Wyoming – “Cowboy State”

Wyoming, also called Cowboy State, measures 253,336 km² which makes it the 10th largest state of the USA. It is also the state with the least number of inhabitants behind Alaska. Aside from Colorado, Wyoming is the highest U.S. state (2,044 m above sea level).

Wyoming also belongs to the legendary "Wild West". This term evolved from the state’s western location. Its capital is Cheyenne. Wyoming adjoins Montana in the North, South Dakota and Nebraska in the East, Colorado in the South and Utah and Idaho in the West. Aside from Colorado, Wyoming is one of the states (out of two) which is bounded by two latitudes and two longitudes solely.

The Great Plains make the eastern part of Wyoming. This is a spacious prairie from Canada down to Mexico. It is a well-known cultural landscape worldwide. Due to drought it was not possible to cultivate the land (wheat if ever). That is why pasture farming is extremely supported.

Seen in a historical context, sheep and cattle breeding is one of the state’s most important source of income and up to the present time it still influences culture and lifestyle. Yet nowadays, mining (oil, natural gas etc.) is the most important branch of industry Basis for Wyoming’s tourism is the Rocky Mountains and both national parks.

The Yellowstone National Park is definitely worth seeing. It was opened on March 1st in 1872. It covers Wyoming, Montana and Idaho. Not less important is the Grand Teton National Park, opened on February, 1929. Aside from these two parks, the Devils Tower National Monument is worth a visit. This monument is a monolith, located near the Bear Lodge Mountains and the Black Hills in Crook County. To the Plains Indians this monolith is a sacred place - considered as the home of the grizzly bears.