From a rowdy ride on a pioneer wagon to a hike up Casper Mountain, you’ll be doing your own trailblazing in Casper, Wyo.
American rapper Snoop Dogg has performed in this Wyoming city. Former Vice President Dick Cheney and Major League outfielder Mike Devereaux were raised here.
As the second largest city in Wyoming, Casper has served as a crossroads for travelers for centuries. During the 1880s, the Mormon, California, Oregon and Pony Express trails intersected in Casper. Today, it’s the place for locals across the state to see concerts, do their big-box shopping, go on art walks every first Thursday of the month May through December and recreate on modern trails built for mountain biking and hiking.
Ten minutes from town, see Garden Creek Falls at the base of Casper Mountain and have a picnic in Rotary Park surrounding the falls. Then head up the 4.5-mile Bridle Trail at the base of the falls to reach Split Rock and fantastic views of the city below. If fishing is more your style, experience the “Miracle Mile” stretch of the North Platte River, which has earned Casper the title of the “No. 1 Big Fish Destination” by American Angler.
Or stroll back in time to learn about the Oregon, California, Mormon and Pony Express trails people took 140 years ago at the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center in Casper. The interactive Conestoga Wagon Ride bounces you around as you try to cross the North Platte River.
“There's great story telling [at the center]," says Shawn Houck, a longtime Casper resident. "Today, our city is traversed by recreation trails."
For more information:
Visitor Center in the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center
1501 North Poplar St., Casper, WY