Nestled beneath northern Wyoming’s Bighorn Mountains, is the historic town of Sheridan. Since the late 1800s Sheridan has welcomed visitors to share its authentic frontier heritage, native traditions, outdoor adventures, artisticendeavors, and Western hospitality. Designated a Distinctive Destination by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, One of the Best Places to Live in the West by American Cowboy, and #1 Town for Cowboy Charm by WesternHorseman Magazine, Sheridan stays true to its roots while looking to the future. Visit Sheridan to see where the Old West and New West come together.
Western HistoryOriginally plotted in 1882, Sheridan has seen theevolution of the American West.Sheridan’s Historic Main Street District currently has46 buildings on the National Register for HistoricPlaces. Self-guided walking and trolley tours offervisitors the opportunity to explore the town’s past. TheMint Bar is still a favorite watering hole for residentsand historic polo fields continue to host matchesthroughout the summer.Just outside town, frontier forts and battle sitesrecreate early life in the wild west. Interpretive centersand reenactments at sites like Medicine Wheel and FtPhil Kearney, help demonstrate the struggles andstrength of early pioneers and Native Americans.
Spring and SummerThe streets and parks of Sheridan are abuzzduring the warmer months. Weekly street festivals,art walks, polo matches, concerts in the park, androdeos make late spring and summer seasons ofcelebration. The city’s modern park and pathwaysystems encourage everyone to spend timeoutdoors. Sheridan is also Wyoming’s Golf Capital,showcasing the area’s natural beauty. Summer Favorites Rocky Mountain Leather Trade Show Bozeman Trail Days Sheridan WYO Rodeo Big West Arts Festival Don King Days
Rodeo SeasonRodeos are an important part of Sheridan’shistory. During the summer rodeos of all sizesbring crowds and cowboys to town. The crownjewel of Sheridan’s Rodeo Season is theSheridan WYO Rodeo. This week-long eventis part of the Wrangler Million Dollar SilverTour and dates back over 80 years. The WYORodeo combines traditional rodeo events andlocal favorites like the World ChampionshipIndian Relay Races and Bed Races over theBighorns. Nightly concerts, a carnival, streetdances, parades, and the crowning of RodeoRoyalty round out the annual event. As afinale to summer, Don King Days festivitiesinclude open-fence rodeo and polo.
Fall and WinterDramatic seasonal changes transform Sheridan fromthe gold and terracotta colors of fall to a snowy winterwonderland. Fall is a popular time for fly-fishing thearea’s numerous blue ribbon trout streams,photographing vibrant foliage, watching for wildlife, ortaking a stroll through Sheridan’s historic Main StreetDistrict. During early fall, watch the skies for hanggliders taking advantage of some of the best thermalsin the Rockies.Just outside town, the Bighorn Trail System isregularly ranked in the Top 15 for snowmobiling in thewinter but is also popular for snowshoeing, crosscountry skiing, and skijoring. Alpine meadows andhundreds of miles of uncrowded trails, create a truewinter escape.
Bighorn MountainsThe Bighorn Mountains are a favorite destination foroutdoorsmen and adventurous travelers year round.They play a role in Sheridan’s consistently highranking in Outdoor Life’s “Top Towns for Sportsmen.”Fields of wildflowers are at their peak in July, creatingperfect picnic destinations. The lakes, rivers andstreams of the Big Horns are favorites for fishermen,novice to professional. Hunters find an array of biggame animals and birds. The snowy season is apopular time to explore the alpine meadows andextensive winter trails.Three Scenic Byways traverse the Bighorn Mountainsincluding the Bighorn Scenic Byway, the MedicineWheel Passage and the Cloud Peak Skyway.
Eat, Drink, and Be MerrySheridans downtown features locally-owned shops,galleries, and boutiques in a pedestrian friendlyhistoric district. Specialty shopping includeseverything from antiques and cowboy memorabiliato craftsman boutiques and art galleries.At meal times, Sheridan’s restaurants run the gamutfrom down-home comfort food to gourmet, quaintcoffee shop to rustic tavern. Visitors can whet theirwhistle at a tea or smoothie shop or head over to acowboy bar for a cold one.The WYO and Carriage House Theaters provideevening entertainment with many performancesoffered throughout the year.
Native CulturesSheridan is proud of its local heritage. TheCrow, Arapahoe, Cheyenne, and Sioux tribesof the area share their customs and traditionsthroughout the year by offering blessingsduring city ceremonies, weavings and craftsduring the Big West Arts Festival, drummingand dances at town festivals and rodeos, andhistoric tales during interpretive centers. Oneof the most popular events during the annualWYO Rodeo in Sheridan, is the WorldChampionship Indian Relay Races. Traditionalclothing, ceremonial costumes, and artifactscan be viewed at Bozeman Trail Museum andBradford Brinton Memorial and Museum.
Art Appreciation Artistic ActivitiesSheridan’s art scene has seen steady growth in •Catch a Vaudeville-style Show atrecent years. A self-guided tour shows off 46 the WYO Theaterpieces of public art on display around town. Two •Take a self-guided public art tourlocal theaters offer modern and vaudeville-style •Join a photo safari seminar in theperformances. The Best West Arts Festival Bighornsshows off worldwide artistic talents in •Celebrate the arts during summerperformance and fine arts. The Taste of festivalsSheridan highlights the towns culinary arts.The Bradford Brinton Memorial Museum has anextensive collection of American Art. The King’sMuseum displays the work of internationally-famous leather craftsman Don King while HansKleiber Studio Museum highlights its namesake-a local artist, author, and pioneer
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