The name Wyoming is, strangely, a Native American word from Delaware that means “the place of large prairies”. Wyoming is the least populated of all American states. Located north of Colorado and south of Montana, Wyoming is geographically like Colorado, with high plains and prairies in the eastern half and the high Rocky Mountains in the west. There is one other very significant difference between Wyoming and other American states.
Under the Yellowstone National Park lies a sleeping super volcano. Geologists now know this volcano has erupted, on average, every 600,000 years. The last eruption was 640,000 years ago. This area is now constantly monitored because eruption now would be catastrophic for America and perhaps even for the world. Wyoming is historically famous for the American buffalo on its eastern prairies. It is also famous for one of the first American national parks, Yellowstone.
The capitol city of Wyoming is Cheyenne. Casper, Laramie, Gillette and Rock Springs are the other cities of note. Wyoming is notable for very large open grazing areas for livestock, with cattle and sheep the primary type of livestock raised in the state. One of the eastern high plains of Wyoming are also home to millions of native Antelope, which are amazing and beautiful to watch. The mountains are full of every type of mountain wildlife imaginable.
The main recreation for visitors, and citizens, of Wyoming is mountain sports, year around. Jackson Hole is the most famous, located at the base of the Grand Teton Mountains. The Grand Teton Mountains got their name in a funny way. Early French wildlife trappers, coming across the high plains to the east, first saw the three large mountains, and exclaimed, “Ah le Grand Teton”. Actually there are three Teton Mountains, the Grand, the Middle and the South. Teton, in French, means breast.