We had a great time exploring national forests in Wyoming to film an episode that’s coming to PBS, “Travels with Darley: America’s National Forests Wyoming.” From June to August, many parts of Wyoming’s forests are in full bloom, making it a great time to travel to take in colorful flora and fauna.
Wyoming is a beautiful state and whether you’re in Jackson Hole, Laramie or an outdoor lover’s small town like Pinedale, National Forests may likely be part of your journey. Wyoming is home 9.7 million acres of National Forest land, including the more than 3.4 million acre Bridger-Teton National Forest, a large part of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.
We took the following photos of Wyoming wildflowers on National Forest trails that are easy to access, making them great places for wildflower viewing for nature lovers of all skill levels.
Great Places to View Wildflowers in Wyoming’s National Forests
#1 Snowy Range Scenic Byway: Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests
We snapped the below photos on the 29-mile Snowy Range Scenic Byway, along Hwy 130. We started our drive on the Western boundary of the forest by the Medicine Bow Lodge and Brush Creek Information Center. Some wildflowers you might find here include blue columbine, buttercups, sticky geranium, shootingstar, alpine forget-me-not and harebell.
Wherever you start this drive, make sure to stop at the new Centennial Visitor’s Center during your trip. Inside, you’ll find lots of interesting information and helpful maps.
#2 Wildflower Trail at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort: Bridger-Teton National Forest
The aptly named Wildflower Trail is accessible from Jackson Hole Mountain Resort (JHMR), making it a great day hike or side trip while enjoying Jackson Hole. A moderate hike, the trail is approximately 5 miles one way, ascending up 2000 feet. It connects to other trails on the lower part of the mountain, so you can enjoy lots of different loops. This trail and other trails at JHMR offer access to high alpine environments from the resort’s tram and the gondola.
#3 Cache Creek Trail: Bridger-Teton National Forest
Another trail easily accessible from downtown Jackson Hole, the Cache Creek Trail is popular for locals and travelers alike. It offers a variety of recreation opportunities, including biking, hiking, skiing and you’re bound to see folks with their dogs along this trail. We explored on mountain bikes. You can ride side by side during much of the beginning of this dirt trail, which narrows to single track as you get further into the valley. This is where you’ll start to see less people and have a greater chance of spotting wildlife.
#4 Vedauwoo: Medicine Bow National Forest
If you like climbing or want to bring out your inner child, head to magical Vedauwoo, where trails are easy to reach from parking areas and a good match for all skill levels, whether you want to walk along flat pavement or climb up on boulders. Not far from downtown Laramie, flowers start to bloom at Vedauwoo as early as April or May and peak in June or July. Some flowers you might see here include the Wyoming Townsend daisy, nineleaf biscuitroot, prairie bluebells, sand lily and lupine.
Watch the sizzle for the episode on Wyoming’s National Forests coming to PBS and follow along on social to promote the amazing public lands we all can enjoy with #itsallyours. Visit our friends at National Forest Foundation, Wyoming Tourism and USFS to learn more about enjoying National Forests in Wyoming.