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The USGS Land Cover Institute (LCI)

  Wyoming Land Cover
Capital Cheyenne
Largest City Cheyenne
Area Ranked 10th
Total 97,100.40 sq mi
Population Ranked 50th
Total (2000) 493,782
Density 5.1/sq mi
Highest point Gannett Peak 13,804 ft (4,207 m)
Lowest point Belle Fourche River 3,099 ft (945 m)
Wyoming Land Cover

Wyoming's landscape is varied, and can essentially be divided into three regions: the Rocky Mountains, the Great Plains, and the Intermontane Basins. The heavily forested Rocky Mountains stretch from north to south throughout the state in a number of ranges. Some of the most notable ranges include the Big Horns in the north, surrounded by the Great Plains, along with the Wind River Range that contains the most rugged and highest elevations in the State and finally the Grand Tetons that tower over the Jackson Hole Valley along the Idaho border. The highest point in the State is Gannet Peak which reaches 13,804 feet within the Wind River Range. East of the Rocky Mountains are the Great Plains which are characterized by short-grass prairies and shrubs growing along the rivers in the area. To the east lie the Black Hills along the South Dakota border. The Intermontane Basins areas are relatively flat lands between the various mountain ranges in the State and are primarily covered by short grasses and shrubs.