Best of Wyoming

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Endangered Black-Footed Ferrets Have A Chance At A Comeback

Wyoming Minutes - One-minute audio snapshots of Wyoming. 

NPS - WL Miller

The Affectionate Sounds Of A Mountain Lion And Her Kittens

Wyoming Minutes - One-minute audio snapshots of Wyoming. 

Creative Commons

Ancient Species Encounter New Diseases

Wyoming Minutes - One-minute audio snapshots of Wyoming. 

Billings Gazette

Whiskey Mountain Bighorn Sheep Need Help With Recruitment

Wyoming Minutes - One-minute audio snapshots of Wyoming. 

Alan D Wilson

Bighorn Lambs Are An Important Part Of Herd Health

Wyoming Minutes - One-minute audio snapshots of Wyoming. 

Yellowstone National Park - Bike Trails

Apr 3, 2017
National Park Service

Bicyclists willing to brave the unpredictable elements of spring in Yellowstone National Park can travel 49 miles of park roads from the West Entrance at West Yellowstone, Montana, to Mammoth Hot Springs. There is no bicycle access to Old Faithful or Canyon until the first interior park roads open to public motorized vehicle access in late April.

Albany County, Wyoming-Mountain Biking Mecca!

Mar 30, 2017
Albany County Tourism Board

Albany County has hundreds of mountain bike trails from easy to extreme to choose from. Laramie has 3 bike shops and 2 outdoor shops that have knowledgeable bike enthusiasts to assist in your summer outdoor adventures. Some offering mountain bike and fat bike rentals. (See video)

US Forest Service

Cycling Medicine Bow – Routt National Forest

Cycling is a great way to travel through National Forest System lands. There are many, many miles of trails and roads accessible by mountain bike on the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests and Thunder Basin National Grassland. These remote, winding roads are ideal for cycling and trails take riders on an exploratory journey.

Explore the many trails by clicking the link below.

Courtesy of the US Forest Service web site.

Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area Bike Trails

Mar 21, 2017
Ashley National Forest

The Flaming Gorge NRA is located in the northeast corner of Utah and the southwest corner of Wyoming. It is South of I-80, between Green River and Rock Springs, Wyoming and extends into the Uintah Mountains towards Vernal, Utah. The area is a mixture of climate, topography, and recreation opportunities well suited to a variety of summer and winter interests.
(Mountain biking trails can be found on the Ashley National Forest site.)

Bear River State Park Bike Trails - Evanston

Mar 9, 2017
Bear River State Park

Bear River is a year-round park that offers nearly 300 acres that are ideal for picnicking, hiking, wildlife viewing, group activities, bicycling, skiing, rollerblading, remote control cars and many other activities. The park is home to a small head of captive bison and elk kept for public viewing. Three miles of foot trails are within park limits. They include 1.2 miles of paved trail and an arched footbridge that crosses the Bear River. Another 1.7 miles of packed gravel trails are on the of the west side of the river.

Grand Teton Music Festival – Jackson

Mar 9, 2017
The Grand Teton Music Festival

The Grand Teton Music Festival has celebrated the awe-inspiring community of Jackson Hole with exhilarating music since 1962. At the core of this celebration is the seven-week classical music Festival held each summer. Prestigious soloists and musicians from renowned orchestras flock to stunning Jackson Hole for the Festival to renew their artistic inspiration and share their talents and passion with the local community. Since 2006 internationally acclaimed Maestro Donald Runnicles has led the Festival as Music Director, and helped the orchestra reach new heights.

Wyoming Symphony Orchestra - Casper

Feb 21, 2017
Wyoming Symphony Orchestra

The Wyoming Symphony Orchestra began in 1920 but did not incorporate until the 1940’s. “Musicians always find other musicians to play, and back in the 20’s they traveled long distances on dirt roads to play together” according to WSO Executive Director, Kate Tiernan.

The Powder River Symphony - Gillette

Feb 15, 2017
Powder River Symphony Orchestra

"Music can change the world."  ~Ludwig van Beethoven

The Powder River Symphony had its beginnings as the Gillette Community Orchestra on November 23rd, 1986.  The orchestra, consisting of band and orchestra students from local schools and other community residents, was formed in September to give members a chance to play in a full orchestra.  Susan Barry (the first strings instructor in the Campbell County School District) was the first conductor of the 25-member orchestra.

University of Wyoming Symphony Orchestra – Laramie

Feb 6, 2017
UW Symphony Orchestra

The University of Wyoming Symphony Orchestra is a 90-member ensemble playing the finest in orchestral repertoire. With soloists ranging from internationally known guest artists to faculty performers to student competition winners, and with tours throughout the Rocky Mountain region, the Symphony performs many exciting concerts each year.

Pedigree® Stage Stop Dog Sled Race

Jan 19, 2017
Pedigree® Stage Stop Dog Sled Race

The Pedigree® Stage Stop Race is now in its 22nd year and a "Wyoming original" in that there are no other "stage stop" sled dog races like in it the world. The closest is the Tour de France in that each day is a separate race held in a different location around the State of Wyoming and hosted by a different community every stage.

Casper Mountain Trails Center – Casper

Jan 13, 2017
Casper Mountain Trails Center

The Casper Mountain Trails Area offers access to several Nordic ski/hiking trails located on Casper Mountain which are groomed regularly.  This area is multi-use allowing access for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and fat-tire biking.  A few of the trails are lit until 9:30 p.m.  There are warming sheds located along the ski trails for use by recreation enthusiasts.  Natrona County has a calendar of events that occur at the Casper Mountain Nordic Area at http://www.natronacounty-wy.gov/calendar.aspx.

Wood River Valley Ski Touring Park – Meeteetse

Jan 11, 2017
Wood River Valley Ski Park

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.

Snow King Mountain – Jackson

Dec 23, 2016
Snow King Mountain Resort

Snow King Mountain is Wyoming’s first ski area and Jackson’s Town Hill for ski racing, tubing, night skiing, and family fun.  Recently added is Wyoming’s only mountain coaster, the Snow King Cowboy Coaster, which is open all winter long. 

Lander Nordic Ski Association

Dec 16, 2016
Drew Leemon

The Lander Nordic Ski Association is a 501-c-3 non-profit, which operates on BLM and USFS land on South Pass at Beaver Creek, and at the Lander Golf Course.  Annual membership fees cover the bulk of the operating costs to maintain and groom these high quality trail systems.  The LNSA mission is to support nordic skiing in the Lander region.  The organization maintains and grooms trails for the local high school nordic ski team, as well as for the casual day touring skiers. 

Medicine Bow Nordic Association

15 km of beautifully groomed trails for skate and classic skiing just off I-80, 9-miles east of Laramie on the Medicine Bow National Forest.  These trails are maintained and groomed for Nordic skiing by the Medicine Bow Nordic Association, a non-profit organization of local skiers with financial support from the State Trails Program, the Albany County Recreation Board, the Albany County Commissioners, the USFS, local businesses, and approximately 400 members.  For more information on trails, lessons and races, please see http://www.medicinebownord

Grand Targhee Nature Tours – Alta

Nov 16, 2016
Grand Targhee Resort

NATURE SKI TOUR

For those interested in doing an on-mountain nature tour, Nature Ski Tours, led by the Resort Naturalist, provides a unique experience. On this tour, participants will ride the Shoshone chairlift to learn about the forest, local wildlife, the geology of the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem and the history of the resort.

Guests must be an intermediate level or above. Tours are approximately 1 hour long, free with valid lift ticket, and meet at the Nature Center.

GROUPS, SCHOOLS AND SPECIAL TOURS AVAILABLE

Bighorn Snowkite Summit

Nov 4, 2016
Bighorn Snowkite Summit

The northern Big Horns have been a snowkite destination for a handful of Wyoming and Montana locals since 2006. Each year they have pushed the limits of snowkiting in the Big Horn range. Each year they have come away enchanted by the diversity and immense magnitude of these mountains. In the lower 48 states, the Big Horns are one of the finest locations. Last year, once the idea was hatched, it took only two days for the reservations to exceed the lodge’s capacity. With that news, some kiters said, “No problem, we’ll camp out!” Snowkiters are a hearty group, without a doubt.

 

Meadowlark Ski Area – 20 miles east of Ten Sleep

Oct 27, 2016
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:

Snowy Range Ski Area - Centennial

Oct 25, 2016
Snowy Range Ski Area

Snowy Range is nestled in the stunningly beautiful Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest. This pristine setting is the perfect backdrop for a winter break. Open from November through April, lifts are open 7 days a week. Snowy Range is open ALL major winter holidays for normal lift hours. Beginner, intermediate, expert; regardless of your personal level of proficiency, you’ll find the perfect ski or snowboard run, whether it’s a downhill screamer or a casual glide through tree-lined forests. Snowy Range’s 27 trails serve all skiing abilities from beginner to expert. Snowboarding and skiing lessons are available for first-timers and accomplished individuals of all ages.

Listen to an interview with the Snowy Range owners on WPM’s Wyoming Stories.

For more information, visit the Snowy Range Ski Area website.

Wyoming National Historic Trails

Sep 6, 2016
NPS Photo/Bryan Petrtyl

Full of intrigue, adventure, and hardship, Wyoming’s National Historic Trails exist not just in stories of the past, but also persist to this day as remnant paths on the landscape. Take a journey to one of the numerous trail sites and walk in the footsteps of the thousands of emigrants who traveled west in search of a better life. For information about visiting these trails, head to the following webpages:

Wyoming Public Media Photo Contest – 2016

Sep 5, 2016
Susan Nelson

Wyoming Through Listeners’ Eyes!

View the entries from Wyoming Public Media's 2016 Photo Contest by clicking the slideshow above. (Posted September 5– September 12, 2016)

View the winners of Wyoming Public Media's 2016 Photo Contest by clicking here.

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National Park Service

Fossil Butte National Monument was established in 1972 to "preserve for the benefit and enjoyment of future generations outstanding paleontological sites and related geological phenomena and to provide for the display and interpretation of scientific specimens".  The Monument is located toward the center of Fossil Basin, 10 miles west of Kemmerer.  The butte itself is a major geographic feature of the landscape as you drive west along Highway 30.

Fossil Butte National Monument

Aug 15, 2016
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.

Fort Laramie

Jul 12, 2016
Fort Laramie

Located at confluence of the Laramie and North Platte Rivers in southeast Wyoming, this famed outpost - first as a fur trade post and then as a military garrison played a strategic role in transforming the United States. Here, for 56 years successive waves of trappers, traders, Native Americans, missionaries, emigrants, soldiers, miners, ranchers and homesteaders interacted and left their mark on a place that would become famous in the history of the American west - Fort Laramie.

Devils Tower National Monument

Jun 9, 2016
National Park Service

The place known today as Devils Tower has been a fixture of Wyoming history since before the territory was granted statehood in 1890. Native Americans lived in the Black Hills area, including the Bear Lodge Mountains where the Tower is located. Different tribes had different names for the Tower; a common name for the geologic structure was Mato Tipila, meaning “Bear’s Lodge.” Today, over two dozen tribes claim affiliation with the site, considered sacred by many American Indians.

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