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Planning A Household Journey To Wyoming (journey Awaits)


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Hey there intrepid household explorers! 

Summer time is coming and I do know you’re on the point of disconnect from the chaos of household life – all these countless errands, carpool calls for, and extra-curricular BUSYNESS.

Probably the greatest methods to try this is by immersing your self in wide-open areas, the place you possibly can reconnect with nature and embark on outside adventures with your loved ones. (I imply, will the youngsters be whining on the again of an ATV?)

atv riding up killpecker sand dunes
Killpecker Sand Dunes

This summer time (2024) we’re exchanging the chaos for the joys of a household highway journey to Wyoming. I can’t wait to recenter myself and be taught to breathe once more in broad open areas with nothing else on my calendar to do however have enjoyable.

On this weblog publish, we’ll discover our method to organizing a household journey to southwest Wyoming. We’ll present a glimpse into our itinerary, tailor-made actions for each member of the family’s pursuits, and share the sources that guided our planning for this upcoming journey.

Why Go to the Salt to Stone Area in Wyoming?

view of green valley and red mountains
Pink Canyon Overlook

Whereas we’re partnering with Journey Wyoming on this journey, we got the present of a clean canvas and the liberty to decide on the place in Wyoming to go to. 

We determined to highway journey the Salt to Stone area in southwest Wyoming. Since we have now time constraints as a result of faculty schedules, we wished to go to an space of Wyoming that’s straightforward to get to and get round. It’s solely a two-hour direct flight to Salt Lake Metropolis from Raleigh after which a two-hour drive to our first cease within the Salt to Stone area. 

We have been searching for a lesser-known Wyoming vacation spot stuffed with beautiful landscapes, outside journey actions, and small cities.

As with all good journey, we additionally wish to expertise indigenous tradition and farm-to-table experiences, together with Wyoming’s famend beef delicacies and native breweries.

By my analysis (see sources used under) I found all of this within the Salt to Stone area: wild horse excursions, ATV mountain adventures, fossil digging, paddling alternatives, ghost cities, distinctive Western pitchfork campfire dinners, and sandboarding down sand dunes that sing.

Our Salt to Stone Itinerary

Our six-day highway journey will loop us across the areas of Kemmerer, Pinedale, South Move Metropolis, Lander, and Rock Springs.

We’re renting a 4WD from Salt Lake Metropolis airport as its’ advisable for a number of the areas we’ll be driving to. One more reason to like a highway journey on this area of Wyoming—off highway adventures!

Day 1: Kemmerer – Pinedale

fremont lake
Fremont Lake
  • Discover Fossils at Fossil Butte Nationwide Monument in Kemmerer the place you’ll discover a number of the largest assortment of fish fossils on the planet. You’ll be able to’t dig for fossils on the nationwide monument, however you possibly can view them on the museum and revel in climbing on their trails. American Fossil is a spot close by the place you possibly can dig for fossils. 
  • Paddling boarding/ kayaking on Fremont Lake As quickly as Craig noticed Fremont Lake, he mentioned, “We’ve to remain there!” Attractive views and serenity of lake love. What extra is there to like?
  • Test in: Lakeside Lodge I can’t watch for that early morning dawn espresso and sundown wine from the deck of our lakeside cottage. That’s the serenity I’m all the time looking for.

Day 2: Pinedale

atv driving through mountain road with lake in background
ATV adventures
  • ATV journey on the scenic Skyline Drive and over to Half Moon Lake for lunch. This was our teen, Kalyra’s primary selection! We love zipping round in an ATV!
  • Exploring Downtown Pinedale with a day brewery go to to Wind River Brewery.
  • Pitchfork Fondue Western Cookout A cultural outside eating expertise underneath the celebrities

Day 3: South Move & Lander

wild horses running across the plains at sunset
Wild horses in Wyoming
  • Historic viewpoints of wagon ruts alongside the Oregon Path and over the Continental Divide
  • South Move Metropolis State Historic Website – a ghost city that was as soon as a gold mining growth city.
  • Pink Canyon Scenic Overlook – We’re all the time planning for a panoramic vista pitstop!
  • Wind River Wild Horse Sanctuary tour – whats up wild horses in beautiful surroundings!! That is additionally a tour that honors Native American tradition and shares their deep connection to horses. This was Savannah’s and my decide for the journey.
  • Test in: I additionally couldn’t resist a singular B&B keep in The Millhouse, which was the city’s first flour mill.

Day 4: Lander

stores line the road in downtown lander
Downtown Lander
  • Sinks Canyon State Park: Climbing in nature all the time calls us. On this state park we will see the place the Popo Agie River disappears right into a limestone cavern and reappears hours later at “The Rise.” We’ll additionally benefit from the Hike the Falls Path to see a collection of waterfalls.
  • Discover Downtown Lander – Trying ahead to yummy treats, artisan espresso, native brews, farm-to-table meals experiences, and reside music.

Day 5: Rock Springs

family sandboarding down killpecker sand dunes wyoming
Trying ahead to sandboarding enjoyable
  • White Mountain Petroglyphs –  see the historical past of The Plains and Nice Basin Native People advised by etchings on the sandstone walks of White Mountain.
  • Sand browsing at Killpecker Sand Dunes – hearken to the singing of the second largest lively sand dune discipline on the planet as we surf them. 
  • Discover Downtown Rock Springs – extra native tradition, meals, and brews.
  • Test in: Outlaw Inn, a Western themed resort listed on the Nationwide Register of Historic Locations

Our itinerary was crafted to inform a narrative of enjoyable adventures, in wide-open areas, the place fewer toes imprint the earth.

Sources Used to Researching Wyoming Journey

Mon and daughter reading a magazine about Wyoming.
The Wyoming Official Journey Information was useful

All journeys begin with some form of analysis.To keep away from being overwhelmed by an excessive amount of info, we like to stay to reliable sources which have the expertise, experience, and authority on a vacation spot.

We’ll be creating an in-depth weblog publish, pictures, and IG movies after our journey that will help you plan a visit to the Salt to Stone Area. 

For now, we will share the planning sources we have now used for this summer time Wyoming journey.

  • The Wyoming Official Journey Information is a unbelievable useful resource for its visible info, paper map, and suggestions for touring in every area of the state. You will get your individual Wyoming journey information from Wyoming Tourism right here.
  • With maps, itinerary guides, and regional sections, the Journey Wyoming web site makes it straightforward to analysis the totally different sorts of journeys out there in Wyoming to cater to all pursuits. Journey Wyoming’s on-line listing makes it straightforward to seek for distinctive locations to remain in addition to native locations to eat and drink. 
  • Regional web sites made it simpler to search out much more info on highlights and issues to do in every space, together with logistics on getting round. These web sites have been linked to from the Journey Wyoming website.
Utilizing the Journey Wyoming web site for analysis
Hand holding a magazine.
Useful useful resource for itineraries!

A Few Extra Reserving Suggestions

  • Keep in mind to not cram an excessive amount of in. Go away area between the vital excursions and sights, particularly if touring longer distances, to permit for any delays. Any additional time you find yourself having can be utilized for relaxation, to linger in a café, discover a brand new path, or to find an area secret.
  • As we’re planning to go to Wyoming over Memorial Day Weekend – the primary weekend of the summer time journey season in Wyoming – we needed to plan for a few different excursions and sights in our itinerary, simply in case the climate interrupted it.
  • I used spreadsheets, Notion, and Google maps to document my analysis, plot out our route, and craft every day’s schedule. It additionally makes it straightforward with regards to reserving every expertise as all key info is simple to search out, and I can simply document affirmation numbers and entry it after I arrive. 
  • Ebook every part as far prematurely as you possibly can, so that you don’t miss out on standard sights, flights, and lodging. I’m so completely satisfied all key components to this summer time journey in Wyoming are already booked!

Keep in mind to Journey Responsibly

Moose in the bushes

In a vacation spot like Wyoming with its countless wildlife and pure areas, it’s vital to be aware vacationers. Love Mom Nature, depart solely footprints, and take solely pictures and reminiscences. 

Keep on the marked trails when climbing, get permits when required, drive safely, respect native tradition and traditions, and NEVER go close to wildlife—regardless of how cute you assume that selfie could also be. We intend to buy bear spray after we arrive in Wyoming (you possibly can’t journey on planes with it) simply to be secure.

Click on to be taught extra recommendations on accountable journey in Wyoming. 

We’re Prepared for a Nice Time in Wyoming

family walking on sand dunes
Killpecker Sand Dunes

With virtually every part booked and an itinerary crafted, we are actually prepared for memorable moments within the Salt to Stone area of Wyoming.

This summer time highway journey incorporates what we love most about journey: journey in stunning outside areas to assist us disconnect from the chaos and reconnect with one another. 

Be a part of our e mail group and observe us on Instagram and Fb so that you don’t miss our footage of the journey. 

We’ll even have an in-depth weblog publish written upon return. We’ll see you in Wyoming over Memorial Weekend!