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28 selecttraveler.com S E P T E M B E R / O C T O B E R 2 0 1 6 why wyoming? S T A T E o f M I N D W yoming is one of the largest states in the union but also one of the least densely populated, making it a won- derful outdoor destination for groups. The topography is a combination of foothills and rambling prairies com- ing together to form a varied and gorgeous backdrop for all sorts of outdoor activities. Cities across the state provide urban amenities and a wealth of different activities while still having easy access to the outdoors. We've put together a selection of outdoor activi- ties for different skill levels and a list of parks where groups can embrace their adventurous spirits within a short drive of each metro area. With the Rocky Mountains to the west; the world's fi rst Na- tional Park, Yellowstone; and the United States' fi rst National Monument, Devil's Tower, your group is guaranteed to fi nd something to love in "wonderful Wyoming." BY ASHLEY RICKS COWBOYS, MOUNTAINS AND NATIONAL PARKS – THAT'S WHY! Galveston's beachfront Vedauwoo Recreation Area in the Medicine Bow National Forest is a popular spot for hiking, backpacking and climbing.