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30 S E P T E M B E R / O C T O B E R 2 0 1 6 herd and its rangelands. In addi- tion to the group tours, the ranch off ers the added experience of a buff alo dinner following the tour, as well as guided buff alo or prong- horn hunts. Groups looking for other cow- boy-state experiences will enjoy Gillette's Cam-Plex. Gillette has hosted the fi nals of the National High School Rodeo Association Championships since 2001, bringing in young rodeo com- petitors from across the United States, Canada and Brazil. Other rodeos and outdoor activities are held throughout the year at the facilities. N E A R B Y PA R K S : Devilís Tower National Mon- ument, Thunder Basin National Grassland, Keyhole State Park CODY Cody takes its name from the town founder, Buff alo Bill Cody. Groups looking for outdoor adven- ture in the area can take their in- spiration from the Western show star. Nearby is the McCullough Peaks Wild Horse Herd Manage- ment Area, a wild-mustang sanc- tuary where the herd is believed to have descended from the horses in Buff alo Bill's Wild West Show. Groups interested in seeing the mustangs can take a guided tour, off ered daily throughout the sum- mer season. Another popular option for groups is a scenic fl oat trip on the Shoshone River Canyon. Groups can kayak, paddleboard or raft down the river at diff erent skill levels depending on which route they take. For the not-so-adven- turous, there are also quieter op- tions that allow groups to simply sit back and enjoy the scenery while guides do the work of pad- dling. Along the shores, rafters may see a variety of wildlife, and those traveling near the mouth of the canyon and the Buff alo Bill Reservoir will encounter an Draper Natural History Museum shares the history of the area and how its unique geography was formed. Courtesy Visit Cheyenne Courtesy Campbell County CVB Courtesy Park County Travel Council Groups love seeing the buffalo herd on guided tours around the Durham Bison Ranch in Gillette. yellowstone Y ellowstone is a bucket-list destination for many, with well-known natural attrac- tions such as Old Faith- ful, the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone and the Nor- ris Geyser Basin. Groups can try a variety of guided tours, from snow coach, stagecoach or custom bus tours to fi shing, hiking or biking trips for a closer look at the parkís stunning topography. Travelers visiting Yellowstone will be treated to about 3,500 square miles of moun- tain ranges and can- yons, lush forest and volcanic features, as well as the worldís largest collection of geysers, which make up 60 percent of all of the worldís geysers and hot springs. Groups that want to take part in a less crowded experience will love a Yellowstone ScenicCruise on Yel- lowstone Lake. While on board, travelers can see the wreckage of the SS E.C. Waters and view the wildlife along the lake and on Stevenson Island. Groups will often pair a cruise with a lunch at the Lake Yellowstone Hotel, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Another impressive experience is one of the twilight tours. The Twilight on the Firehole tour will give guests the memorable experi- ence of watching the brilliant colors as day turns to night and the stars begin to peek out over one of the parks thermal areas. The Evening Wildlife Encounters are another great option that will take groups to see the animals when they are the most active. The Lamar Valley is widely regarded as the best wildlife- viewing area in the park and is one of the ar- eas available to groups on various tours. There are many biking and hiking trails in the Medicine Bow – Routt National Forest Grand Prismatic Spring Gr Gr an d d Pr Pr is is ma a ti ti t c c Sp Sp p i ri ng ng Grand Prismatic Spring is a popular eye-catching is s a a p p op op l ul ul ar ar a e e ye ye y -c -c at at ch in in g is a popular eye-catching destination for visitors to de de e st st in i at at io io n n fo fo r r vi vi si si to to rs s t t o o destination for visitors to a k Yellowstone National Park Ye Ye e ll ll ow ow st st on o e e Na Na ti ti on o al al P P ar ar k Yellowstone National Park By Jim Peaco, courtesy NPS

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