Cheyenne’s roots go back years. It was a prime base of actions in the once-Dakota territory, that today we know as Wyoming. As a major station for the Union Pacific railroad, the city supplied goods to explorers and businessman alike. Cheyenne may be the best place to experience the ‘old-west’ – here’s why.
Mountain Biking: Curt Gowdy State Park
Cheyenne is home to incredible mountain biking. You can see for yourself, in Curt Gowdy State Park, named after Legendary TV star and sportsman, Curt Gowdy. The park offers a wealth of natural beauty and outdoor activities close to Cheyenne. You can head to any of the biking stores in Cheyenne for gear. They’ll probably tell you about the ‘epic’ rating awarded to the park by the IMBA (International Mountain Bicycling association). It’s true, the park’s routes were given the IMBA’s highest award: Epic. No surprise – Gowdy’s routes cover all ends of the difficulty spectrum, so you can pick what’s right for you, and do it with confidence.
Western town, western activities
Among the weekly festivals held during the summer, and the biking, hiking, and hunting, the town is home to a superb, historic ranch, that dates back more than 130 years. On it, a bison herd, 3000 strong, roams. You can pet them on a tour, getting up close with one of the most ancient inhabitants of the US. It’s an activity the whole family will love. Head to the Terry Bison Ranch website to find out more.
The Train City of The West
Home to train history that’s potentially unrivaled, experience it all in a diverse pallet of ways when in Cheyenne. If you’re into micro-breweries, head to Accomplice Beer Company in the Historic Depot within Cheyenne. Enjoy a local craft beer while watching over 80 trains that travel by the historic depot daily.
The Depot Museum and the Big Boy steam engine
Head to the Depot Museum to learn how the railroad played an integral role in settling the area. Also, be sure to check out the Big Boy steam engine in the nearby Holliday Park. The construction is a work of art in the engineering world. Unsurprisingly, train enthusiasts travel from all over the planet to see it, among the other trains, found in plenty in Cheyenne.
In May, Cheyenne hosts Depot Days. It’s an event that sells out every year, bringing people from across the US. A highlight is the visit to the Union Pacific steam shop, where you can immerse yourself in the workings and results of steam train restoration. It’s not to be missed – 4500 people say so. A truly unique experience, for certain.
History museums in abundance
History museums are everywhere in Cheyenne, from the Old West Museum, to the Wyoming State Museum, and Nelson Museum of the West. They each offer a different, highly intriguing take on The West, and are manned by passionate, knowledgeable staff who are more than happy to help.
Tour in Cheyenne
To top it all off, you can tour this town in either a Trolley Bus or a Horse-drawn carriage. This is a ride around Cheyenne – the old-school way. Kick back in a horse-drawn carriage as you meander Cheyenne’s timeless streets. Relive a snippet of what life was like in the 19th Century, and get the full western experience that it has to offer.
Cheyenne is a city with much to say. It’s modern, with its breweries, biking, and places to dine, but it’s also full of tradition, and rich history. You can get the best of both worlds there. Go biking in the mountains, hike, and climb to your heart’s content, but also immerse yourself in poignant history, delicious cuisine, and flourishing culture – you can do it all at once. Cheyenne: jack of many trades, master of them all.
This story has been created in partnership with Visit Cheyenne, Wyoming.