Wyoming is a land of vast open plains and the jagged, ever-changing landscape of the Rocky Mountains. Yellowstone Park and that famed geyser, Old Faithful, also await your visit. If you're ready to explore this iconic western landscape, Skyscanner can help. It's a big state, and our innovative search engine can help you find the best route, and the cheapest airfare, to your preferred destination. Book a hotel and that convenient rental car at the same time. Then immerse yourself in one of America's true wilderness areas.
Best Time to Book a Flight to Wyoming
Wyoming, with its scenic landscape and abundance of recreational activities, is a year-round destination. State-wide, summer temperatures average between 29 and 35 degrees Celsius. In the mountainous areas, such as Grand Teton or Yellowstone National Park, that average is about 21 degrees Celsius. Winters are cold, with lots of snow. January is the coldest month, having temps consistently below freezing. Airfares do tend to get higher during the height of summer, during ski season and on holidays. It's best to book early, especially if flying into one of the smaller airports. Use the Skyscanner Whole Month Search to find the least expensive fares in a one-month span. Generally flying mid-week is less expensive, but you never know. If you find a great airfare, book it before that price disappears.
What to Expect When Arriving at Wyoming Airports
- Gateway to Wyoming's capital city, the Cheyenne Regional Airport (CYS), is a small one terminal facility providing service on United and Great Lakes Airlines. Most flights fly into and out of Casper, Wyoming, and Denver, Colorado. Parking is free, including at the long-term lot. Most passenger services are in the pre-security area but there is a sundry store near the gates. Wi-Fi is free throughout the airport. Rental car desks and an ATM are between baggage claim and the airline counters. Taxis and the Cowboy Shuttle are available for the two-kilometre trip to downtown Cheyenne. Outside of the city, the area is pretty rural so that rental car would come in handy. Cheyenne is in the south-eastern corner of the state.
- Casper is almost in the center of the state, off of Interstate 25. About 11 kilometres southeast is the Casper-Natrona County International Airport (CPR), the largest airport in the state. Major carriers include Allegiant, Delta Connection and United Express, flying in from Las Vegas, Salt Lake City and Denver, respectively. It also has one terminal, serving several gates, with free Wi-Fi accessible in most places. Passenger facilities are on the first floor, including the rental car desks near baggage claim. Taxis and shuttles stop right outside the door, but consider calling ahead. Public transportation is limited so that rental car is usually the best choice.
- The Yellowstone Regional Airport (COD), in the north-western town of Cody, is just outside Yellowstone Park. Delta Connection, with service from Salt Lake City, and United Express flying in and out of Denver and Chicago-O'Hare are the main carriers at this small one terminal airport. Wi-Fi is free and an onsite restaurant provides food and beverages. Rental cars, a great transportation option, are available, as are taxis for trips into downtown Cody, four kilometres away.
- Jackson Hole Airport (JAC), is the busiest airport in the state and another close option to Yellowstone National Park. It's 11 kilometres from the town of Jackson Hole, and is within the Grand Teton National Park. American, Delta, SkyWest and United all fly into Jackson Hole, from as far away as Los Angeles and San Francisco, California, Newark, New Jersey, and Atlanta, Georgia. The one-terminal airport has free Wi-Fi, gift shops, the Jedediah Restaurant and an ATM near baggage claim. Rental cars are available either at the airport or in downtown Jackson Hole. It's about a $50.00 CAD taxi ride to downtown Jackson and a $25.00 CAD trip on the Jackson Hole Shuttle. You'll need US Dollars for the fare.
What to See and Do in Wyoming
- In Cheyenne, the capital, just as it is in much of the state, you're just as apt to see a cowboy riding into town on a horse as you are modern autos and pick-ups. Come to Cheyenne in July and you'll see all things cowboy celebrated at Cheyenne Frontier Days. Of course all those rodeo activities are accompanied by parades, carnivals, chili cook-offs and pancake breakfasts. An air show inserts some modernity into the scene. Visit Cheyenne's downtown Gunslinger Square on the weekends and you might catch the Cheyenne Gunslingers re-enacting a Wild West gunfight. Head to Holiday Park to see one of the largest steam engines that ever pulled a train. For a taste of the old west, Mexican style, visit the Tortilla Factory for some spicy delights.
- Casper, in the center of the state, is home to Fort Casper, originally built in 1865 and reconstructed to house a museum filled with early pioneer artefacts. The Natural Historic Trails Interpretive Center features hands-on exhibits and dioramas showing the lives of early pioneers. The Tate Geological Museum goes even further back into the past, featuring fossils from the prehistoric ages. Dee the Mammoth, one of the most complete specimens found in North America, is on display. Just 17 kilometres south of town is the Hogadon Ski Area with trails for beginners as well as expert skiers.
- Yellowstone National Park and its Old Faithful geyser are one of the most well known draws for the town of Cody. Dedicated in 1872, the park stretches out over the Idaho and Montana borders and is one of the most wildlife rich areas in the United States. As far as Old Faithful, the eruptions can last up to five minutes and happen every 35 to 120 minutes. Cody, home of the famed Buffalo Bill, is also worth a look, especially if you like Wild West history. Visit Old Trail Town, a recreated ghost-town, and the Cody Dug Up Gun Museum, which also includes weapons from the Civil War as well as from WWI and WWII. Buffalo Bill is well represented with his own statue, the Buffalo Bill Dam and the Buffalo Bill Center of the West.
- If you fly into Jackson Hole Airport, your first glimpse of the Grand Teton National Park is the snaggle-toothed Grand Teton Mountains from your plane window. The park is home to Jackson and Jenny Lakes, both prime hiking and camping spots. Jackson Lake has its own marina and is a draw for anglers and boaters. Jackson Hole also attracts skiers, with the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Snow King Mountain Resort and Grand Targhee Resort nearby. In town, the vintage Jackson Town Square and the Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum are also worth visiting.