Welcome to Wyoming
In this least populated state in the union, Wyoming's wealth is open space and land, which includes the great grasslands of the east, the central basin deserts and badlands, and the many mountainous regions. Wyoming contains nearly 27 million acres of publicly-owned land, and since there are not enough people to fill it up, exploring these areas can be a joyful and solitary experience.
To say the wildlife in Wyoming is abundant is an understatement. Elk, bison, deer, moose, and antelope range freely across the grasslands and through the forests. Wetlands around reservoirs and rivers supports hundreds of birds species, and the streams and rivers jump with trout, salmon, and other native fish. Each ecosystem supports its communities of small mammals, like weasels, beaver, marmots, pika, prairie dogs, and mink, which offer predators like coyotes, mountain lions, and bears ample nourishment. Recently the gray wolf was introduced back into the Yellowstone ecosystem, where they seem to be thriving. While exploring your public lands in Wyoming, use your common sense around wildlife, and do not threaten the animals. The weather is changeable and often chilly, so go prepared, with layered clothing, plenty of water, and a good map.
Take some time to explore Wyoming's public lands here at the Public Lands Information Center. You'll discover detailed information about recreational opportunities for more than 300 public land sites throughout the state.
Plus, in our Maps & Books section, you can purchase books, maps, and other educational items to make your virtual or real visit truly rewarding.
For information on lodging, museums, tribal lands, and commercial attractions or services, contact the Wyoming Division of Tourism. For hunting and fishing proclamations, visit the Wyoming Department of Game and Fish website.
To begin your journey, click on Recreation Search.