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 a link to all the amazing free places we stayed. And there is no shortage in Wyoming!
Hell’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.
Travertine 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 Smith 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.
Buford is the 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”. The population is 1.
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 weekdays. Because we can! Wyoming has endless beauty.
Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area
Highly recommend exploring The Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area. And of course the National Parks! Our country is breathtaking. This is a more popular place, but it was worth a mention!
World’s Largest Hotsprings
Located in the town of Thermopolis you can find the breathtaking hot springs. The Hot Springs are located at 168 Tepee Street.
Wind River Canyon Scenic Byway
Yes, you can drive through the 3 tunnels with your RV in tow. The tunnels are 14 feet high. So know your height, but most RV’s can make just fine! Definitely worth the drive! The Wind River Canyon Scenic Byway begins in the town of Shoshoni at milepost 100. Following U.S. 20 north through Wind River Canyon and the Wind River Indian Reservation, the route ends just north of the city of Thermopolis at milepost 134. Without stopping, the total drive time is about 40 minutes.
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