Cheyenne’s Renovated Capitol, Colorful Curt Gowdy State Park, & New Cold War Attraction


Wyoming State Capitol Building

In December 2015, the State of Wyoming began a massive three-year renovation of the Wyoming State Capitol. Workers endeavored to restore the Capitol’s historic character and unearthed hand-painted embellishments and ornate glasswork in addition to architectural features like brass panels and arches. A beautiful example of Renaissance Revival architecture, the Wyoming Capitol was listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1973 and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1987.  This is a must-see on your trip! Tour the Capitol on your own, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, at 200 West 24th Street.

New Cold War Attraction

The Quebec 01 Missile Alert Facility is now open as a State Historic Site. It is the only accessible Peacekeeper Missile Alert Facility left in the world and strives to preserve and interpret the Cold War history of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, and foster an understanding of the mission and duties of the personnel assigned to work there.  Approximately 30 miles north of Cheyenne, take Exit 39 off I-25. Turn left and go approximately 1/4 mile. The site is on your left. $6 adults, $5 military, and $2 for children 12 to 18. Ages 11 and under are free. Open Tuesday through Saturday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm.

Photo Credit: Quebec 01 State Historic Site

Fall Colors at Curt Gowdy State Park

When the days turn cooler and leaves begin to offer up new colors, find yourself on a fulfilling jaunt to Curt Gowdy State Park. The Park boasts over 35 miles of trails for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding, and is open all year long. Well-designed trails, suitable for any skill level, revel hidden and colorful respites to connect you back to nature. There are ten easy trails totaling 11.4 miles. Dogs are welcome but must be on a leash. A daily use fee of $4 for Wyoming residents and $6 for non-residents. From Cheyenne, head west on WY 210 (or Happy Jack, as the locals call it), for 25 miles.

Photos: Visit Cheyenne

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