Wyoming is aptly nicknamed “The Cowboy State,” which is fitting since there are ranches galore. Encompassing the better part of two national parks, mountain ranges, rolling prairies, and several internationally renowned cities, Wyoming offers tons of prospective cities and towns to host your bachelor party. Go fishing daily, tour the parks, or raise a ruckus in the city. Book a stay at one of numerous Wyoming vacation rentals to be close to all of the action. Check out the state’s seven best bachelor party destinations.
1. Rock Springs, Sweetwater County
Rock Springs is one of Wyoming’s best-kept secrets. It has heaps of modern amenities, a thriving nightlife and craft beer scene, and an Old West layout. The city sits in a large valley. Mountains frame the perimeter, and the city’s grid consists of broad streets running perpendicular to the cardinal directions. A county airport means you can fly directly to Rock Springs to get the party started immediately. Canter over to the Sweetwater Events Complex & Speedway for a rodeo or a race. Tee off with the bros at White Mountain Golf Course, a 27-hole course adjacent to a pro shop, a ball field complex, and a fishing lake. For a night of shots and touchdowns, Bomber’s Sports Bar is where the locals unwind, get to know visitors, and get buzzed. For more nuanced beer lovers, head to Bitter Creek Brewing, a sit-down brew pub located in the downtown historical district. They serve burgers and fries, and microbrews made in-house.
Evanston epitomizes the best aspects of rural America, with public acres fit for horseback riding and racing. The town proper is very bachelor-friendly, with wide avenues and squat buildings populating a lively downtown full of mom-and-pop shops, restaurants, and bars. Keep the good times rolling with daily activities: Rent motorcycles or motor bikes from Cycle City Wyoming and race along Bear River Greenway. The Bear River State Park also offers fishing and kayaking opportunities. Bet on the horse races at Wyoming Downs Racetrack, 10 miles north of Evanston. Celebrate with brews for everyone at Spanky’s, a popular local watering hole.
Cody, located in Northwest Wyoming, is almost too small for all it has to offer, which makes it a rocking bachelor party destination. Ever been to Grand Teton National Park or Yellowstone? Cody straddles both parks, and a tour of one (or both) lets you bond with your buddies while taking in the nation’s greatest national treasures. Cody’s namesake is Buffalo Bill, whose downtown museum traces his life from cradle to grave. The Cody Nightly Rodeo keeps the cowboy’s legend alive daily. Cody is small but scenic, and from the downtown area you can see the mountains that tower over the entire city. Speaking of downtown, Sheridan Avenue is the restaurant strip. Find the beef at Wyoming’s Rib and Chop House, or down some local beer at Juniper’s.
Sow your royal oats with mountain vistas and wide-open spaces in Sheridan. This jewel of Wyoming sits in the very shadow of the Bighorn Mountains, drawing thousands of visitors monthly. The Sheridan WYO Rodeo is a popular summer event. In winter, swing by Big Horn Safari to rent snowmobiles for a Big Horn Mountains winter tour. Valley Motor Honda rents ATVs, just in case snowmobiles aren’t your thing. Contact the Sheridan Regional Office to get private land arrangements for hunting in Sheridan Forest, which boasts prized moose, deer, and elk. Back in Sheridan proper, hit the downtown area’s plethora of craft breweries like Black Tooth Brewing Company and Luminous Brewhouse.
Gillette is a “monumental” bachelor destination, located an hour’s drive from Devil’s Tower. It’s also east of Mount Rushmore and west of Yellowstone, two convenient day trip stopovers. This city caters to hunters, so bring your predator’s spirit and your “A” game. Edwards Outfitters, High Plains Outfitters, and Antelope Butte Outfitters are all fully licensed, providing wildlife viewing, photography trips, and hunting trips for a range of quarries, such as bobcat, coyote, turkey, antelope, mule, and deer. Ditch the guns for putters at Bell Nob Golf Course. Sheridan hosts pub crawls, but only during Turkey Trots and holidays. To wet your whistle at other times, drop into Prime Rib Restaurant or Chop House Restaurant.
Laramie is on the river of the same name, 45 miles from the state capital, Cheyenne. The city features more things to do with your bros than you can in a lifetime. There’s rodeoing, skiing, snowboarding, cross-country ski tours, snowmobiling, fishing, golfing, monuments, museums, antique shops, and mountain biking. Laramie is also a major rock climbing scene, thanks to the Vedauwoo Recreation Area. Locals call Vedauwoo the Joshua Tree’s little cousin without the crowds. Vedauwoo has rock formations for all skill levels. Pick up climbing gear at Cross Country Connection, or skip the rocks entirely, and get your grub and brew on at Altitude Chophouse and Brewery.
Jackson’s proximity to the Hole that bears its name gives you automatic access to scenic drives, hot springs, mountains, lakes and rivers, skiing, national parks, the National Elk Refuge, and museums. Then there are the welcoming locals and the legendary nightlife. The city proper feels and looks like a frenetic college town without the obnoxious frat boys. Dornan’s Spur Bar, Cowboy Bar, and Silver Dollar Bar host live bands. The cover charges are low, and there’s dancing and craft beer. Weekends belong to the Pink Garter and the Stagecoach, a craft cocktail lounge and a folk music bar. For daytime edification, the Jackson Hole Museum has interactive exhibits chronicling the town’s history. With mountain views from every downtown angle, Jackson Hole boasts endless selfie and photo opportunities.
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