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Page 30 of 77 29 S E P T E M B E R / O C T O B E R 2 0 1 6 CHEYENNE In addition to being a destina- tion in its own right, Cheyenne is a gateway destination for groups visiting Wyoming. e capital is situated between popular Wyo- ming parks and also features a variety of outdoor activities. Vedauwoo Recreation Area (pronounced Vee-Duh-Voo) is part of the Medicine Bow Na- tional Forest and a popular out- door recreation spot less than 30 miles west of Cheyenne off Inter- state 80. e area is known for its breathtaking rock formations that create natural sculptures. e granite formations include large crystals of quartz, pink feldspar and mica, making them shim- mer under the open sky; many of the smaller formations look as if they're balancing precariously on only a few inches of space. Vedauwoo is a great spot for groups to get out and walk around, with maintained hiking trails vary- ing from well-worn fl at walks to higher-level hiking and climbing. Elevations range from 5,500 feet to almost 13,000 feet, creating spectacular vistas over the prairies for the sightseers and photogra- phers of the group. Granite Grip Climbing provides guided hiking, backpacking, boul- dering and climbing tailored to the skill levels of your group; the com- pany also teaches climbing basics. N E A R B Y PA R K S : Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests, Ames Monument Historic Site, Curt Gowdy State Park, His- toric Governorsí Mansion, Wyo- ming Territorial Prison CASPER Next year will bring a special opportunity for visitors to Casper. On August 21, there will be a total eclipse of the sun that will travel across the nation from the Pacifi c Coast to the Atlantic. Casper is regarded as one of the best des- tinations from which to view the eclipse, because of the high percentage of clear and favorable conditions and its location along the center of the line of totality. For groups unable to make it to Casper for the eclipse, there are still plenty of outdoor off er- ings. Casper Mountain is home to the Lee McCune Braille Trail, a trail specifi cally designed for the visually impaired. e trail is relatively fl at and features a guide rope, making it a good op- tion for those not interested in more challenging trails. Other popular activities on the moun- tain include snowshoeing and skiing in the winter months, and fi shing and hiking during the warmer seasons. Also nearby is the Cirque of the Towers, a popu- lar hiking and climbing area. N E A R B Y PA R K S : Edness K. Wilkins State Park, Independence Rock Historic Site GILLETTE Gillette is a popular base loca- tion for those who want to visit Devil's Tower National Monu- ment, being ideally situated on the route between Mount Rush- more National Memorial and Yel- lowstone National Park. While in the area, groups can visit the Durham Buff alo Ranch, one of the largest and longest-oper- ating buff alo ranches in the world. e ranch is home to about 3,000 head of buff alo, which groups will be able to see on a guided tour. e tour will also provide insights into the holistic and sustainable pro- cess by which Durham cares for its Courtesy Visit Cheyenne C A S P E R C H E Y E N N E G I L L E T T E C O DY J AC K S O N W Y O M I N G

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