Hiking in Cloud Peak Wilderness, a national forest area in the Bighorn Mountains
Horses roaming the valley near the Bighorn Mountains
Snowmobiling in the Bighorn Mountains
Fishing in a shallow, swift-moving stream
Several Indian nations at First Peoples' Pow Wow and Dance during Sheridan WYO Rodeo Week
Master leather maker at work at King’s Saddlery, a tack store housing The Don King Museum
In the Bighorn Mountains, both picturesque and rugged
Curious moose in the Bighorn Mountains
Modern inspiration in an Old West town
Casting a Line for the Best Experience
A terse little tanka written by cowboy poet Anthony Naples conveys what it’s like flitting over mossy rocks on the Tongue River, fly rod in hand and trout on your mind:
Hanging low over the stream
Miles to the best fish
I wade cold water, and stones
Find their way into my boots
That's the small-mountain stream the way Naples sees it, and the way you’ll feel Wyoming in your bones – whether you find a stretch of the Tongue to call your own on a postcard-perfect morning, cruising peaceful Sibley Lake on the lookout for Cutthroat trout, or making the trek up along the rocky spine of iconic Steamboat Point, towering some 213 meters above the wilderness below.
Incredible Vistas Surrounding the City
Sheridan is blessed with plenty of big, bold vantage points. You can take in the Cloud Peak Wilderness on a leisurely hike to the high pass over Geneva Lake for sterling mountain panoramas, or race out of the high country at breakneck speed during the annual Bighorn Wild and Scenic Trail Run, one of the country's premier alpine races.
People take the outdoors seriously up here in Sheridan and love to share it with guests. Meet a friendly face at the Forest Services Office, where you can pick up maps, get some hiking tips and take advantage of the amenities before setting out to explore the more than 160 kilometers of trails in both the Bighorn National Forest and Cloud Peak Wilderness; the route to mountain-fringed Stull Lake is just one noteworthy charmer.
Absorbing the Old West Culture
Zip out onto the Soldier Creek Trail on one of Sheridan Bicycle Co.'s mechanical bulls for a 13-kilometer ride that will leave you primed for a pint at the Blacktooth Brewing Company, northern Wyoming’s leading purveyor of craft ales. This often sets the stage for an early afternoon at the Java Moon coffee house, where, on lucky days, you can sip a latte and wax lyrical with cowboy poets, watercolor legends like artist Randy Stout, and acclaimed authors like Craig Johnson of Walt Longmire novels fame.
Sheridan is quintessentially Western, a raucous cowboy haunt and the intrepid traveler’s perfect hideaway. Peek beneath the façade of 200 years of frontier history and revel in an American Old West that is bold, brash and modern. Given a chance, the city will work itself into your bones like the cool waters of a small mountain stream.
For 2017, True West Magazine said Sheridan was the “Best Place to Live Like an Old West Cowboy,” and the publication ranked it the No. 1 Top Western Town in 2006.