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On the corner of 15th Street and Thomes Avenue in Cheyenne’s West Edge, in a historic brick building is one of the most popular cocktail bars in the city – Chronicles Distilling.

Run by brothers Chase and Aaron Lesher, Chronicles takes small batch distilling to a new level, using a small, urban space to its fullest potential. Everything in the place, from the furniture to the distilling setup, was all built by the two brothers. Using creativity, hard work and a “that looks like fun” mentality, Chase and Aaron pour a unique energy into Chronicles Distilling that shows up in their equally unique spirits. In their typical self-deprecating humor, the brothers tell their story as a “series of mishaps,” starting out helping friends with distilling and then deciding it looked like fun to do themselves.

That whole notion of doing something because it’s fun is reflected in everything they do. Tart Lemon Vodka and Berry and Barb (strawberry rhubarb) Whiskey are perfect examples of their unique distilling efforts. Next time you visit Cheyenne, drop in, take a seat and share some stories – if it looks like fun, it’s probably because it is!

Run by brothers Chase and Aaron Lesher, Chronicles Distilling takes small batch distilling to a new level, using a small, urban space to its fullest potential. Photo courtesy of Visit Cheyenne

For more information on Cheyenne, visit Cheyenne.org.

In Cheyenne, rodeo is tradition, and a big deal. For the last five years, a new rodeo has made its way into town. A more intimate and affordable experience, it is filled with fun and excitement – rodeo at its best. The Hell on Wheels Rodeo and Chuck Wagon Dinner Series celebrates five years in 2024, and you can bet it will be the biggest yet.

At Hell on Wheels, you can join a tour behind the chutes, seeing the animals up close and meeting cowboys and cowgirls who are competing for cash and prizes. Cheer on the contestants in everything from bull riding to barrel racing. Enjoy a delicious chuckwagon dinner option, experience the pride and patriotism of the rodeo, and even take home a bottle of local whiskey.

Hell on Wheels is the fastest-growing open rodeo series in the West, but the fifth anniversary only happens once! With only six rodeos spread across the summer season, tickets typically sell out in advance. Group tickets go on sale January 1, and individual tickets April 1. Experience a taste of the true Great American West this summer in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

At the Hell on Wheels Rodeo and Chuck Wagon Dinner Series, you can join a tour behind the chutes, cheer on the contestants, enjoy a delicious chuckwagon dinner option and even take home a bottle of local whiskey. Photo courtesy of Visit Cheyenne

For more information on Cheyenne, visit Cheyenne.org.

When it comes to history in Cheyenne, there is a lot of it. But if you were to narrow things down to the most important, thrilling and significant, it would be hard to miss the reason Cheyenne even exists today: the railroad.

Without the railroad, Cheyenne wouldn’t be here. Starting as a Hell on Wheels town, Cheyenne was platted back in the 1860s as a stop for the Union Pacific Railroad as it was being built. The town boomed and bloomed, becoming one of the wealthiest places in the world by the 1880s. The railroad led to Cheyenne’s wild, lawless history in the Wild West, the establishment of a military presence at Fort D.A. Russell and, of course, the cattle trade.

The Wild West is celebrated every year in Cheyenne through its cowboy spirit and various events like Cheyenne Frontier Days and the Hell on Wheels Rodeo. The cattle trade continues at local ranches to this very day, and Fort D.A. Russell has since become F.E. Warren Air Force Base, home of the 90th Missile Wing.  If you’re visiting Cheyenne, drop by the Cheyenne Depot Museum to learn more about this fascinating and incredible history.

Starting as a Hell on Wheels town, Cheyenne was platted back in the 1860s as a stop for the Union Pacific Railroad as it was being built. Photo courtesy of Visit Cheyenne

For more information on Cheyenne, visit Cheyenne.org.

When it comes to who made what famous, one could say Cheyenne, Wyoming, was made famous by the many songwriters who put the capital of Equality State in their songs. On the flip side, one could argue some of those songs were famous because of Cheyenne’s pre-existing fame, especially pertaining to rodeo.

For starters, two of the most beloved country artists of all time, Garth Brooks and George Strait, had hit country songs within a year of one another – “The Beaches of Cheyenne” by Brooks and “I Can Still Make Cheyenne” by Straight were both Top 5 hits in 1995-96. Both refer to rodeo in Cheyenne, most likely Cheyenne Frontier Days.

Wyoming country music legend Chris LeDoux released two hit songs, “Photo Finish” (1973) and “It Ain’t The Years, It’s the Miles,” (1983) that mention both Cheyenne and the rodeo there (most definitely CFD). Several other artists, from Eric Church to Aaron Watson, have given shoutouts to Cheyenne, with most of them referring to the legendary rodeo, or at least its Western roots.

Cheyenne and its most famous rodeo have been name-checked in songs by artists Garth Brooks, George Strait, Chris LeDoux and more. Photo courtesy of Visit Cheyenne

For more information on Cheyenne, visit Cheyenne.org.

Cheyenne Restaurant Week | April 2-8

Cheyenne’s favorite restaurants, breweries and food trucks all offer a special menu at a special price. Come to Cheyenne in April and get your foodie on! https://www.cheyenne.org/restaurantweek/

Wyoming Brewers Festival | June 16-17

A fun, energetic event and vital fundraiser all in one. The Wyoming Brewers Festival is the party of the summer, bringing brewers from around the region together in one spot to give beer-lovers a one-of-a-kind experience. https://www.wyobrewfest.com/

Cheyenne Frontier Days | July 21-30

The world’s largest outdoor rodeo and the ultimate Western experience. Cheyenne Frontier Days is a chance to cowboy up, have the time of your life, and find out why Cheyenne is the Daddy of ‘Em All when it comes to the Wild West. https://cfdrodeo.com/

Hell on Wheels Rodeo and Chuckwagon Dinner | June 9 and 30; July 7 and 14; August 25; September 8

Taking place throughout the summer, the Hell of Wheels Rodeo and Chuckwagon Dinner is one of the fastest growing outdoor rodeo experiences around. Food, fun, and rough-and-tumble rodeo excitement all in one place! https://www.cheyenne.org/hellonwheelsrodeo/

Cheyenne’s favorite restaurants, breweries and food trucks all offer a special menu at a special price during Restaurant Week (April 2-8, 2023). Photo courtesy of Visit Cheyenne

For more information on Cheyenne, visit Cheyenne.org.

Winter is a fun time to explore Cheyenne and the surrounding areas. Just like in the summertime, bikes and brews combine to give you a chance to get outside and exercise, and then kick back and relax after a hard ride. The biggest difference is the trails are wide open to explore with fewer riders, your own little piece of paradise.

Load up your fat bike and check into a cozy Airbnb in our downtown to prepare for an epic riding experience. Curt Gowdy State Park has more than 35 miles of trails to shred during the day. When you get back to town, download the Daddy of the Malt pass from Visit Cheyenne to explore the breweries and distilleries with buy-one-get-one deals.

Work up a sweat on a fat bike and then cool off with a refreshing brew in Cheyenne. Photo courtesy of Visit Cheyenne

For more information on Cheyenne, visit Cheyenne.org.

Cheyenne has no shortage of photo opportunities, but here’s the inside scoop to get THE shot you were hoping for:

  1. Sloan’s Lake Sunsets: Cheyenne’s largest urban greenspace perfectly frames the Wyoming sunsets that fill the sky with color all year round.
  2. Middle Crow Creek Inlet at Curt Gowdy State Park: Popular with standup paddleboarders and kayakers for calm water dwarfed under granite rock towers. Hiking the first quarter-mile of the Crow Creek Trail offers a different but equally beautiful perspective of the water.
  3. Chalk Bluff Road: Magical summer evenings provide showstopping images when thunderstorms move east and the golden sun shines from the west over the rolling hills of the plains.
  4. Cheyenne Botanic Gardens: Botany photographers find heaven among the tropical oasis of green in the Grand Conservatory, whimsical land of imagination in the Paul Smith Children’s Village and meandering paths through the outdoor gardens.
  5. Mural Alley: Tucked away in the heart of downtown, this alley is full of building-sized art including a rocking three-story blue bison and art deco-inspired flowers popping with reds and oranges.

Botany photographers find heaven among the tropical oasis of green in the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens’ Grand Conservatory, whimsical land of imagination in the Paul Smith Children’s Village and meandering paths through the outdoor gardens. Photo courtesy of Visit Cheyenne

For more information on Cheyenne, visit Cheyenne.org.

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.