Sheridan is a Bob Ross painting brought to life. The Bighorn Mountains are all happy little clouds and sky-tickling peaks, shaggy moose and steamboats run ashore in the high country. Sheridan County is home to vivid mountain-scapes that would have made the pigment impresario's brush blush, while the historic downtown is a spreading ground for cowboy couture, a hitching post on the thoroughfare of legends, and a fine place to spend a day or more when road tripping the USA. Sheridan is one of the Mountain West's greatest small towns and features an allure that is wholly unique, a place where a one-day visit quickly becomes a two-week sojourn. Once you experience the Wild West Renaissance, you’ll find it nigh impossible to leave.
A terse little Tanka written by cowboy poet Anthony Naples conveys what it’s like flitting over mossy rocks on the Tongue River, fly rod in hand and trout on your mind:
Hanging low over the stream
Miles to the best fish
I wade cold water, and stones
Find their way into my boots
That's the Small Mountain Stream the way Naples sees it, and the way you’ll feel Wyoming in your bones – whether you find a stretch of the Tongue to call your own on a postcard-perfect morning, cruising peaceful Sibley Lake on the lookout for Cutthroat trout, or making the trek up along the rocky spine of iconic Steamboat Point, towering some 213 meters above the wilderness below.
Sheridan is blessed with plenty of big, bold vantage points – you can take in the Cloud Peak Wilderness on a leisurely hike to the high pass over Geneva Lake for sterling mountain panoramas, or race out of the high country at breakneck speed during the annual Bighorn Wild and Scenic Trail Run, one of the country's premier alpine races.
People take the outdoors seriously up here in Sheridan and love to share it with guests. Meet a friendly face at the Forest Services Office, where you can pick up maps, get some hiking tips and take advantage of the amenities before setting out to explore the more than 160 kilometers of trails in both the Bighorn National Forest and Cloud Peak Wilderness; the route to mountain-fringed Stull Lake is just one noteworthy charmer.
Zip out onto the Soldier Creek Trail on one of Sheridan Bicycle Co.'s mechanical bulls for a 13-kilometer ride that will leave you primed for a pint at the Blacktooth Brewing Company, northern Wyoming’s leading purveyor of craft ales. This often sets the stage for an early afternoon at the Java Moon coffee house, where, on lucky days, you can sip a latte and wax lyrical with cowboy poets, watercolor legends like artist Randy Stout, and acclaimed authors like Craig Johnson of Longmire fame.
Sheridan is quintessentially Western, a raucous cowboy haunt and the intrepid traveler’s perfect hideaway. Come out West to peek beneath the façade of 200 years of frontier history and revel in an American West that is bold, brash and modern. Sheridan is the Old West, wholly new and inspiring, and given half a chance, will work itself into your bones like the cool waters of a small mountain stream.