In the rugged Old West era, Casper promised adventure to all who traveled its famous trails...
Casper has a rich and vibrant history as an important outpost of the Old West. The area is steeped in western history, Old West culture and the legacy of pioneers who forged their way through the mountains and plains on their way to Oregon and California. Facing cruel hardships on the grinding trail, they discovered in Casper an oasis for weary travelers -- a place to stock up, rest, and play before resuming their journey.
We've come a long way from our days as a frontier outpost, but the same sense of free-wheeling adventure still draws visitors to Wyoming's Adventure Capital. With one foot in the past and an eye toward the future, Casper is a year-round destination that offers the very best in historical, recreational, cultural and entertainment experiences.
If you're looking to reconnect with nature the old-fashioned way, spend the day fishing for trophy sized rainbow and brown trout that thrive in the historic North Platte River - the same river that challenged early settlers on their historic pilgrimage west on the Oregon, California, Pony Express, and Mormon Trails. Outdoorsmen will also appreciate the area's wide variety of game animals, including antelope, deer, elk, pheasant, and duck.
It's a safe bet Casper's forerunners suffered hardship with day-to-day life, but the obstacles of today's "Fore" runners happen at the area's five golf courses, including Three Crowns Golf Club - a Robert Trent Jones Jr. designed public course! Casper also offers a variety of spectator sports, including the College National Finals Rodeo, the Casper Cutthroats professional baseball team, and AIFL Wyoming Cavalry indoor football.
Casper Mountain - a difficulty to traverse in those early years - is today a wonderland for those who love to explore its many hiking, biking, snowmobiling and ski trails. The mountain also offers an archery range, the Braille Trail, picnic and camping sites, Garden Creek Waterfall, Crimson Dawn Museum, Hogadon Ski Area, the Nordic Trail Center and Beartrap Meadow - home to the Beartrap Summer Festival.
In Casper, adventure awaits the mind and spirit as well. For modern pioneers, Casper offers up history in comfort with many museums and historical sites. The National Historic Trails Interpretive Center celebrates those brave souls who helped establish the Adventure Capital, while the Nicolaysen Art Museum and the kid-oriented Science Zone provide inspiration for the creative soul.
Just as Casper's forefathers balanced the hardships of day-to-day life with a love of the arts, today you'll find a wide range of cultural opportunities here. ARTCORE, Stage III Theatre, The Casper Children's Chorale, The Wyoming Symphony Orchestra and Casper College each deliver cultural experiences in a variety of mediums: music, dance, theatre and visual arts, to name a few. And the Casper Events Center boasts The Best of Broadway series which will keep even the most devout city slicker entertained throughout the year.