Since 1897, Cheyenne has celebrated its Old West roots with this eye-popping festival. The centerpiece of this Western celebration is the world’s largest outdoor rodeo, which draws top professionals who compete for more than $1 million in cash and prizes. Complementing the daily rodeo action are behind-the-chutes tours, trick riding and a wild-horse race. A Native American Village, an old frontier town, a saloon, square dancing, a chuck wagon cook-off, pancake breakfasts and an art show carry through the frontier theme. Rounding out the program are a carnival midway, an air show, top-name entertainment, professional bull riding shows and several parades that include antique carriages and automobiles. Cheyenne Frontier Days takes place each summer during the last full week in July.
Wyoming – Forever West
Unspoiled mountain vistas, topped with snow. Vast forested wilderness, with nary a man-made silhouette in view. Unbelievably blue sky stretching from horizon to horizon. Awe-inspiring natural panoramas, lit by golden sunsets. These are just a few of the amazing sights Wyoming has to offer – landscapes that can be found nowhere else in the world; natural wonders that thrill hundreds of thousands of visitors every year; memories that will linger for a lifetime.
Wyoming is one of the few remaining parts of the United States where you can get an up-close and personal glimpse of the true American West – this is, after all, the state where the myth of the cowboy was born. You’ll discover a genuine culture untrampled by the wheels of time. The West is still wild here – with a few modern updates, of course.
Come stay at an authentic dude ranch, take a rejuvenating soak in hot springs, explore the one-of-a-kind natural splendors of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, experience the thrill of a rodeo, fish in our crystal clear streams and marvel at the majesty of our animal kingdom. All the while, you’ll enjoy real Western hospitality doled out by locals who are proud to show off their magnificent home state. A visit here this summer will awaken your sense of excitement, as you navigate your way through this land of wide-open spaces.
About Cheyenne Wyoming
Cheyenne, the capital of Wyoming, was named after the Cheyenne Indian people who inhabited present-day southeastern Wyoming before white settlers came to the area. Cheyenne had its humble, but hardly modest, beginning in 1867 when the Union Pacific Railroad tracks were laid through the site on the way west. Railroad surveyor General Grenville M. Dodge established his first camp on Crow Creek. The camp was ideally placed at the junction of many major routes leading to military camps throughout the region. With the coming of the railroad and the many supplies for Army camps, a depot was necessary, and the beginning of Cheyenne evolved. Within 15 years Cheyenne became known as the “Magic City of the Plains” and gained status as the “richest city of its size in the world.” Wealthy cattle barons from the East and abroad invested in the booming cattle industry and built huge, elaborate mansions in Cheyenne. Many of these historic landmarks are still standing today, including the Governor’s Mansion which is open to the public year-round.
Soldiers from Fort Russell provided the vital protection from the roving bands of hostile Indians for the community and the railroad workers. The Fort was later renamed after Francis E. Warren, Wyoming’s first Governor and later U.S. Senator for 37 years. In the city’s early days, city dudes mingled with mule skinners, soldiers, rail-roaders, lawmakers, sheriffs, rustlers, stage drivers and outlaws. The city is situated in the midst of rich, nutritious grasslands which have always been excellent natural forage for cattle. The railhead made the town a logical headquarters for numerous cattle barons and their cowboys. As a legislative center, the city attracted visitors from all parts of Wyoming. It was also a convenient stopping place for eastern tourists and prospective settlers searching for business opportunities in the adventurous region.
Today, Cheyenne’s economic base is supported mostly by government, wholesale and retail trade, and tourism. Cheyenne still serves as a major crossroad in the West for the Union Pacific and the Burlington Northern Railroads, as well as Interstates 80 and 25. Gone are the numerous saloons and the vigilante days, but the spirit still comes to life each year during Cheyenne Frontier Days.
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Cheyenne takes pride in its variety of attractions and activities that are a great fit for all ages! Want to check out the rest of the town after Frontier Days? Here’s some great ideas the whole family can enjoy:
F.E. Warren Air Force Base Museum
Francis E. Warren AFB is the longest continuously active base in the USAF inventory; it is also home to the most powerful missile wing in the free world. The Warren ICBM/Heritage Museum and the Warren Military Historical Association take this opportunity to invite you and your family to visit the museum and to become a member of the association.
The museum is located in historic Building 210 which was the Army commander’s headquarters at the turn of the century. You will find exhibits in the first floor rooms, as well as building 211 which is an annex to the museum, depicting the history of missiles and that of the 90th Space Wing. On the second floor are uniforms of the past and displays which depict the life of officers and their families at the turn of the century.
For more information visit the F.E. Warren Air Force Base Museum.
Take a step back in time with gunfights, western skits, and other Wild West activities in Gunslinger Square on 15th & Pioneer in downtown Cheyenne in June and July. Family-oriented fun, lots of laughter and plenty of photo opportunities! Check out the Cheyenne Gunslingers Facebook Page!
Cheyenne Civic Center
The Cheyenne Civic Center Performing Arts Theatre proudly presents the 2013-2014 Season. This season’s spectacular showcase of big name talent, Broadway smash hits and unique entertainment promises to keep Cheyenne as the region’s entertainment epicenter. Celebrating thirty one years of magical moments, the Cheyenne Civic Center is proud to present this season’s lineup: Katharine McPhee, Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, The Addams Family, Ballroom with a Twist, Hello Dolly! starring Sally Struthers, The Ten Tenors and West Side Story.
Cheyenne Botanic Gardens
The Cheyenne Botanic Gardens inspires, beautifies and enriches the greater High Plains community through gardening, volunteerism, education, and stewardship. This is accomplished through these focus areas:
- Plants – Exhibit diverse plant collections and landscapes.
- Service and Therapy – Provide meaningful opportunities for seniors, handicapped and youth-at-risk volunteers who are essential in growing the Gardens.
- Education and Outreach – Provide educational and therapeutic opportunities. Providing learning opportunities in the subjects of landscaping, gardening, science, history, renewable energy and sustainable solutions.
Has a vacation in the Wild West always been your dream? Bring the family to see the stunning Rocky Mountains and spend time together hiking, biking, rock climbing, kayaking and fishing! Watch breathtaking, colorful western sunsets unfold over the mountains and prairies as you journey through the history and inimitable rugged beauty of America’s West. For the more adventurous, there are world class challenging rock climbs, thousands of mountain biking trails, trout fishing, tubing, camping, hiking and more. And the weather is unbeatable, with warm sunny summer days and cool nights spent under the stars.
Had enough outdoor fun? Then inhale the history of the West. Visit area museums and national monuments, or check out the world’s best cowboy museum or numerous other nearby natural and historical attractions. Bring the whole family for an unforgettable experience in the real West! Cheyenne, Wyoming is strategically located right near mountains, rivers, lakes — and too many trails for hiking and biking to count. Read below to check out several fun-filled activities, destinations, history and thrills — including the world’s biggest outdoor rodeo — all within easy reach of Cheyenne!
Only half an hour’s drive west from Cheyenne is Vedauwoo (pronounced veda-vu), the “land of the earthborn spirit,” renowned for its incredible, unusual granite rock formations, numerous rock climbing routes (over 500), wealth of mountain bike trails and abundant wildlife. It’s the perfect place for a family hike, bike ride or picnic. If you’re more of an adrenaline junkie, climb boulders, slabs, cracks and chimneys ranging in difficulty from 5.2 to 5.13, or go whitewater rafting on the Cache La Poudre River. Located at an altitude of 8000 feet in the beautiful Medicine Bow National Forest, Vedauwoo offers an unparalleled outdoor experience for beginners and advanced mountain bikers, hikers and climbers in an inimitable setting.
For more information, please visit the US Forest Service’s website about Vedauwoo and Vedauwoo.org.
Wyoming Territorial Prison
Where did some of the West’s most ruthless and roughest cattle rustlers, outlaws and bank robbers go once authorities caught them? Wyoming’s Territorial prison, built in 1872, once housed the infamous bank robber Butch Cassidy. Located just a 45-minute drive from Cheyenne, visit the prison, which is now a park and museum open to the public, to learn about the West’s vibrant history. Highlights of the tour include visiting a cell and the inmates’ dining area, guard’s quarters, a real a furnished Homestead cabin, schoolhouse and exhibits on frontier and ranching life. A dinner theatre and a museum devoted to the history of the Federal Marshals Service caps off the attractions.
For more information visit the Wyoming Territorial Prison’s website.
Nearby Laramie, a mountain biking mecca, is teeming with things to do for families, from outdoor activities to history. Just 45 minutes west of Cheyenne, the charming city of Laramie is nestled between the Snowy Range and the Laramie Range. Due to its elevation of 7,165 feet (2,184 m) above sea level, Laramie’s climate remains relatively cool even in summer.
The city is a hub of for outdoor activities. Go mountain biking on the 21 miles (34 km) of the Medicine Bow Rail—Trail, which was built on top of an abandoned railroad. Along the way you’re likely to see any number of wildlife such as antelope deer, elk or moose. Fish for trout nearby in the Laramie River, or try your luck in one of the numerous lakes and streams in the mountain ranges just minutes away. Had enough outdoor fun, then head over to the Geological Museum at the University of Wyoming, open to the public, which includes a dinosaur exhibit. Visit the Laramie Plains Museum for a touch of history then stroll through the scenic Downtown Laramie Historic District.
For more information visit Laramie’s Website.
Devil’s Tower, known as “Bears Lodge” to Native Americans, who consider it a sacred site, bolts an awe-inspiring 1,267 feet above the Belle Fourche River. The Towersits among 1,347 acres of pine forests, woodlands, and grasslands populated by deer, prairie dogs, antelope, coyotes and other wildlife. Climbers enjoy taking on the Tower’s challenging vertical rock walls, while hikers and picnickers bask in the area’s effervescent beauty and tranquility. Deemed the first national monument by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1906, Devil’s Tower is a five-hour drive from Cheyenne.
For more information visit the Devil’s Tower website.