Wyoming is located in the upper Mountain west. The western two thirds of the state is covered with mountain ranges while the eastern third is high elevation plains. Wyoming is the the tenth largest state in area covering over 96 thousand square miles and the smallest state in terms of population with just over 560,000 people. The economy of Wyoming is mostly based on mineral extraction and tourism. The mineral extraction industry includes coal mining and petroleum production. The tourism industry thrives because of the many national parks such as Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Devils Tower and others are located within Wyoming borders.
Wyoming is bordered on the north by Montana, on the west by Idaho, on the south by Utah and Colorado and on the east it is bordered by Nebraska and South Dakota.
Wyoming has spectacular mountain ranges such as the Wind River Range, the Teton Range, the Snowy Range and the Big Horn Mountains among others. The Teton Range encompasses the Grand Teton National Park. In the northwest corner of Wyoming and adjacent to Grand Teton National park is Yellowstone National Park. In the northeast corner of Wyoming is Devils Tower National Monument. In the southwest corner of the state is Fossil Butte National Monument.
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