While Wyoming is mostly known for its summer tourism, the winter season should not be overlooked! As a high desert climate, Wyoming enjoys lots of sunshine during the colder months which allows for the ideal conditions to get outside!
So, what even are the different things that people do in Wyoming in the winter? Keep reading to learn more about some of our favorite winter activities (and maybe you can give them a try too!).
Downhill skiing: When people think about winter in Wyoming, most people think of skiing at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort! While yes, Jackson Hole is a great place to get some killer downhill skiing in, there are plenty of other options around the state.
If you’re in Cody, check out Sleeping Giant or Red Lodge. In Sheridan? Try Antelope Butte! If you’re in another area of the state, make sure to check out the available options here.
If downhill skiing isn’t your thing, not to worry! There are plenty of other (free) ways to enjoy winter in this amazing state – keep reading to learn more.
Cross-country skiing: Did you know that Wyoming has 11 areas in the state that are dedicated to cross-country skiing? No need to pay crazy lift fees or wait in line, simply grab your skis and head out on the trail! Don’t have your own skis? No problem! Many of the outdoor stores around the state offer ski rentals – make sure you check them out! Oftentimes, they’ll also have great recommendations for which trails are worth checking out, so definitely ask if you aren’t sure where to go.
Cross-country ski display at Sunlight Sports in downtown Cody
Snowshoeing: Another option to get out on the trails is by snowshoeing! Like cross-country skis, you can usually find snowshoes to rent without much trouble. Grab a pair and find a trail overlooking the mountains or running next to a frozen creek. You won’t regret it. Another benefit? Snowshoeing can be a great way to really get your heartrate up and get some good cardio exercise.
Snowmobiling: Looking for a fun and unique way to explore Yellowstone or Grand Teton National Park during the winter? For most, snowmobiling adventures are the way to do it! Make sure to look up local snowmobiling outfitters wherever you go, and they can make sure you’re all set up to enjoy an incredible adventure in the great outdoors. Often, snowmobiling is the only way to visit certain parts of these parks in the winter season.
Keep in mind that there are also snowmobiling outfitters that offer tours outside of these national parks, so again, make sure to check out all your options.
Wildlife Viewing: If you’re looking for a more relaxed (and warmer) way to enjoy Wyoming winter, hop in the car and go for a drive! The more obvious places to catch glimpses of wildlife are by the National Parks but there are lots of other places to see bison, elk, deer, bighorn sheep and more!
Just a heads up before you head out – make sure to fill up with gas before you go! Many times, the best drives take you to spots that are a little off the beaten path.
A herd of elk up the North Fork Hwy outside of Cody
Still haven’t found the activity that best suits you?
Check out all the options at https://travelwyoming.com/winter.
Wishing you all a wonderful Wyoming winter!