Pronghorn antelope all but outnumber people in wide-open
WYOMING , the ninth largest but least populous state
in the union, with just 460,000 residents. Above all,
this is classic cowboy country - the inspiration behind
Shane, The Virginian and countless other Western novels
- where the days of the open range are evoked by rodeos,
country-and-western dance halls and ranchwear stores.
The state emblem, seen everywhere, is a hat-waving cowboy
astride a bucking bronco.
Northern Wyoming is the prime tourist goal, with well
over three million per year heading for the simmering
geothermal landscape of Yellowstone National Park , and
the craggy mountain vistas of the adjacent, and equally
outstanding, Grand Teton National Park .
Wedged in between Yellowstone and South Dakota to the
east are the helter-skelter Bighorn Mountains , likeable
Old West towns such as Buffalo , and the otherworldly
outcrop of Devils Tower .
The classic triangular peaks of GRAND TETON NATIONAL
PARK , which stretches for fifty miles between Yellowstone
and Jackson, are every bit as dramatic as the mountains
of its congested neighbor, and a visit should be more
than an afterthought on the route south. Though not especially
high or extensive by Rocky Mountain standards, these
sheer-faced cliffs make a magnificent spectacle, rising
abruptly to tower 7000ft above the valley floor. A string
of gem-like lakes is set tight at the foot of the mountains;
beyond them lies the broad, sagebrush-covered Jackson
Hole (a "hole" was the pioneers' term for a
flat, mountain-ringed valley), broken by the winding
Snake River. Jackson Hole is now a major ski destination,
visited by snow enthusiasts for all over the globe.
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