offers climatic and rural challenges for some, but if you love
wide open spaces, parks, and friendly people this could be
the right choice. Here in Wyoming huge ranches and a
rich western culture merge with some of America's most
celebrated national parklands.
John Colter, a member of the Lewis and Clark expedition, came to Wyoming in 1807. Others soon followed and the Oregon Trail became a continental path from the east to the west. When the Union Pacific Railroad pushed across southern Wyoming in the years after the Civil War it brought many thousands of settlers to the sweeping landscapes of Wyoming for farming and ranching. Wyoming was admitted to the Union in 1890. After statehood, Wyoming became known for other resources besides the traditional cattle ranching, particularly petroleum exploration.
Yellowstone National Park and the Grand Tetons offer some of the world's most beautiful and interesting natural wonder. About half of the geysers in the world - approximately 500 - are in Yellowstone National Park, the first US National Park in 1872. This parks status came some 18 years before Wyoming became a state. In 1906, Devil's Tower National Monument of Wyoming became the first US National Monument. This 1267-foot igneous feature with huge hexagonal columns is a favorite with climbers.
Also notable are Fossil Butte National Monument. Here visitors join the search for ancient stone records of fish 50 million years old.