Wyoming Roads

Wymoing

Wyoming Scenic Routes

Hiking can be great to see the natural beauty of a particular region, but what if you’re not in the mood to hike for hours on end? You’re in luck! The Bretz RV and Marine team have put together a list of some Wyoming roads less traveled that are absolutely stunning in the views that they offer.

  1. Beartooth Scenic Byway

Beartooth

Flickr/Mark Goebel

The Beartooth Scenic Byway is the only National Scenic Byway in the state. So that must mean that the drive is spectacular! CBS Anchor Charles Kuralt in his “On the Road” segment described the road as the “Most beautiful drive in America”. The two-laned road is the highest paved road in all of Wyoming, so be prepared to see stunning views of the mountains. The Wyoming segment of the byway is 47 miles drive that winds you through Custer, Shoshone and the Gallatin National Forests. It will eventually lead you all the way to the Northeast entrance of the Yellowstone National Park. Because of the altitude of the Beartooth Scenic Byway, the weather can take unexpected turns. This is a mountain road, so make sure you are prepared when you set out! Additionally, long winters and high snow levels make this road impassable at many times during the year. Check road conditions before you start this incredible journey!

  1. Bighorn Scenic Byway

Bighorn

Flickr/Lisa Thao

The 58-mile long Bighorn Scenic Byway runs you along the crestline of the Big Horn Mountains. It stretches all the way from the Powder River Basin to the Bighorn Basin. On the drive you’ll see thick forests, meadows, waterfalls and canyons, so make sure you pack your camera. But out of all the sections of the drive, by far the most scenic is on the western end. You’ll find yourself driving through the Shell Creek Canyon and by the Shell Falls. 

  1. Bridger Valley Historic Byway

Bridger

Flickr/Musing & Wandering

The Bridger Valley Historic Byway is a 20-mile loop that takes you to several noteworthy historical sites throughout Fort Bridger, Urie, Mountain View and Lyman. The road runs from I-80 Exit 24 and then reconnects with the interstate at Exit 48.

  1. Buffalo Bill Cody Scenic Byway

Cody

Flickr/Kent Kanouse

The Buffalo Bill Cody Scenic Byway will start you west of Cody along the border of the Shoshone National Forest and will take you along the Northern Fork of the Shoshone river and through the Wapiti Valley. This road will lead you to an entrance of Yellowstone National Park.

  1. Centennial Scenic Byway

Centennial

Flickr/Sergi Planas

The Centennial Scenic Byway stretches all the way from Pinedale to Dubois and is one of the longer drives on the list. If driven straight through without any detours or stops, it will be a 163-mile drive and usually takes around 4 hours to complete. The Centennial Scenic Byway is a horse-shoe shape that includes a combination of US 26/287 and US 26/89/191/. Along the drive, you can expect to see Badlands, ranchlands, and spectacular mountains.

  1. Chief Joseph Scenic Byway

Chief

Flickr/jodene e

Chief Joseph Scenic Byway is named after the Native American Chief of the Nez Perce Tribe. The byway links Cody with the Beartooth Highway and Yellowstone National Park by crossing the Shoshone National Forest through the Absaroka Mountains to Clarks Fork Valley and then on to the northeast entrance of Yellowstone National Park. This is a 47-mile paved byway that takes a minimum of 1 hour to drive.

  1. Cloud Peak Skyway Scenic Byway

Cloud

Flickr/jodene e

Cloud Peak Skyway Scenic Byway is the southernmost route across Bighorn National Forest and into the Big Horn Mountains. This 47-mile stretch, also known as US 16, is a paved 2 lane highway that crests at Powder River Pass. The drive usually takes a minimum of 1 hour.

  1. Flaming Gorge – Green River Basin Scenic Byway

Flaming

Flickr/Don Barrett

The Flaming Gorge-Green River Basin Scenic Byway runs along the border of Wyoming and Utah. The drive begins just west of Rock Springs and traverses through high desert, rock formations and mountain peaks. The 100-mile drive takes about 3 hours.

  1. Snowy Range Scenic Byway

Snowy

Flickr/Mark Goebel

The Snowy Range Scenic Byway is located in the southern portion of Wyoming. The route crosses the Medicine Bow Mountain Range. If driving straight through, the drive takes about 1 hour.

  1. Wind River Canyon Scenic Byway

Wind River

Flickr/Jimmy Emerson, DVM

The Wind River Canyon Scenic Byway begins in Shoshone at milepost 100, follows US 20N through Wind River Canyon and Wind River Indian Reservation, and ends up north of Thermopolis at milepost 134. Along the way, you will notice the yellow and red rock of Owl Creek Mountains, the Boysen Reservoir, rock walls, the Wind River and maybe even some mountain sheep. The layers of rock are also marked with interpretive signage. Allow for about 40 minutes to take the drive.

  1. Star Valley Scenic Byway

Star Valley

Flickr/Jared Smith

Star Valley Scenic Byway is an 80-mile stretch of US 89 located in Lincoln County that passes through Salt Canyon, Salt River Pass and ends at the Lincoln County line in Snake River Canyon. The scenery along the way includes wilderness, rivers, wildlife and snow-capped mountain peaks.

 

 

Share Button