Wyoming Ranked Best in Outdoor Winter Recreation
According to GoAllOutdoors.com, Wyoming is the best state in the nation for outdoor winter recreation, surpassing both Utah and Colorado, which placed second and third, respectively.
All 25 states on the list have an average winter temperature below freezing.
According to the website, “Any higher than that and it’s not really a winter state.”
States were then ranked based on average annual snowfall, average number of clear winter days, and access to public land and water.
In announcing the ranking, the website stated, “Wyoming topped our list as the top state for outdoor winter activities, and for good reason. This state has some of the most public land acreage in the country, and is one of the five mountain states on our list.”
“Wyoming is a winter wonderland,” said Domenic Bravo, administrator for state parks and the outdoor recreation office, in a press release. “There are so many outdoor recreation adventures you can have in a setting that is second to none.”
County 3 has compiled a short guide for enjoying winter recreation, locally.
Skiing & Snowboarding
Jackson Hole Ski Resort has been ranked 8 years in a row as #1 by Forbes Magazine, but locals are likely to be more excited that Antelope Butte Mountain Recreation Area has reopened for its first ski-season in 15 years.
Meadowlark Ski Lodge is the next nearest option, but at least one outing to Red Lodge, Montana, is also called for annually. The town itself is historic and worth the trip, and Red Lodge Mountain is a beautiful, satisfying downhill ski area for the powder-hound.
Skis and Snowboards can be rented at The Sport Stop or Antelope Butte.
If horizontal trails are more your speed, check out the Sibley Lake and Cutler Hill Nordic Ski Trails. Both are located on Highway 14 outside of Dayton. If you want to bring your dog, Cutler Hill is very dog-friendly, but dogs aren’t allowed on the Sibley Lake trails. For directions, click here.
If you need to rent equipment, Back Country Bike & Mountain Works and The Sport Stop both have cross-country skis and snowshoes.
Overall, Wyoming has more than 2,000 miles of groomed and un-groomed snowmobile trails. The legendary Continental Divide Snowmobile Trail system spans from Lander to the Grand Teton National Forest. However, some locals might claim that the best snowmobiling in the world is right here in the Bighorn Mountains.
According to Wyo Parks, there are 193 miles of trails in the northern Bighorns; with an additional 22 miles of un-groomed trails and thousands of acres of unbroken powder meadows.
Get your permit here.
Rentals are available in Sheridan and at Bear Lodge Resort.
The M&M Center ice rink, Forrest Mars Jr.’s gift to Sheridan, aims to foster generations of hockey players and figure skaters. Even if you are not enrolled in one of their programs, you can check out the schedule for the next open-skate, which are always free.
Now, get out there and enjoy this winter wonderland we call home!