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Wyoming boasts a rich history peppered with tales of rugged frontiersmen, cowboys and pioneers. Tucked away in towns like Laramie, Sheridan and Cody, saloons from the Wild West are now the local watering holes serving as living relics.

In downtown Laramie stands the iconic Buckhorn Bar, founded in 1900 and steeped in Wild West lore. Its weathered exterior belies a lively interior where locals and visitors alike gather for cold drinks and tall tales. Meanwhile, in Sheridan, the Mint Bar holds court, a mainstay since 1907, offering a glimpse into the town’s colorful past with its classic Western ambiance and friendly atmosphere. And no mention of historic Wyoming bars would be complete without the Irma Hotel in Cody, built by Buffalo Bill himself in 1902, housing the legendary Irma Saloon. Patrons can sip on a cold brew beneath the watchful gaze of a magnificent cherrywood bar, a gift from Queen Victoria to Buffalo Bill.

These venerable establishments not only provide a glimpse into Wyoming’s storied past but also serve as beloved community hubs where the spirit of the Old West lives on.

Sheridan’s Mint Bar, a mainstay since 1907, offers a glimpse into the town’s colorful past with its classic Western ambiance and friendly atmosphere. Photo courtesy of Wyoming Office of Tourism

For more information on Wyoming, visit TravelWyoming.com.

Feel the drum beat. Hear the singing. See the colors. Admire the detailed regalia, skilled footwork and precise movements. This is all part of a Native American powwow.

In Wyoming’s Wind River Country, there are three large powwows. The Eastern Shoshone Indian Days Powwow is Wyoming’s largest. The Ethete Celebration Powwow is held in July, and the Northern Arapaho Powwow, held in September, is Wyoming’s oldest powwow.

Each powwow begins with a Grand Entry on Friday night, where elders bring in eagle feathers and flags, and all dancers enter the arena. There are also two Grand Entries on Saturday and one on Sunday.

Admission to powwows is free. Once there, you’ll find vendors selling fry bread, Indian stew and Indian tacos, as well as jewelry and other items.

Powwows today can include games, food and plenty of socializing, but the dancing remains the main event. There are traditional dances, as well as modern dances. Some are competitive, and dancers follow a powwow circuit dancing for prize money.

A powwow is an incredible way to experience the blending of the present and Wind River Country’s history. For more information, click here.

A powwow is an incredible way to experience the blending of the present and Wind River Country’s history. Photo courtesy of Wind River Country Suite 1491

For more information on Wind River Country, visit WindRiver.org.

Visiting Buffalo, Wyoming, is an opportunity to step back in time to the authentic Old West.

Here are some tips to make the best of that experience:

  • Stay in the heart of downtown at the Historic Occidental Hotel & Saloon. It’s no secret, but for good reason. Founded in 1880, the hotel’s rooms are decorated with antiques and feature modern conveniences, including private bathrooms. Arrange a tour of the property for the afternoon. The bullet-riddled saloon comes alive in the evenings with live music, especially for the Thursday Night Bluegrass Jams.
  • Also downtown: The Clear Creek Trail and – for fans of the Longmire Mystery Series – the Busy Bee Cafe and the Bucking Buffalo Supply Co. The award-winning Gatchell Museum tells the story of significant events in the county that shaped the West.
  • In the summer, there’s a good chance you can include a night at the rodeo as part of your stay.
  • The Western steakhouse experience is alive and well at Cattleguard SteakhouseBozeman Trail Steak House and the Cowboy Bar & Grill. Other options like Pie Zanos offer excellent meals as well.
  • Stop by Mountain Meadow Wool to see the mill turn wool into yarn, hats, scarves and more.

In the summer, there’s a good chance you can include a night at the rodeo as part of your stay in Buffalo, Wyoming. Photo courtesy of Johnson County Tourism Association

For more information on Johnson County, visit VisitBuffaloWY.com.

Cody Yellowstone has a new guide service. Hiking Buddy is led by a Cody resident and professional hiking guide who is offering day hikes in the region. With nine hiking choices ranging from the moderate 4-mile “Cabin Crawl” to an advanced 13-mile adventure, there is something for just about everyone. Along the way, participants learn about history, plant life, geology and wildlife while they are surrounded by the scenery that draws outdoor enthusiasts from around the world. Hiking Buddy is available April through October.

Hiking can be thirsty fun – as opposed to work – and nothing hits the spot like a cold one. Cody was recently voted “Best Small Town Beer Scene” by readers of USA Today. With local breweries, tap rooms, lounges and eateries participating in Cody Yellowstone’s Sippin’ Trail, there are plenty of options to enjoy that beer, cocktail, soft drink, sports drink or water. Not only do visitors and locals alike have the opportunity to visit many of the area’s locally famous locations, but they are also rewarded with free prizes along the way.

With local breweries, tap rooms, lounges and eateries participating in Cody Yellowstone’s Sippin’ Trail, there are plenty of options for everyone. Photo courtesy of Cody Yellowstone

For more information on Cody Yellowstone, visit www.CodyYellowstone.org.

 

 

Cheyenne, Wyoming, holds some off-the-radar treasures for those willing to ditch the typical tourist spots. If you’re into outdoor adventure, Curt Gowdy State Park is a local favorite. With 30 miles of trails, you can find yourself an immersive nature experience.

When it comes to grub and drinks, hit up the local joints. Explore Pine Bluffs Distilling for a true farm-to-flask experience, or stop into the Paramount Ballroom for a hand-crafted cocktail. Taste the authentic flavors of the region in specialty food spots like the Bunkhouse, Little Bear or T-Joe’s, where you’ll rub shoulders with real cowboys and cowgirls.

Get a taste of Cheyenne’s culture by diving into the traditional Western lifestyle with downtown boutique shopping, or step back in time at one of several museums that give you a genuine look into the city’s history and heritage.

Cheyenne’s hidden gems go beyond the usual tourist checklist, and you can save on exploring them all by purchasing a Legendary Pass. For $35, you’ll gain admission to four museums and a historic trolley tour. Travel like a local, and you’ll uncover a city with its own vibe, attitude and swagger.

Curt Gowdy State Park boasts 30 miles of trails and a truly stunning nature experience. Photo courtesy of Laura Grier/Visit Cheyenne

For more information on Cheyenne, visit Cheyenne.org.

Our backyard mountain environment has endless scenic views, a sure sight for sore eyes. Hike the 5-mile Bridal Trail beginning at Rotary Park, crossing Garden Creek, as you take in stunning views of Casper along the way.

If water activities pique your interest more, float lazily or fish along our North Platte River. Float or paddle as little as an hour or as long as four hours, as the river has many drop-in points.

Walk the heart of our community in downtown Casper as you shop like a true local. Experience our cowboy culture of well-rounded Western boutiques and specialty-made Wyoming-ware shops.

Belly up at one of our eight breweries as the taste of the West is brought alive, one pint glass at a time. And the culinary scene is unmatched and on the rise here in Casper. From authentic Thai food; free-range, grass-fed yak meat; and the most tender cuts of steak in the West, Casper has something for every palate. Be sure to check out the newly opened Backdoor Lounge to find unique plates offered nowhere else and snag a nightcap at the one and only Backwards Distilling Tasting Room located downtown.

The food-and-drink scene is unmatched and on the rise in Casper; be sure to grab a nightcap at local favorite Backwards Distilling Tasting Room. Photo courtesy of Visit Casper

For more information on Casper, visit VisitCasper.com.

Craving an escape that blends adventure with relaxation? Look no further than Seminoe Reservoir, a crown jewel of Carbon County, Wyoming.

This sprawling reservoir beckons water enthusiasts with its 180 miles of pristine shoreline. Cast your line for trophy trout in the legendary Miracle Mile, a blue-ribbon stretch of the North Platte River, or bring a boat and carve through turquoise waters with the wind in your hair. Feeling the need for speed? Explore the surrounding sand dunes on an off-road vehicle, letting out a whoop of joy as you conquer sandy peaks.

And Seminoe Reservoir offers more than just aquatic thrills. Hikers can embark on scenic trails that wind through dramatic landscapes, offering breathtaking reservoir views and surrounding mountains. As dusk settles, watch for a majestic display of wildlife – bighorn sheep locking horns in battles, eagles soaring overhead or pronghorn antelope grazing on the plains. Unwind after a day of adventure by camping under a blanket of stars as the Milky Way stretches across the inky black canvas sky. Nearby towns Rawlins and Sinclair boast charming restaurants and unique shops.

Seminoe Reservoir: Your gateway to a Wyoming adventure that will leave you breathless.

Craving an escape that blends adventure with relaxation? Look no further than Seminoe Reservoir, a crown jewel of Carbon County, Wyoming. Photo courtesy of Wyoming Carbon County

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

Picture the quintessential American West, characterized by its rugged landscapes and the majestic horses that once served as companions to the region’s pioneers. Today, these wild horses find a steadfast ally in the form of the Wind River Wild Horse Sanctuary, diligently overseen by Jess Oldham and his family.

“We simply provide them with the expanse to be themselves,” he says. “Yet, in doing so, we inadvertently foster the well-being of the entire ecosystem.”

In the heart of Wyoming’s untamed beauty lies a sanctuary for the wild, where vulnerability meets refuge. Jess and his family are the custodians of the Sanctuary, a haven ensuring that Wyoming’s wild horses not only have ample space but also the freedom to roam unrestricted. Venture to the sanctuary, witness the harmony, meet the Oldhams and delve into the stories of the horses it embraces.

Jess Oldham and his family are the custodians of the Wind River Wild Horse Sanctuary, a haven for the horses to roam and thrive. Photo courtesy of the Wyoming Office of Tourism

For more information on Wyoming, visit TravelWyoming.com.

Miracle Seminole walks into her workshop and pauses before picking up brightly colored fabrics. In the Native American tradition, Miracle must begin with prayer and maintain positive and affirming thoughts while she is bringing a quilt to life.

Miracle learned the patient skills of selecting fabrics for the traditional eight-sided stars and how to put together the materials to form a quilt meant for warmth and comfort from her mother. Her mother continues to impress upon her the importance of putting good thoughts into the blankets, knowing they will be a blessing to the person receiving it.

The traditional star is always the starting place for each blanket. The sides represent the cardinal directions of north, south, east and west, as well as the four stages of life – infancy, youth, maturity and old age. From there, she works out towards the edges of the blanket.

In total, a blanket takes about two weeks to be designed and assembled. All the while, Miracle is pouring her positive thoughts into the materials.For more information on Miracle and her quilts, visit https://windriver.org/miracle-designs/.

Miracle Seminole learned the art of traditional Native American quilting from her mother, and each of her quilts begins with prayer and affirming thoughts. Photo courtesy of Miracle Seminole

For more information on Wind River Country, visit WindRiver.org.

James F. Jackson, a 2019 National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellow, is widely considered the finest leather carver in the world. James, who carves in the celebrated “Sheridan Style” of leather tooling, honed his craft at the iconic King Ropes & Saddlery in downtown Sheridan, Wyoming, before taking up residence at the new leather workshop at The Brinton Museum.

James’ impact on the culture of leathercraft is so widespread that he is famed the world over – in fact, in Japan, where James is particularly celebrated, the predominant style of carving is the “Sheridan Style,” thanks to the contributions of this humble artist along with those of icons Don King, Chester Heap, Otto F. Ernst, and modern mavericks Barry King, Ryan King and Joe Smith.

Sheridan Travel & Tourism recently traveled to Japan with James, where the team witnessed firsthand how impactful James’ work has been on this historic artform; dozens of craftspeople from workshops across the country were eager to share their work with our local legend.

James F. Jackson, widely considered the finest leather carver in the world, honed his considerable skill right in downtown Sheriday, Wyoming. Photo courtesy of Sheridan County Travel and Tourism

For more information on Sheridan, visit SheridanWyoming.org.