youtubeWhile there is some debate if Wyoming is part of the greater Pacific Northwest, there is no debate as to its appeal to those with a sense of adventure as reinforced by the current Wyoming tourism tagline “Adventure is making a comeback”!

Now is the perfect time for an RV trek to Wyoming as Labor Day Weekend (end of the traditional camping season) is behind us and children in rural states like Wyoming are returning to in school classes meaning there are less people camping and competing for campsites. Wyoming also has a very low Covid – 19 rate making it one of the safer places to travel.

If you have children at home participating in remote learning this may be a once in a lifetime opportunity to take them on the ultimate field trip to learn about geology, native American history and the western expansion of the United States.

Let’s look at just a few of the interesting and educational areas worth a visit to whet your appetite:

Yellowstone National Park – An RV trip to Wyoming wouldn’t be complete without spending a couple of days exploring Yellowstone and its geologic wonders. September and October are considered two of the best months to visit the park as crowds are much smaller this time of year and the opportunities to see wildlife are high.

Grand Teton National Park is another great and scenic example of the geological forces that helped shape the Rocky Mountains. If you have attended the Seattle RV Show or the Puyallup RV Show and sat in on a seminar by Bryan Appleby, you might find him at one of the ranger stations in the park or at a presentation giving a talk on bears as he is a seasonal ranger in the Grand Tetons. If you happen to see him be sure to say hi and that his friends at NorthwestRVing.com sent you.


Grand Tetons

Devils Tower is a stunning example of geology and provides a great opportunity for rock climbers to enjoy their passion. Even if you are not a climber it is fun to watch those who are.


Devils Tower

The Oregon Trail - Some of the best visual reminders of the struggles endured by those traveling overland via the Oregon Trail are located in Wyoming. Places like Historic Fort Laramie, the Guernsey Ruts, Register Cliff, South Pass, Independence Rock and others bring the story to life more than a school history book ever could. There is even an Oregon Trail Scenic Byway you might consider traversing as part of your trip.


Guernsey Ruts - Standing on History

Ghost Towns and Mining Camps - The lure of easy mineral riches is another part of the heritage of this country and played a big part in the western expansion. Intact towns and remnants of forgotten mining camps dot the mountains of Wyoming providing a firsthand glimpse into the lives and the toil miners endured over one hundred years ago in the new frontier.  Click the following for a listing of the 5 Wyoming Ghost Towns You Need to Explore.

Other Cultures - Wyoming’s cultural heritage is far more vibrant and diverse than most know. Native Americans called Wyoming home long before settlers from the east began to arrive. Many are surprised to learn that Chinese and Japanese people also played a part in the history of the state. Click here for a listing of 7 cultural and historic sites worth a visit.


Medicine Wheel Native American Ceremonial Site

Watchable Wildlife - With only one person for every 111 acres of terrain in Wyoming it is no wonder animals are considered the “locals” as you are more likely to see animals than humans when exploring the state. Wyoming's wild residents include bison, mountain lions, wolverines, bobcats, grizzly bears, black bears, elk, moose, deer and pronghorn antelope, as well as wild horses.


One of the Locals

Camping

RV Parks and campgrounds abound across the state. Travel Wyoming has compiled a listing you can view here

With 48% of Wyoming under the jurisdiction of the Federal Government and 6% managed by the state, dispersed camping (boondock) opportunities are just about everywhere. The best places to learn more about dispersed camping are via the district Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management websites along with the state Fish and Wildlife websites, keyword “dispersed camping”.


Dispersed Camping in the Bighorn Mountains

This is just a small sample of the interesting and educational places that await you and your family in the far fringes of the Pacific Northwest. If you have school age kids that are remote learning why not take advantage of the remoteness of Wyoming and make your RV a rolling classroom? It will be a trip your family will never forget!

Dave Helgeson
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Dave Helgeson is the MHRV Show Director. He and his wife love to travel across the west in their RV. Dave writes about all things RVing but loves to share destinations and boondocking advice.

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