Only a few blocks from where we live is a home with what the owners claim to be a “prairie garden.” The jungle of long grasses just looks like an excuse for an untidy front lawn most of the time. Their neighbours complain bitterly about the perceived eyesore, devaluing their street and homes. However, after seeing the wildflowers of Wyoming, I get it! Why wouldn’t you want a garden that looks like the extraordinary fields of lupine, orchids, daisies, and paintbrushes that colour the mountainsides and meadows, even if only for a few months a year?
Wild and wonderful
I’ve never experienced prairies of wildflowers before and realised I had assumed all photos of such were somewhat contrived. No, they’re real! There are no secret planting sessions, nor the need for filters or Photoshop —these natural beauties are wild and wonderful in a rainbow of colours. Here is a selection of my favourite Wyoming wildflowers. I’ve done my best to identify each, but I’m open to corrections and suggestions if I’ve missed the mark.
Where to find the best Wyoming wildflowers
If you’re planning on spending some time exploring Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, the following are some recommended wildflower hotspots depending on the timing of your visit. If you are in search of a specific species of flower, the National Parks Service Wildflower Lists for Yellowstone and Grand Teton will be more helpful.
Lupine Meadows – early summer
Antelope Flats Road – best in June
North Blacktail Butte
Highway 89 between Colter Bay and Lizard Creek – late summer
Jenny Lake Trail – early July
Hellroaring Creek Trail – Late-April to late-June
Trout Lake – early July
Mount Washburn Trail – from mid-July
Yellowstone River Picnic Area Trail
Let us know if you have a favourite spot for sighting Wyoming wildflowers in the comments below.
Peace, love & inspiring travels,