Located at 5,150 feet in the heart of Wyoming, Casper is the second largest city in Wyoming and is considered as the place where the lines between natural and urban landscapes blur. The rich western history, vibrant culture and active outdoor scene make for a unique quality of life, and the opportunity for further economic growth attracts entrepreneurs from all parts of the globe. Here, an afternoon out is biking or hiking across Casper Mountain’s limitless trails, the party of the summer is floating down the North Platte River and a lunch hour is spent fishing for blue ribbon trout or simply playing a round of golf at one of our three exceptional courses. In Casper, you’ll revel in all the picturesque Western scenery, spectacular recreation, shopping, and cozy amenities of a traditional mountain town without having to worry about long lines, bumper-to-bumper traffic or high prices. This is the mountain town for the wild at heart.
Here, an afternoon out is biking across Casper Mountain’s limitless trails, the party of the summer is on inner tubes floating down the North Platte River and a lunch hour is spent fly fishing for blue ribbon trout in the heart of downtown. In Casper, you’ll revel in all the picturesque Western scenery, spectacular recreation and cozy amenities of a traditional mountain town without having to worry about long lines, bumper-to-bumper traffic or high prices. This is the mountain town for the wild at heart.
With Casper Mountain just a fifteen minute drive from the river that intersects the downtown business district, you can fit a lot into one day in Casper. And one of the best ways to experience everything we have to offer is along the dozens of crisscrossing trails that span the area. In the mid-nineteenth century, Casper was the only point of convergence between the Oregon, California, Mormon and Pony Express Trails, so trails are at the foundation of our city, and their legacy lives on through the historic, urban and recreational trail systems that connect every corner of our community. Select your transportation mode of choice (hike, bike, run, skateboard, dog leash, etc.), and venture through town via the Rails to Trails or Neighborhood Trails. Grab a fly rod and explore the river along the Platte River Parkway, or lose yourself on Casper Mountain along the Bridle or Braille Trails.
No matter the route you decide to take on your adventure, you’ll never be traveling alone, because in Casper, the wildlifelive among the people. In Yellowstone, the bears, wolves and bison stay in the park, but like running into old friends, bustling about town is the best way to spot Casper’s abundant population of pronghorn, mule deer or the occasional wild turkey (like Thomas Gobbles who wanders the downtown residential district. Follow him on Facebook. In fact, you’ll find that crossing wildlife is our most common source of traffic jams (which isn’t that surprising given that pronghorns outnumber people in Wyoming). Head out on a photo safari and see just how many animals you can spot during your visit. You might say that in Casper, you’ll find the wild in life.
The only thing that might exceed the pronghorn in both notoriety and number are the trophy trout swimming throughout the North Platte River. If uncrowded waters teeming with blue ribbon trout is the stuff of your dreams, look no further than Casper. Named the #1 Big Fish Destination by American Angler Magazine, Casper is widely considered Wyoming’s top fishing spot by anglers around the world, and no trip out West would be complete without wading into the North Platte. It’s the perfect place for the fishing experience of a lifetime — be it along the famed Miracle Mile or Grey Reef stretches of the river or among the hustle and bustle of our urban core. If you’re looking to find big fish and lots of ‘em, grab your rod and plan to stay in Casper for a few days.
We know you’re visiting Wyoming for the great outdoors, but we invite you to stay in Casper for the party. We host the state’s biggest events, and our summer calendar is jam-packed. Seasonal staples include the College National Finals Rodeo in June, the Central Wyoming Fair and Rodeo in July and Beartrap Summer Festival in August. And whenever you’re in town, weekly outdoor concert series, farmers markets and monthly Art Walks are quickly becoming one of Casper’s favorite ways to spend summer weekdays.
From humble beginnings as a frontier outpost, Casper has emerged as a year-round destination that features all of the spectacular scenery, recreation and comforts of a traditional mountain town but with a refreshing free-wheeling spirit of adventure. Welcome to the mountain town for the wild at heart.
Once you visit Casper, we know that you’ll want to stay a while. The Casper Area offers many great lodging opportunities to accommodate you and your family. From vacation rentals, Bed & Breakfasts, hotels, motels, cabins, & RV parks – you’ll find them all in the Casper Area!
Restaurants and Dining
Restaurants and Dining
Whether you’ve been mountain biking up on Casper Mountain, fishing along the North Platte River, or simply doing nothing-sweet-nothing, you’ve got to eat! Casper has restaurants to satisfy every craving or palate. From quick and tasty take-out to casual fine dining, there is something for everyone.
Natrona County offers unique experiences for every visitor to ensure an unforgettable vacation! Whether it’s a trip for families, couples, single travelers or friends, you’ll find many things to do within the Casper Area! Search from parks, attractions, arts and culture, shopping, spas, golf, dining, outdoor adventures and nightlife to build your perfect itinerary!
A Note to Visitors: For a free Casper Area Visitor’s Guide, please contact the Casper Area Convention and Visitor’s Bureau by calling 1-800-852-1889 or 1-307-234-5362. Should you find yourself thinking that you would love to live in Casper, then stop by the Chamber office while in town and we will be happy to provide you with our Relocation Package for free.
Wyoming Office of Tourism
Wyoming Office of Tourism
A Note to Visitors: For Wyoming’s digital guide, or to request a printed guide please contact the Wyoming Office of Tourism at 1-800-225-5996 or 1-307-777-7777.