Take the National Historic Trails auto tour route on the way to Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons.
Crossing Wyoming on your way to one of the popular national parks in the eastern portion of the state, you have a unique opportunity to take a trip back in time and follow in the footsteps of thousands of pioneers who would go on to shape the future of the United States. Travelers can start at the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center in Casper. After getting primed on the journey by the interpreters and exhibits at the NHTIC, travelers can stop at a number of famous trail sites along WY-220, such as Bessemer Bend, Independence Rock, Devil’s Gate or Martin’s Cove before splitting north toward Yellowstone National Park or Grand Tetons National Park.
For those bitten by the “trail bug”, the trails continue beyond Muddy Gap along US-287 toward sites such as Split Rock and South Pass, the Lander Cutoff and Pilot Butte.
One of the most unique aspects of the National Historic Trails running through Wyoming is the fact that there are hundreds of miles of remnants and ruts with many sites that are nearly unchanged from the days of the pioneers where visitors can interact with such an influential period in US history.