Jun 6, 2013
Dawn Ballou

During the years 1824-1840, the Pinedale region was at the heart of the Rocky Mountain Fur Trade, which supplied precious beaver pelts to the fashion industries of Europe and the eastern United States. Mountain men like Jim Bridger, Kit Carson, Thomas Fitzpatrick and William Sublette carved their legends here, and opened the way for the pioneers of the Oregon Trail. The Museum of the Mountain Man shares a comprehensive collection of Rocky Mountain fur trade journals, relics such as Jim Bridger’s Rifle and the finest Native American sheep horn bow still in existence. 

Pinedale Fine Arts Council - Pinedale

Jun 1, 2013
Pinedale Fine Arts Council

The Pinedale Fine Arts Council, a community based non-profit 501(c)3 corporation serving Sublette County (WY), has provided high-quality performing arts events, visual and literary arts programs and artist residencies since 1976. Largely through volunteer efforts and consistent community support, PFAC helps connect a dynamically growing corner of Wyoming to the rest of the world.

Northwest College Outdoor Program – Powell

May 30, 2013
Northwest College Outdoor Program

It’s called adventure education for a reason. You’ll immerse yourself in beautiful Yellowstone country, taking only one class at a time in NWC’s Outdoor FOCUS. You’ll learn:

Heart Mountain – Powell

May 29, 2013
Okumoto Collection, HMWF

The Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation (HMWF) was formed in 1996, and in August 2011, completed the construction and opening of a world-class Interpretive Center  located on the site of an internment camp for Japanese and Japanese Americans near Powell, Wyoming. The Heart Mountain Relocation Center opened in August 1942 and imprisoned more than 14,000 people during its three-year existence.

Homesteader Museum - Powell

May 7, 2013
Homesteader Museum

Celebrating one of the nation’s first Reclamation Land and Dam Projects, the Homesteader Museum features the pioneering spirit that built a western town and turned barren sagebrush fields into fertile land.  With hundreds of exciting vintage displays, the museum has been described as “the best hidden treasure in Wyoming!” Step into homesteader cabins, let your kids climb aboard the Burlington Northern caboose and experience exhibits that will take you back in time.

Come learn about Homesteading History!

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