Mountain biking on a blue-sky day in Curt Gowdy State Park
A colorful mural depicting a pronghorn antelope located downtown
Taking a break during a hike around Curt Gowdy State Park
Digging at the Children’s Village at Cheyenne Botanic Gardens
Boulders dot the landscape at Veudawoo Recreation Area
A rodeo event during Cheyenne Frontier Days, a summertime cultural festival
Couple enjoying local craft beer at Black Tooth Brewing Company
A herd grazing at Terry Bison Ranch
The Wyoming State Capitol at night
Big Boy Steam Engine in Holliday Park
Wyoming's authentic Western town
Capital City of Old West Character
No trip to Cheyenne is complete without seeing the iconic Wyoming State Capitol Building, a National Historic Landmark where women were first guaranteed the right to vote and hold public office in the USA. Nearby, the Wyoming State Museum gives even more perspective on the state’s background. Explore Downtown Cheyenne’s Western stores and museums, or take a historic walking tour to immerse yourself in the spirit of the Old West – it’s everywhere. Enjoy Western themed public art, shopping and dining. See the Cheyenne Gunslingers perform, or visit Terry Bison Ranch to experience the cowboy life: With 12,000 hectares and 2,300 grazing bison, the ranch is the perfect place to put your newfound Western education to work.
The Rugged and Not-So-Rugged Outdoors
The city offers plenty of outdoor adventures, from horseback riding and rock climbing to fishing and mountain biking. Cheyenne is also the gateway to some of the nation’s most beloved parks and monuments: In less than a day’s drive, you can reach South Dakota’s Mount Rushmore and Black Hills, Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park or Wyoming’s Devils Tower National Monument, Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park. Head to Curt Gowdy State Park and Vedauwoo Recreation Area to see striking granite towers and rock formations (hike, camp or mountain bike while there).
The Cheyenne Botanic Gardens is a neat counterpoint to the rugged outdoors. Set on the high planes and featuring hectares of varied environments, its features include a large indoor conservatory, a Peace Garden, Discovery Pond and The Paul Smith Children’s Village, which teaches kids about sustainable food production practices and more.
Cheyenne’s Railroad History
Not to be outdone by the cowboys and rodeos, railroad historians claim Cheyenne as “America’s Railroad Capital.” Cheyenne Depot – understood to be one of the most beautiful railroad stations in the USA – and the Depot Museum are must-sees for aficionados and laymen alike. Go on a fully-narrated tour of the city via the Cheyenne Street Railway Trolley, or take a gander at Big Boy Steam Engine in Holliday Park, the world’s largest steam locomotive. Visit the Union Pacific’s Heritage Fleet, which houses three of the company’s only working steam engines.
Wyoming was the first state or territory to guarantee women the right to vote and hold public office, 50 years before the rest of the USA.
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In 1883, the first Yellow Pages were printed in Cheyenne after they ran out of white paper and had to switch to yellow to finish the job.
Cheyenne was the home of the nation’s first female governor, Nellie Tayloe Ross.