Welcome to Sheridan, Wyoming, the Best of the West. Experience cowboys driving horses through the streets of downtown; pronghorn butting heads on windswept bluffs; clouds encircling the towering granite pinnacles of the Bighorn Mountains; and endless expanses of wild, open country, a thriving, historic downtown district, with western allure and hospitality to spare; a vibrant art scene and craft culture; a robust festival and events calendar; and living history on every corner.
Epic activities and attractions keep Sheridan bustling during the winter. The Antelope Butte Mountain Recreation Area, a mere 45 minutes away, offers incredible skiing and snowboarding, as well as miles of back-country lines. The Bighorn Mountains feature some of the finest downhill and x-country skiing and snowmobiling in the nation, with more than 200 miles of perfectly groomed trails (not to mention three outstanding mountain lodges ready to service outdoor enthusiasts). The Sheridan WYO Winter Rodeo, coming back for its second year in 2020, attracts thousands of people to downtown for a weekend of skijoring madness and revelry.
Sheridan’s ranching roots run centuries deep, but so too does its polo legacy. The flagship Sheridan WYO Rodeo draws nearly 30,000 visitors to town every July, while the WYO Theater, Brinton Museum and the Whitney Center for the Arts have become artistic touchstones with significant regional cache. National attractions abound; the Historic Sheridan Inn is a siren song to the legend and lore of the Wild West; Eaton’s Ranch is the oldest continuously operated dude ranch in the nation; the ancient Medicine Wheel, at an altitude of 9,462-feet, lords over the mountains with a mystical presence that defies explanation; and Indian battle sites like the Custer Battlefield, Fort Phil Kearny, the Fetterman Fight, and the Wagon Box Fight, all located along the Bozeman Trail, offer endless educational and historical attractions.
Sheridan’s location at the base of the legendary Bighorn Mountains has long made it an outdoor recreation paradise. With 1,500 miles of trails, more than 30 campgrounds, two ski areas, numerous mountain lodges, the 189,039 acre Cloud Peak Wilderness, and the Bighorn National Forest, Sheridan is a premiere destination for bikers, skiers, fishing enthusiasts, snowmobilers, hikers, campers, climbers, hunters, and everyone with a love of the Great Outdoors.