Gillette lies between Yellowstone and Mt. Rushmore and a mere 64 miles from Devils Tower—”an hour from the tower,” as the locals say. Gillette and its neighbor community, Wright, are welcome surprises to most visitors, offering a notable foodie scene and uniquely Wyoming tours.
Tag / Rocky Mountains
Search Visit USA Parks
Imagine this: the Great Sand Dunes glowing in the morning sun and cottonwood trees blazing yellow at their base. Behind the dunes, a fresh dusting of snow graced the rugged Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Fall is one of the most spectacular times to visit the Great Sand Dunes National Park, especially for photography and nature enthusiasts.
Dinosaurland, or Vernal, Utah is the adult playground you didn’t realize you have been craving. Dinosaurs, counting stars, dancing, splashing in the water, and did we mention dinosaurs?
Whether you’re out to earn your turns or braaap it up, Laramie is high on “we’re coming back next winter” lists all over the country. But we’re here to make the case that it should be on “we’re coming back this summer” lists.
The quick link between downtown Logan and the trails in Logan Canyon make Cache Valley a breeze for travelers seeking outdoor recreation on their next vacation in Utah.
Undoubtedly, the best way to explore the scenery around Yellowstone is from the back of a horse. Flying Pig Adventure Company offers horseback rides for all skill levels, from novice riders to expert horsemen. Meandering through Yellowstone National Park on horseback is a special experience and really encourages riders to slow down and take in the surrounding beauty.
We awoke to the smell of the crisp mountain air and moseyed out of our “glamping” tent to greet the day. We ventured out for a horseback ride with some of the folks we met the night before at the cookout. Our guides so graciously extended our ride since we missed out the night before. We were continuously impressed at how accommodating our hosts were!
Here at Visit USA Parks, we live for cross-country road trips. They are simply the best way to take in the expanse of the American West. But after six hours at the wheel, there is no amount of sugary truck stop snacks that can keep you going (and we encourage safe, alert driving at all times!). It’s much better to pull over in a place like Platte County, Wyoming, where there’s so much to do you might even spend an extra night.
After you’ve cast, clip-clopped, or pedaled to your heart’s content, enjoy a meal and a toast downtown. If you are feeling invigorated from all the mountain air, you could even journey to the Estes Park Memorial Observatory after the sun goes down.
Aspen is the perfect destination to live, work and play like a local—even on vacation. Disconnect with what ails, and spend more time connecting with what brings you joy this summer.