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Cheyenne Frontier Days ­– Cheyenne

This one-of-a-kind celebration has been a Wyoming staple since 1897. Nicknamed the “Daddy of ‘Em all,” Cheyenne Frontier Days is the largest outdoor rodeo in the world. The event takes place during the last full week of July and features rodeos, night shows, carnival rides, food and much more.

Annual Eastern Shoshone Indian Days – Wind River Reservation

The Annual Eastern Shoshone Indian Days happens in June. This three-day celebration highlights Native American culture and is open to all. Enjoy the beautiful powwows, drums and vendors.

Fort Bridger Rendezvous ­– Fort Bridger

The first weekend in September celebrates Fort Bridger Rendezvous. Learn about the fur trade era while exploring Fort Bridger Historic Site. One of the largest rendezvous in the nation, you will find great food, historical demonstrations and more.

Chugwater Chili Cookoff – Chugwater

Join in the fun of this chili cookoff in Chugwater every June. Come enjoy all types and levels of spice in this cooking competition, plus kids’ games, a car show, a rodeo, live entertainment and more.

Wyo Film Festival – Sheridan

This film festival takes place the last weekend of September. Immerse yourself in this amazing community while enjoying films.

Cheyenne Frontier Days is the largest outdoor rodeo in the world. This one-of-a-kind event takes place during the last full week of July and features rodeos, night shows, carnival rides, food and much more. Photo courtesy of Wyoming Tourism

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April: Cheyenne Restaurant Week shows off the city’s favorite restaurants, breweries, specialty shops and food trucks.

May: Celebrating the railroad heritage of Cheyenne, Depot Days indulges “trainiacs” from around the world inside one of the last Grand Union Pacific depots on the Transcontinental Railroad.

Summertime: The Hell on Wheels Chuck Wagon Dinner & Rodeo delivers authentic Western experiences with cowboy cooking and home-grown Friday night rodeos.

June: The Wyoming Brewers Festival shares a passion for craft beer and live music, all while raising money for preservation of the Union Pacific Depot.

July: The arts scene goes wild when the Paint Slingers mural painting event, 4-Ever West Tattoo Fest and Wyoming International Film Festival all arrive in town. Then Cheyenne Frontier Days, the world’s largest outdoor rodeo and Western celebration, brings 10 days of rodeos, concerts, parades and more!

September: Become a kid again with high-flying kites, live entertainment, and kite design and flying workshops in Pine Bluffs’ End of the Trail Kite Festival.

October: Harvest Feast serves handcrafted cuisine by local culinary experts featuring 100% Laramie County-sourced ingredients.

November/December: Old West Holiday brings a Western twist featuring Cowboy Santa’s favorite stops – like the Pony Express wish-list delivery ­– on Saturdays between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

See Cowboy Santa on Saturdays between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Photo courtesy of Visit Cheyenne

For more information on Cheyenne, visit Cheyenne.org.

 

Cheyenne has lots of activities on the docket this year; read on for five can’t-miss experiences:

  1. Cheyenne Frontier Days (July 22-31, 2022): The world’s largest outdoor rodeo and Western celebration is 10 jam-packed days of rodeo, concerts, parades, Native American dancing, pancake breakfasts and everything “Old West” you can imagine.
  2. Hell on Wheels Chuck Wagon Dinner & Rodeo (June 10 & 24, July 1 & 15, August 19 & 26, 2022): Dinner with award-winning chuck wagon competitors 3LazyR and a homegrown rodeo under a Wyoming sunset.
  3. Fridays on the Plaza (Fridays between Memorial Day and Labor Day): FREE concerts in the heart of downtown Cheyenne every Friday evening in the summer. Food trucks and a beer tent offer goodies available for purchase.
  4. Wyoming Brewer Festival (June 17-18, 2022): Sample the region’s best craft beers in the Depot Plaza, with proceeds supporting the preservation of the historic Union Pacific Depot Building.
  5. 4-Ever West Tattoo Fest & Paint Slingers (July 14-17, 2022): Urban art takes over downtown Cheyenne with building-sized murals painted in real time and world-class tattoo artists showing off their skills in the Depot and on the Depot Plaza all weekend long.

At the Wyoming Brewer Festival, you can sample the region’s best craft beers in Cheyenne’s historic Depot Plaza, with proceeds supporting the preservation of the historic Union Pacific Depot Building. Photo courtesy of Visit Cheyenne

For more information on Cheyenne, visit Cheyenne.org.

While thousands of people flock to Wyoming for a taste of the freshest steak in ranchland, the locals in Cheyenne will tip you off to a much different and perhaps unexpected culinary experience: green chile. Very few foods spark such an intense debate as this unique sauce. Nearly every restaurant has their own version of the gravy – and people are fiercely loyal to their favorite!

Poured generously over everything from burritos to fries to omelets, the gravy varies widely in consistency, spiciness and ingredients. The roux base is flavored with one or more of the seven varieties of green chile peppers, which determine the “heat” (spiciness) of the sauce. Many incorporate ground sausage or shredded meat, some are spoon-worthily creamy and others absorb into the food quickly, but all of them are a unique taste of Cheyenne.

Many establishments lay claim to the best green chile in town, so a sampling of the variations should be on your Cheyenne vacation to-do list. If you want to eat like a local, incorporating a breakfast burrito with the good stuff is a must. Keep an eye out for burgers, traditional Mexican dishes and a variety of side dishes, too. You really can’t go wrong!

Green chile-smothered breakfast burrito at the Luxury Diner in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Photo courtesy of Visit Cheyenne / Whitney James

For more information on Cheyenne, visit Cheyenne.org.

 

Cheyenne, Wyoming, is open for business and ready to welcome you back when you’re ready to visit us! We have a full slate of events this summer to enjoy.

The 125th Daddy of ’em All, Cheyenne Frontier Days, returns after a one-year hiatus. The world’s largest outdoor rodeo and celebration of Western history and culture features nine PRCA rodeos and nine nights of musical and professional bull riding entertainment, along with an Indian Village, pancake breakfasts and parades. This year’s celebration is July 23-August 1.

The Wyoming Brewers Festival takes place every year on Father’s Day weekend. The 25th edition of the festival this summer features 25 craft breweries, live music and fun in the Cheyenne Depot Plaza.

The Hell on Wheels Rodeo and Chuck Wagon Dinner series is back for its second year, featuring an intimate rodeo setting and an authentic chuckwagon dinner to provide a true Western experience.

And the live music scene in Cheyenne is on fire! Several venues are open with concerts throughout the summer. With genres from Americana to punk to rock and country, a show for every taste can be found in Cheyenne this year.

The 125th Daddy of ’em All, Cheyenne Frontier Days, returns after a one-year hiatus July 23-August 1. The world’s largest outdoor rodeo and celebration of Western history and culture features nine PRCA rodeos and nine nights of musical and professional bull riding entertainment, along with an Indian Village, pancake breakfasts and parades.. Photo courtesy Visit Cheyenne

For more information on Cheyenne, visit Cheyenne.org.

Behind a bushy beard and crinkly, smiling eyes is a distiller with a heart that beats for Wyoming. Pine Bluffs Distilling owner Chad Brown dabbled with homebrewing in the past, but the possibility using his passion to impact the rural town of Pine Bluffs, Wyoming, on a bigger scale intrigued him.

Brown began by building relationships with the grain farmers in his community and, as a result, Pine Bluffs Distilling sources its ingredients literally from next door! The distillery is surrounded by crop fields, and also houses the Wyoming Malt Company. Making malt from local grains allows them to distill a collection of farm-to-flask whiskeys well worth the 40-minute drive from the state capital of Cheyenne. The company distributes its malt to regional craft brewers, keeping Wyoming in local beers, too.

The tasting room at Pine Bluffs Distilling reflects its homegrown roots with a nod to the farm life that fuels its business. Belly up to the bar and sample the many varieties to help you choose which bottle to take home to remember your Wyoming adventure – and benefit the local makers of the West!

Pine Bluffs Distilling sources its ingredients literally from next door, allowing them to distill a collection of farm-to-flask whiskeys. Courtesy Visit Cheyenne

For more information on Cheyenne, visit Cheyenne.org.

 

Cheyenne conjures up vivid mental images of its wild and storied history, and today’s Cheyenne is no different for thrill-seekers with miles and miles of single track, wild places and rock-climbing routes to the top of the world.

Your perfect jumping off point for outdoor adventure is Curt Gowdy State Park, located just 25 minutes from downtown and nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Take advantage of trail running, hiking or crushing it on your mountain or fat bike. The 35 miles of trails are your playground.

Located 10 minutes west of the park is Vedauwoo Recreation Area. Here you will find world-class rock-climbing opportunities on breathtaking rock formations. At a starting point of 8,200 feet, it won’t take long to enjoy the amazing vistas. If you prefer to stay closer to the ground, you can explore miles of dirt roads for ATVing, hiking trails and backcountry camping.

Outdoor adventure works up a thirst and hunger that needs to be satiated, and downtown Cheyenne offers its own opportunity for this kind of exploration. Four breweries, live music, museums and amazing dining opportunities abound. Cheyenne offers Wild West adventure that allows travelers to make memories of their own.

Not far from Cheyenne, Vedauwoo Recreation Area offers world-class rock-climbing opportunities, breathtaking vistas and miles of hiking trails. Courtesy Allen Meyer Photography

For more information on Cheyenne, visit Cheyenne.org.

Wyoming State Sen. Affie Ellis is a passionate representative for women, Navajo people and Wyomingites. Once a legislative assistant to U.S. Sen. Craig Thomas, who served as the chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and on the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Affie gained valuable federal regulatory and legislative experience. She is also a former assistant attorney general of Wyoming.

In 2016, Affie was the Republican nominee for the Wyoming Senate in the 8th District, and defeated incumbent Democratic Sen. Floyd Esquibel. She began her first term as a state senator in January 2017, becoming the first Navajo and first Native American to ever serve in the Wyoming State Senate.

Affie has a strong background in federal Indian law and policy, is a member of the Navajo Nation, and serves on the Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprises Board of Directors. Today, she’s also on the Select Committee for Tribal Relations, Senate Education Committee and Senate Revenue Committee.

Affie was born to a working-class family in Jackson and spent weekends cleaning motel rooms with her mother. Now herself a working mother of three in Cheyenne, her story of success is one of self-starting and stepping up.

Sen. Affie Ellis is the first Navajo and first Native American to ever serve in the Wyoming State Senate. Courtesy

For more information on Cheyenne, visit Cheyenne.org.

Quebec 01 Missile Alert Facility

Driving north of Cheyenne on Interstate 25, you’d be hard-pressed to recognize an old intercontinental ballistic missile system facility left over from the Cold War era. But in an unassuming ranch-style house out in the middle of the prairie lies some fascinating Wyoming – and U.S. – history. Named Quebec 01, it’s the only accessible Peacekeeper Missile Alert Facility left in the world, and it strives to preserve and interpret this important history from the late 20th and early 21st centuries. In 2019, Wyoming Parks and Cultural Resources opened the Quebec 01 Missile Alert Facility as a new state historic site that highlights the role F.E. Warren Air Force Base played in the nuclear deterrent mission during the Cold War. The site also fosters an understanding of the mission and duties of the personnel assigned to work there.

Location: Approximately 30 miles north of Cheyenne, take Exit 39 off I-25. Turn left and go approximately one-quarter mile. The site is on your left.
Tour information: Open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday
Admission: $6 for adults, $5 for military, $2 for youth ages 12 -17. Children 11 and under are free.

Quebec 01 Missile Alert Facility.

Mountain biking

Looking for something outdoors? When the days turn warmer and leaves begin to appear on the trees, find yourself on a jaunt to Curt Gowdy State Park. The park boasts over 35 miles of trails for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding, and is open year-round. Well-designed trails ranging in elevation from 6,800-7,600 feet are suitable for any skill level, and reveal hidden and colorful respites to connect you back to nature. Here you’ll find incredible vistas and the occasional surprise waterfall. “Kate’s Trail” is a 1-mile concrete trail starting and finishing at the Visitor Center that gives folks with disabilities an opportunity to view natural areas of the park.

Specific features of Curt Gowdy State Park’s trail system include four mountain biking play areas as well as mountain biking skills areas. Locals suggest Shoreline and the Stone Temple Pilot circuit as favorite trails, and a trail/enduro bike for the best experience. In 2009, the trails system was designated as an EPIC trail system by the International Mountain Bicycling Association. Dogs are welcome but must be on a leash at all times – and owners must pick up after them! Check out local bike shops Rock on Wheels or the Bicycle Station for a rental bike. Expect a state park daily use fee of $6 for Wyoming residents and $9 for non-residents.

Location: From Cheyenne, head west on WY 210 (or Happy Jack, as the locals call it), for 25 miles.

Mountain biking in Curt Gowdy State Park.


For more information on Cheyenne, visit Cheyenne.org.

Cheyenne Restaurant Week

Apr 5-11, 2020

Cheyenne Restaurant Week is an annual event that features restaurants from across Cheyenne offering deals on special menus. This year, contributions can be made to the Wyoming Hunger Initiative, First Lady Jennie Gordon’s initiative, that will in turn be used to fund local organizations working to provide meals for children in Wyoming. Diners at participating restaurants will have the option to make a donation to support the cause.
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Depot Days

May 16 & 17, 2020

After taking a year off Depot Days is back!  A weekend full of trains is in store at the Cheyenne Depot, with exhibits and tours of the historic UP roundhouse and WASATCH RR Contractors. Additionally, the Sherman Hill Model Railroad Show is at the Frontier Park Exhibition Hall across town. Your ticket includes museum admission and a brief tour of the Union Pacific Steam Shop.  A trolley will escort people to and from the steam shop, with departures scheduled every 30 minutes from the Depot.
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Cheyenne Frontier Days

July 17-26, 2020

Cheyenne Frontier Days is a 10-day festival of rip-roarin’ excitement, featuring the world’s best PRCA rodeo action and Western entertainment. It’s non-stop activity and hospitality at its Western best!  Enjoy daily rodeo, concerts, Professional Bull Riders, USAF Thunderbirds, parades, pancake breakfasts, the Western Art Show & sale, a huge carnival, the Old West Museum, an Indian Village and so much more. It’s all-day, all-night fun!
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Other Events:

  • June 5 & 6, 2020.  Hispanic Festival. Learn more
  • June 12 & 13, 2020.  Celtic Festival.  Learn more
  • June 19 & 20, 2020.  Wyoming Brewers Festival. Learn more
  • June 27, 2020.  Superday. Learn more
  • July 10-12, 2020.  4-Ever West Tattoo Festival. Learn more
  • July 28 -Aug 8, 2020.  Laramie County Fair. Learn more
  • Sep 11-12, 2020.  Greek Festival. Learn more
  • Nov 28, 2020.  Christmas Parade. Learn more
  • Dec. 31, 2020. New Year’s Eve Ball Drop. Learn more

For more information on the Cheyenne, Wyoming area, visit Cheyenne.org.