Old West Meets New West in Cheyenne, Wyoming

By Jade Lang ,
A bronco rider at the annual Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo

Live the legend of the West in Cheyenne, Wyo., a charming capital city where the rich history of cowboys and western expansion meets amenities of the modern West.

“It’s really the best of both worlds,” says Jim Walter of the Visit Cheyenne Convention & Visitors Bureau. “You’ve got some great historical resources here, whether it’s trains or the West or carriages or the history of rodeo. But then you’ve got the best of what the West is today — craft breweries, rock climbing, hiking, mountain biking.”

A narrated trolley tour that departs from Depot Square will take you on a 90-minute ride through historic downtown, passing by the State Museum and botanic gardens, all the way north to Frontier Park and the Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum.

The Wyoming Home Store in downtown Cheyenne

Switch gears and head further west for outdoor activities at Vedauwoo Recreation Area and Curt Gowdy State Park.

“Outdoor enthusiasts come up here and they’re amazed,” says Darren Rudloff, president and CEO of the visitors bureau. “They love it simply because you’re not fighting with so many other climbers and mountain bikers every single weekend.”

For a truly unique experience, spend the day hand-feeding a buffalo herd at Terry Bison Ranch. Then head back into downtown for dinner at the Wyoming Rib & Chop House.

“The [Wyoming Rib & Chop House] is in a historic building with a good menu of steaks, burgers and fish,” Rudloff says. “It feels like Wyoming.”

Lasso the Fun

Feel like a cowboy or cowgirl at these three unique Cheyenne favorites.

1. Terry Bison Ranch

Feeding bison at the Terry Bison Ranch in Cheyenne, Wyo. 

For a truly unique experience, the Terry Bison Ranch is a fully-functioning, 30,000 acre bison ranch with attractions for everyone. Trail ride and ATV through the ranch, rent a cabin or camp, go fishing, visit the Kid Corral and Trading Post Gift Shop and don’t miss the opportunity to hand-feed buffalo on the TRX train ride. On the bison train tour, loop over the Colorado border then back into Wyoming where the train will stop as the bison herd surrounds the train and nibbles treats from your hand.

“We don’t encourage you to take a selfie with a bison at Yellowstone National Park or feed them out of your hand, but you can do that here,” Rudloff says. “You can actually be close to these extremely large creatures in a safe manner.”

Afterwards, enjoy Wyoming’s best burger at Senator’s Restaurant; 51 I-25 Frontage Rd; terrybisonranch.com.

2. The Wrangler

The trolley and a giant boot sculpture outside of The Wrangler Store in Cheyenne, Wyo. 

Breathe in the smell of fresh leather at this local favorite and gear up with authentic cowboy boots, hats and other western apparel at this Cheyenne classic; 1518 Capitol Ave.

3. Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum

Bronze bronco rider statue outside of the Frontier Days Museum in Cheyenne, Wyo.

See cowboy and cowgirl memorabilia along with the nation's third-largest carriage collection in the country at this classic venue; 4610 Carey Ave.; oldwestmuseum.org.

For more information:
Cheyenne Convention & Visitors Bureau
Depot Square at 121 W. 15th St, Suite 202
(800) 426-5009
cheyenne.org