Call it the Cowboy State if you wish, but Wyoming to me is pure road trip gold.

If you’re just passing through Wyoming, en route to some other destination, you don’t need a Benchmark Road and Recreation Atlas for Wyoming (the 4th edition is now available). You just need to stay on the Interstates, and leave the rest of this treasure box of a territory to the rest of us. The native peoples who live here. The descendants of pioneers who settled here. The locals who just call this place “home.” And the road trip planners who will scan the pages of this fantastic, large format, print resource for hours on end, searching for elusive camp grounds, trailheads, hot springs, skiing routes, and backroads where the asphalt ends and the gravel and dirt begin. 

There is so much to discover here, it almost hurts. Sure, there’s a good map of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, but there’s also the historic Wolf Hotel in Saratoga, and one of the neatest public hot springs you’ll ever find. There’s the Flaming Gorge Overlook (right across the Utah border, on Page 83) plus picturesque state routes that follow the Green River, like Highway 372. There’s US-189 through Big Piney all the way to Hoback Junction. There’s the dirt USFS route to Granite Falls and the hot springs, where you can swim in bliss while marveling at the Gros Ventre Mountains. There is the trail to Louise Lake and the Fitzpatrick Wilderness, where the Wind River Range and Continental Divide beckons. Signal Mountain Road and the best overlook near Grand Teton that is 100% drivable, even in a minivan. It’s all there, on the pages of this resource, just begging to be opened, explored, and tested.  

Turn to Pages 40 and 41, the upper right corner of this most square-shaped of states. There it is: Devil’s Tower and the Belle Fourche River. Hulett and Screaming Eagle Camp and the Devil’s Tower Golf Club. Who knew, right? Horse Creek Butte and Spotted Horse, and so much more that you’ve never even heard of before. That’s the Benchmark difference; that’s why you don’t just rely on Google Maps or your iPhone. This is why we write reviews on Amazon and post on social media. This is why we head out on the open road, in search of the unknown. In search of freedom. In search of adventure. In search, in other words, of America!

Published by Sempervirens117

I am a content writer and founder of sempervirens117.com, an eco consultancy based in Woodside, California that assists Silicon Valley companies in developing greener products and promoting sustainable Earth solutions on social media. I offer team training sessions year-round in Northern California.

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