While Wyoming’s tourism industry hasn’t rebounded to pre-pandemic numbers, 1 million more visitors came to Wyoming last year compared to 2021 and they spent $1.21 billion.
At Monday’s Wyoming tourism conference in Cheyenne, professional marketers said Generation Z is rising in importance. By 2026, they’ll make up the largest share of the U.S. consumer population at 82 million people.
Nancy Takeda has been part of the famous Wort Hotel in Jackson Hole for 60 years. From watching a then-unknown Willie Nelson perform to a devastating fire that threatened to close the legendary hotel forever, she’s been there for it all.
Wyoming’s out-of-state snowmobile tourism is up 38%. It’s a $193.8 million industry for the Cowboy State, and it’s just getting stronger. Minnesota accounts for 28% of Wyoming’s snowmobile tourism.
The COVID-19 pandemic produced a surge that compressed about 10 years of tourism growth into a two-year time span. As a result, 80% of Jackson residents are saying enough is enough and no more tourists are needed.
More than 70 businesses that rely on wildlife tourism have come together to support initiatives that preserve wildlife for future generations. Tourism is about 3.7% of the state’s GDP, which means $4 billion in travel.
The snow at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort has been so good this year, skiers tell Cowboy State Daily it feels like midseason even though the mountain resort only opened right after Thanksgiving.
From Devil’s Gate to Devil’s Playground to Hell’s Half Acre, Wyoming was a tough place to homestead as evidenced by how many name places have the word “devil” and “hell” in them.
With three feet of snow already reported in some locations, some ski runs in Jackson Hole will open up this weekend.
With state lodging tax money up 47%, the Wyoming Office of Tourism is going to double down on tourism advertising in many parts of the U.S.
Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel in Yellowstone National Park won’t open this winter after all. Park officials say winter weather and supply chain issues have delayed the completion date.
A driver whose 4,000-pound trailer was flipped due to a 111mph wind gust on Saturday said he was frustrated with WYDOT because their signs warned of only 60mph gusts.
For residents of Mammoth, Wyoming, and Cooke City, Montana, the Old Gardiner Road is more than a historic stagecoach trail, it’s the only way in and out for them during winter. It’s also the only lifeline for the area’s winter tourism industry.
This week marks four years since Cam Sholly took over as superintendent of Yellowstone National Park and four months since a devastating, historic flood cut down on tourism numbers by more than a million visitors.
Visit Cheyenne President Domenic Bravo sat down for a Q&A with Cowboy State Daily to discuss Cheyenne’s new record for tourism despite a sluggish turnout for Cheyenne Frontier Days.
Fact or Fiction? Is there a stretch of road on I-80 in Wyoming that looks like it leads to the great beyond? Yes, it’s a fact – but only under the right conditions.
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After a record 2021 for tourism in Wyoming, the number of visitors to many areas of the state fell off a cliff with 35% fewer people visiting Yellowstone and lodging tax revenue in Teton County falling 35%.
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Between staff challenges and flooding in Yellowstone, the summer of 2022 has been a struggle for some Wyoming dude and guest ranches.
Organizers of this Buffalo’s Longmire Days say after a two-year hiatus, the year’s event was a tremendous success with every event selling out.
Excitement is building in Buffalo, as townspeople gear up for an influx of fans from all over the world for “Longmire Days” which begins on Thursday.
The state’s second largest industry adds 2,000 more jobs as of June compared to the same time last year. Newest numbers continue trend of growth over past decade for the sector.
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The National Beard and Moustache Championship will be held in Casper in November. It will be held in conjunction with the 2022 Booze and Bacon Festival.
Revenues from the state lodging tax are up 8% over last year. That tax, paid mostly by out-of-state visitors, helps better market Wyoming for increased tourism, says the state tourism director.
The International Hemingway Conference is usually held in locations such as Paris, Venice, Chicago and Key West, but this year will be held in Sheridan, Wyoming and Cooke City, Montana.
With lodging almost impossible for next month’s Cheyenne Frontier Days, some residents are renting out their homes for $10,000 for the week. Another homeowner has listed his house for $1,800 per night.
The annual Pony Express Re-Ride will pass through Wyoming beginning Thursday, June 9, with more than 150 riders in a horseback relay transporting a “machila” satchel filled with over 1,000 pieces of mail from Missouri to California.
After being told that he could no longer host Wyoming’s most celebrated fireworks show at the Big Horn Equestrian Center in Sheridan, professional pyrotechnician Bruce Burns is bringing it to Devils Tower.
Even though gas prices in Teton County hit $5.18 this week, the record-high prices haven’t affected tourism in Jackson or anywhere else in the state.
When Steven Spielberg chose Devils Tower to be the location to film “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” the National Park Service said no. So, they went next door to Ogden Driskill’s ranch and shot it there. He was just 16 and remembers it well…
The tourism season is back in Wyoming but workers are not. There is a serious labor shortage in the state which could have big impacts on communities that rely on tourism.
After two difficult years for the hospitality industry, the summer of 2022 is expected to be somewhat “normal” for Wyoming’s tourism industry as foreign workers are being allowed back in the U.S.
The impending arrival of 1,000 bikers converging in Cody in late June is expected to generate more than $2 million in economic impacts for the community.
Even though the Jackson airport will be closed for repairs through the end of June, business owners aren’t worried about tourism numbers dropping as they believe car travel will make up for it.
Plans are in place to make U.S. Bike Route 76 a designated national bicycling route through Wyoming.
Record visitor numbers in Yellowstone National Park in July have strained the park’s staff and services in ways not seen in the Park’s 149-year history
For park gateway communities, that means business has been good. But it has also put a strain on businesses already suffering from a shortage of workers.
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As Wyoming gears up for another summer of increased visitation, tourism-reliant businesses are still struggling to find enough workers to operate fully.
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A new report by the National Park Service showed that 3.8 million visitors to Yellowstone National Park last year spent more than $444 million in communities near the park.
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Because of coronavirus travel limitations, Yellowstone could see 1 million fewer international tourists.
Wyoming’s State Parks are expecting another record-breaking type year in 2021.
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Beartooth Highway, one of the most scenic roads in the world, will open on Friday, May 28 at 8am.
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A full day of old-fashioned family fun, complete with live music, foot races, a pie contest, a barbecue and a sharpshooter contest is on tap in Hyattville on Sunday as the town’s community center sponsors its annual Cowboy Carnival.
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The ghost town of Kirwin, Wyoming will remain accessible as Park County will continue to maintain a forest road to get there.
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The Wyoming Department of Tourism announced it will launch its second summer of the WY Responsibly campaign on June 1.
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A ski resort in Montana has asked the Department of Environmental Quality if it could use wastewater to make snow.
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Some of the best wildlife art in the state can be seen in Pinedale this weekend as Wyoming’s top taxidermy artists put their work on display as part of their annual meeting.
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Park officials announced that there will be no restrictions on group sizes for tour buses whose passengers have either been vaccinated or tested for coronavirus immediately before their trip.
Wyoming will put $2.5 million of a federal grant toward marketing the Cowboy State’s tourism opportunities this year.
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Wyoming’s restaurants and hotels are desperately looking for workers as tourism season approaches. The situation is especially “dire” in Teton County.
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Unlike many other states during the pandemic, Wyoming attracted visitors seeking the great outdoors with its national parks, and was also successful in attracting job seekers and business interests.
Nick Piazza, an investment banker who grew up in Cody, made the decision that Sleeping Giant couldn’t just shut down. So he bought it.
Wyoming’s tourism rate declined by 25% last year, but this was quite minor compared to the national decline of 45%.
Vast open spaces, breathtaking landscapes and western charm are just a few reasons Wyoming has been recognized as one of “The 50 Best Places to Travel in 2021” by Travel + Leisure
A series of steps aimed at improving Wyoming’s primary economic drivers has been proposed or endorsed by Gov. Mark Gordon.
Cody banker Nick Piazza said he didn’t want to see his favorite ski area close down, so he bought it.
So far this year, Wyoming’s State Parks recorded 4.9 million visitors which is an increase of 1.8 million over last year’s record — an increase of 34%.
Tourism is one of the top industries in Park County – and this summer was a mixed bag for the businesses that depend on visitors.
Park statistics show that September 2020 saw the highest number of recreation visits on record for the month of September.
Some of the best places in Carbon County can be accessed by hiking on one of the hundreds of miles of hiking trails in the county.
Whether you’re exploring the great Continental Divide, high mountain deserts or vast prairie lands, Wyoming’s scenery will not disappoint.
Carbon County has resorts, guest ranches, B & B’s, hotels, cabins, cottages, vacation rentals, lodges, RV camping and more!
Explore over 500 miles of groomed and ungroomed trails with terrain to please users with skill levels ranging from novice to the expert.
Winter, spring, summer, or fall, there are endless opportunities for fishing enthusiasts in Carbon County!
The Carbon County Visitors Council is pleased to present area visitors with a series of interactive maps to help you get the most out of your visit.
To take advantage of people getting back on the road to travel again, Wyoming and South Dakota’s departments of tourism have partnered to promote a majestic road trip through the two states.
Timberline Hospitalities, a Wyoming owned and operated hotel company, is pleased to announce that Krista Lobera has been promoted to Area Operations Manager.
The Riverton Rendezvous celebrates 40 years this month and it all starts on Saturday.
So far this year, Yellowstone has seen a steep decline in the number of people entering the gates but opening more lodges should change that.
Looking for a truly unplugged, raw trip full of gorgeous scenery, untouched trails and some good-old-fashioned peace and quiet? Look no farther than Sweetwater County, Wyoming.
A new bike route mapped out by the Adventure Cycling Association will lead cyclists on an adventure through Yellowstone National Park all the way to Minneapolis — nearly 1,300 miles.
Persons looking to camp at a Wyoming State Park during the Fourth of July weekend should be aware campsite reservations throughout the state park system are sold out
Drawing adventurers, families, locals and those just seeking a beautiful view, the Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area offers things to do and see year-round.
How to experience Rock Springs and Green River like never before.
“This tiny outpost features all the best things about Wyoming — friendly bars, wide-open spaces, great music, and access to some of the most starkly beautiful outdoor recreation you’ll find anywhere.”
Camping is one of the best ways to escape into nature and experience the area’s stunning landscapes.
Stretching along 36 miles of the Green River in southwest Wyoming, you’ll discover Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge.
The Cody Stampede rodeo will have all of the regular events plus they’ve added a new one.
The 80th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally will not succumb to the coronavirus and will be held at its scheduled time.
Tucked among Wyoming’s gorgeous landscape, you can find some truly special hidden gems that are worth the trip to the Cowboy State alone.
Gov. Mark Gordon is encouraged by Wyoming’s tourism industry is rebounding, he said during a news conference Tuesday.
Sweetwater County, Woming is the perfect place to jump out of the car and into adventure on your way.
Bustling with locally owned shops, lively restaurants and year-round events, Downtown Rock Springs in Sweetwater County, Wyoming exudes small-town charm.
Rawlins has much to offer visitors. Stop by one of our historic sites such as the notorious Frontier Prison or the Carbon County Museum. Take a trek downtown for shopping, dining, drinks and more.
For more than five decades, Fort Laramie, in Goshen County, was the center of the western frontier universe.
Applications for a lottery for people hoping to attend the first fireworks show at Mount Rushmore in a decade — complete with an appearance by President Donald Trump — are now being accepted. But only for a limited time.
When the water is running high on the Popo Agie River in Fremont County, the kayakers turn out.
Gov Gordon and representatives from the state’s largest rodeos announced today that six of Wyoming’s large rodeos and events will not take place in 2020
Cheyenne Frontier Days, the world’s largest outdoor rodeo, is being canceled for 2020, Gov. Mark Gordon announced Wednesday.
The Wyoming Office of tourism is urging Wyoming citizens to travel in the state and support local businesses.
Gov Mark Gordon announced Thursday that the in-state camping reservation system will stay put. He also canceled out of state camping in State Parks.