Located in the northwestern part of the United States, Wyoming offers visitors fresh air and wide open spaces. From Yellowstone National Park to Bighorn Lake, this state is a haven for families looking for an outdoor lovers vacation spot over a long weekend or extended holiday. In Wyoming, cabin rentals are found in mountain towns and beside lakes. Find log cabins tucked away in the woods or more spacious homes in the larger cities. Traveling with families makes it essential that you choose the right location for the activities you want to enjoy, so check out the top seven places for a cabin rental in Wyoming.

1. Jackson Hole

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Close to the northwestern edge of Wyoming, Jackson Hole is within minutes of your favorite outdoor activities, including hiking, fishing, snowmobiling, cross country skiing, and horseback riding. This town sits just a few minutes west of the Gros Ventre Wilderness that offers wildlife watching opportunities to see bighorn sheep, elk, deer, and black bear. Also within easy driving distance is Grand Teton National Park to the north. At this national park, your kids can become junior park rangers and attend ranger programs that are fun for the family. Stop by the visitor’s center and pick up a map of the park before setting out for a day of hiking.

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2. Cody

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In northern central part of the state, Cody offers easy access to the northeastern side of Yellowstone National Park. Year round, Yellowstone has outdoor activities galore, including hiking, biking, horseback riding, Nordic skiing, snowmobiling, and viewing waterfalls. Make sure to stop by and see Old Faithful, a geyser, that shoots hot water into the air every 50 minutes to an hour and a half. Another popular outdoor area is Buffalo Bill State Park, which offers fishing and boating on the reservoir. Stop by the ghost town referred to as Old Trail Town to learn about what life was like during the founding of the West.

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3. Cheyenne

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Centrally located in the southern part of the state, Cheyenne is one of the major cities in the area and still offers easy access to some great outdoor spaces. Find a rustic log cabin outside of town close to the Curt Gowdy State Park, or select a trendy condo in town as your vacation rental for restaurants, museums, and shops outside your door. Grab your fishing gear or kayaks for a day at the state park, or don hiking boots and hit the trails. On a rainy afternoon, pass the time in the Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum. Your kids are sure to love learning how to rope a cow and painting on cow hides.

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4. Pinedale

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When you want to explore the mountains, choose a rustic wood cabin in Pinedale on the western side of the state that’s considered the gateway to the Wind River Mountains. Take the kids to Boyd Skinner park in the evenings to play on the playground while you stretch your legs on the park’s walking paths. There are many trails that wind their way around the area’s lakes and the Wind River Mountains area, such as the Burnt Lake Trailhead and the Elk Park Trailhead. Many of these trails are geared toward more experienced hikers and meant for overnight hikes. However, you can park close to the trailhead and hike as far as you like before returning home to your vacation rental.

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5. Dubois

bamboo fence
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With three mountains on the western side of town and the Shoshone National Forest with several mountain peaks, Dubois offers vacation rentals that come with breathtaking views to enjoy with your morning cup of coffee on the deck. After breakfast, indulge in some hiking, rock climbing, and exploring. Wildlife watching offers you the chance to see bison, deer, bighorn sheep, and smaller mammals, including squirrels, raccoons, and foxes. Schedule a trail ride with one of the local stables, or rent snowmobiles in the winter months to give your hiking boots a rest.

6. Casper

sage grouse males at the plains
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In central Wyoming, Casper provides your family with fresh air and outdoor activities throughout the year. Several mountains and peaks sit just outside of town, but to stretch your legs, enjoy some wildlife viewing, and look for unique bird life, stop by the Thunder Basin National Grassland. You can rent ATVs or bring them from home and ride through the park. In the winter months, trade out of the ATVs for snowmobiles. Horseback riding is another popular way to explore the park. Check the local schedule and see if there’s a rodeo in town during your stay for the kids to enjoy horse roping and bull riding events.

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7. Centennial

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Nestled between Sheep Mountain and Bald Mountain, Centennial cabins come with a view. Visit in the winter months to take full advantage of the Snowy Range Ski Area with it varying trails. Bring your equipment from home and store it in your vacation rental or rent what you need at this resort. Sign your kids up for lessons to learn the basics before hitting the slopes. During the summer months, hike the local trails or enjoy some rock climbing.

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