What’s New in Wyoming
“Pioneer Village” Experience comes to Casper, Wyoming
Divine Travels will be taking visitors through the lives of the pioneers traveling with their spoken history with live camps set up with authentic period pots, lanterns, feather bed, woven blankets, handmade pioneer dresses, children’s dolls, 1800 chuckwagons, sheep wagons all decked out for “living”, petting zoos (when available), cooking out of the chuckwagons with history, longhorn cattle, wagons rides with beautiful Percheron horses and team. The cooking/catering that will be done will be directly from the cast iron pots, skillets and over an open fire pit.
Visitors will have their well-cooked and flavored meat (elk, deer, beef, chicken), their fresh baked buttery biscuits, peppered crusted potatoes, corn on the cob and we won’t forget the specialty triple cherry, chocolate upside down cake or peach cobbler made in cast iron dutch oven over the cooks flame.
This is normally a 5 to 8 hour event, but history events with wagons, cook camp, cloth doll making, basket making, elk or deer horn jewelry and other crafts are available as well. Customized events are welcomed. Learn more
Experience Wyoming’s Big Show
Rock Springs, Wyoming –Experience Wyoming’s Big Show® the largest annual event in Western Wyoming, and fun for the entire family. Wyoming’s Big Show® delivers on fun with a wide variety of daily attractions, entertainment, carnival, along with five nights of premier concerts at during the After Dark Concert Series. It all happens July 29-August 4, 2018 in Rock Springs, WY at the Sweetwater Events Complex. Learn more
National High School Finals Rodeo-Largest Rodeo in the World
Rock Springs, Wyoming – The National High School Finals Rodeo, dubbed the “Largest Rodeo in the World,” will be in Rock Springs, Wyoming July 15-21, 2018 and features 13 rodeo performances over 7 days. With more than 1,700 contestants from 43 US States, 5 Provinces in Canada, Australia and Mexico. The contestants travel from far and wide to compete for over $1 million dollars in scholarships each year.
In addition to the daily rodeo performances, the National High School Finals Rodeo also features activities such as the Queen’s Contest, Shooting Sports Competitions and Working Cow Horse, which will bring more than 400 contestants.
Along with rodeo action and activities, the National High School Finals Rodeo also features an 80,000 square foot tradeshow filled with a variety of vendors and shopping. The tradeshow is an impressive feature that has something for everyone, is FREE to the public and open daily.
The state of Wyoming just received a 4-year rotation of the National High School Finals Rodeo at the 2017 Mid-Winter Meeting of the National High School Rodeo Association. This rotation is a huge success for the Sweetwater Events Complex, but more importantly the state of Wyoming. Larry Lloyd, Executive Director of the Sweetwater Events Complex, explained, “We have been working diligently with the National High School Rodeo Association on a rotation between host cities for the Finals and this is a huge step forward not only for the Sweetwater Events Complex, but for the state. It is great to have this event committed to coming back to Rock Springs for an additional four years. It really is a huge boost to our tourism and economy state-wide.”
Currently the National High School Finals Rodeo will be in Rock Springs at the Sweetwater Events Complex for the next two years. Rodeo performances will run July 15-21, 2018 and July 14-20, 2019. The Sweetwater Events Complex will then host the National High School Finals Rodeo again in July of 2024 and 2025.
New Rib & Chop House opening in Laramie, WY
The locally well-known Rib & Chop House just announced it will be opening a new location in Laramie, April 2018 — located near War Memorial Stadium at 2415 Grand Avenue. Learn more
Jackson Hole, WY
With summer upon us, we expect to have another busy season this year! Visitors coming to Jackson can take advantage of our Western culture, historic Town Square, numerous outdoor activities, and of course Grand Teton National Park which is just a stone’s throw away. What most visitors may not expect from our wonderful small town is the large foodie scene we have. When planning your trip, make sure to peek at our delicious restaurant options so you can have an authentic taste of the old west and more.
The town was lucky to gain two new restaurants that give locals and travelers more variety and family friendly ambiances. Moe’s Original BBQ, a local favorite for southern grub and trivia, offers award winning pulled pork, ribs, wings, and smoked turkey and chicken for the family. The interior is filled with color, posters, and the right amount of nostalgia. Best part? It won’t empty out your wallet.
Another favorite, taking over the spot of the old Teton Theater, is Hand Fire Pizza. They offer a lively dining ambiance with delicious handmade pizzas and a great cocktail and beer list. Walking through the front doors, you’ll notice the original ticket booths, high ceilings, and the perfect place to host larger groups. Are you gluten-free or vegan? Don’t worry, they’ve got you covered.
When you’re not taking advantage of our dining scene, head on over to Snow King Mountain for some family fun and unbeatable views you won’t want to miss. Located within walking distance to town, Snow King is perfect for the folks who want quick but challenging hikes, mini golf, mazes, coasters, and more. Make sure to hop on the scenic chairlift that sweeps you off your feet up to the top of the mountain. Once at the top, turn around for a view of town, the Elk Refuge, and even the Tetons! Feeling thirsty? Take advantage of some of the local restaurant and bars near the base.
Wyoming Office of Tourism
5611 High Plains Road
Cheyenne, WY 82007