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Wyoming conjures up Buffalo Bill Cody and the Wild West, rugged wilderness, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Today the state isn't so wild, but the Western flavor remains. Kids can wear cowboy hats, ride horses, go to a rodeo, and explore two great national parks, Yellowstone and Grand Teton. Traveling to Wyoming isn't just a summer activity; in winter, elk and bison graze in the snow and mountains resorts are ski heaven.
    Yellowstone National Park
    Grand Teton National Park
    Jackson Hole

Fun food


Kids will want to try the buffalo (bison) and elk burgers, and indulge a sweet tooth with huckleberry milkshakes, ice cream and candy. Chuck wagon cookouts are also fun for everyone in the family, a western style dinner with barbeque ribs and chicken, beef stew and cowboy beans.


Shopping – Let everyone pick out a Western style hat in felt or straw, shirts or bandanas.

family hotels yellowstone grand teton

Travel for Kids has many fun things to do with kids in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks but you'll need a fun place to stay.

Here's our own Travel for Kids hand-picked list of family hotels in and around Yellowstone National Park, all styles and price ranges, near to places you'll want to explore:

Yellowstone family hotels
Grand Teton family hotels
kids books wyoming
Paint the Wind wyoming childrens books  
Paint the Wind
Pam Munoz Ryan

Maya spends the summer in Wyoming on her family's ranch, sleeping in a teepee, living around a campfire, riding horses every day, and finding companionship with a wild horse, running free and belonging only to the stars. Wonderful local color and a real appreciation of the wide open spaces. (Chapter book)



Fun facts about Yellowstone National Park – geysers, fumaroles, mud pots and hot springs, petrified forests, wildlife (bison, pronghorn, elk, wolves), lakes and waterfalls, Indians and explorers. (Easy reader)


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Born Wild in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks kids books wyoming  

Fabulous photos of young animals in Yellowstone National Park – bison calves rubbing noses, fuzzy brown moose calf, foxes playing, grizzly cubs following their mom, mule deer fawns in the meadows, and more. (Picture book)


Family Pack
Sandra Markle, Alan Marks

A lone female wolf roams the snowy wilderness of Yellowstone, hunting for food through the long cold winter. But in spring, she finds her mate, and soon there are wolf pups, and a family pack. Beautifully illustrated. (Chapter book)


kids wyoming wolves Family Pack
Yellowstone Moran artist kids wyoming  

Thomas Moran came to Yellowstone in 1871, not as an explorer, but a painter. He painted the weird and wonderful geysers, and splendor of the waterfalls and sandstone canyons. Moran’s stunning portrayal of the Wyoming wilderness became a national symbol. (Picture book)


Jenny of the Tetons
Kristiana Gregory

An orphan girl, Carrie Hill, comes to live with the Leigh family, a trapper “Beaver Dick” and his Shoshone wife Jenny. Based on real people and events, the novel captures life in an earlier century, living by the lakes at the foot of the snowy Teton mountains. (Chapter book)


wyoming adventure kids Jenny of the Tetons
C is for Cowboy childrens books wyoming  
C is for Cowboy
Eugene Gagliano, Susan Guy

Wyoming from A to Z in fun facts and quick rhymes, with illustrations that capture its history and natural wonders. “W is for William F. Cody, or Buffalo Bill whose Wild West Show gave many a thrill.” (Picture book)


More children's books on other Wyoming pages