Once home to outlaws, cattle barons, rodeo stars, cowboys and cowgirls, suffragettes and legends; Cheyenne has always been a place to find adventure. Today’s Cheyenne is no different for 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, this natural gem is nestled in the pine covered foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Three snow melt 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. 

International Mountain Biking Association

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 Epic featuring a high-quality ride and experience.


Located 10 minutes west of Curt Gowdy State Park are the 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 for all levels on breathtaking rock formations forged by fire, ice and wind. Staying closer to the ground, explore miles of dirt roads for ATVing, hiking trails and back country camping opportunities. 

Read Also: Fall in the Foothills of the Appalachian Mountains

Downtown Cheyenne offers its own opportunity for exploration.  Four breweries, a distillery, live music, museums and amazing dining opportunities abound.  The Cheyenne of today still offers wild west adventure that allows the traveler to make history and memories of their own.