Wyoming Outdoors: Camp, Travel & Explore

 

Bootlaces untied, I was drinking thermos-bottle coffee with sugar and trying to rub the burning, stinging feeling out of tight, tired eyes. "Come on, give me a spark!" (Geena Davis in "The Long Kiss Goodnight") I shouted, grinned, and looked over to the dog for feedback. It was deep dark morning and no hint of light on the horizon. I'd used up the night wrestling for sleep, road warrior camping parked behind a state gravel pile off W85 just north of Mule Creek Junction ... click here for the full excerpt

Bootlaces untied, I was drinking thermos-bottle coffee with sugar and trying to rub the burning, stinging feeling out of tight, tired eyes. "Come on, give me a spark!" (Geena Davis in "The Long Kiss Goodnight") I shouted, grinned, and looked over to the dog for feedback. It was deep dark morning and no hint of light on the horizon. I'd used up the night wrestling for sleep, road warrior camping parked behind a state gravel pile off W85 just north of Mule Creek Junction. A couple of highway zombie-miles slip by: The juices were just starting to flow as I rolled off on a dirt road to the northeast, put the window down the rest of the way, and shouldered into the breeze.

A few streaks of sunlight were just beginning to overexpose the backlit grasses and fill in the shadows pooled between the rolling swells. Ahead and off to the left, the three pronghorn lying in the grass rose to match the standing five and together they stared at my approach, the 2-track angling into their province and on to other country. A small muscle in a juvenile's neck contracted and pulled some skin into a puckered little furrow near the top of the head, raising a mohawk-strap of mane down the arete to the dip between the shoulder blades. The white hairs on the rump of a male began to lift and flare, but before that warning zenith was reached, all had received the message - run. A standing start to an all day cruising speed of 45mph and the only warm-up needed was to primp the hair. During their epoch in the expanse of open grassland, pronghorn had been busy tweaking their keen eyesight, warning snorts, and signal flags: an array of information technology support systems for their primary adaptation - run first, run fast, run far.

I've got to travel lighter.

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Free Online version of 8,000 Miles of Dirt: A backroad travel guide to Wyoming

8,000 Miles of Dirt

 

This DIRT Road Book is the backroad travel guide describing 140 of Wyoming's scenic roads and back country byways.

 

If it's Wyoming backroads, scenic drives or backcountry byways — you're talk'n DIRT.


Free Online version of the Field Guide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of Wyoming

Wyoming Amphibians and Reptiles

 

This up-to-date field guide features the biology, behavior, natural history, and detailed descriptions of the 42 species and subspecies of amphibians and reptiles calling Wyoming their home - including the two new species just added to the state's life list and documented in 2010.

 

From salamanders, spadefoots, toads and frogs to turtles, lizards and snakes, this delightfully narrated guide to the amphibians and reptiles is essential to amateur naturalists, avid herpetologists, and anyone interested in the outdoors wanting, or needing, to learn more about these lesser known treasures of Wyoming's wildlife.

 

It's all about Wyoming's snakes, lizards, turtles, salamanders, toads and frogs.


Free Online version of Wyoming Inflorescense: A photographic treatise on select plants

Wyoming Inflorescense

 

This Wyoming native plants book reaches beyond the title's literal meaning through the use of 681 full-color photographs of 227 specimens representing 160 genera and 69 families displaying both the core morphology and simple, raw beauty of select Wyoming wildflowers, trees and shrubs.

 

Each specimen has its own page and is illustrated using three images: a flattened or pressed view showing gross morphology, a dissected examination revealing minute details, and either a close shot of the flowers or an image of the plant in its natural habitat.

 


Free Online version of the Floater's Guide to Wyoming Rivers

Floater's Guide to Wyoming

A comprehensive Floater's Guide to Wyoming waterways; from flatwater to whitewater; from the Bear, Bighorn and Blacks Fork, to the Tongue, Wind and Wood River. Information is included about access points, maps, flow data, hazards, classifications, float times, and trip descriptions. More than 1,700 miles of 27 Wyoming rivers are documented Wyoming River Guide link to jump to the free, online version published on this web site.

 


Campgrounds in Wyoming

Free OnLine Info & Maps on Campgrounds in Wyoming

The information outlined for these campgrounds was collected from the National Park Service, USDA Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Wyoming State Parks, Wyoming Game & Fish, and county or local parks. Just click this Wyoming Campgrounds link to get information about these campgrounds and to view the surrounding area or print directions using Google Maps.

Use 8,000 Miles of Dirt, the backroad travel guide that describes 140 of Wyoming's scenic country byways, to get to your campground destination!