From majestic mountain ranges to wide-open prairies, Cody is one of the most beautiful destinations in the country. With endless views and varied terrain, it’s also one of the best places to go hiking in Wyoming. If your family likes to stay active, then you must plan a visit. We’ve put together a list of the most scenic hiking trails to help plan your next vacation. Check it out and get ready for an outdoor adventure unlike anything you’ve ever experienced before!
The following are just a few recommendations for hiking in Wyoming. For a complete list of hiking trails in the area, make sure to download our complimentary Vacation Guide. It’s full of local tips about the best activities and attractions in Cody, WY!
Hiking at Monster Lake Ranch
When it comes to hiking in Wyoming, no place compares to Monster Lake Ranch in Cody, WY. Bordered by the Absaroka range, the property offers awe-inspiring landscapes and views that stretch on forever. Towering cliffs, historic rimrocks, sparkling blue lakes, and wide open valleys all await you here. The ranch is situated on nearly 10,000 acres, so you won’t run out of ways to get out and explore!
Our Cowboy Camp is one of the most scenic and private areas on the ranch. Hike above the rimrocks and enjoy the breathtaking views of the entire ranch and Monster Lake. Then, wander through sweeping prairies surrounding our secluded tipi encampment. If you would like to cover more ground, you can even enjoy horseback riding excursions, mountain biking, and ATV tours at the ranch. Don’t forget to bring your camera! You are likely to spot a wide range of wildlife while you are out exploring.
Other Scenic Hiking Trails in Cody, WY
After you explore the hiking trails at Monster Lake Ranch, make sure to check out these popular hikes as well:
- Beck Lake Park Trails: With more than two miles of paved trails, Beck Lake Park offers spectacular views of Cody. The trail winds past two shimmering reservoirs, mountain ranges, and wide-open prairies. You’ll also find plenty of wildlife-viewing opportunities here, as the park is home to more than 80 species of waterfowl and songbirds.
- Paul Stock Nature Trail: Offering panoramic views of the Shoshone River, the Paul Stock Nature Trail is another one of our favorite hikes. The 1.3-mile trail is perfect for all levels of fitness, and there are several comfortable park benches along the way. Make sure to stop by the Paul Stock Aquatic and Recreation to pick up a trail brochure before you go.
- Heart Mountain Ranch Preserve Trailhead: Second only to Monster Lake Ranch, Heart Mountain offers some of the best day hikes in Wyoming. The Class 1 Heart Mountain Trail is 7.6 miles round-trip, and you’ll pass rare plants and incredible rock formations along the way. Nothing will prepare you for the incredible views from the top! This is also a popular place for big-wall climbing.
Hike on Over to Monster Lake Ranch
Now that you know all of the best places to go hiking in Wyoming, it’s time to start planning your next trip! If you are searching for accommodations in Cody, we invite you to stay at Monster Lake Ranch. Whether you wish to camp under the stars or kick back and relax in one of our comfortable cabins, there is something for everyone. During your stay, you can enjoy flat water fishing and bird hunting that is second to none. Other activities include horseback riding, whitewater rafting, hiking, and so much more.
Monster Lake Ranch offers a private feel yet is just minutes from all of the restaurants, shopping, and attractions in Cody. Make sure to stay several days so you can visit the Buffalo Bill Center of the West or watch the famous Cody Nite Rodeo in the summertime. After a fun day of Wild West adventures, come join us for a delicious meal at Restaurant Bliss or a refreshing drink at the Cutthroat Saloon. Check out our current specials and then give us a call at 307-587-5960 to book your stay. We can’t wait to welcome you!