Shop, Eat, Stay and Play in Powell, Wyoming
Powell is a great value Yellowstone destination
Powell is your basecamp to Yellowstone and the Big Horn Basin. If you prefer to stay in an RV, vacation home rental, economy or quaint lodging we can help you keep your hard-earned dollars for the shops and attractions.
Powell offers attractions for families, retirees, and adventurers at heart. What is there to do in Powell, Wyoming? We are so glad you asked. Here are our top attractions.
A walk down memory lane
Take a stroll around our idyllic downtown. It takes you back to a by-gone era. Legendary Newsman Tom Brokaw says Powell, Wyoming is a perfect example of a small-town. “I just thought that this is picture postcard,” Brokaw was quoted by the local paper. Powell's wide sidewalks, in a safe, friendly town surrounded by mountain views gives the perfect backdrop for an afternoon of shopping for locally made keepsakes.
Local artists and artisans
Powell, Wyoming is centrally located in the Big Horn Basin in Wyoming which is surrounded by mountains. Each of the mountain ranges looks very different. Wildly different landscapes provide habitats for all kinds of animals in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.
The diverse, immense natural beauty of this place lends itself to be a haven for local artists. Plaza Diane on the corner of Bent and 2nd Street is a gallery space and showcases painters, photographers, potters, sculptures and other local artists. Gestalt Studios has art classes, an art gallery, event space and the largest selection of art supplies in Wyoming. If inspiration moves you to create your own western masterpiece Gestalt is a good place to get started.
Here is a complete list of Powell’s Good Eats eateries, restaurants, dining establishments.
Stretch your legs, pouch need a run?
The City of Powell has 125 acres of manicured parks tucked away in every residential neighborhood. All of the parks have playgrounds and park benches. Homesteader Park is the perfect place to stop to stretch your legs and let your dog off-leash in Wiggly Field, a fenced dog park. Homesteader Park is also great for the kids, with playground equipment and swings to get all their energy out! The paved paths are perfect for walking, pushing a stroller, or riding a bike. If you are more adventuresome try to bike and skate park. Want to burn some calories, use the outdoor fitness equipment, the view of the Bighorn Mountains feeds the soul. Homesteader Park also has clean restrooms and picnic areas. It is conveniently located on HWY 14A on the east side of town.
Washington Park is centrally located in town with little wind and lots of mature trees for shade. Its amenities include a playground, volleyball nets, picnic tables and bathrooms. The bandshell in Washington Park is also the venue for live performances.
18 hole golf course with two unique 9 holes
Golf anyone? Take in a few holes or eighteen in Powell, Wyoming on your way to Yellowstone National Park. What makes The Powell Golf Club a destination? Two unique 9 holes. One set of nines are tree-lined and lush the other are in the desert.
Indoor lazy river and pool
Enjoy a float around the lazy river, a soak in the bubbles, or a swim in the heated indoor pool. If exercise is your main focus the lap pool will give you uninterrupted access to a swim lane. Both Powell Aquatic Center indoor pools can be accessed with membership, 10 visit punch pass or daily pass.
Park County Fairgrounds
The Park County Fairgrounds is home to the Park County Fair held the last week in July every year. The fair is just the start of what the fairgrounds has to offer. Many visitor and community events are held at the Fairgrounds. Don’t miss out, check their calendar.
Old-fashioned movie theater
The Vali Cinema is an art deco classic movie theater. Enjoy the nostalgic experience from the old fashioned candy counter to the red cloth seats.
Drive-In movie theater
The American Dream Drive-In features classics to blockbusters. Get there at dusk and head to the concession stand. Wait until dark and the movie will start. The best thing about the drive-in it is $15 per car big or small.
Do you have what it takes to be a Homesteader?
Imagine, you have traveled by wagon, over mountains and across a high desert made up of dry silty earth held in place only by wiry sage brush. The wind blows the loose earth relentlessly, covering your face and your hands, getting caked in your hair.
Weary from the journey, you arrive at the Homesteading office to acquire your parcel of land, which the federal government has told you that you have five years to make productive. You take ownership of a small dwelling called a sod house. The workers who built the dam and irrigation canals that you rely on once lived in this second-hand structure.
They have moved on, and you remain to bring life to the desert — to grow crops for your family and the nation. You are a Homesteader? Visit the Homesteader Museum
Heart Mountain Interpretive Center
On December 7, 1941 Japan attached Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. Japanese-Americans on the west coast were forced from their homes and transported to ten relocation centers now called internment camps. The first trainload of "internees" arrived on Heart Mountain, in Powell, by rail on August 12, 1942. 14,000 Japanese Americans lived on Heart Mountain during the 3 years that the camp was operational. The windswept, sagebrush desert needed to sustain thousands of people. Discover the Heart Mountain Interment Camp story at the Heart Mountain Interpretive Center.