Let us help you start dreaming of those beautiful Indian Summer afternoons to come, when changing foliage and sweet-spot temperatures begs the traveler to step outdoors into crisp mornings and long afternoon sunshine. Downtown, around town, or out of town, there is no shortage of fall time fun in Cheyenne. Come meet the unexpected side of this western town...
In the heart of it all, downtown…
Spreading out beyond the web of tracks of the Union Pacific rail yard, Cheyenne’s historic downtown is bracketed between the old Depot clock tower and the shining dome of the Capitol. Buildings dating back to the 1800s are now home to locally owned restaurants, shops, and galleries.
Larger-than-life murals scattered around the city’s center make for an excellent afternoon stroll, particularly when paired with a café-brewed spiced drink in hand. Each summer’s Paint Slingers Festival populates more walls, ensuring there is nearly always something new to discover.
As long as you are making your way around the downtown area, download the free Daddy of the Malt Craft Beverage Trail Pass and sample the local libations. All four breweries and one of the distilleries are located downtown, and the pass offers a Buy One, Get One deal at each stop. (Since you’ve nearly finished the pass, plan a trip over to Pine Bluffs, and earn a stainless-steel pint glass to take home with you!)
Harvest time means fresh produce and baked goods at the local farmers markets. Cheyenne boasts two weekly markets through the beginning of October – Tuesdays afternoon in the parking lot of Frontier Mall and Saturday mornings at Frontier Park in parking lot B. Load up your reusable bags with seasonal veggies and fruit, stock up on locally-raised meat and fill your pantry with honey, jams, and sauces – taking a bit of the West home to enjoy later!
After sampling the market’s wares, consider taking the Re-Ride bikeshare for a spin. Unlocked through an app, the bikes only cost $1/hour and give you easy access to the Greater Cheyenne Greenway Multi Use Trail meandering through town, connecting many of the parks through October. Play one of the disc golf courses under a canopy of yellow cottonwood leaves. Cheyenne has several courses are open to the public (with another challenging course in Pine Bluffs and one on F.E. Warren Air Force Base, for folks with base access).
If Wyoming autumn had a mascot, it would uncontestably be the golden, quaking aspen trees indigenous to the area. A gorgeous, winding 35-minute drive west of Cheyenne brings you to Curt Gowdy State Park and its three reservoirs, and just beyond that is the rocky playground known as Vedauwoo in Medicine Bow National Forest. In both locations the aspen shine through patches of pine trees and sprout up between other-worldly rock formations. The trails available in the region immerse the adventurer in the fairy tale-like environments where you may spot fauna like beavers, marmots, deer, elk, and the occasional moose. Hiking, mountain biking, and picnicking are all excellent options for those seeking Wyoming’s spectacular show of color.
Wherever you wander, Wyoming is ready to welcome you!
Whether you are coming up for the day, a long weekend, or a midweek escape, Cheyenne is open and responsibly welcoming visitors. Socially distanced live music, ghost tours, and food fests like Cheyenne's own OctoberFeast and the Daddy of the Malt Weekend are all opportunities to get out town and do something new.
Want an educational angle to incorporate into your trip? Check out the Learn the Legend page!
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