Back in the day, bootleggers stashed liquor in tunnels they built underneath the heart of Greybull’s downtown, or so the legend goes.
Today, you can visit the Historic Hotel Greybull and see the renovated speakeasy that was ground zero for an illegal liquor operation during Prohibition. Owners Myles Foley and Lori Davis bought the hotel building in 2008. Three years later, they finished renovations that celebrate the hotel’s storied past but include modern amenities. This means free wireless internet when you spend the night and a step back in time when you walk into the original bank vault. Below the hotel, you’ll find The Speakeasy Restaurant, which still has the original buttons used to alert employees when the authorities were on the way. Today, you won’t want to miss the prime rib. Reservations are recommended.
Another great option for spending the night is the Greybull Motel, known for its colorful petunias and sprawling lawn. You’ll find clean and affordable rooms, perfect for family stays.
Catch a glimpse of another era of history when you walk among World War II bombers that later became firefighting planes. The planes and exhibits on the history of aerial firefighting are at the Museum of Flight and Aerial Firefighting behind the WYDOT rest area north of town.
Red Gulch Dinosaur Tracksite
About 10 miles from Greybull, explore an ancient ocean shoreline at the Red Gulch Dinosaur Tracksite. Discovered in 1997, this site is one of the few in the world from the Middle Jurassic period of 160-180 million years ago. Until scientists explored it, many thought the entire Bighorn Basin was covered by an ancient ocean, also known as the Sundance Sea. It’s approximately a quarter-mile on wide and accessible walkways to see the tracksite. Go early in the morning to avoid the heat. There are restrooms and a covered picnic area.
Thirty minutes east of town, at the base of the Bighorn Mountains, visit Shell Falls, a beautiful cascade along the Bighorn Scenic Byway. Afterwards, stop by Old Shell Store, which serves the best burger in the area.
In downtown Greybull, stop into Crazy Woman Trading Post for one of its “famous” Crazy Woman tees, western art, jewelry and home decor. It’s one of 15 shops in town selling everything from antiques to souvenirs. Across from the trading post is the Bighorn Basin Geoscience Center where you can watch videos, touch a fossil and get guided tours of the Red Gulch Dinosaur Site.
For a town of only 1,800, Greybull has plenty of great restaurants to grab a bite to eat. Grab breakfast at Bob’s Diner & Bakery, or dinner and a drink at the upscale Lisa’s Western Cuisine and Spirits.
For More Information:
Greybull Area Visitors Center
521 Greybull Ave., Greybull, WY