Wind River Canyon, Wyoming

Wind River Canyon looking south
Wind River Canyon looking south

One of the occasional pleasures of traveling is when you run into a delightful surprise. That was Wind River Canyon, which is just south of Thermopolis, Wyoming. We were traveling from Cody to Caspar when we went through it. Wind River Canyon isn’t really marked all that well on the maps so it really did come as a complete surprise. Think of a smaller version of the Grand Canyon, but instead of being at the top and looking down, we were at the bottom, looking up.

 

Wind River Canyon, east side
Wind River Canyon, east side

Rugged and spectacular and probably about 10 miles long. The altitude drops as you drive through and they had marked the major strata with different ages, which started at about 100 million years ago and ended in the Pre-Cambrian Era about 700 million years ago. 

Wind River Canyon, western side
Wind River Canyon, western side

There were lots of places to stop along the way.  We took that as an opportunity to have lunch and enjoy the scenery.  We had seen signs for river rafting when we drove through Thermopolis and there were at least two rafting groups on the canyon’s river.  Wind River Canyon is well worth a return visit.

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