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Our backyard mountain environment has endless scenic views, a sure sight for sore eyes. Hike the 5-mile Bridal Trail beginning at Rotary Park, crossing Garden Creek, as you take in stunning views of Casper along the way.

If water activities pique your interest more, float lazily or fish along our North Platte River. Float or paddle as little as an hour or as long as four hours, as the river has many drop-in points.

Walk the heart of our community in downtown Casper as you shop like a true local. Experience our cowboy culture of well-rounded Western boutiques and specialty-made Wyoming-ware shops.

Belly up at one of our eight breweries as the taste of the West is brought alive, one pint glass at a time. And the culinary scene is unmatched and on the rise here in Casper. From authentic Thai food; free-range, grass-fed yak meat; and the most tender cuts of steak in the West, Casper has something for every palate. Be sure to check out the newly opened Backdoor Lounge to find unique plates offered nowhere else and snag a nightcap at the one and only Backwards Distilling Tasting Room located downtown.

The food-and-drink scene is unmatched and on the rise in Casper; be sure to grab a nightcap at local favorite Backwards Distilling Tasting Room. Photo courtesy of Visit Casper

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Casper’s living historians portray the 6th U.S. Infantry during the years of 1855 through 1867.  The group was formed in 2012 in Wyoming and now stretches into Colorado, Texas and New Hampshire. They’re an organization for everyone – including families, friends and history enthusiasts alike – who are dedicated to demonstrating the life of soldiers, families and civilians during this time. They explore the history of America, both out on the frontier and during the Civil War.

“We love to laugh, have a great time, and remember those who came before and made this country what it is today,” said a re-enactor.

Currently, they participate in school parades, presentations, living history events, battle re-enactments, demonstrations and ceremonies, and they’re always looking for new and exciting events to add to their calendars.

The re-enactors who bring Casper’s past to life explore the history of America, both out on the frontier and during the Civil War. Photo courtesy of Visit Casper

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Today’s Casper has been created from a rich past that includes American Indian trails, fur trappers, pioneers, a thriving oil and gas industry, abundant outdoor recreation, dinosaurs and the Wild West. To truly experience the various facets of history, it’s best to explore them.

Serving as Casper’s historical anchor and providing the most comprehensive overview is the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center. Overlooking the city, entry to the Center is free and provides travelers with a look into the many people and eras that have made Casper what it is today. Interactive exhibits include American Indian history; the Oregon, California, Mormon and Pony Express trails; and their most significant landmarks, like Independence Rock and Register Cliff.

Touchable history can also be found on a trek with Historic Trails West. Offering a hands-on experience along the Oregon Trail, Historic Trails West has experiences that range from short outings to multi-day treks as guests get a firsthand look at the trail, its terrain and its history. The Casper area also has a rich history as it relates to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (commonly called the Mormon Church), with areas of note that include Sun Ranch and Martin’s Cove.

At Martin’s Cove, you can try your luck pulling a handcart just like early pioneers with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Photo courtesy of Visit Casper

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Believe it or not, this out-of-this-world landscape is located just a few feet from the highway, yet travelers pass by it every day without knowing! A quick 30-mile drive from Casper, Hell’s Half Acre is well over half an acre, encompassing 960 acres of deep ravines, caves, rock formations and hard-packed eroded earth. Native American tribes used the ravines during their hunts, driving thousands of bison over the cliffs.

Fun fact: Hell’s Half Acre was a filming location for the fictional planet of Klendathu in the movie “Starship Troopers” in 1997!

The 960 acres and deep ravines, caves and rock formations of Hell’s Half Acre are located 40 miles west of Casper and just off Highway 20/26. Photo courtesy of Visit Casper

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Whether you’re looking for a simple selfie moment or an Instagram-worthy photo showing off beautiful scenery or the hike you’re conquering, Casper has it all.

Hike along the rim of Fremont Canyon to encounter a view one might think is only available at the Grand Canyon. Visit the Tate Geological Museum for a photo with a T-Rex or a wooly mammoth named Dee! Head up to Casper Mountain for the best views overlooking the city from sunrise to sunset. Nestled into the mountain is Split Rock, home to one of the most famous, natural-born photo backdrops in town.

Casper has all of this to offer your camera lens, and we haven’t even talked about the North Platte River yet! Here you can see the winding river with mountain peaks in the background, beautiful rainbow trout trophies being held proudly, or downtown history standing tall beside its banks.

The great city of Casper has this and much more for a visitor to find, capture and remember forever.

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Casper is known for some of the very best events in Wyoming, and there are many worth taking a trip for. From rodeos and art festivals to brew fests, there’s a festival for every type of traveler in Casper.

The community comes alive in the summer months with festivals, events and rodeos nearly every week. Every June, Casper hosts the best collegiate rodeo athletes in the country for the College National Finals Rodeo. Then in July, Central Wyoming Fair and Rodeo, one of the top 35 PRCA rodeos in the United States, takes place with five nightly outdoor rodeo performances. The Beartrap Summer Festival fills Beartrap Meadow on Casper Mountain every August with live music and vendors selling food, handmade goods and art. Meanwhile, David Street Station hosts farmers markets, movie nights, festivals and concerts in the heart of downtown Casper all summer long.

In the colder months, downtown Casper transforms into a winter wonderland, with the highlight of the season being the community Christmas Tree Lighting and Christmas Parade at the end of November.

Beartrap Meadow on Casper Mountain comes alive every August with the Beartrap Summer Festival, which brings live music and vendors selling food, handmade goods and art. Photo courtesy of Visit Casper

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Located in the heart of the Cowboy State, Casper is a hub of authentic Western experiences. Read on for five ways to experience the best of Casper:

  1. Experience American history. Learn about life on the trails at National Historic Trails Interpretive Center, walk alongside pioneer inscriptions at Independence Rock or ride a wagon on the Oregon Trail with Historic Trails West.
  2. Shop where the cowboys shop. For the best Western wear, head to Lou Taubert Ranch Outfitters. This 100-year-old Casper icon will fit you with everything you need for a Wyoming adventure.
  3. Get outside. You’re just minutes away from miles of mountain trails for hiking, biking, skiing and snowshoeing without big crowds. Casper is also home to the North Platte River, providing access to blue-ribbon fishing and perfect conditions for boating, kayaking or paddle boarding.
  4. Take in the sights. Take a scenic drive to Fremont Canyon and marvel at 400-foot rock walls with the winding North Platte River below.
  5. Saddle up. Every June, Casper welcomes hundreds of the best college rodeo athletes from around the  world for the College National Finals Rodeo, where they’ll go head-to-head in hopes of becoming a national champion.

Learn about life on the trails at National Historic Trails Interpretive Center, walk alongside pioneer inscriptions at Independence Rock or go on a wagon ride on the Oregon Trail with Historic Trails West. Photo courtesy of Visit Casper

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