Historic Downtown Sheridan
Host to a myriad of events and activities, shows, boutiques, restaurants, coffee shops and bars, Historic Downtown is Sheridan’s grand centerpiece. Come for a stroll and enjoy our public art displays, historic buildings, and more.
High on every visitor’s list of Sheridan experiences is the iconic Mint Bar, Wyoming’s legendary meeting place. Serving frosty brews and countless tall tales since 1907, the Mint has become an iconic piece of Sheridan history. Although the ice is no longer delivered to the bar via horse and carriage, the rustic cowboy character and tall tales live on. I’ll meet you at the Mint, my friend.
Historic Sheridan Inn
Rich in history, legend and lore, the Historic Sheridan Inn is the former stomping ground of Buffalo Bill and his legendary Wild West Show. An iconic treasure of Sheridan since 1893, the Sheridan Inn has recently opened its renovated doors to overnight guests and hungry patrons. Reserve your stay in one of the 22 uniquely remodeled suites, or reserve your table at the onsite Open Range Bar & Grill.
King’s Saddlery Museum
Truly a must-see, King’s Saddlery Museum is one of the best western museums in the nation, showcasing a fabulous collection of cowboy memorabilia including hundreds of saddles, wagons, chaps, spurs, antique gems, Indian artifacts as well as a variety of wild game animals.
Tongue River Canyon
Just a short drive from Sheridan, the Tongue River Canyon trailhead begins in Dayton, follows the Tongue River and winds up into the Bighorn National Forest.
Powder Horn Golf Club
Nestled in a lush valley at the base of the Bighorn Mountains, the Powder Horn offers three distinct nines at their nationally recognized 27-hole championship golf course.
When the WYO Theater first opened its curtains in 1923 as the Lotus, newspaper headlines proclaimed it “Wyoming’s Wonder Picture Palace”. Throughout the years, the name has changed and updates have been furnished, but the theater has remained an architectural centerpiece for downtown Sheridan and a staple for live performances, film and entertainment.
Trail End Historic Site
From its authentically furnished rooms to its finely manicured lawns, the Trail End State Historic Site displays an elegantly different aspect of Wyoming’s colorful ranching history. Built in the Flemish Revival style in 1913, Trail End was the home of John Kendrick, a cattle rancher who became a Governor of Wyoming and United States Senator.
The Brinton Ranch House and Grounds
The Brinton Museum, located on the 620-acre historic Quarter Circle A Ranch in Big Horn, a short drive from Sheridan, offers an authentic view into the life and lifestyle of a Western gentleman and art collector.
The Forrest E. Mars, Jr. Building
The Brinton Museum’s new 24,000-square-foot $15.8-million, eco-conscious building houses one of the most significant and extensive Western and American Indian art collections in the Rocky Mountain West. The Forrest E. Mars, Jr. Building includes three floors featuring four galleries, a museum store and the Brinton Bistro.
Sheridan County Museum
Explore the history of Wyoming and the American West through the eyes and ears of the men and women who settled Sheridan County. From ranching and rodeos to Indian Wars and underground coal mining, the Sheridan County Museum is where the history of the West comes alive.
Polo at the Equestrian Center
Notable polo players from all over the world gather for summers of chukkers at the Big Horn Equestrian Center, at the base of the Bighorn Mountains. Divot stomp and tailgate with the locals every Sunday afternoon in the summer months and enjoy this fast-paced and elegant sport.
A fixture in the Sheridan community is the wooded oasis of Kendrick Park. Enjoy solitude along the tree-lined creek or stretch out and play on the grassy expanse. Meander around the park to find the chainsaw-carved tree sculptures and swing by and visit the resident buffalo and elk. During the summer months, the ice-cream stand is ready for business and the band shell hosts a concert every Tuesday.
Walking Paths & Parks
Walk, jog and cycle Sheridan’s pathways, which connect many of the city’s parks and points of interests.
Bighorn Mountain Range
The Bighorn National Forest and Bighorn Mountains are a recreational paradise, with 106 million acres of forest and 180,000 acres of wilderness, and elevations ranging from 4,000 to 13,165 feet.
Cloud Peak Wilderness
The wildest section of the Bighorn National Forest is the 189,039-acre Cloud Peak Wilderness. Absent of roads, buildings, mechanical and motorized vehicles, this remote area provides the perfect playground for backpacking, hiking and exploring.
Nestled in the pines between North and South Piney Creeks, the wooded setting of the town of Story is straight out of the pages of a storybook. The town hosts some excellent dining options, trailheads and a fish hatchery. Also nearby is Ft. Phil Kearny.
Ft. Phil Kearny
Once the most fought over military post on the Northern Plains, Fort Phil Kearny is now a National Historic Landmark that offers four interpretive trails, a bookstore, museum, video and picnic grounds.
Steamboat Point is a beloved Bighorn Mountains icon, and quite possibly the most frequently photographed natural attraction in the mountains. And, despite its imposing 700-foot terminal face, it is an easy climb that yields spectacular views over the whole of Sheridan County and the Cloud Peak Wilderness. The trailhead is located steps from the highway, which means that you should make a Steamboat climb a part of your next Wyoming road trip.
The faint road leads from the highway to the base of Steamboat, transforming into a single-track trail as the elevation increases; keep left when the trail forks to work your way through rock features and up onto the plateau, where spectacular mountain vistas – and, often, notorious Wyoming winds – await. If you’re lucky you’ll catch a glimpse of local fauna, which includes deer, moose, elk, black bear, and even mountain lions. Don’t feed the kitties.
This is a short (1.7-mile round-trip) hike that should take hikers of average physical fitness less than an hour – or more if you plan on catching the sundown from one of the most spectacular perches in Sheridan County.
Soldier Ridge Trail
Soldier Ridge is a multi-purpose trail that opened to considerable fanfare in the fall of 2012. The trail-head is a five-minute drive from downtown via West 5th Street, and marks the beginning of a 4+ mile trail that presents sweeping panoramic views of some of Sheridan’s most beautiful farm and ranch land, as well as the high country of the Cloud Peak Wilderness and the Bighorn Mountains.
Even with Soldier Ridge’s proximity to the urban core, the trail is never in use by more than a few people at a time, which lends a real feeling of serenity when you’re out on a hilltop all on your own. Adding to the peace and quiet, motorized traffic is prohibited, which means that dog lovers can walk their pooches through the open countryside without having to worry about being spooked (though dogs do need to be leashed when livestock is present).