Embracing the Wild West spirit comes naturally in Casper. Spend your days retracing the journeys of western pioneers and savor the tranquility of Wyoming’s wide-open spaces. In town, you’re welcome to admire Western art and let loose at action-packed rodeos.
In the 19th century, half a million people passed through Wyoming as they made their way westward along the California, Oregon, Mormon and Pony Express trails. Hear their stories at the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center. Journal entries and an award-winning movie bring their expeditions to life, while an interactive wagon ride lets you experience the hardships of migrant life. Continue your history lesson at Independence Rock, a key pioneer landmark, and Fort Caspar, a fully reconstructed frontier outpost.
Fish the Miracle Mile
Blue ribbon trout are yours to catch in the North Platte River. Cast a line in the Miracle Mile or Grey Reef sections of the river to hook a big one. You can also reel in walleye along with brown, rainbow and cutthroat trout from the Pathfinder Reservoir and Alcova Reservoir. Many public access points for fishing, tubing and kayaking lie between Grey Reef and Casper including Lusby, Paradise Valley and Robertson Road.
Historic trails on Casper Mountain
Follow the same historic trails western pioneers took centuries ago on Casper Mountain. Locals recommend starting your adventure at Rotary Park and Garden Creek Falls and then making your way through more than 50 miles of multi-use trails. Keep an eye out for elk and deer and stop by the Adams Memorial Archery Range to shoot some arrows. The Hogadon Basin Ski Area is located at the summit and offers spectacular views of the town.
The Western way
It’s easy to live like a cowboy in downtown Casper. Pop in Lou Taubert’s Ranch Outfitters for cowboy boots (it has over 10,000 pairs in stock) and don’t miss the glass display housing hats signed by John Wayne and Garth Brooks. Afterward, sample regional brews at the Frontier Brewing Company and admire Western masterpieces at the Nicolaysen Art Museum. You’re welcome to stay for the summer parties which include the College National Finals Rodeo and Central Wyoming Fair and Rodeo.
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