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30 IMAGES OF WYOMING WE CAN’T STOP LOOKING AT

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    Mormon Row, Grand Teton National Park
    On the western edge of Wyoming, just south of Yellowstone, the Teton Range runs from north to south like the world's most impressive border wall. In the late 1890s, Mormon settlers arrived and put down stakes, and today the remnants of these homesteads, protected within Grand Teton National Park, provide some pretty incredible photo opps. Seen above is the John Moulton barn.
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    Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone National Park
    Of all of Yellowstone's attractions, the Grand Prismatic Spring may be my favorite. One of the largest hot springs in the world, it's certainly the most picturesque, its vivid perimeter colors a result of bacterial colonies that feed off minerals in the water. Find the spring in the Midway Geyser Basin, along the Firehole River.
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    American Bison, Lamar Valley, Yellowstone
    Around the turn of the 20th century, when the American bison was all but extinct, there was only one place you could find the animal roaming freely in the US: Yellowstone National Park. Yellowstone has been at the forefront of the species' resurgence, and today the Lamar Valley is one of the best places in the world to see them, in addition to the park's other wildlife.
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    Jenny Lake
    A focal point of Grand Teton National Park, Jenny Lake sits at the feet of the main peaks and, when the water is still, casts reflections of this remarkable landscape. Visitors can boat on the lake, and many hiking trails originate from its shores.
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    Devils Tower
    In northeastern Wyoming, Devils Tower rises from the hills like a beacon. Some geologists believe the igneous formation—basically hardened magma—is all that remains of an ancient volcano. The tower features prominently in the lore of Native American peoples of the region and is sacred to several tribes.
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    Lower Yellowstone Falls
    North of Yellowstone Lake, the Yellowstone River makes a dramatic entrance into the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, flowing first over the Upper Falls and then, a quarter mile on, forming the Lower Falls seen above. At 300+ feet tall, it has twice the height of Niagara. Multiple viewing platforms are open to the public, including the one visible at top right.
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    Elk, Yellowstone
    Bison, bears, wolves, elk—Yellowstone is one of the best places in the world to see big mammal species in the wild. In summer, the park is home to several elk herds, totaling from 10,000 to 20,000 individuals.
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    High Plains
    The eastern portions of Wyoming are dominated by the High Plains, where you might get a view like this.
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    Wildflowers and Tetons
    Wildflowers spotted near Jackson, with the Tetons in the background. Fertile soil is what drew the first settlers to this area in the 1800s.
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    Bighorn National Forest
    The Bighorns are one of several mountain ranges in the state that together mark the boundary of the Eastern Rockies. Two scenic highways cut through Bighorn National Forest in north-central Wyoming—this is Highway 16.
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    Ranch horses
    Wyoming is home to wild horses—good places to see them include the Pryor Mountains near Bighorn Lake, and in the southwest of the state where the Green River becomes the Flaming Gorge Reservoir. These horses were photographed on a ranch.
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    Morning Glory Pool, Yellowstone
    Morning Glory Pool is another popular and well-photographed feature of Yellowstone. Usually placid, it can erupt as a geyser as a result of seismic activity.
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    Wyoming road trip
    From the plains to the forests to the mountains, Wyoming is a killer destination for a road trip. Check out our Please or Register to view links.
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    Lone bison, Lamar Valley
    In 1902 there were as few as 20 bison remaining in Yellowstone. Today, the park population numbers in the thousands.
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    Island Lake, Bridger Wilderness
    The Wind River Range extends from the area around Lander northwest towards the Tetons and contains most of Wyoming's tallest mountains (40+ peaks higher than 13,000ft). The picturesque Island Lake, shown above, sits at the foot of Fremont Peak, the state's third tallest, and makes for an excellent backcountry base camp.
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    Jackson rodeo
    Wyoming is a rodeo state, tracing the tradition back to working cowboys who'd gather to show off their skills. Cheyenne Frontier Days, held each year in July, is the premier event, but towns like Cody, Lander, and Sheridan are also great rodeo destinations. The event above took place in Jackson.
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    Devils Tower
    Another view of Devils Tower, along with visitors to the national monument. 400,000 people a year make the trip.
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    Llama trekking
    Llama trekking in the Winds is just one of our Please or Register to view links.
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    Grand Prismatic Spring
    Trails run up and around the Grand Prismatic Spring, providing views like this.
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    Grizzly, Swan Lake Flats
    Several hundred grizzly bears reside in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, making it America's best-protected habitat for these large mammals. Not everyone who visits Yellowstone will see a bëâr, but chances are better here than pretty much anywhere else.
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    Yellowstone sunset
    Steam from the geysers mixes with the light of a setting sun to create an iconic view of Yellowstone.
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    Beartooth Highway
    US Route 212, an All-American Road known as the Beartooth Highway, straddles the Wyoming-Montana border and has been called "the most beautiful drive in America." The 68-mile scenic stretch is easily combined with a trip to Yellowstone.
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    Lower Yellowstone Falls
    The trail along the north rim of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone gives several vantage points from which to see the Lower Falls.
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    Sunset on the plains
    It doesn't take a mountain range to create beautiful scenery in Wyoming.
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    Bison in snow, Lamar Valley
    Bison have been living in Yellowstone since prehistoric times and are well suited to all seasons in this part of the country.
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    Fremont Peak, Wind River Range
    At 13,745ft, Fremont Peak is the state's third-tallest mountain. It's located deep in national forest land, meaning that to climb it usually requires a three- to five-day expedition.
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    Winter in Yellowstone
    Peak visitation in Yellowstone is May to September, but around 100,000 people do arrive in the winter months. Snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, and wildlife viewing are popular activities.
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    Worlds collide
    Yellowstone's geothermal springs help feed its rivers, at some places creating a confluence that allows for bathing in water that's not too hot, not too cold.
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    Jackson Hole powder day
    Most of the downhill skiing in Wyoming takes places in and around the Tetons at big-name resorts like Jackson Hole and Grand Targhee, though smaller lift-serviced mountains are scattered around the state.
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    On top of the world, Big Horn Mountains
    With all its wild country and opportunities to explore, it's easy to find your own top of the world in Wyoming.
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