There are beaches to lay on, oceans waves to ride, theme parks to explore, and new countries to discover. Yet as the Spring Break season approaches, we cannot help but feel that what lies in our own backyard, here in Johnson County, provides the perfect destinations to take a well-deserved break from the stresses of daily life and work.
Mountain meadows will begin to thaw this month, and gorgeous colors start to peek out from winter slumber. The tall peaks of the Bighorns remain adorned with the winter season’s snowpack and the occasional dusting of late snow. This kind of view is not something you can see just anywhere. Johnson County is one of few places where you can breathe in fresh mountain air, and in the next breath, stunning landscapes will take it right away.
The spring season in Johnson County offers a variety of opportunities for both hiking and show shoeing, skiing or fishing, among an abundance of other wondrous outdoor activities. The entire family can enjoy some time off from work and school, so head out on an adventure. Walk the dogs along the Clear Creek Trail System, or take the kids to play on the swing sets in the City Park! You can access both of these recreational havens just a few blocks from Buffalo’s Historic Main Street District.
If the weather isn’t quite warm enough for you to spend your days outside, the Jim Gatchell Memorial Museum in Buffalo provides a retrospective view of Johnson County history. Learn about the inspiring story behind the Wyoming state flag and its designer, Verna Keays Keyes.
Discover novelty moments in time, while observing artifacts collected by Jim Gatchell himself, the local drugstore owner and trusted preserver of the region’s history. Find out all about the historic names, places, and events that shaped this fantastic and prosperous area into what it is today.
One of Johnson County’s local celebrities, the late Chris LeDoux, is honored by a larger-than-life-size bronze memorial found in downtown Kaycee, Wyoming. At the Chris LeDoux Memorial Park, you can look up in awe at the “Good Ride Cowboy” Monument – an amazing sculpture by our own D. Michael Thomas. It is a landmark that pays warranted tribute to our famed singing cowboy and bronc-riding hometown hero. On your way out of town, stop by the Rusty Spur where you can choose from many, one-of-a-kind items and Chris LeDoux memorabilia. No spring break trip would be complete without a souvenir!
While you’re out and about, feed your hunger by stopping in at one of Johnson County’s unique eateries. You can experience true Buffalo, Wyoming style barbeque at Up in Smoke restaurant, or order an authentic, delightfully crunchy sopapilla from at Papa Binos Authentic Mexican Restaurant! If you find yourself just south of Buffalo, you can find fine folks, fabulous food, and great fun that can all be had at Kaycee, Wyoming’s Invasion Bar and Grill. Eat to your heart’s content and mingle with the locals… after all you’re on vacation!
Head in or head out, no matter which — just head to Johnson County this Spring Break for an unforgettable experience that the whole family will enjoy and remember for many years to come!