Wyoming Cities, Towns, and Area Information
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Laramie, WY, the “gem city of the plains” is a community of about 30,000 people, and is located in the Laramie Valley between the Snowy and Laramie mountain ranges. It is home to the University of Wyoming, the only four-year college and state school in Wyoming. Laramie is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts because of the hunting, fly fishing, hiking, and other outdoor recreation opportunities only minutes away from the city.
A historic Western town, Laramie was founded in the 1860s as a tent city on the Union Pacific portion of the first transcontinental railroad. In order to combat the rampant lawlessness of the time, the Wyoming Territorial Prison, which housed such famous outlaws as Butch Cassidy, was built outside of Laramie, and still stands there today. The Historic Downtown District also serves as a reminder of Laramie’s past as a wild west town, and is truly a unique place to live and enjoy the outdoors.
Located near the Big Horn mountains, the small city of Buffalo, Wyoming in Johnson County is the perfect place to enjoy the state’s outdoor activities. Hiking and backpacking opportunities abound in the Bighorn National Forest, and the Big Horn mountains offer challenging mountain biking. Nearby Lake DeSmet is the perfect place to fly fish for trout, rock bass, and yellow perch.
Johnson County and the Bighorn National Forest also offer excellent hunting for several big game species, including elk, pronghorn antelope, mountain lion, mule deer, and black bear. Skiing, camping, and boating are also only a short drive away.
Jackson, WY sits in the shadows of the Teton Mountain range, and is a major recreational destination because of its close proximity to Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, and the National Elk Refuge, as well as Jackson Hole and Grand Targhee Ski Resorts. Excellent fly fishing can be found on the nearby Snake, Yellowstone, and Green Rivers, and the thousands of acres of wilderness surrounding the town house an ample wildlife population, providing hunters with a diverse population of big game and game birds.
Another attribute that makes the Jackson area such an appealing place to live is the town itself. Its booming economy, driven by outdoor recreation, has allowed the town to develop an attractive downtown, with a large eating, shopping, and cultural district, filled with art galleries, fine restaurants, and quaint boutique shops.
Sheridan, WY is home to a major commercial airport and also harbors the Sheridan County Museum and King’s Saddlery Museum. Sheridan sits just outside Bighorn National Forest, and, due to its proximity to the Forest and the Big Horn Mountain Range is a haven for outdoor sports. The city also hosts the WYO Rodeo every July.
There are also many excellent fly fishing opportunities around Sheridan, especially in the mountain lakes that surround the town. Lake DeSmet, which can be fished year-round, holds many brown and rainbow trout, as well as rock bass and yellow perch. More of the same, walleye, ling, perch, and many others can be found in the other neighboring waters, including the Bighorn Lake, Sibley Lake, and the Tongue River.
Located in Park County, Cody, Wyoming is renowned for its deep roots in Western Culture. Cody is the home of the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, the Cody Firearms Museum, and the famous Irma Hotel. Rodeo is a large part of Cody’s culture, and the Buffalo Bill Cody Stampede Rodeo is held there every year.
Cody is surrounded by mountains, including the Big Horn, Bridger, and Absaroka Ranges, and it is the last city on the way to the East Gate of Yellowstone National Park. Cody’s attractiveness lies not only in the endless outdoor recreation possibilities at its backdoor, but also in the town’s rich historical and cultural heritage. Downtown Cody is filled with boutiques, restaurants, and art galleries that truly capture the spirit of the old West.