Adventure has always been part of Cheyenne’s story; today’s adventurers take advantage of being nestled at the base of the front range of the Rocky Mountains. Cheyenne caters to the 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 paddle boarding, 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 destination-worthy "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 is 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.
For those who are looking for “soft-adventure,” Cheyenne has 45 miles of Greenway trails that connect neighborhoods, parks and schools together.