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Best Trail-to-Tavern Adventures in Wyoming

Wyoming is an undisputed outdoor playground, with opportunities for hiking, mountain biking and climbing extending to every corner of the state. And arguably the best way to cap off a day spent enjoying this vast array of adventures is with a hard-earned pint of locally brewed beer.

Here we list, eight recommended trail systems and regions to explore across Wyoming, from iconic hikes to rugged mountain bike trails to climbing hotspots, each paired up with a don’t-miss nearby brewery where you can toast to your adventure while enjoying an adult beverage.

1. Sherd Lake Loop, Bighorn National Forest

Distance: 10 miles

Brewery: MISHAP Brewing Company, Buffalo (formerly Clear Creek Brewing)

The Sherd Lake Loop is a beautiful full-day hike in the million-acre Bighorn National Forest. From open meadows to old-growth forest to alpine lakes, the trail showcases some of Wyoming’s most stunning scenery. After your hike, hit up MISHAP! Brewing in Buffalo, a real treat in this quaint town. Craft brews and occasional live music make the microbrewery the ideal place to wrap up a long day on the trail.

2. Inspiration Point, Grand Teton National Park

Distance: 2.2 miles

Brewery: Snake River Brewing, Jackson

You’d be hard-pressed to visit Jackson and the Tetons without experiencing the panoramic views, tumbling falls and crystal waters of this trail—quite a reward for just a few miles of hiking. The trail begins at the Jenny Lake Trailhead, and there’s always the option of taking a boat across the lake. Once you’re back in town, head to Snake River Brewing for an array of on-tap selections. Grab a bowl of Wyoming Bison Chili while you’re there—it’s a fitting way to fuel up after one of the state’s most iconic hikes.

3. Slickrock Mountain Bike Trail, Cody

Distance: 7.5 miles

Brewery: Pat O’Hara Brewing Company, Cody

A 1.5-mile climb leads to a fun roller coaster section and some incredible cross-country slickrock sandstone riding on this short-but-sweet trail. Keep track of your line—the trails aren’t painted, and newer riders will want to steer clear of big drops. After a few laps, swing into Cody for a beer at the Pat O’Hara Brewing Company. Classic Irish pub fare—think shepherd’s pie and fish and chips—along with 15 beers on tap offer a tasty, hearty finish to an active day.

4. Curt Gowdy State Park, Cheyenne

Mountain bikers at Curt Gowdy State Park in Wyoming
Put your off-road riding skills to the test at the Curt Gowdy State Park in Cheyenne.

Distance: 25 miles

Brewery: Freedom’s Edge Brewing Company, Cheyenne

You don’t have to knock out all 25 miles of the mountain biking trail system at this state park; there are plenty of options for shorter out-and-back rides. Regardless of skill level, the loop through three different ecosystems is rated as an IMBA Epic—which means it’s not to be missed for mountain bikers. Terrain includes various landscapes, steep climbs and sweeping downhills. After busting your quads and lungs, hit up the family-owned Freedom’s Edge Brewing Company in Cheyenne for a refreshing beer in a dog- and kid-friendly environment. Try the Brown and Gold brown ale, whose name is a nod to the University of Wyoming.

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5. Beaver Creek; Sinks Canyon State Park, Lander

Distance: Assorted loops for Nordic Skiing at Beaver Creek Nordic Ski Area; 1-4 mile hiking trails at Sinks Canyon

Brewery: Lander Bar, Lander

Winter season will find skiers flocking to Beaver Creek Nordic Ski Area, with trails winding through lodgepole pines and across open meadows. The system is groomed for both skate and classic. When the trails dry out, head to Sinks Canyon State Park for trails ranging from one mile to four miles, appropriate for all ages and abilities. After a day enjoying the outdoors, grab a pint at the Lander Bar, which was first opened as a saloon in 1908 and also has served as a hotel, brothel and boarding house. These days, the Wild West vibe still pervades, and the watering hole is a popular spot for kicking back with a pint or two of local beer on tap.

6. Wilkins Peak Trail System, Rock Springs/Green River

Distance: Options range from 1-mile loops to 15-mile rides and longer

Brewery: Square State Brewing

The Wilkins Peak Trail System has been voted one of the best areas for mountain biking in Wyoming. With multiple loops on terrain ranging from beginner to advanced, Wilkins Peak features a flowing trail network that’s extensive enough to warrant multiple days and visits. When you’ve had your adrenaline fix, head to Square State Brewing in Rock Springs, whose welcoming atmosphere is a popular gathering spot for anglers, mountain bikers and an assortment of other outdoorsy folk.

7. Ten Sleep Canyon, Ten Sleep 

Ten Sleep Brewery in Ten Sleep Wyoming
The red cliffs of Ten Sleep Canyon attract rock climbers of all abilities.

Grades: Climbing routes graded 5.7-5.12 and up

Brewery: Ten Sleep Brewing Company

A climbing trip in Wyoming isn’t complete without exploring the limestone cliffs of Ten Sleep Canyon. With climbs ranging from juggy 5.8s to slabby 5.12s and everything in between, there’s something for everyone. Most sport climbs are tightly bolted and accessible, and climbing enthusiasts can easily make it an overnight adventure thanks to plenty of camping sites. After you’ve maxed yourself out on the rock, take a drive out of the canyon to Ten Sleep Brewing Company. Grab pint and a board game, pet the brewery cat and relax as the pump slowly recedes from your forearms.

8. Casper Mountain Trails Center, Casper

Distance: 26 miles of groomed trails, many distance options for Nordic skiing, snowshoeing and fat biking

Brewery: Frontier Brewing Company, Casper

The trails are just the start in this top-notch winter sports hub. Groomed for skate and classic skiing—and with many trails optimized for fat biking—the Casper Mountain Trails Center has trails for all ages and abilities. Sections of groomed trail are also lighted at night, and skiing under the stars is a magical adventure. Whenever you hit the trails, opt to warm up at the Frontier Brewing Company in the heart of downtown Casper. This microbrewery uses a pour-for-yourself, pay-by-the-ounce system, and its laid-back vibe includes live music every Thursday and food trucks on site.

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