Casper WY is a rugged Old West town, grown to be a popular tourist destination for those exploring the west. Called Wyoming’s Adventure Capital, Casper has the best in recreational, historical and entertainment experiences.
Casper is located at the bottom of Casper Mountain in east-central Wyoming, 3 ½ hours driving time southeast of Cody. Interstate 25 is the main route that intersects with Casper.
You can find a variety of accommodations to fit any need and any budget. Choose from hotels, motels, family-operated lodgings or a quaint bed and breakfast.
Dining has many taste-tempting choices. Menus vary from ethnic foods to distinctive tastes of the Old West. You will find sandwich shops, pizza places, bakeries and more.
Outdoor enthusiasts will find unique adventures in and around Casper. Of course, Casper Mountain is a popular place to go for a multitude of activities. Here you’ll discover mountain biking, hiking, horseback riding and much, much more. Picnic in Rotary Park at the base of the mountain, trek down through Elkhorn Canyon, or camp at Beartrap Meadow.
If you like hiking and biking, you may try the Platte River Parkway, next to the Platte River in Casper. With 11 miles of paved trail, you can get out in the sun and enjoy the sights. Boating, jet skiing, sailing and water skiing are fun activities at the Alcova Reservoir. Hunting for big game occurs around Casper, too. And don’t forget all the traditional winter sports available here.
You could spend days investigating all that Casper has to offer. You can tour any of the museums in the city, such as the Fort Casper Museum with its local history, Nicolaysen Art Museum with its paintings and sculptures and the Werner Wildlife Museum with its displays of large game animals from all over the world.
A popular attraction in Casper is the Whitewater Park, a man-made whitewater park with rock structures creating turbulent and challenging water. The best thing about this facility is that it’s free!
When traveling to Cody, Wyoming from Casper, the most direct route (and the most scenic) follows US 20 to WY 120. It is about 213 miles.