On your way to Yellowstone National Park, stop in the small towns like Worland, Wyo., and Ten Sleep, Wyo., on U.S. Hwy. 16, known as the Sweet 16. It's touted as the best and safest way over the Bighorn Mountains due to a less steep grade and gradual curves. During summer, the towns come alive with festivals like the Nowoodstock Music Festival in Ten Sleep that celebrates its 20th year of bluegrass, folk and blues bands in 2020. Later in August, Worland hosts the annual Pepsi WY State BBQ Championships and Bluegrass Festival featuring award-winning musical acts.
"I've been to Nowoodstock multiple times, and it has a feel good vibe that's all it's own," says concert enthusiast Eric Robirds. "Good food from local trucks, crafts for sale and beverages from the Ten Sleep Brewing Company. It's a relaxed crowd and some great eclectic music in an outdoor setting."
For area history, head to the Washakie Museum and Cultural Center. You'll see exhibits on Paleo-Indian mammoth hunters and Wyoming’s early settlers. The Last West exhibit covers cattle barons and the infamous Spring Creek Raid of 1909. There are plenty of hands-on activities for kids, too.
Beyond, check out the limestone walls of Ten Sleep Canyon, which attract rock climbers from across the nation. Climbers and other visitors always enjoy the Ten Sleep Climbing Festival held annually at the renowned Ten Sleep Brewing Company the last weekend in June.
For the camping enthusiast, the Bighorn National Forest has 32 different campgrounds and 14 picnic areas. Looking for something a little more primitive? Backpack and camp in the Cloud Peak Wilderness Area for an epic wilderness experience (special regulations apply). Places to fish and view wildlife are never far away amid 189,000 acres of wilderness, miles of trout-filled streams, 14 reservoirs and 1,500 miles of trails.
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Route through Worland and Ten Sleep, Wyoming