Cheyenne: Wyoming's "True Western Town"
Cheyenne. The name conjures up romantic images of the West – cowboys, rodeos, railroads and the majestic High Plains. Named a “True Western Town” by True West Magazine, Cheyenne invites travelers to step back into the Old West with its slogan, “Live the Legend.”
Located 90 miles north of Denver, Cheyenne is the northern anchor of the Rocky Mountain Front Range. The city offers plenty of outdoor adventures, from horseback riding to rock climbing, fishing to 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, Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park.
Old West Culture
In Cheyenne, travelers will find cowboys and cowgirls, rodeos, ranches, gunslingers, historic hotels, Western high-style cuisine, old-fashioned Western entertainment, trolley cars, eight-foot-tall boots, the world's largest steam engine, the Wyoming state capitol, Western art and artifacts and much more.
When in Cheyenne, it's hard not to get into the spirit of the American West with its attractions, cuisine, shopping and entertainment. Over the years, the excitement of the rodeo has permeated daily life in Cheyenne.
Cheyenne Frontier Days
Cheyenne Frontier Days is the world's largest outdoor rodeo and Western celebration. Started in 1897, the rodeo features 10 days of exciting action by the world's best Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association and Championship Bull Riding cowboys. The event, held the last full week in July each year, features bull riding, barrel racing, steer wrestling, team roping and much more. Visitors are also treated to concerts, parades, a pancake breakfast, the Air Force Thunderbirds, a chuck wagon cook-off and Western entertainment that’s a trademark of this much-beloved annual celebration.
Cheyenne’s Railroad History
Not to be outdone by the cowboys and rodeos, railroad historians claim Cheyenne as “America’s Railroad Capital.” At its heart, Cheyenne is a railroad town. The city’s first residents were men who moved west to work on the transcontinental railroad. Train enthusiasts find themselves in train heaven in Cheyenne, with two steam engine displays, a railroad museum, a restored train depot and the Union Pacific’s Heritage Fleet, housing three of the company’s only remaining working steam engines.
As the capital of Wyoming, Cheyenne is home to the impressive Wyoming State Capitol Building, which is historically and politically important to the state. Nearby is the Historic Governors' Mansion, the Cheyenne Depot and the Wyoming State Museum, which houses artifacts and collections showcasing Wyoming’s history from its earliest beginnings.
Cheyenne, with its Western ambience and excellent recreation opportunities, appeals to families and children seeking an exciting vacation. The city offers interesting and unique ways for kids to learn about the history and culture of Cheyenne and Wyoming, including the Botanic Gardens, Children’s Village, the Cheyenne Gunslingers, horse-drawn carriage rides, historic Wild West Trolley tours, walking tours and museum activities. In addition, the city features a number of parks that are perfect for biking, hiking, boating and other great outdoor activities.