5 Interesting Facts about Wyoming

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Although Wyoming is the last state alphabetically, it is by far the least important of the United States. Being the least populous state in the country yet the 10th largest by area means it’s full of wide-open spaces worthy of exploring. It is also home to the nation’s very first National Park, Yellowstone. Millions of visitors flock to Wyoming each year to explore Yellowstone, see old faithful, and scope out the wildlife. But be careful when visiting as the bison aren’t very friendly.

Photo: National Park Service

Movie Fame

The famous yet controversial 2005 movie, Brokeback Mountain, might have been based in Wyoming but was actually filmed in Alberta, Canada. In the film, Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal characters explore the mountains of “Wyoming”, which led to the biggest increase in tourism since Close Encounters of the Third Kind in 1977. Another famous movie that was filmed in Wyoming was Rocky IV. Balboa starring Sylvester Stallone. In the film, Rocky is trained to fight Ivan Drago in an area that is supposed to depict Russia, but it was actually filmed on a farm in Jackson Hole.

Lifestyles of the Rich and the Famous

While Wyoming might be the least populous state in the entire United States, it actually hosts numerous vacation homes of the rich and the famous. Big names such as Tiger Woods, Harrison Ford, Kayne West, Sandra Bullock, Charles Schwab, and Wyoming native Dick Cheney, all reportedly owned real estate in Jackson Hole. While not all the wealthy have a place of residence in Wyoming, many still visit the infamous Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. So grab your skis and head to the Tetons, you might just run into your favorite movie star or music artist.

The Wolves of Yellowstone

Photo: National Geographic

Back in 1995, scientists decided to reintroduce Gray wolves into Yellowstone National Park after being driven extinct in the region nearly 100 years before. While many were upset about the reintroduction, the grey wolves of Yellowstone play a key role in the food web of the park. As of January 2020, there are at least 94 wolves in the park and eight packs were noted.