Beyond The Daddy of 'Em All

10 Ways to see Cheyenne, Wyo., in the "Off-Season."


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For most of us who are a part of Western culture and keep an eye on its events and happenings, we know Cheyenne, Wyo., as home to the “Daddy of ’Em All.” Cheyenne Frontier Days (CFD) is the largest outdoor rodeo in the country, has a 120-year history that’s going strong, and—as a local resident joked during my latest visit—is considered its own season in Cheyenne.
 

So, if you happen to get to Cheyenne during the event, by all means, go. You’ll have a blast.

But here’s the secret: If you’re in Cheyenne outside of CFD-season, go. You’ll have a blast.

Meet the Community

At every turn, the folks of Cheyenne were warm and welcoming, and knew how to have a good time! Head to these hotspots to get in on the local vibe:

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1.  From June–September, Fridays on the Plaza are every Friday night between 5:30 and 8:00 p.m. at the Depot Plaza, the hub of Cheyenne’s downtown. Each week features music from a different band, along with various vendors selling food, soft drinks and beer.

2.     Speaking of beer, Cheyenne offers a number of quality Breweries that shouldn’t be missed. Order a flight, grab a table, and yak it up with your neighbor about which brew hits the spot for you.

Accomplice Beer Company
W. 15th St.
307-632-2337, accomplicebeer.com

Danielmark’s Brewing Company Inc.
209 E. 18th St.
307-514-0411, danielmarksbrewing.com

Freedom’s Edge Brewing Co.
1509 Pioneer Ave.
307-514-5314, freedomsedgebrewing.com 

3.     If your pardner riding shotgun on this particular adventure has a few years to go before brew tours make the list of things to do, Cheyenne has a host of Family-friendly Outings for travelers of all ages.

Paul Smith’s Children’s Village at the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens
616 S. Lions Park Dr.
307-637-6349, botanic.org

Terry Bison Ranch
51 I-25 Frontage Rd.
307-634-4171, terrybisonranch.com

Get in Touch with the Old West

As an early Hell-on-Wheels town in Dakota Territory, Western legends abound in Cheyenne, where the community embraces their Old West heritage and serves it on a silver platter to those who wish to partake in it.

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4. From the cowboys and cowgirls who make up 120 years (and counting) of rodeo history to Spaghetti Western movie stars, tales of the iron horse that date back to its 1867 arrival, and the stunning fortitude of the Wyoming women who shaped the West as we know it, Cheyenne’s Museums are what dreams are made of for Western history buffs.

Cheyenne Depot Museum
121 W. 15th St.
307-632-3905, cheyennedepotmuseum.org

Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum
4610 Carey Ave.
307-778-7290, oldwestmuseum.org

Cowgirls of the West Museum
205 W. 17th St.
307-638-4994, cowgirlsofthewestmuseum.com

Nelson Museum of the West
1714 Carey Ave.
      307-635-7670, nelsonmuseum.com 

5.     Hop a ride through downtown for a narrated Historic Tour. Locals share historical facts and thrilling tales from Cheyenne’s wild past, including tales about Tom Horn, the early cattle barons, and the tunnels beneath the city.

Cheyenne Trolley Tours
121 W. 15th St
800-426-5009, cheyennetrolley.com

Wyoming Carriage Ride (May–Sept.)
121 W. 15th St.
800-426-5009, cheyenne.org

Dinner Tables and Dance Floors

No matter your fancy, you can find it in Cheyenne.

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6.     There’s no short supply of Restaurants offering patrons delicious culinary experiences with a side of top-shelf service and thirst-banishing libations.

Morris House Bistro
2114 Warren Ave.
307-369-1378, morrishousebistro.com

The Suite Bistro & Martini Bar
1901 Central Ave.
307-634-1901, thesuitebistro.com

The Wheatgrass Seafood and Steaks
1600 Central Ave.
307-369-2090, thewheatgrass.com

Wyoming’s Rib & Chop House
400 W. Lincolnway
307-514-0271, ribandchophouse.com

7.     When you’re ready to break in those new boots, head to these Local Watering Holes and two- step the night away.

Bunkhouse Bar & Grill
1064 Happy Jack Rd.
307-632-6184, bunkhousebar.com

The Outlaw Saloon
312 S. Greeley Hwy.
307-635-7552, cheyenneoutlawsaloon.net

Take the West with You

Western retailers help us integrate Western culture, fashions, and traditions into our modern-day lives. From one-of-a-kind cowboy finds at the local flea markets and thrift stores to Western apparel and home furnishings, Two-Lane Treasures are easy to come by in Cheyenne.

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8.     Personally, my favorite part of traveling is Shopping for the perfect treasure to remember my adventures by.

Bart’s Flea Market
415 W. Lincolnway
307-632-0004

Just Dandy
212 W 17th St.
307-635-2565, justdandyonline.com

Phoenix Books & Music
1612 Capitol Ave.
307-632-3476

The Wrangler
1518 Capitol Ave.
307-634-3048, bootbarn.com

Wyoming Home
216 W. Lincolway
307-638-2222, wyominghome.com

Unpack Your Bedroll

Let’s face it, a quality place to sleep is integral to a memorable journey. And no matter the type of adventure you’re on, Cheyenne has accommodations to match.

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Credit: Visit Cheyenne

9.     The Cheyenne experience doesn’t end when you turn in for the night. Rather, area Hotels use the city’s history and turn-of-the-last-century architecture to inspire accommodations that maintain the City of the Plains’ story, while offering guests the comforts of warm hospitality and modern amenities.

The Historic Plains Hotel
1600 Central Ave.
307-638-3311, theplainshotel.com

Little America
2800 W. Lincolnway
307-775-8400, cheyenne.littleamerica.com

Nagle Warren Mansion B & B
222 E. 17th St.
307-637-3333, naglewarrenmansion.com

10.  If Camping out under the stars is more in line with the Cheyenne adventure you’re planning, you’re in luck. Outdoor recreation in the form of fishing, horseback riding, archery, and more are available, in addition to designated tent and RV spots, not to mention, opportunities for dispersed camping.

Curt Gowdy State Park
1264 Granite Springs Rd.
307-632-7946, wyoparks.state.wy.us

Terry Bison Ranch
51 I-25 Frontage Rd.
307-634-4171, terrybisonranch.com

Vedauwoo Recreation Area
Forest Rd. 720
307-745-2300, fs.usda.gov