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The iconic Bighorn Mountains feature some of the most rugged, pristine forest land in the United States.

Welcome to the Cultural Capital of Wyoming

What you may not be expecting when you come to Sheridan County, Wyoming.

Welcome to Sheridan County, Wyoming.

The world comes out west expecting to see 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. These are some of the fibers that have been stitched together over time to create the patchwork quilt of Sheridan’s identity, each part and parcel to the Wyoming experience. But what you may not have been expecting when you came way out West was a thriving, historic downtown district, with western allure, hospitality, and good graces to spare; a vibrant art scene; bombastic craft culture; a robust festival and events calendar; and living history on every corner.

Chase Epic Winter Adventure in Sheridan, WYO

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 backcountry lines. The Bighorn Mountains feature some of the finest 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 attracts thousands of people to downtown for a weekend of skijoring madness and revelry.

At first blush, picturesque Sheridan is all archetypal mountain verve and Wyoming vigor, but there’s an artistic dynamism and cultural allure here that belies its cow town reputation. 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 Fort Phil Kearny, the Fetterman Fight, and the Wagon Box Fight, all located along the Bozeman Trail, offer endless educational and historical attractions.

This is Bighorn Mountain Country

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, and the 189,039-acre Cloud Peak Wilderness, the Bighorn National Forest is a premiere destination for bikers, skiers, fishing enthusiasts, snowmobilers, hikers, campers, climbers, hunters, and everyone with big dreams of the Great Outdoors.

There’s an undercurrent of the carefree in Sheridan, and the legendary hospitality of its proud residents is worn like a badge of honor. Blessed by mountain topography and evenly spaced between Yellowstone National Park and Mount Rushmore and Badlands National Park, there’s a sense about town that Sheridan is poised to be the Next Big Thing, though those in the know understand that it always has been.

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