Road trip USA: Cowboy Country

Highlights

  • Denver
  • Mount Rushmore
  • Yellowstone Nat. Park
  • Wyoming plains
Are you ready for a great road trip through the Wild West? Explore some of the more unknown states and get the cowboy feeling as you drive through abandoned landscapes, rocky mountains and historical monuments. Take your time to discover the small villages and get lost in the wild.
Duration: 2-3 weeks
Countries: USA

If you are a nature and adventure kind of person, you should definitely go on this road trip, that will lead you to some of USA's most beautiful national parks, Indian reservations and old cities - the ancient America. Put on your cowboy boots, rent a cool car and get on the road!

Road trip route suggestion

Denver - Cheyenne, Wind Cave National Park - Mount Rushmore/Crazy Horse Memorial - Devils Tower - Cody - Yellowstone National Park - Grand Teton National Park - Wind River Indian Reservation - Fort Collins - Denver

Photos from this road trip

 

Denver, Colorado

Start the road trip of your life in Denver, the capital of Colorado. The city is located on the eastside of the famous Rocky Mountains. Denver is known as ‘the mile high city’, as it is exactly one mile above sea level. Enjoy the skyline view, great sightseeing and more than 200 city parks. 

Cheyenne, Wyoming

The first stop on your trip is the smaller capital of Wyoming. Experience the authentic ‘Wild West’ feeling with country music, horseback riding and bison ranches. Visit the museums about North America’s history, and remember to look for the oversized cowboy boots monuments as you walk through the streets.  

Wind Cave National Park, South Dakota 

Hidden under swaying grasses and sacred hillside forests, a centuries-old maze whistles to curious passersby. The Wind Cave was the first cave in the world to be designated as a national park in 1907. It is known for the world’s largest concentration of rare boxwork formations – a must see!

Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse Memorial, 

South Dakota

Hit the road again and reach for one of the most famous sights on your road trip: Mount Rushmore with the sculptures of four former presidents: Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt and Lincoln. Remember to check out the Crazy Horse Memorial, a huge monument in the making since 1948.

Devils Tower, Wyoming

Head back to Wyoming and discover Devils Tower Monument, which is a one-of-a-kind natural wonder. The flat-topped volcanic formation is surrounded by great hiking trails, wildlife and guided tours around the area. If you have climbing skills, it is possible to climb the Devils Tower.

Cody, Wyoming

This small cowboy village was founded in 1896 by the famous bison hunter Colonel “Buffalo Bill” Cody. The downtown part offers nice restaurants, art galleries and great shopping. In the surrounding area you can try rock climbing, mountain biking, kayaking, fly-fishing, horseback riding and river rafting. 

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Witness the nature unfold in the world's first national park - Yellowstone! Explore the volcanoes rising up in colorful hot springs and geysers. Yellowstone is rich in nature: Mountains, forests, alpine rivers and stunning wildlife – if you are lucky enough, you might spot a bear, a wolf or a bison in their natural habitat. 

Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

As you enter this pristine national park, enjoy the instant smell of fresh air and pinewoods. Explore over two hundred miles of trails, float down the 1735-kilometer long Snake River or simply just enjoy the pure serenity of the landscape.

Wind River Indian Reservation, Wyoming

Get the ultimate feeling of wilderness in the huge reservation of Wind River - home to the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho Indian tribes. The stunning scenery ranges from high grassland to some of the most majestic and least populated mountain ranges.

Fort Collins, Colorado

Your road trip might be about to end, but do not miss Fort Collins on the way back. Get out of the car and visit the old town with its great bookstores, galleries, museums and local eateries. The city is home to Colorado's major breweries, and some of the places has free tours and samples if you come by.

Denver, Colorado

Stretch your legs after a long time on the road. The capital welcomes you back with a growing culinary and arts scene, and nearby cycling trails, spectacular hiking, rafting and skiing. But you might just want to relax a few days after an unforgettable road trip. 

Total distance: 2500 km 

Car rental if you're under 25?

Car rental if you're under 25?
For travelers up to 25 years KILROY offer special deals through Alamo. Rental conditions for young drivers are usually strict - but not with KILROY. When you rent your car in USA and Canada with us, you do not pay the extra “young drivers” fee, and all insurances are included.
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Map: Your Cowboy Country road trip