Enjoy authentic cowboy culture, craft beers and the uncrowded outdoors in Cheyenne, Wyo.
“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.”
Bring your dog [as long as its on leash] to Freedom's Edge Brewing Co. It's family friendly and located at 1509 Pioneer Ave. If you're looking for food with your beer, head to Accomplice Beer Co. in the historic Cheyenne Depot.
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 Cheyenne Botanic Gardens feature award-winning, curated displays of plants, shrubs and trees from around the world in the new Grand Conservatory.
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. In the evening head 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
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
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
Celebrate western culture at Cheyenne Frontier Days July 19-28, 2019. See concerts, a carnival and team roping, bull riding and more as part of the PRCA wrangler pro-rodeo tour; cfdrodeo.com.
For more information:
Cheyenne Convention & Visitors Bureau
Depot Square at 121 W. 15th St, Suite 202