Visit Casper News and Story Ideas
For years, Casper has had a reputation as an under-the-radar and largely undiscovered destination that has remained a mystery. But we know that this place has many stories to tell, from its diverse history to cultural offerings and outdoor pursuits to richly engrained Western history.
To get your wheels turning, we’ve included a handful of Casper-centric story ideas, as well as new offerings below.
5,000 Fish Per Mile, And That's Just the Beginning
Home to the North Platte River, Casper is one of the best fly-fishing destinations in the country. With up to 5,000 fish per mile, the North Platte River has plenty of places to cast your line including Grey Reef and the Miracle Mile, both of which helped earn Casper the #1 Big Fish Destination by American Angler Magazine. The North Platte River is home to incredible year-round fly-fishing, as it sits below five reservoirs that help provide consistent water flows. Because the North Platte winds right through Casper, you can also cast a line steps from downtown. And while fly-fishing the North Platte River is one of the area’s main attractions, additional fishing opportunities can be found at Pathfinder Reservoir and Alcova Reservoir.
Casper's Otherworldly Destinations
Home to a plethora of diverse landscapes, Casper and its surrounding areas are filled with multi-use trails and deep ridge canyons. Walk in the footsteps of giants on a prehistoric visit to Cottonwood Creek Dinosaur Trail at Alcova where you’ll see glimpses of how the region looked during the Triassic period. While at Alcova Reservoir, venture into one of Casper’s best kept-secrets—Fremont Canyon. One of the area’s most jaw-dropping features, the canyon’s rose-colored walls rise high on either side of the North Platte River and create a beautiful destination for boating, fishing and kayaking. From Casper, head 40 miles west to Hell’s Half Acre, a 300-acre canyon filled with ravines, caves and devilish rock formations, all of which made it the perfect backdrop for filming Starship Troopers.
Dinosaurs in Casper
While in Casper, take a trip back in time and visit sites with prehistoric evidence of the mammals, fish and dinosaurs that roamed this area centuries ago. Casper is home to two fossil-rich environments, including the Tate Geological Museum and Cottonwood Creek Dinosaur Trail. Peruse over 3,000 fossil and mineral specimens at the Tate, including Dee, an 11,600-year-old Columbian Mammoth who was discovered near Casper in 2006. The Tate is also home to Lee Rex, the only Tyrannosaurs rex to be found in Wyoming that is also staying in the Cowboy State. Get up close and personal with Wyoming’s dinosaur history on a single-day outing to a late Cretaceous dinosaur site nearby. From Casper, head toward Alcova Reservoir to see fossils in their natural setting on a trek along the Cottonwood Creek Dinosaur Trail.
Casper, Wyoming's World-Class Outdoor Recreation Hub
With its location at the base of Casper Mountain and with the North Platte River running through the heart of the city, it may be no surprise that Casper is home to world-class outdoor recreation. From the heart of the city, you’re never more than 30 minutes away from some of the region’s best fishing, biking, hiking and climbing areas. Casper Mountain and its trail system are prime for hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, downhill skiing and fat biking. At the base of the mountain, Garden Creek Falls at Rotary Park is one of Casper’s most treasured spots and becomes a life-size ice sculpture during winter. You can also venture on some of the city’s paved trails, including Edness Kimball Wilkins State Park and the Platte River Trails. For rock climbing, head 30 miles southwest to Fremont Canyon and its high-rising walls and climbing routes.
All Trails Lead to Casper
Casper is the hub where all the major historic trail—the Oregon, Mormon, California and Pony Express trails—come together. After leaving Casper, these trails head out in varying directions as they make their way to destinations in the West. The National Historic Trails Interpretive Center overlooks the city and provides visitors with an in-depth overview of the trails, as well as American Indians who traveled in, around and through modern-day Casper and Wyoming. In addition to these national trails, Casper Mountain Trails Center, located 8 miles from downtown on Casper Mountain, provides access to year-round multi-use trails, while the 4,000-mile-long Great American Rail Trail is slated to travel through Casper.
Cowboy Up at the College National Finals Rodeo
Since 1999, Casper has hosted the College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR), an annual event that brings the top collegiate rodeo athletes to compete for the national title in their respective events. During CNFR, cowboys and cowgirls go head to head in saddle bronc riding, bare back riding, bull riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, team roping, barrel racing, breakaway roping and goat tying. Throughout the weeklong festivities, cowboy up with a visit to the 100+-year-old Lou Taubert Ranch Outfitters, set out on a horseback trail ride on the Oregon Trail with Historic Trails West and attend one of many events at David Street Station.
Wyoming’s Art Scene
In Casper, the work of local Wyoming artists can be found throughout the city. A stroll through downtown will take you to murals filling city walls, including the newest mural celebrating Wyoming women (Wyoming has the distinction of being the first state in the United States to grant women the right to vote), on David Street. Anchoring the modern-day art offerings is The Nicolaysen Art Museum and its 25,000 square feet of exhibit space. Additional highlights include Art 321, Scarlow’s Art & Coffee (which displays local Wyoming artists work on a regular basis), Opera Wyoming and the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra.