5 must-do outdoor experiences in Wyoming

(BPT) - If you’re all about the great outdoors, you probably plan your travel adventures around places that have plenty of things to do, along with incredible scenery. For your next trip that's all about the outdoors, you can’t do better than Casper, Wyoming for whatever you love doing — or whatever adventure you’d like to tackle next.

1. Hit the trails running — or hiking, or biking

On Casper Mountain, you can find 50 miles of multi-use trails of varying difficulties to enjoy running, hiking or biking among the beautiful fall colors. The foliage along the short walk to Garden Creek Falls is gorgeous, while the waterfall is also accessible during winter. In town, the Platte River Trails weave in and along the North Platte River, with colorful trees serving as the trail's backdrop.

2. Hit the slopes

Love everything winter has to offer? You can plan your trip for after the first snow falls to hit the trails via snowshoe, on cross-country skis or fat bikes. Embrace winter and tackle every outdoor activity you can find in and around Casper, including outstanding downhill skiing and snowboarding at the incredible Hogadon Basin Ski Area.

3. Take an adventure through time

Book a vacation this fall to take a trip in a modern-day time machine along the Oregon Trail with Historic Trails West. Get your bearings on a tour at the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center and then follow the actual ruts of the original Oregon Trail, either riding on horseback or recreating the past on historic wagons.

4. Perfect your cast

You can’t go wrong with fly-fishing on the North Platte River, a premier, blue-ribbon trout stream. Whether you’re an expert or novice, you can fish on your own or book a trip with an experienced guide through Wyoming Fly Fishing or Crazy Rainbow Fly Fishing. American Angler Magazine named the Grey Reef Section of the North Platte River the number one Big Fish Destination, and it's no wonder — the river has anywhere from 3,000-5,000 fish per mile, and it's one of the few locations that's fishable year-round. The river sits below five reservoirs, helping to keep both water flow and temperature consistent so it's a stable fishing habitat any season of the year. You can also fish Fremont Canyon, Pathfinder Reservoir and Alcova Reservoir.

Need a break from all that great fly-fishing? Enjoy the North Platte River from the water on a canoe, kayak or stand-up paddleboard.

5. Immerse yourself in the natural world

Apart from the stunning views of mountain slopes, rivers and forest, Edness Kimball Wilkins State Park is designated as an important bird area by the Wyoming Audubon Society, and is home to over 100 species of birds for amazing birdwatching. The park is a natural habitat for a variety of wildlife including deer, antelope and other small animals. Plus, it has 2.8 miles of paved trails, 40 picnic areas and an archery range, as well as pond and river access.

You can find 60 unique camping spots on Casper Mountain for a memorable stay in your tent, camper or RV. This is a great opportunity to get away from it all, get back in touch with nature and enjoy the open spaces that come from a place that has only 14.5 people per square mile.

But that doesn't mean nature is all the city of Casper has to offer.

“Casper is an outdoor playground, but with the perfect amount of culture,” said Brook Kaufman, CEO of Visit Casper. “You can spend the morning hiking on Casper Mountain, cast a fishing line all afternoon and then enjoy incredible dining and culture after the sun goes down.”

While traveling, stay safe by following all local health and safety protocols. Follow recommended guidelines such as washing hands, social distancing and/or staying home if you are sick. Some local businesses may request that you wear a mask, so it's recommended to pack two per person in case they're needed.

Enjoy the beauty of nature and all the outdoor adventures you can imagine in Casper, Wyoming. Learn more at VisitCasper.com.