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.
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.
Longmire Days returned to Buffalo, Wyoming this past weekend and thousands of super-fans made the trip to celebrate.
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.
When bikers come through Wyoming on their way to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, they’re bringing more than freedom on two wheels. They’re also bringing an economic boost for the Cowboy State.
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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From Dayton Days to the Big Horn County Fair in Basin; Longmire Days in Buffalo to the Goshen County Fair in Torrington – all of these small town celebrations bring together local residents, boost profits for local businesses, and give the local population something to look forward to every year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Six clear geodesic domes, designed to withstand 150mph wind gusts, have been constructed in Cody to provide people a way to gather outside but remain sheltered from the elements.
Plans are in place to make U.S. Bike Route 76 a designated national bicycling route through Wyoming.
Over 1,800 people from 49 states and Canadian providences will be flocking to the Sweetwater Events Complex in June 2023.
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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
The Sweetwater Travel & Tourism Board is hiring an Industry Relations Specialist.
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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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Wyoming’s State Parks are expecting another record-breaking type year in 2021.
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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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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.
For more than five decades, Fort Laramie, in Goshen County, was the center of the western frontier universe.
The Wyoming Office of tourism is urging Wyoming citizens to travel in the state and support local businesses.