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The world comes out west expecting to see cowboys driving horses through the streets of downtown; pronghorn butting heads on windswept bluffs; the towering pinnacles of the Cloud Peak Wilderness; and endless expanses of wild, open country. The Bighorn Mountains have been at the center of the essential Sheridan experience for generations. The mountains boast secluded canyons, miles of hiking, biking and riding trails, secret fishing holes, epic climbing lines, and so much more.

You will find all the rugged terrain you could ever dream about out here, but you’ll never find yourself lacking for the creature comforts of a modern western city. Sure, you’ll see cowboys, and fellas who play cowboys on TV. You’ll also find events completely unique to our little corner of the world, an immersive arts scene, and the kind of folk who just might share their favorite fishing hole with a stranger passing through. Maybe.

These are some of the fibers that have been stitched together over time to create the patchwork quilt of Sheridan’s identity, each part and parcel to the Wyoming experience. What you may not have been expecting when you came out west was a thriving, historic down-town district, with Western allure, hospitality, and good graces to spare; a vibrant arts scene; bombastic craft culture; a robust festival and events calendar; and living history on every corner.  

Located at the foot of the iconic Bighorn Mountains, halfway between Yellowstone National Park and Mount Rushmore, Sheridan is a stunning mountain town known for epic outdoor recreation, the WYO Rodeo, cowboy history, Western hospitality, craft culture, and an immersive art scene. At first blush, picturesque Sheridan County is all archetypal mountain verve and Wyoming vigor, but there’s an artistic dynamism and cultural allure here that belies its cowtown reputation.  

The flagship Sheridan WYO Rodeo draws nearly 30,000 visitors to town every July, while the WYO Theater, Brinton Museum, and the Whitney Center for the Arts have become artistic touchstones with significant regional cache. National attractions abound—the Historic Sheridan Inn is a siren song to the legend and lore of the Wild West; Eaton’s Ranch is the oldest continuously operated dude ranch in the nation; the ancient Medicine Wheel, at an altitude of 9,462 feet, lords over the mountains with a mystical presence that defies explanation; and Indian battle sites like Fort Phil Kearny, the Fetterman Fight, and the Wagon Box Fight, all located along the Bozeman Trail, offer endless educational and historical attractions. The Sheridan WYO Winter Rodeo, returning for its third year in February 2023, has become one of the largest winter events in the state, and combines the community’s cowboy heritage with Wyoming’s love for the outdoors.  

One of Sheridan County’s best kept secrets is the community’s deep connection to polo. The history of polo in the ranching community of Big Horn is linked to the British Crown, and dates back more than a century. Polo season runs from June through October each year. The Bighorn Polo Club offers free tournament games on Sunday afternoons and practices twice per week while the Flying H Polo Club offers high-goal tournament games on Saturdays.

There are countless ways to immerse yourself in the history and tradition of the Modern West. You could set out on a five-night cattle drive with the crew from Double Rafter or celebrate your inner Remington by creating unique art with the good people at Red Bison Studios, the Paint Post, or the Gallery on Main. Experience our culinary scene with a visit to the new Welcome Market Hall, Warehouse Gastropub, Mydland Market, or Verdello, or find out why Craft is King in Sheridan with a tour through Koltiska Distillery, Black Tooth Brewing Co., Luminous Brewhouse, and Smith Alley Brewing Company. 

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