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Capital City of Old West Character

No trip to Cheyenne is complete without seeing the iconic Wyoming State Capitol Building, a National Historic Landmark. Nearby, 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. Find cowboys and cowgirls, rodeos, ranches, gunslingers, historic hotels, Western high-style cuisine and old-fashioned Western entertainment. 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 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. 

Fun Fact

Carnegie Library in Cheyenne, circa 1906
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The Laramie County Library System is the USA’s oldest such system, dating back to 1886.

Sample pages from the first Yellow Pages printed in Cheyenne
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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.

Photo of Nellie Tayloe Ross, the nation’s first female governor
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Cheyenne was the home of the nation’s first female governor, Nellie Tayloe Ross.

Fireworks illuminate the Wyoming Capitol Building in Cheyenne
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