Be a toss up game wise I think. Both have the same range of game. I love MT but WY is less prone to influx of liberals than MT is. Less taxes too.
SW is a lot of LDS. Sis in law lived in Green River for a while and hated it.My own take after looking over Wyoming for the past 4 years, Folks in the south western side tend to be stand-offish, it might be my California license plates, one particular shop keeper at a gun and sporting goods store in Jackson was insanely rude while I had my son with me...
I found the Folks up north in Cody and Sheridan to be very nice and welcoming in some respects, Sheridan seems to be going through a boom, some hustle and bustle in both commerce and home construction. I can see my wife and I looking to buy in either community in the next 3-years with a move in the next 5-7.
California use to be quite conservative, a few decades ago some of us natives would have expressed the same as you, I’m a fifth generation Californian, myself. But we’re a welcoming bunch here in the Golden State, took a lot of Liberals off your hands so you could keep some of your heritage, betcha never considering what your troubled children would do once they left your communities for ours, well, now you get to find out...They aren’t all “from” here, some of their parents and grandparents came from Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Utah, Idaho, etc. etc. and now their offspring are going home to roost...Pretty soon the relaxed, conservative area becomes a democrat-run hellhole just like where they came from, run by people that aren't even from here, and the newbie never even took the time to know the difference. It's a freaking plague, coming to a county near you - unless people get off their duffs and say, "Hell no! Enough is enough," and clean house.
We are all slowly boiling frogs