Photo: Hiker in mountains

A man uses his trekking poles to hop across a lake in the alpine zone in the Southern Wind River Range in Wyoming.

Photograph by Sergio Ballivian, Aurora Photos

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GPS: 42°49'N 108°43'W

Stetsons meet Birkenstocks here at the foot of the glacier-pocked Wind River Range, less than four hours from Yellowstone and Grand Teton. Seven miles (11 kilometers) away, check out the river that disappears into a mountainside before diving into some serious rock climbing.


Belay next to ranch hands and NOLSies (who work at the National Outdoor Leadership School headquarters) below the dolomite and granite walls in Sinks Canyon or bike along the Popo Agie River’s ever growing greenway. In winter, the 108-inch (274-centimeter) average snowfall draws folks to the new (and expanding) Beaver Creek Nordic Ski Area.


Nosh on a locally-raised burger at Cowfish restaurant, and wash it down with a micro-brew from next door's Snake River Brewery—they'll let you carry a pint in between locales (


You can walk to the Teton Village ski runs from the luxurious Snake River Lodge & Spa (doubles from $255;