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The Occidental
Everything about the Occidental Hotel and Saloon serves as a reminder that Wyoming was, and is, truly the Wild West. Nearly every inch has been restored and preserved in history. Walk the same halls as Butch Cassidy and Calamity Jane. The bar in the saloon is the very same as the one that was installed more than 100 years ago.

The Irma
The legendary Buffalo Bill himself founded this bar and hotel in 1902. The hotel is on the National Register of Historic Places; the original cherry wood bar, which was a gift to Buffalo Bill from England’s Queen Victoria, is renowned around the world.

Million Dollar Cowboy Bar
Located in downtown Jackson, this famous watering hole has hosted celebrities, presidents, royals, cowhands and more. Sit down on their famous saddle barstools and enjoy Western dancing and live entertainment.

The Wolf Hotel and Restaurant
Set in downtown Saratoga, The Wolf is a historical gem. After a long day of soaking in the hot springs, head over to the restaurant for a delicious meal or a nightcap. If you’re an avid reader of CJ Box’s Joe Picket novels, you will recognize the hotel from his stay in room 9.

Nearly every inch of the Occidental Hotel and Saloon has been preserved in history; the bar in the saloon is the very same as the one that was installed more than 100 years ago. CREDIT Wyoming Tourism

For more information on Wyoming, visit TravelWyoming.com.

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

For more information on Wyoming, visit TravelWyoming.com.

Sheridan is known for hosting some of the most legendary festivals and events in the West. From rodeos and festivals to craft culture celebrations, Sheridan offers events for visitors to enjoy year-round.

Sheridan County’s rich cultural legacy is deeply rooted in the arts, and that will be prevalent this spring when the Brinton Museum showcases master leathercrafters from Wyoming alongside masters from Japan.

Mid-July brings a week-long celebration of Western culture that captures the hearts of the cowboy in everyone during the Sheridan WYO Rodeo, featuring one of the most unique sporting spectacles in America in the annual Championship Indian Relay Races.

Labor Day weekend brings an event that celebrates the spirit and traditions of the West: The annual Don King Days showcases classic equestrian events unique to Sheridan. Bring the whole family and experience steer roping, bronc riding, live music and championship polo matches on the grass at the Big Horn Equestrian Center.

The craft scene in Sheridan is among the most robust in the Mountain West, and it is celebrated every September at the annual Born in a Barn event. From fashion and furniture vendors to music and food, this event embraces the motto “craft is king.”

The Championship Indian Relay Races are part of the Sheridan WYO Rodeo, a week-long celebration of Western culture. Photo courtesy of Sheridan County Travel and Tourism

For more information on Sheridan, visit SheridanWyoming.org.

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.

 

Casper is known for some of the very best events in Wyoming, and there are many worth taking a trip for. From rodeos and art festivals to brew fests, there’s a festival for every type of traveler in Casper.

The community comes alive in the summer months with festivals, events and rodeos nearly every week. Every June, Casper hosts the best collegiate rodeo athletes in the country for the College National Finals Rodeo. Then in July, Central Wyoming Fair and Rodeo, one of the top 35 PRCA rodeos in the United States, takes place with five nightly outdoor rodeo performances. The Beartrap Summer Festival fills Beartrap Meadow on Casper Mountain every August with live music and vendors selling food, handmade goods and art. Meanwhile, David Street Station hosts farmers markets, movie nights, festivals and concerts in the heart of downtown Casper all summer long.

In the colder months, downtown Casper transforms into a winter wonderland, with the highlight of the season being the community Christmas Tree Lighting and Christmas Parade at the end of November.

Beartrap Meadow on Casper Mountain comes alive every August with the Beartrap Summer Festival, which brings live music and vendors selling food, handmade goods and art. Photo courtesy of Visit Casper

For more information on Cheyenne, visit VisitCasper.com.

 

 

Summer events are one of the best ways to experience the Great American West community of Carbon County, Wyoming. In June, Encampment hosts the Woodchopper’s Jamboree & Rodeo, where competitors chop and saw wood in a race for the fastest time, followed by one of our favorite sports competitions: rodeo.

July celebrations and events begin with a bang – literally! Plan to visit the Saratoga Independence Day Celebration or the Rawlins Summerfest extravaganza for fun, food and live entertainment. In mid-July, join cowboy poets at the Grand Encampment Cowboy Gathering, or step back in time at the Mountain Man Rendezvous and Living History Day, which brings cowboy, mining and mountain man history to life.

Don’t miss the Carbon County Fair & Rodeo – held every August – to experience local culture, live music, cowboys riding bulls and broncs, and a demolition derby. In mid-to-late August, Saratoga is host to the Steinley Cup Brewfest, where Wyoming’s best brewers compete for the coveted trophy, and a week or two later it’s the Saratoga Bullfest – a bull riders-only event.

No matter what time of year you visit, Carbon County is the place to Get Your West On!

Rodeo is a true Great American West sport, and Carbon County offers lots of opportunities to get in on the action. Photo courtesy of Wyoming Carbon County

For more information on Carbon County, visit WyomingCarbonCounty.com.

  1. Yellowstone National Park will celebrate 150 years as the United States’ first national park in 2022. In 1872, this natural wonder attracted people from miles away. Today, it draws visitors from around the world. The geologic and hydrothermal gems combined with the amazing wildlife make this park one of a kind.
  2. Cheyenne Frontier Days: The world’s largest outdoor rodeo and Western celebration is a 10-day festival featuring daily rodeos, Western art shows, concerts, parades and much more.
  3. National Historical Trails Interpretive Center in Casper is celebrating 20 years. Explore the West through Native American history, early explorers, and those who traveled the Oregon, Mormon, California and Pony Express Trails.
  4. Fossil Butte National Monument is a fossil hunter’s paradise. Celebrating its 50th year as a national monument, Fossil Butte has over 300 fossils on display at the visitor center and more than 8,000 acres to explore. Discover the remnants of an ancient lake ecosystem including fish, alligators, bats, turtles, small horses, plants and more.
  5. The National Museum of Military Vehicles is located just 80 miles away from Yellowstone National Park. This new museum is the largest private collection of military vehicles and features vehicles from WWII, the Korean War and Vietnam War.

The United States’ first national park will celebrate its 150th anniversary in 2022; Yellowstone National Park has been awing visitors since 1872. Photo courtesy of Wyoming Office of Tourism

For more information on Wyoming, visit TravelWyoming.com.

Sheridan, Wyoming, is a testament to the icons and outlaws of the American West, an epic outdoor destination and a siren song to the history and heritage of the Old West. There’s always something exciting going on nearby, but here are five special attractions to put on your calendar for 2022:

  1. February 19: The Sheridan Wyo Winter Rodeo is a fast-paced, adrenaline-filled winter event. Enjoy the festivities on Broadway Avenue as horse, rider and skier race past.
  2. June-Labor Day: See polo matches on one of the largest fields in the United States. All summer long, spectators are encouraged to tailgate and bring a lawn chair to get an up-close look at the action.
  3. July 12-17: The 92nd Sheridan Wyo Rodeo is a tribute to the American cowboy, with its Old West ways of roping, wild bucking horses and bulls, and the iconic World Championship Indian relay races.
  4. July 17-23: Experience the literary expertise Hemingway brought to Sheridan at the International Hemingway Conference. The event includes trips to spots visited by Hemingway and academic sessions at Sheridan College.
  5. September 30-October 2: Immerse yourself in the WYO Film Festival as the greatest storytellers capture your attention through innovative and inspirational films.

Travel back in time at the Sheridan Wyo Rodeo, a testament to Old West roping, bucking horses and the iconic World Championship Indian relay races. Photo courtesy of Sheridan Travel Tourism

For more information on Sheridan, visit SheridanWyoming.org.

Cody Yellowstone features some of the best wildlife-watching in the world. Yes, the world! The park’s Lamar Valley is known as “America’s Serengeti,” while Hayden Valley and the Wapiti Valley attract spotters looking to see many species of mammals and birds. The region is known for bison, elk, pronghorn, wolves, coyotes, fox, bighorn sheep, badgers, deer, bears, moose, mountain goats, eagles, ravens, osprey, pelicans, dippers and more. Extremely fortunate people will spot the occasional mountain lion or lynx.

If you really want to stretch things, look for “Snoopy the Dog” and “Laughing Pig,” two rock formations on the Buffalo Bill Scenic Byway between Cody and Yellowstone’s East Gate.

All of these animals will be in high demand in 2022 when Yellowstone National Park celebrates its 150th anniversary. The world’s first national park was created on March 1, 1872, when President Ulysses S. Grant passed the Yellowstone National Park Protection Law.

Other noteworthy events in 2022 include 20th anniversary of the Draper Natural History Museum at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West and the 120th anniversary of the Irma Hotel, built by “Buffalo Bill” Cody and named for his youngest daughter.

Yellowstone National Park and the Cody area feature some of the best wildlife-watching in the world. Lucky visitors can spot wolves, bighorn sheep, bears, moose and much more. Photo courtesy of Cody Yellowstone Country

For more information on Cody, visit CodyYellowstone.org.

Located in the heart of the Cowboy State, Casper is a hub of authentic Western experiences. Read on for five ways to experience the best of Casper:

  1. Experience American history. Learn about life on the trails at National Historic Trails Interpretive Center, walk alongside pioneer inscriptions at Independence Rock or ride a wagon on the Oregon Trail with Historic Trails West.
  2. Shop where the cowboys shop. For the best Western wear, head to Lou Taubert Ranch Outfitters. This 100-year-old Casper icon will fit you with everything you need for a Wyoming adventure.
  3. Get outside. You’re just minutes away from miles of mountain trails for hiking, biking, skiing and snowshoeing without big crowds. Casper is also home to the North Platte River, providing access to blue-ribbon fishing and perfect conditions for boating, kayaking or paddle boarding.
  4. Take in the sights. Take a scenic drive to Fremont Canyon and marvel at 400-foot rock walls with the winding North Platte River below.
  5. Saddle up. Every June, Casper welcomes hundreds of the best college rodeo athletes from around the  world for the College National Finals Rodeo, where they’ll go head-to-head in hopes of becoming a national champion.

Learn about life on the trails at National Historic Trails Interpretive Center, walk alongside pioneer inscriptions at Independence Rock or go on a wagon ride on the Oregon Trail with Historic Trails West. Photo courtesy of Visit Casper

For more information on Cheyenne, visit VisitCasper.com.