Wonders of Wyoming, Dave Walsh

shonsone nat forestth photo courtesy of pinterest

Dave Walsh 5 Jan ’16


It was a first for the nation, but just one more Wonder for Wyoming.

East of Yellowstone National Park, in fact, bordering the nation’s first national park, you’ll find almost two-and-a-half million acres of Mother Nature’s most beautiful lands.  Literally miles and miles of roadless wilderness populated by magnificent flora and fauna.  This Wonder of Wyoming actually belongs to everyone in the nation, but it’s here in the Equality State that it was established way back in 1891, during the administration of President Benjamin Harrison.

Rivers with names out of history flow out of this Wonder, to drain toward the oceans.  The Clark’s Fork of the Yellowstone, the north and south forks of the Shoshone, and the Wind River.  It’s populated by species that were here long before man.  The Black and Grizzly bears, wolves, coyotes, foxes, bobcats, mountain lions, deer, elk, moose and pronghorn antelope.

All that needs administration.  And so there are five ranger districts, in Powell, Meeteetse, Lander, Cody, and Dubois.  Wyoming is home to the first National Park, the first National Monument, and this Wonder, the first National Forest.

Shoshone National Forest, a Wonder of Wyoming.