Cheyenne conjures up mental images of its wild and storied history. Once home to outlaws, cattle barons, rodeo stars, cowboys and cowgirls, suffragettes, and legends; the Magic City of the Plains has always been a place to find adventure. Today’s Cheyenne is no different for thrill-seekers with miles and miles of single track, rock climbing routes to the top of the world, and wild places to explore.
The perfect jumping-off point for an outdoor experience is Curt Gowdy State Park. Located just 25 minutes west of downtown, and named after the famed sports broadcaster and Wyoming native, this natural gem is nestled in the pine-covered foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Three snowmelt fed, crystal clear reservoirs stocked with trout and salmon are at the center of the park and offer plenty of room for stand-up paddleboarding, boating, and camping on the shoreline.
Fans of single track will find this quiet corner of the Rockies perfect for exploring. No matter your jam, take advantage of trail running, hiking, or crushing it on your mountain or fat bike. The 35 miles of trails are your playground. The International Mountain Biking Association rated the trail system as Epic featuring a high-quality ride and experience. Need to borrow wheels? Rock on Wheels in downtown Cheyenne rents bikes of all styles for all abilities ensuring an outstanding experience.
Located 10 minutes west of Curt Gowdy State Park are the Medicine Bow National Forest and the Vedauwoo Recreation Area. Named by the indigenous people who called the area home it means “Land of the Earthborn Spirit”. Here you will find world-class rock climbing and bouldering opportunities on breathtaking rock formations made of pink feldspar, white quartz, and black specs of hornblende. Forged by fire, ice, and wind, climbing opportunities for all levels can be found. At a starting point of 8200 feet, it won’t take long to enjoy the amazing vistas of the Rocky Mountains and the vast expanse of the high plains. Staying closer to the ground, explore miles and miles of dirt roads for ATVing, hiking trails, and backcountry camping opportunities. Moose, Elk, Mule Deer, and countless other birds and animals call this special place home.
Outdoor adventure works up a thirst and hunger that needs to be satiated. Found along Happy Jack Road on the way back to Cheyenne is the Bunkhouse Bar and Grill. Steaks, cold beer, and good music await for you, along with the occasional horse tied up out front.
Downtown Cheyenne offers its own opportunity for exploration. Four breweries, a distillery, live music, museums, and amazing dining opportunities abound. The Cheyenne of today still offers a wild west adventure that allows the traveler to make history and memories of their own. Plan your vacation today by visiting www.Cheyenne.org/outdoors
Last modified: August 10, 2020