Posted by: Kelley Dees | August 15, 2011

August is National Parks Month!

August is National Parks Month! With so much to discover in our state alone, there’s no reason not to take advantage of all that Wyoming has to offer! Here are all of the options:

  • Bighorn Canyon: Also known as “The Grandest Canyon in the Northern Rockies.” A landscape of sheer cliffs towering 1,000 feet above a ribbon of blue water. World class fishing and a place where wild horses still run free.

Bighorn Canyon

  • California National Historic Trail: The road to California carried over 250,000 gold-seekers and farmers to the gold fields and rich farmlands of California during the 1840s and 1850s–the greatest mass migration in American history. More than 1,000 miles of trail ruts and traces can still be seen in the vast undeveloped west–reminders of the sacrifices, struggles, and triumphs of early American travelers and settlers.
  • Devils Tower: America’s first national monument.

Devils Tower

  • Fort Laramie: This “grand old post,” established as a private fur trading fort in 1834, witnessed the entire sweeping saga of America’s western expansion and Indian resistance to encroachment on their territories. Indians, trappers, traders, missionaries, emigrants, gold seekers, soldiers, cowboys and homesteaders would leave their mark on a place that would become famous in the American West.
  • Fossil Butte: Some of the world’s best preserved fossils are found in the flat-topped ridges of southwestern Wyoming’s cold sagebrush desert. Fossilized fish, insects, plants, reptiles, birds, and mammals are exceptional for their abundance, variety, and detail of preservation.
  • Grand Teton: Located in northwestern Wyoming, Grand Teton National Park preserves a spectacular landscape rich with majestic mountains, pristine lakes and extraordinary wildlife. The park’s world-renowned scenery attracts nearly four million visitors per year.

The Tetons

  • John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway: Located at the heart of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, the Rockefeller Parkway connects Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. The late conservationist and philanthropist John D. Rockefeller, Jr. made significant contributions to several national parks including Grand Teton, Acadia, Great Smoky Mountains, and Virgin Islands.
  • Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail: Led by Brigham Young, roughly 70,000 Mormons traveled along the Mormon Trail from 1846 to 1869 in order to escape religious persecution.
  • Oregon National Historic Trail: As the harbinger of America’s westward expansion, the Oregon Trail was the pathway to the Pacific for fur traders, gold seekers, missionaries, and others.
  • Pony Express National Historic Trail: The Pony Express NHT was used by young men on fast horses to carry the nation’s mail from Missouri to California in the unprecedented time of only ten days. The relay system became the nation’s most direct and practical means of east-west communications before the telegraph, and it played a vital role in aligning California with the Union in the years just before the Civil War.
  • Yellowstone National Park: Established in 1872, Yellowstone National Park is America’s first national park. Located in Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho, it is home to a large variety of wildlife including grizzly bears, wolves, bison, and elk. Preserved within Yellowstone National Park are Old Faithful and a collection of the world’s most extraordinary geysers and hot springs, and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park

This information is provided courtesy of the Wyoming AgrAbility Project. For more information, visit our website or call toll-free at 866-395-4986.

This information is adapted from the National Park Service.

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