Gilette & Wright, Wyo. - Devils Tower, Mine Tours, Bison Ranch - My Yellowstone Park

Gillette & Wright, Wyo. - Devils Tower, Mine Tours, and Bison Ranch

Between Mount Rushmore and Yellowstone lies Gillette and Wright, Wyo., dubbed the "Energy Capital of the Nation" and a close drive to Devils Tower National Monument. Here are the top six things to do.
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1. Durham Bison Ranch

Bison herd at the Durham Bison Ranch near Wright, Wyo. Photo courtesy of Campbell County

Bison herd at the Durham Bison Ranch near Wright, Wyo. Photo courtesy of Campbell County

Why go: This 55,000-acre ranch populated with 3,000 bison has been in the Flocchini family for three generations and is one of the largest bison operations in the world. Take a 1.5-2-hour tour on board an 18-passenger bus and learn how the Flocchinis manage their herd.

Access it: The ranch headquarters are three miles from Wright, but you must call the Campbell County Convention & Visitors Bureau at 307-686-0040 to sign up for a tour. Learn more about the ranch at durhambisonranch.com.

2. Coal Mine Tour

A large surface coal mine near Gillette, Wyo. Photo courtesy of Campbell County

A large surface coal mine near Gillette, Wyo. Photo courtesy of Campbell County

Why go: Anyone who has ever turned on a light switch should see where some of their power comes from. The Powder River Basin provides 30 percent of all coal used in the country's coal-fired energy plants. It’s why Gillette is known as the “Energy Capital of the Nation.”

Access it: Call the Campbell County Convention & Visitors Bureau at 307-686-0040 or stop by at 1810 S. Douglas Hwy. in Gillette to make coal tour reservations. Note: You’ll see surface mining, not underground.

3. Train Spotting

Why go: Forty to 80 coal trains pass through town every day that have 115-140 cars each. Each train car holds 120 tons of coal.

Access It: Go to 101 N. Gillette Ave, at 1st and Gillette Avenue

4. Devils Tower National Monument

Devil's Tower near Gillette in eastern Wyoming

Devils Tower near Gillette in northeastern Wyoming

Why go: See a striking stone column rising seemingly out of nowhere. It’s Devils Tower, a 867-foot pillar beckoning everyone from Native Americans to geology buffs to rock climbers to come closer. Drink in the sights and sounds, and learn more about the remarkable cultural and natural history surrounding the monument.

Access it: From Gillette, it’s about an hour drive. Take I-90 east to US 14 to WY 24.

5. Wright Centennial Museum

Why go: Get a taste of the past as you view what cowboy kitchens looked like and the cook stoves of pioneer women. You’ll also see a real sheep wagon, an item with much importance before coal replaced sheep ranching as a main area industry.

Access it: The museum is located at 104 Ranch Court in Wright, Wyo. Learn more about the museum at www.wrightcentennialmuseum.org.

6. Gillette Brewing Co.

Beer growlers hanging from the ceiling at Gillette Brewing Co. Photo courtesy of Campbell County

Beer growlers hanging from the ceiling at Gillette Brewing Co. Photo courtesy of Campbell County

Why go: Enjoy pizza and craft beer with locals in the welcoming atmosphere of this brewery and Gone Postal Pizzeria in Gillette’s historic downtown.

Access it: It’s at 301 S. Gillette Ave. in Gillette.

For more information:
Campbell County Convention & Visitors Bureau
800-544-6136, 307-686-0040
1810 South Douglas Ave., Gillette, WY
www.visitgillettewright.com

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