Wild West Weekend in Casper, Wyoming

Find art walks, a planetarium, cowboy gear, and a Napoletana pizzeria in Casper, Wyoming. 

The Platte River Trails that travel along the North Platte River provide ample opportunities for walking, cycling, and fishing. 

Visit Casper

Venture off I-25 between Billings, Montana, and Denver to find Casper’s preserved riverfront parkway and historic downtown.

The Casper Planetarium hosts guided star tours and shows movies such as From Earth to the Universe in its dome theater.

Among some 20 attractions in downtown’s First Thursday Art Walks are classic galleries to visit, plus henna tattoos, belly dancing, beer tasting, and a scavenger hunt.

At Racca’s, opt for the Piemonte pizza with mozzarella, Pecorino Sardo truffle spread, mushrooms, and prosciutto. Wyoming’s first certified Napoletana pizzeria shares a nearly 100-year-old former fruit warehouse with Art 321, the gallery of the Casper Artists’ Guild.

The North Platte River runs through the heart of Casper, Wyoming's second-largest city. 

Visit Casper

A section of the Platte River Parkway borders downtown, but most of its 11 miles and amenities, including a disc golf course and a new glow-in-the-dark labyrinth, are on the opposite side of the North Platte River. Cross on the pedestrian bridge—one of several—just west of the neighborhood.

Cinnamon rolls are so huge they come skewered with a steak knife at Sherrie’s Place. Save room for the chicken-fried steak with biscuits, gravy, and a mix of sides. Then waddle next door to Shawn Rivett Designs to admire his gallery of photography and antler sculptures.

Even the Nicolaysen Art Museum’s lobby in Casper, Wyoming, exhibits fine art.

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The world-class Nicolaysen Art Museum houses plenty of contemporary Western work, but also features pieces by Calder, Dalí, Matisse, Miró, Picasso, and Toulouse-Lautrec. The show European Masters from the Permanent Collection hangs indefinitely.

Lou Taubert Ranch Outfitters stocks some 10,000 pairs of cowboy boots, in widths from AAA to EEEEE, along with saddles, spurs, art, hats, and clothing on nine floors.

Each June, the College National Finals Rodeo takes over the Casper Events Center. Most of the year, the venue books shows by such acts as country music superstar Carrie Underwood.