What are the best tires for Wyoming?

By: Discount Tire

Locations in Wyoming: 1 (and counting)

First Wyoming location opening year: 1997

Common Vehicles:  Pickup trucks, SUVs, AWD CUVs, sedans

Major regions/cities: Cheyenne, Casper, Gillette, Rock Springs, Riverton, Laramie, Jackson, Sheridan, Evanston

Road Conditions: Blizzard snow conditions, ice, slush, sub-zero temperatures, rain, summer sun

Is it just us, or is Wyoming one of the most beautiful (and underrated) states in the entire U.S.?

Sure, there’s Yellowstone and Grand Teton. But from its winding mountain rivers to the splendor of its plains, the beauty of the Equality State is something to behold in person—whether you move here or you’re passing through.

So what are the best tires for Wyoming? It’s a good question, and there’s a lot that goes into answering it. Whether you live in (or around) Cheyenne or another region, you’re going to become acquainted with winter driving conditions if you aren’t already pretty much everywhere in the state. However, that doesn’t narrow your options when it’s time for new tires!

Best Car Tires For Wyoming

Can you get by without 4WD or AWD in Wyoming? Absolutely! Especially in areas around a town or city, WYDOT is pretty good about keeping the roads clear in the wintertime. 

However, that doesn’t mean you can expect any generic tire type to get you where you need to go in Wyoming—especially if your trip or commute has you on the road in the middle of a snowstorm.

So there are a couple ways from here you can go when it comes to car tires in Wyoming.

If you have the space to swap your tires out every season, you can build a winter tire and wheel package for the ultimate traction in winter weather. Rain, sleet, slush, snow, ice, you name it. A set of dedicated winter tires are going to help you brake shorter, turn more confidently, and accelerate with minimal slippage. They really could make the difference of you staying on the road or not, and one of our all-time favorites is the Bridgestone Blizzak WS90.

But if you want to run one set of tires all year long in Wyoming, all-weather tires like the BFGoodrich Advantage T/A Sport are great if you don’t want to give up cold-weather confidence and convenience.

And if you want a blend of on-street ride comfort, performance, fuel economy and long-lasting reliability, a set of Michelin Defender T+H all-season tires should still be able to get you where you need to go even in light snow and frigid temps.

And don’t forget: we sell tire chains and tire chain tensioners!

Best Truck Tires for Wyoming

If you’re a Wyomingite with a truck or SUV, your tire options can get interesting.

While many opt for a set of all-terrain tires for their decent on-road ride comfort and off-road capability, such as the legendary BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 or the new Toyo Open Country ATIII because of their 3-Peak Mountain Snowflake-certification (which means that they exceed the Rubber Manufacturer’s Association requirements for Severe Snow Traction) it’s going to depend on how you use your truck.

If you do a good amount of camping and off-roading, or you just want a more aggressive look, all-terrain tires are generally going to be awesome for every season in Wyoming. 

But if you live up in the mountains or back country, you might even want to look at a dedicated set of snow tires for your truck. With studded and studdable winter tire options like the Nokian Hakkapeliitta 9 SUV Studded, you can ensure that you’ll get wherever you need to go even if the roads are iced over or a blizzard is on the horizon.

And if you want or need to go with a more comfortable set of highway tires that are great for hauling or towing, you can always pick up a set of tire chains and tire chain tensioners in case you get caught in the thick of it!

When to Put on Snow Tires for Wyoming

If there’s one thing that’s true of buying tires in parts of the U.S. that get heavy snow, it’s that even the most expensive, highest-rated all-season is no match for the least expensive snow tire. 

And if you’re a resident of Wyoming and are wondering when to put snow tires on your vehicle, the answer is the first week temperatures are projected to dip below 45-degrees during your commute.

If you look at it from the standpoint of potentially saving you and time and money on repairs should you get in an accident or slide off the road, switching between winter your other set of tires is a no-brainer when it comes to shopping for tires in any region of Wyoming.

For those of you in the Cowboy State who also want to protect your stock or aftermarket wheels from damage from road salt or chemicals in the winter, this is also a great option. There are plenty of staggered sizes for snow tires as well, which means you won’t have to garage your sports car all winter if you don’t want to!

In the meantime, feel welcome to check out our tire and wheel-related info if you’re trying to learn more about tire maintenance, and find your closest Discount Tire shop in Wyoming—where we’ll get all of your tire needs taken care of!