The few who visit Wyoming rarely venture outside of Yellowstone National Park, not knowing what they are missing. Despite overcast weather blocking views of the Grand Teton mountains for most of my stay in Jackson, the wildlife viewing opportunities were spectacular. Also, visiting during ‘Mud Season’ – the period during Spring when the snow has melted enough to ruin skiing conditions, but not enough to open up the mountain roads and southern entrance to Yellowstone – meant that there were no large crowds to contend with. 

Leaving the Grand Tetons I had no idea what to expect. In my mind, most of Wyoming consists of uninhabited plains. Sometimes looking at a map is a useful exercise, but it’s also nice to be surprised. A beautiful canyon alongside the Wind River, thermal springs at the appropriately named, Thermopolis, and towering cliffs within the Bighorn Mountains made for some fantastic scenery as I drove across the state to my cousins’ ranch in Hulett, at the Western edge of the Black Hills and just north of Devil’s Tower. 

Staying with my family, and spending time with cousins who I rarely get to see was a treat, and I especially enjoyed getting to explore their ranch and see a glimpse of what life on the ranch is like. Not everyone thinks to visit a working cattle ranch in Wyoming for their vacation, but those who do find it to be a pleasant surprise worthy of a return trip. Peaceful mornings and quiet starry nights, along with a lack of cell service and wi-fi guarantee relaxation. I look forward to finding a reason to return to the Diamond Bar 7 ranch someday soon.

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