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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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,
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
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By 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 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.
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.
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 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.
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
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.
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.