Outdoor Adventure Overview
Cheyenne offers visitors a variety of outdoor and adventure focused activities. From towering monuments and city parks, to hiking and rock climbing areas, as well as ride-alongs in true Western style, there are numerous activities for a range of interests and skill levels.
Ames Monument - This monument is a 60 foot high granite pyramid located in southeastern Albany Country, Wyoming. It is dedicated to Oakes and Oliver Ames, two Massachusetts brothers who were extremely influential in constructing the nation's first transcontinental railroad. The monument was placed at the highest point on the transcontinental railroad to serve as a splendid reminder of that great enterprise.
Hiking and Rock Climbing
• Medicine Bow National Forest - Just west of Cheyenne, the Medicine Bow National Forest offers a variety of recreational opportunities and natural attractions.
• Vedauwoo Recreation Area - Known to the Arapaho Indians as "Land of the Earthborn Spirit," the rock formations of Vedauwoo (pronounced vee-da-voo) attract experienced rock climbers, campers and hikers.
• Oregon Trail Ruts - Ruts carved into sandstone by wagon trains heading west along the Oregon Trail are located west of Gurnsey, and 80 miles North of Cheyenne. Register Cliffs was a resting point along the Oregon Trail where travelers stopped for the night and carved their names in the sandstone cliffs. Enjoy a self-guided tour of both sites.
• Curt Gowdy State Park - Recently named as an "Epic" trail system by the International Mountain Bicycling Association, the foothills of the Laramie Mountains offer a stunning setting for any kind of outdoor enthusiast. The area features camping, boating, hiking and world class mountain biking trails.
• Bit-O-Wyo Trail Rides - Make a reservation and enjoy a scenic trail ride, featuring high ridges overlooking valleys and creeks.
• Terry Bison Ranch Trail Rides - Horseback tours are available rain, shine, or snow, every day of the year except Christmas. Rides last from 1 hour or up to a full day.
• Cheyenne Street Railway Trolley -The trolley features a fully-narrated historic tour of Cheyenne. For some seasonal fun, jump on board for a Ghost Tour in October and a Christmas Lights Tour in December.
Parks and Gardens
• Cheyenne Botanic Gardens - Visit the oasis on the high plains known as the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens. Explore the solar-powered conservatory and exterior gardens, home to Engine 1242, the oldest train engine in Wyoming.
• Indian Village - (During Cheyenne Frontier Days) - American Indians have always been an important part of western history. In 1898, just after the second annual Frontier Days rodeo, the CFD committee invited American Indian performers to participate in the CFD celebration. American Indian performers have returned to CFD each year since, entertaining and educating visitors about American Indian heritage and culture.
• Cheyenne Greenway - More than just a fancy sidewalk, the Greenway serves as a safe and accessible recreational corridor; a key component of the non-motorized transportation system; an open-air science, ecology, history, and health classroom for students of all ages; and a vital public space that is integral in building sustainable, vibrant and healthy neighborhoods and a cohesive community.
• Lion's Park - This park encompasses an array of activities friendly for the whole family. The park features a Beach, Bike Path, Boating, Boat Rentals (Canoe & Paddle), Botanic Garden, Concessions, Fishing, Fitness Trail, Horse Shoes, Lake, Mini Golf, Picnic Facilities, Play Areas, Rental Shelters, Restrooms, Softball, Swimming Pool, Volleyball, Amphitheater, and more.