Wyoming Story Ideas
There are some places that are hard to describe, not due to a lack of words, but because of the way they make people feel. One such place: Wyoming. Here among our natural wonders and national parks, wide-open spaces and starry skies are endless story ideas that inspire and differentiate Wyoming from other vacation destinations. As you strive to tell deeper and richer stories through editorial, content and video, we've highlighted some of the story ideas that can be found in the Cowboy State.
The Great Outdoors
Wyoming offers endless opportunities to disconnect from modern distractions and connect with the spirit of the West and the raw nature that’s found among our untouched terrain and small towns. Incredible backcountry landscapes—including the breathtaking Wind River Mountains, Sweetwater County’s Killpecker Sand Dunes and Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area—are easily accessible and waiting to be discovered. And, with a population of only 563,000 living in 97,914 square miles, it’s not hard to find your own piece of Wyoming’s great outdoors.
Boots, Chaps & Cowboy Hats
Known as the Cowboy State, it’s likely no surprise that the spirit and real-life legacy of the cowboy lives on in Wyoming. The state’s cowboy heritage dates back to the cattle drives of the 1850s and is still prevalent today with the bucking horse and rider symbol found throughout Wyoming, even making appearances on our license plates and the helmets of our University of Wyoming football team. Plus, cowboys and rodeos are everywhere—from Cheyenne and Cody to Evanston and Sheridan—making Wyoming one of the best places to live the western way of life. For more incredible experiences, download A Guide to Rodeos in The Cowboy State.
Here in Wyoming, dude ranches have been a part of our landscapes for more than 100 years. Home to Eaton's Ranch, the first dude ranch in the U.S., it's no surprise that Wyoming is able to meet the interest in nostalgic, authentic experiences at various properties, including working ranches, traditional guest ranches and resort ranches. In fact, guest and dude ranches are such an integral part of the Wyoming way of life that the Dude Ranchers Association was founded in Cody, Wyoming, in 1926. Whether your readers are searching for a relaxing vacation meandering Wyoming’s sweeping countryside on horseback or something a bit more rustic with a true ranch hand experience roping cattle, Wyoming’s dude ranches offer an authentic western experience for every comfort level.
In Wyoming, handcrafted isn’t just a hipster trend. It’s how we’ve been doing things for generations. For example, Sheridan’s King’s Saddlery is run by third-generation descendants of the three King brothers who started the business in 1946. Not to be outdone, Wyoming’s emerging distillery and brewery offerings frequently feature recipes that have been passed down through the years. But, that doesn’t mean we don’t welcome newcomers with open arms – like cowboy Tim Kellogg, a chocolatier out of Meeteetse, who started his business in 2004 simply to raise money for a new bronc saddle.
Taste Wyoming Cuisine
While Wyoming is known for our incredible outdoors and rich cowboy history, the culinary, spirit and brewery scenes are rapidly gaining traction for locals and visitors alike. Local flavors include bison ribeye, Rocky Mountain oysters, Chugwater chili, peanut-butter-and-bacon burgers, handmade chocolates and huckleberry-infused cocktails. Homegrown, handmade, and high quality are the staples of Western gastronomy.
Art & Culture
An important part of being preserving Wyoming's "Forever West" mentality is by preserving and cherishing the state's history and culture. Attractions like the Buffalo Bill Historical Center celebrate the spirit of the American West, including the culture and art that bring the heritage of Wyoming to life, while places like the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson preserve an incredible collection of work from early American Indian Tribes to modern-day artists.
Inspired by Wyoming
Once you see it for yourself, you’ll understand why Wyoming has served as the inspiration for classic and contemporary tales. And, for visitors, these experiences are just a road trip away. Just a few scenes from Disney’s “The Good Dinosaur” and you’ll see landscapes inspired by Wyoming which tie in nicely with the numerous dig sites all over the state. Meanwhile, fans of the TV series “Longmire” can visit some locations mentioned by author Craig Johnson and bibliophiles can experience the same western landscapes and lifestyles prevalent through CJ Box’s popular Joe Pickett series.