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Where in the world: USA  /  Wyoming  /  Sheridan

Top 15 things to do in Sheridan

1. Bighorn National Forest

The National Forest Foundation, chartered by Congress, engages Americans in community-based and national programs that promote the health and public enjoyment of the 193 million-acre National Forest System and administers private gifts of funds and land for the benefit of the national forests. www.nationalforests.org/

The Forest Service manages a system of 155 national forests, 20 national grasslands, and 222 research and experimental forests, as well as other special areas, covering more than 192 million acres of public land. The Forest Service has evolved into a 30,000-employee agency that manages the national forests for a number of multiple uses, including recreation, timber, wilderness, minerals, water, grazing, fish, and wildlife.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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2. King's Saddlery and Museum

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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4. Shell Falls

Shell Falls is a waterfall in the Bighorn National Forest on Shell Creek, about halfway down Shell Canyon, and a few miles upstream from the town of Shell in northeast Wyoming. The falls are 120 feet (36 meters) in height and tumble over basement rock of granite.
From the rest area and interpretive center, one can see outcrops of the Cambrian flathead sandstone, about 550 million years old, resting on 2.9 billion year old Precambrian rocks—some of the oldest rocks on earth. Visitors can also see "Copman's Tomb", a massive limestone promontory to the north.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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5. Trail End State Historic Site

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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6. The Historic Sheridan Inn

The Historic Sheridan Inn was the home of Buffalo Bill Cody, as well as the site where he auditioned acts for his famous Wild West Show. The building's unique architecture has also been a cause for fascination—in 1949 it was named in Ripley's Believe It or Not as "The House of 69 Gables."

Burlington & Missouri Railroad and the Sheridan Land Company let the contract for construction of the Sheridan Inn in December of 1892. The Inn, three-stories high and boasting 69 gables along with its original 69 rooms, three fireplaces, a Grand Ballroom, and a huge covered veranda, had a reported construction cost of $25,000. It opened for business on May 27th, 1893 with a Grand Opening following on June 27th.

The Sheridan Inn's significance is derived from its contribution to the history of America. It represents the settlement of the West for its connection with the railroad. The Sheridan Inn's integral connection with Buffalo Bill Cody and his "Wild West Show" adds further significance as he transported an aura of western history and culture to the nation and Europe.

Still further significance is attributed to the Sheridan Inn's architect, Thomas Rogers Kimball, who was recognized nationally. Kimball drew on both his education and travels to Europe and Great Britain in his work. His unusual design for the Inn is attributed to a visit to a Scottish hunting lodge.

If these factors alone were not significant, there is the Inn's extensive list of famous guests - politicians, generals, and cultural luminaries. In 1964, the Sheridan Inn received our nation's highest historic designation as a National Historic Landmark.

The departure of the last guest from the Sheridan Inn was a little more than forty years ago. The Inn closed its total operation on May 1st, 1965. It was sold to a developer who was planning to build a gas station on the site! The building itself was donated to the Sheridan County Historical Society on the understanding that it would be moved to another location. However, this proved unfeasible and by 1966, it was scheduled for demolition.

At this time, Neltje King came forward to save the condemned Inn, and made the first round of investments in the Inn's future. She had renovations done on the Inn and operated it for several years as a successful restaurant.

In 1990, the Sheridan County Historical Joint Powers Board purchased the Sheridan Inn out of bankruptcy, and leased it to the Sheridan Heritage Center who paid off the loans and later received title. By 1996, the Sheridan Heritage Center had made the second round of investments, some $1.5 million dollars, yet always knowing that more was needed, especially once it was discovered that low-bearing capacity of the soils under the foundations of the Inn had caused massive structural deterioration. Over $2 million was put into the structural stabilization of the Inn, when the deteriorating foundation threatened to bring the Inn down.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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7. Jim Gatchell Memorial Museum, Buffalo

The Jim Gatchell Memorial Museum is an American West museum in Buffalo, Wyoming, housed in a 1909 Carnegie Library building.

Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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8. The Brinton Museum, Big Horn

Wyoming’s rolling Bighorn Mountains envelop The Brinton Museum on the 620-acre Quarter Circle A Ranch. Its sweeping landscape and surrounding mountain range have long been the muse of treasured American artists and the setting for rich cultural traditions integral to the American Indian tribes inhabiting this region.

The Brinton’s 24,000-square-foot Forrest E. Mars, Jr. Building houses one of the most significant and extensive 19th, 20th and 21st century Western and American Indian Art collections in the U.S. featuring Frederic Remington, Charles Russell, Thomas Moran, Edward Borein, Winold Reiss, and the largest Hans Kleiber collection in the world.

The Brinton Museum is located just 15 minutes south of downtown Sheridan, Wyoming at 239 Brinton Road, Big Horn, Wyoming. To learn more visit thebrintonmuseum.org.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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9. US Highway 16, Buffalo

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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11. Rockpile Museum, Gillette

Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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12. Custer Battlefield Museum, Garryowen

Where the Battle of the Little Big Horn began . . . Garryowen, Montana.

Museum dedicated to promoting the history of the Battle of the Little Big Horn and the Western Migration.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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13. Little Bighorn Battlefield, Crow Agency

Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument preserves the site of the June 25 and 26, 1876, Battle of the Little Bighorn, near Crow Agency, Montana, in the United States. It also serves as a memorial to those who fought in the battle: George Armstrong Custer's 7th Cavalry and a combined Lakota-Northern Cheyenne and Arapaho force. Custer National Cemetery, on the battlefield, is part of the national monument. The site of a related military action led by Marcus Reno and Frederick Benteen is also part of the national monument, but is about 3 miles (4.83 km) southeast of the Little Bighorn battlefield.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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14. Fort Phil Kearny, Banner

Before Custer, there was Fetterman! Ten years prior to the epic Battle of the Little Bighorn ("Custer's Last Stand"), Fort Phil Kearny faced a surprise attack by Arapahoe, Cheyenne, and Lakota tribes that devasted the fort and left survivors to bury 81 men in the brutally frigid temps of December 1866. Fort Phil Kearny State Historic Site's Interpretive Center and Gift Shop narrates this dramatic story and others that illustrate Native and Soldier life, engagements, and terrain at the feet of the Big Horn Mountains. Encompassing over 1000 acres and three major interpretive locations, visitors will be amazed by the rich history of the sites, diverse wildlife, and breathtaking views across what the Lakota people called "The Picnic Basket" for it's wealth of restorative offerings. Visitors can tour the original site of the largest stockaded fort in the West or relax in the Interpretive Center and Gift Shop.

Just 5 minutes off I-90, uninterrupted views of the Big Horn Mountains and thorough, in- and outdoor interpretation make Fort Phil Kearny a worthwhile stop. Fort Phil Kearny also interprets the Wagon Box and Fetterman Fight Sites.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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15. Buffalo Golf Club, Buffalo

The 18 hole course at the Buffalo Golf Club in Buffalo, WY features 6,556 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 71. The course rating is 69.8 and it has a slope rating of 116. The Buffalo Golf Club opened in 1980 and was designed by Bill Poirot, a retired PGA Professional.

The course is a mountain style course with elevation changes, hazards and sand traps. Large cottonwood trees, evergreens and aspens add to its beauty and difficulty.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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