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30 Things You Need To Know About Wyoming Before You Move There

Moving to the Cowboy State? Get ready for the most peaceful years of your life.

Ben Kerns

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1. Beware The “Greenies”

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Source: Flickr user stebbi66

What’s life without a friendly feud? If Wyoming has a rival, that rival would be Colorado. Around here Coloradans are jokingly referred to as “Greenies,” because you can spot ‘em from a mile away due to their green license plates.

2. Flaming Gorge Days Will Spoil You On All Other Music Festivals Forever

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Source: Flaming Gorge Days via Facebook

Flaming Gorge Days has seen so pretty high-profile acts in the past, like Poison, REO Speedwagon and country legend Chris LeDoux. When you’re not listening to one of the many concerts, you can kick back and enjoy a basketball tournament, watch the parade or even participate in the annual 5K run.

3. It Might Be The Most Peaceful Place On Earth

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Source: Flickr user greg westfall

Every day in this beautiful state is a country lover’s paradise. It has the lowest population in the country, meaning that you’ll never have to deal with honkin’ cars and cursing pedestrians.

4. But It Has The City Life You’re Craving, Too

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Source: The Outlaw Saloon via Facebook

Cheyenne is steadily becoming a bit of a hotspot for the younger Wyomingites. It’s home to great bars like The Outlaw Saloon, the Celtic Music Festival, the country’s largest outdoor rodeo and the Big Country Speedway. You’ll never get bored.

5. If You Leave Your Keys In The Ignition, You Car Will Still Be There In The Morning

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Small populations tend to have a small crime rate. That’s just a simple fact of life. No need to worry about your neighbors in these parts breaking into your home. Common decency and respect still exist here. Everyone generally gets along.

6. The Best Of Brews Are Found In Jackson Hole

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Source: Snake River Brewing via Facebook

Anyone looking to relax after a day on the slopes in Jackson tends to stop by Snake River Brewing. Easily one of the largest bars around, they’re known for their excellent selection of beer, like the Snake River Pale Ale, and friendly service.

You’re in Wyoming, so you’ve got to give a bison burger a try. Just to say that you did, if nothing else. There’s a good chance that you won’t regret it.

7. The Mint Bar Will Never Go Out Of Style

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The Mint Bar is about as hard to kill as the 8-foot snake whose skin is still hanging on the wall here. It survived Prohibition, three different name changes and has lasted for over a 100 years in business.

It’s one of the best places in Sheridan to go to relax and see all of Wyoming’s history in one place. They also have Blue Moon on tap. You can’t beat that.

8. Everyone’s A Cowboy, Or At Least Dressed Like One

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Texas might think they’ve got a claim on the last surviving cowboys, but Wyoming knows better–the real ones are actually living here.

Farming is still a way of life here all over the state, not just in small pockets. Be sure to buy a pair of boots the first chance you get.

9. Yes, Yellowstone Is Here And It’s Amazing

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Wyoming is home to Yellowstone National Park. That’s reason enough in itself to move here.

The supervolcano may blow the U.S. off the map one day but, until then, this state gets to be home to one of the best natural beauties in the whole country.

10. The Grand Prismatic Springs Are So Beautiful You Won’t Be Able To Stop Staring

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Source: Flickr user xoque

And while you’re at Yellowstone, make sure to check out the Grand Prismatic Springs is the third largest hot spring in the world. It waters create a prism of light that reflects the colors of the rainbow. If you’re not careful, you might get stuck staring at it all day.

11. Taco Bell? No, It’s Taco John’s.

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Source: Taco John’s via Facebook

This little fast food joint serves what they like to call “West-Mex.” It’s kind of like that other famous taco joint, except John’s has something called potato olés, which are bite-sized potato nuggets. You can get ‘em as a side dish or stuffed inside your favorite burrito!

12. Your Kid’s Halloween Costume Has To Fit Over A Snowsuit

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It gets cold here. Like, epically cold. A lot of people talk like Alaska is the coldest place in the country, but they clearly haven’t been to Wyoming.

Little Chewbacca is going to need a Wookie-sized parka while he’s out collecting his candy here. Or he can go as the snowman from Frozen.

13. Wyomingites Were On The Paleo Diet Before You Were

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Source: Flickr user V. H. Hammer

Wyomingites like their food natural, not processed. Venison, fish and berries are pretty much their own food groups here.

It might cost a little more to buy it locally, but you’ll be supporting your neighbors in the process.

14. Learning To Ice Fish Is Pretty Much A Requirement

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Source: Wyoming Ice Fishing via Facebook

Something that people in Wyoming understand better than most? Fishing ain’t fishing until it’s done beneath the ice.

The colder temperatures slow the metabolism of the fish, making it more of a real sport trying to catch them. You might want to brush up on your lure lore before you get here.

15. You’ll Need A Second Freezer For The Elk

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Source: Flickr user Jared Smith

Hunting is huge in these parts. In fact, you might not ever eat beef again once you move to this great state. It’s all bison and elk, with a little bit of moose thrown in here and there. Careful, though, they’re a little more dangerous to hunt than deer. But what’s life without a little risk?

16. This Thing Is Called A Pronghorn, Even Though It Looks Like An Antelope

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Source: Flickr user Dave Bezaire & Susi Havens-Bezaire

Most people might be afraid of hitting a deer, but it’s the pronghorn that you’ve got to keep your eyes on around here. There are tons of them, but without all the cars on the road you’re probably more likely to move out of the way before they total your truck.

Also, try not to confuse them with antelope, though they look highly alike.

17. Wyomingites Are Dining In The Lap Of Luxury

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Source: Luxury Diner via Facebook

The Luxury Diner, that is. If you’re looking for a true country diner then this is the place! It’s partially built in an old train car and has the old-time flair and service you rarely find outside of television these days.

The corn beef hash and green chili are must-haves. You can get the chili as a side or on a burrito. Either way, you should definitely give it a try!

18. Your Kid Can Ride His Horse To School

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Source: Flickr user Mark Fischer

Actually, he can ride it pretty much anywhere. Horseback riding is a big deal in Wyoming, what with the rodeo and farming being as large as they are. It’s nothing to see someone riding horseback through town or along the highway.

19. Geysers In Wyoming Are Way Taller Than Yours

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Source: Flickr user TFDuesing

Everyone has heard of Old Faithful, but that isn’t actually the largest geyser in this state. That title belongs to Steamboat Geyser. When it erupts, the cascade of water reaches over 300 feet in the air, making it the tallest in the world.

20. And Our Hot Springs Are Also Gargantuan

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Source: Flickr user InSapphoWeTrust

Algae has turned the calcium carbonate along the Mammoth Hot Springs into various shades of autumn. It sounds a little icky, maybe, but it certainly makes for a beautiful scene. The water temperatures here typically range around 80 degrees.

21. Wyoming Gave You Drip Painting…Sort Of

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Source: Flickr user Tomás Fano

Jackson Pollock was born and raised in Wyoming. Those of you who enjoy drip style paintings? You’re welcome.

22. The Gold Rush Is Still Going In South Pass City

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Every year South Pass City celebrates Wyoming’s rich gold mining history with Gold Rush Days. Residents and out-of-towners come together to participate in mining demonstrations, anvil blastings and panning for gold. It’s the best chance to see what life was like for the men and women who came seeking a better future during the gold boom. There’s also a pretty big baseball tournament, too!

23. Your Choice Of Teams Is Wide Open

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Source: Flickr user Jeffrey Beall

Wyoming doesn’t have a football team, but no matter. The Broncos are right next door, and if you’ve got to side with the enemy, it might as well be one of the best teams in the league. Go Peyton!

24. The Air Here Is Better Than Yours

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Source: Flickr user cogdogblog

One big perk of having a low population density? Most of the state has an exceedingly low pollution rate, too! Nothing like being able to sit under the stars and take in a deep breathe of fresh air every evening. Speaking of stars…

25. Which Means The Night Sky Is Way More Beautiful, Too

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Source: Flickr user snowpeak

The Big Horn Mountains are some of the most scenic views this state has to offer, and there are a lot of them. You want to take your date out for a night of stargazing? Here’s your spot.

26. This Place Is A Rock Climber’s Heaven

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Source: Flickr user roman.petruniak

If you’ve ever wondered it would be like to try rock climbing, look no further than the Grand Tetons. Regularly hailed as one of the best climbing spots in the nation, hang around here and any of the friendly climbers will be happy to show you how it’s done.

27. The Wind Here Is No Joke, So Putting Rocks In Your Boots Probably Isn’t A Bad Idea

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Source: Flickr user sbmalev

You might notice that people are here all seem to have bigger dogs. That’s because all those yippy Chihuahuas were blown away. The wind is no joke in these parts, and only the strong survive it.

Is that a scene out of Twister? No, that’s just January in Wyoming.

28. It Dumps Snow Around These Parts

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Source: Flickr user YellowstoneNPS (taken by Neal Herbert)

It might be a good idea to buy a snowsuit or two. Or twelve.

29. But That Means You’ll Become Best Friends With Professional Skiers

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Source: Flickr user dpstyles

People love Jackson Hole. It’s one of the premier tourist spots in the entire nation, and one glimpse of the surrounding mountains and wildlife will make you understand why. Good luck getting a ride on the tram, though. Yikes!

30. And Don’t Forget: Wyomingites Know How To Put On The Best And Biggest Rodeos

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Have you ever ridden on the back of a bull for eight seconds? Do you want to try? If not, that’s okay, because there are plenty of people here who’d be happy to show you how it’s done.

After that you can test your skills at roping some cattle at the Cheyenne Frontier Days rodeo. It’s actually the world’s largest outdoor rodeo, and they bring in some of the biggest acts in country music to this annual event.

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posted on: May 6, 2014
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20 Comments

  1. James

    We do have a football team, the Wyoming Cowboys.

  2. Michael D Smith

    A rose is a rose by any name and in Wyoming even though we know that an Antelope is an African animal us ignorant natives have been referring to the pronghorn as antelope for well over a hundred years. My family in the old days (40’s and 50’s) were outfitters and people from all over the United States and 3 European countries came to hunt them there antelopes uh huh may not be the correct nomenclature but we uns dasn’t get too hung up on grammer and proper names whether you call them a goat an antelope or a pronghorn they all run fast and taste good if hunted and prepared properly.

    • Rosetta in response to Michael D Smith

      & here in the South-eastern part of WY we call’em Speed-goats. ha!

  3. Brian

    Incomplete list. How do you leave the only four year University and the Cowboys off this list and put the Broncos.

  4. Paul

    Now I’m a native Wyomingite and I have a lot of affection for the state, but:
    #4: There’s city life–if you’re willing to drive down to Fort Collins or Denver. I wouldn’t call anything Wyoming has anything larger than a mid-size town.
    #5: It really depends on the community, and there are a number of towns in Wyoming that have a pretty seamy side. There’s a reason that one term for an increase in crime and breakdown of social norms due to a boomtown situation is “Gillette Syndrome.” Which is not to single Gillette out; There’s plenty of others.

  5. floyd

    We aren’t rivals of Colorado we just can’t stand them swarming are lakes in the summer I call em Colorado cockroaches

  6. Kelly

    Rather biased article; you don’t mention any of Wyoming’s downsides. Lack of water, jobs, brutal winters and blazing hot short summers. Not to mention locust swarms.

    Stay where you are kiddos…Wyoming is not the place for most.

  7. mdavis

    Wyoming is not so bad it you just breeze through and hit the parties!

  8. Danl

    If ye love Liberty and self reliance, and independence more than: warm winters, and fancy parties, and fancy restaurants, and lots of welfare and that sort of thing, then you might find Wyoming a good place for you…

  9. Pete

    Amen to that!!

  10. Clark

    The job market really sucks, and the winters are terrible. If you ain’t tough enough to find ways to make ends meet you won’t last kid.

  11. Justin

    Greatly awaiting our move there from iowa, new start some place where we don’t know anyone. We picked Wyoming out of a list, gunna be a struggle but that’s what it’s all about, nothing worth having in life comes easy

  12. Papa Het

    Job market really sucks?.. Terrible Winters? .. Sounds like a Western version of CLEVELAND OHIO ! YEEE HAW!

  13. Brandi

    Love it, other than I agree UW should have been mentioned, and our two seasons; winter and road construction. They can take 17 off the list, Luxury closed indefinitely about a month ago.

  14. Chris

    It’s ranching not farming!

  15. deborh

    My dream is to leave wyoming and die in nevada

  16. Shawna

    Our fam is leaving the LV to land in Wyoming for good! It’s all about the lifestyle.

  17. Sandra

    How is Wyoming for retiring? Especially on a tight budget? Is it possible? It looks beautiful and peaceful. I have worked my entire life and would love to be away from the hectic rat-race.

  18. Mark

    No State Income Tax so that helps ALOT. Rent is all relative. Right now we rent a 3 bedroom 2 bath condo for 950+, you can get a 1 bed 1 bath for 450+. Sales tax is only 6% and the roads are amazingly well kept.

  19. amanda bierman

    Wyoming is a beautiful place!

 

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