The Casper-Natrona County area offers a healthy lifestyle with abundant opportunities for outdoor recreation, art, entertainment, and dining options. Low commuting time to work and home translate into additional time for you to enjoy the fantastic Wyoming seasons and variety of local events for all ages and interests.
Arts & Culture
Cultural events and the arts are of the centerpiece of life in Casper. A kaleidoscope of activities are available including the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra, museums, Broadway plays, dramatic arts, and historical sites. Casper offers a wealth of cultural activities every week through the various education, music, and art institutions.
- Bear Trap Music Festival
- Casper Children’s Theatre
- Casper College Theatre
- Casper Events Center
- Casper Planetarium
- Fort Casper Museum
- National Historic Trails Interpretive Center
- Movie Palaces
- Nicolaysen Art Museum
- Stage III Community Theatre
- Tate Geological Museum
- Werner Wildlife Museum
- WY Arts Council
- The Science Zone
- WY Symphony Orchestra
The Casper-Natrona County area offers a healthy, low-stress lifestyle at the foot of the Rockies. Casper has a wealth of recreational activities and sporting events. Beautiful Casper Mountain is just minutes away from downtown, with hiking trails, alpine skiing and nordic skiing , snowmobile trails, and picnic areas. Fishing, swimming and boating are nearby at two of the most beautiful lakes in the state, Alcova and Pathfinder. Outdoor recreation is a way of life; there are activities for the fitness buff as well as for recreation and family play.
The Wyoming Cavalry is Casper’s Professional Indoor Football Team. The Cavalry provides the ultimate in inexpensive family entertainment. They serve as sports ambassadors and role models in addition to providing quality indoor football action.
The Cavalry team plays in the Casper Events Center which offers all the amenities and concessions available in a professional sports arena.
Casper CollegeCasper College Thunderbirds play in the beautifully renovated Erickson Thunderbird Gymnasium, named in honor of the legendary Hall of Fame coach Swede Erickson. As many as 2,500 fans attend home games and matches to cheer on their teams. The campus features three residence halls, two gymnasiums and a new fitness center. In addition to volleyball and basketball, students participate in rodeo and cheerleading as well.
Casper Aquatics Center Casper Recreation Center for a seasonal guide to these and other community activities including information about the Casper Aquatics Center and Casper Ice Arena.
The Platte River Parkway is a community trail system that runs east to west through Casper from the North Casper Soccer Complex to Paradise Valley Park.
There are abundant outdoor recreation opportunities in Natrona County.
There are two public and two private golf courses in Casper. The Casper Golf Club is open from April 1st to November 1st. The facility includes a full service PGA staffed golf shop, a large practice range, putting and chipping greens, and the clubhouse is home to the 19th Hole Restaurant & Lounge. Tee times are available one day in advance by calling the Pro Shop for reservations.
The Three Crowns Golf Club is built on a former Amoco Oil Refinery site in Casper, Wyoming along the North Platte River. The golf course is built atop a remediation project that will be ongoing. The whole site is known as the Platte River Commons which consists of a golf course, business park, jogging trail, and parks, on approximately 350 acres of total area.
The Paradise Valley Golf Club and The Casper Country Club are members only facilities. To arrange a visit or get membership information, contact the respective clubs.
The Casper Area Convention and Visitor Bureau is the first website to visit if you are planning an evening out or making plans for a meeting or convention. Their professional staff will assist you with information about accommodations, restaurants, and attractions in Casper.
The community calendar lists local activities and events including outdoor programs, sporting events, nightlife, and the performing arts. Visit their webpage and see all the activities currently happening in Casper.
- Shopping — Downtown, Eastridge Mall, shopping centers, and other free-standing businesses.
- Restaurants — 100+ national chains and locally owned establishments.
- Movie Theaters — 5 (23 screens)
- Libraries — Natrona County Public Library (2 branches), Linch Branch Library, and Casper College Library.
- Museums — 6
- Parks — 43
- Skiing — Hogadon Ski Area & Casper Nordic Center
- Golf Courses (public & private) — 4
- Swimming Pools (public & private) — 10
- Bowling Alleys — 3
- Health Clubs — 9
- Rodeos — College National Finals Rodeo and Central Wyoming Fair & Rodeo.
- Outdoor recreation in the area — Snowmobiling, hunting, fishing, camping and more.
Cost Of Living
Casper earned Google’s 2013 eCity of Wyoming. The Google eCity Awards recognize the digital capitals of each state. These cities’ businesses are using the web to find new customers and fuel their local economies. Across the country, businesses that are online expect to grow 40% faster. (2013)
According to the Pollina Pro-Business States Study for 2013, the state of Wyoming ranks fifth for the lowest combined cost of labor, taxes and other business-friendly factors.(2013)
Wyoming was named #2 for Tax-Friendly States for Retirees, according to a study conducted by Kiplinger.com.
The Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council released its Best to Worst Tax System for Entrepreneurship and Small Business where Wyoming ranked #4 in the Best Business Tax System. (2013)
According to Headlight LLC, Casper is listed as 15th in their list of the Best Performing Small Metropolitan Areas. Headlight LLC conducted an analysis of employment trends from June to September 2011 to identify the metro areas that experienced the highest job growth. (2011)
Forbes.com released an article that ranks the Best Small Cities to Raise a Family. Casper, WY was ranked seventh overall in the nation.(2010)
24/7 Wall Street reviewed data on financial health, standard of living, and government services by state to determine who well each is managed. Wyoming is ranked #2 in the Best Run States of America. (2010)
CNN ranked Casper as #2 of the Top 25 cities in Which to Find a Job. (2008)