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Off the Beaten Path … in Wyoming

As full-time RV’ers we travel and see a lot. This is part of our Opting Out of Normal series where we explore the “Off the Beaten Path” of every state. We love the big popular stuff like everyone else, but there is just something incredible about discovering something unique, different and maybe a little “off the beaten path”. We certainly can’t explore them all, but we’d love you to include your favorites below too. Each series will include at least 1 epic boondocking area, some complete with pictures and all with GPS coordinates. 

hells-half-acremeHell’s Half Acre – Located 40 miles west of Casper. This geologic curiosity is composed of deep crevasses, caves, rock formations and hard-packed eroded earth. Even though it’s called Half Acre, it’s actually over 300 acres of mysterious beauty. 

mammoth-50102_1280Travertine Terraces At Mammoth Hot Springs – This place is incredible! I know, I say that a lot, but our country just amazes me, and though this place is possibly on the border of being popular, if you go at the end of Summer it’s quiet and peaceful.  It’s ever changing and one of those things that make you feel you’re on another planet. 

Ok, so you all know I love castles, or strange houses, but mostly I love the history behind them, which is usually kind of mysterious and bizarre. This is no exception. Wyoming’s Smith1meSmith Mansion has many rumors that surround it, but the truth is that it is simply the work of a man who could not stop building. I’ll let you read this interesting, and strange story along with the myths that surround it today. Location: 2902 North Fork Highway, Cody, Wyoming, 82414 TIP: There is a RV Park so close to Smith Mansion, you could probably walk. 

BufordBuford, Wyoming – Smallest town in the United States. Just fun to drive through to take a picture of the sign. Don’t forget to check out “Tree in the Rock”. Population is 1. 

InterSpringmeIntermittent Spring – Located at the foot of a mountain just outside of Afton, Wyoming, Intermittent Spring (otherwise known as the Periodic Spring), is one of only three springs of its kind in the world that start and stop every few minutes for a reason science can only speculate on. Researchers have not pinned down exactly what causes the surprisingly regular ebb and flow of the spring, but they believe it has to do with a siphon effect that occurs underground. The water at the spring site is said to flow for 18 minutes straight, before stopping for another 18 minutes. TIP: Follow the signs to the gravel road, drive 5 miles up. Hike an amazing 3/4 mile hike to the spring. Wear comfortable walking shoes.

Don’t forget to explore the more popular things too. They are never less beautiful or less amazing. We love to travel to these more popular places too. But we tend to do it more off season, and during the week days. Because we can! Wyoming is endless beauty. 

GorgeWyHighly recommend exploring Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area. And of course the National Parks! Our country is breathtaking. 

World’s Largest Hot Springs – In the town of Thermopolis you can find the a breathtaking hotsprings. The Hot Springs are located at 168 Tepee Street.Thermopolisme

Boondocking is easy, vast and plenty in Wyoming. Not only are there so many epic spots, but the views are incredible! 

  1. Palisades Reservoir – Indian Creek. GPS: 43.244523, -111.110526 Free. Access is easy, and length is unlimited. Epic views, and Afton (which is where the Intermittent Spring)
  2. Granite Creek – GPS: 43.296483, -110.502150 There are several spots in a 5-8 mile area here. Just keep following the dirt road down. Because of weather, and possible closings, my advice is to unhook and scout a location. Make sure your size rig is good to get down the road. Dirt roads are so unpredictable.
  3. Schwabacher’s Landing GPS: 43.7638, -110.5538 A perfect boondocking spot if you want to head to the Grand Tetons NP
  4. Wheatland WY City Park – GPS: 42.04763, -104.953217 (not pictured) Free electric hook-ups, with free water and dump in the park. They ask if you are staying more than a couple nights, that you leave a donation. It is right next to a train that runs through which didn’t bother us. Not the epic views we love, but have to say it was nice to be able to have free water, electric and dump. 

I am happy to send these map screenshots with GPS locations listed in a bigger file to you, just contact me at OptingOutofNormal@gmail.com and I’ll send them to you. Sorry they are coming out so small. They are not small on end and will really show you the overhead views. 

Do you have an Off the Beaten Path place you’ve visited in Wyoming? We’d love to hear about it! Please drop us a message below, or send us an email. Would love to chat about it with you. 

Thank you for reading! Please check out some of our other Off the Beaten Path blog posts!

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