Wandering WY: Hayden's Arch Bridge

Updated: Nov 9, 2020

This weekend my best friend got some time off of work and came to see me. I, of course, had to pull out all the stops to show off this beautiful town I’ve been living in for just a little under a year now! Yellowstone National Park is still closed from our gate due to massive amounts of snow but there are plenty of pretty places to hike in nearer to town.

Hayden’s Arch Bridge is one of those places that if you blink, you just might miss it. It is the only arch bridge remaining in Wyoming, so I’m told, and it is mostly closed to vehicle traffic now. This means that you get the beautiful walk out in nature, away from the sounds of the road and you don’t have to trip over rocks and tree roots to do it. One of my local friends who joined us even brought her nephew who rode in his stroller the whole time!

If you’re a rock climber, this just might be the hidden nook you’ve been looking for! All along the cliff face, there are various climbing routes already laid out (I’m not a climber so forgive me if my terminology is off). There were also several fly fishermen enjoying the sunny afternoon most of them leaving the path to walk the Shoshone River bank catching fish. Bikers, runners, and hikers all share this road as well as the few vehicles of those who work at Buffalo Bill Dam.