How west is Cheyenne Wyoming

In the real Wild West

Tourist Attractions

The top highlights are the Yellowstone National Park and the Grand Teton National Park

Cheyenne
Wyoming's capital - and the world capital of rodeo - bears the name of the Cheyenne Indians. The city of 60,000 in the southeast of the state was founded in 1867 as a Union Pacific railroad depot. The largest US cavalry outpost was also located here. In 1869 the city became the capital despite its bad reputation as a “leaded frontier city” and remained so when it entered the USA in 1890. The annual event commemorates the era Cheyenne Frontier Days Festival www.cfdrodeo.com, which will take place in July. In addition to parades, there are Indian pow-wows, horse races and of course rodeos - the world's largest, by the way. Cheyenne's legacy can be seen as a visitor to Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum explore. Here you can see old saddles and carriages such as the historic “Deadwood Stage”. This carriage took three-day trips to the gold mines of Deadwood / South Dakota between 1870 and 1880. (Cheyenne Frontier Days, 4610 Carey Avenue, 1210 W 8th Ave, Cheyenne, WY 82001 www.rodeo.com/old-west-museum).

The two landmarks of the city are the one built in 1917 State Capitol (www.wyomingcapitolsquare.com) and the former train station building that Cheyenne depotwhich now houses a railway museum. The building, built between 1886 and 1887 in neo-Romanism, is a National Historic Landmark under monument protection. 121 W 15th Street, Cheyenne, WY 82001 www.cheyennedepotmuseum.org

For more information about Cheyenne, visit the city's website at www.cheyenne.org

Casper
The city with around 55,000 inhabitants, located in the center of the state, became an important location in the then still modern petroleum industry from 1890 onwards. Around 1860 a fort was built in the middle of the wide and deserted plain, which today, partially rebuilt, houses a museum. Many of the fort's buildings were recreated west of the center - where the former Oregon Trail crossed the North Plate River. The museum shows a wide range of cultural and natural history exhibits from the region (Fort Casper Museum, 4001 Fort Casper Rd www.fortcasparwyoming.com)

More information: www.visitcasper.com

The dry wasteland to the north and west of Casper is also of historical importance: Here are sites such as the "Hole in the Wall", where Butch Cassidy's Wild Bunch hid (Willow Creek Ranch, 210 First St, Kaycee, WY 82639 willowcreekranch.com). The eroded badland "Hell’s Half Acre" is more easily accessible. In the 1.3 km² area with deep gorges and caves, one has the impression of recognizing figures made out of rock. The science fiction film "Starship Troopers" (USA, 1997, Paul Verhoeven) was shot here. (approx. 65 km west of Casper on Highway 20/26)

Devil’s Tower National Momument
The 366 m high basalt column, reminiscent of a tree stump, rises above the land from the wide plain. The National Monument, located in the northeastern corner of the state, became world famous as the location of the finale in Steven Spielberg's film "Close Encounters of the Third Kind". The basalt rock is also worshiped as a sanctuary by the Native Americans. The area was designated as a National Monument in 1906 under Theodore Roosevelt and is now looked after by the National Park Service.

550 hectares of pine and deciduous forests and grassland have been designated as a protected area around the rock. There are prairie dogs and red deer here. The rock also attracts climbers, especially free climbers. (WY-110, Devils Tower, WY 82714, www.nps.gov/deto)

guernsey
Not to be confused with the British Channel Island, the historically significant small town with almost 1,500 inhabitants is located on the banks of the North Plate River. South of the village there are two significant testimonies from the pioneering days of the Oregon Trail on the way west: at the Oregon Trail Ruts State Historic Site - there are two deep furrows that were carved into the sandstone by the wagon wheels over a distance of around 900m. (Oregon Trail Ruts State Historic Site, I-25 Exit 92 to US-26, Guernsey, WY 82214, wyoparks.wyo.gov/oregon-trail-ruts) A little further south is Register Cliff, a sandstone cliff with hundreds of inscriptions from trappers and pioneers who immortalized themselves here as they crossed the country on the Oregon Trail in the 19th century. (Register Cliff Historic Site, Unnamed Rd., Guernsey, WY 82214, wyoparks.wyo.gov/register-cliffs)

The most important historical place of Guernsey though is Fort Laramie National Historic Site - a perfect reconstruction of a trapper station and outpost of the US cavalry. Today the fort presents itself with its numerous historical buildings, which have been extensively restored, as an open-air museum where historical scenes are re-enacted with actors. (965 Gray Rocks Road, Fort Laramie, WY 82212, www.nps.gov/fola)

Laramie
The small town is the seat of the University of Wyoming, which is at 2,195 m above sea level, the highest university in the United States. It is worth seeing University of Wyoming Art Museum, which documents the history of the state. (2111 East Willett Drive, Laramie, WY 82071 www.uwyo.edu/artmuseum)

Laramie also had the state's first prison: that Wyoming Territorial Prison is now designated as a State Historic Park. Outlaws like Butch Cassidy and others were incarcerated in the renovated building. (Wyoming Territorial Prison State Historic Site, 975 Snowy Range Rd, Laramie, WY 82070 wyoparks.wyo.gov/news-territorial-prison)

Bighorn Mountains (Bighorn National Forest)
Wyoming's hiking paradises include the Bighorn Mountains with the 4,016 m high Cloud Peak and the deep gorge of the Bighorn River. The area is named after the bighorn sheep found here. The mountains are accessed by two very scenic highways - US Hwy 16 in the south and the forked US Hwy 14 in the north. The northernmost section leads to the archaeologically important one Medicine Wheel. This 24m stone circle, which was erected more than 10,000 years ago, is considered sacred to the Sioux and Cheyenne. 27 miles east of Lowell on Bighorn Scenic Byway US Hwy 14; www.fs.usda.gov/bighorn

Starting points for exploring the Bighorn National Forest are the ranchers' town Buffalo (Powder River Ranger District, 1415 Fort Street, Buffalo, WY 82834) and Sheridan (USDA Forest Service Bighorn National Forest, 2013 Eastside 2nd Street, Sheridan, WY 82801). Sheridan is for his Historic Sheridan Inn, a hotel that has existed since 1893 and where Buffalo Bill, Calamity Jane, Ernest Hemingway and Theodore Roosevelt stayed. Numerous memorabilia on the walls testify to the illustrious guests (856 Broadway, Sheridan, WY 82801, sheridaninn.com)

Cody
The famous buffalo hunter and showman William Frederick Cody (1846-1917) - much better known under his pseudonym Buffalo Bill - founded the town, which today has around 9,000 inhabitants. Buffalo Bill became the epitome of the American "Wild West" and many believe that he is the founder of American show business. As a young man he worked for the legendary "Pony Express" (the horse mail service that went from Missouri to Sacramento, 3,000 km away). He fought several times against the Indians. Many of his deeds - including those in the buffalo hunt - were hyped by the media. Since the 1870s he was primarily known as a showman who also appeared several times in Europe. Several times, Cody tried unsuccessfully to found his own city. He finally succeeded here in the Bighorn Basin in Wyoming. The main attraction is therefore that Buffalo Bill Museum in the Center of the West - an exhibition complex now almost 23,000 square meters in size, which unites a total of five museums under one roof. The show offers insights into the Wild West. There are 500 weapons, a stately collection of Wild West art, and Indian artifacts. (Center of the West, 720 Sheridan Ave. Cody, WY 82414 centerofthewest.org)

Another attraction is that Cody Nite Rodeo - The nation's oldest rodeo, held daily between early June and through to late August. (519 W Yellowstone Ave, Cody, WY 82414, www.codystampederodeo.com)

That also reminds of Buffalo Bill Old Trail Town - Relics of a ghost town modeled after the original by Cody. The highlight is the hut in which the outlaws Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid are said to have hidden. (Old Trail Town &Museum of the Old West, 1831 Demaris Drive, Cody, WY 82414, www.oldtrailtown.org

More information about Cody can be found on the municipality's website www.cityofcody-wy.gov and the tourist website www.codyyellowstone.org

Jackson
Jackson has been the state's most-visited city since the fur-hunter era. The town of 10,000 inhabitants, located at the southern entrance to Grand Teton National Park, lost some of its natural beauty due to the development of ski huts and family resorts. Despite the tourism with the countless boutiques and galleries on the main square, it has retained the Wild West ambience. Next to the national park is the 10,100 hectare National Elk Refuge - which is located between Jackson and Grand Teton Park, home to around 8,000 elk that overwinter here. Guided tours on horse-drawn sleighs are offered between December and April. (Visitor Center: National Elk Refuge, 532 N. Cache Street, Jackson, WY 83001, www.fws.gov/national_elk_refuge)

The cable car from the is also worth a detour Jackson Hole Ski area to the summit of Rendezvous Peak with panoramic views. (Jackson Hole Hole Mountain Resort Aerial Tram
3275 West Village Drive, Teton Village, WY 83025, www.jacksonhole.com/aerial-tram

There is also extensive information on the Wyoming Tourist Office website: travelwyoming.com

The website www.historicwyoming.org focuses on the history of the state