Cheyenne, Wyoming is considered the nation’s rodeo and railroad capital featuring an Old West heritage with museums, historic properties and western-themed attractions. The state capital of more than 62,000 is at the crossroads of I-25 and I-80 convenient to Denver, Colorado as well as the entire Front Range Urban Corridor, which is home to over 4 million people. The city ranks among the best for clean air and least pollution.
A booming art community, eclectic shopping and dining and incredible outdoor spaces offer a distinct Cheyenne experience. Terry Bison Ranch contains 30,000 acres and more than 2,300 grazing bison. Horseback riding, ATV tours and fishing are popular at the ranch in addition to the bison tours offered via train. Curt Gowdy State Park and Vedauwoo Recreation Area in the foothills of the Laramie Mountains contain two reservoirs known for rainbow trout and salmon fishing.
Cheyenne Depot and Depot Museum is one of the last remaining 19th century depots from the transcontinental railroad. Downtown Cheyenne includes the Nelson Museum of the West as well as shops like The Wrangler and Just Dandy. The Wyoming State Capital Building is a National Historic Landmark, while the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens offer and oasis on the high plains.
Known as “The Daddy of ‘em All,” Cheyenne Frontier Days is the world’s largest outdoor rodeo and Western celebration. The 10-day event, started in 1897, features PRCA rodeo action, concerts, parades, shows and more.
The majority of Wyoming, including Cheyenne, is within a semi-arid climate. Yearly precipitation falls mainly in the form of snow with 55 inches on average compared to just 15 inches of rain annually. July highs typically reach the 80s, January lows fall below 20 degrees and there are 236 days of sunshine per year in Laramie County.
A site in Dakota Territory was platted in 1867 and chosen as the point where the Union Pacific Railroad crossed Crow Creek. The community was named for the Cheyenne Indian Nation, one of the most prominent tribes of the Great Plains. The railroad reached the area in 1867 creating rapid growth and the nickname, “Magic City of the Plains.” The establishment of Francis E. Warren Air Force Base the same year and the construction of the Wyoming State Capitol between 1886 and 1890, furthered development and growth of Cheyenne.
Government is the largest sector of the economy with many employed by the U.S. Air Force through F.E. Warren Air Force Base. Railroads also remain an economic force with BNSF and Union Pacific conducting business in Cheyenne. Great Lakes Airlines, Taco John’s and Green House Data are all headquartered in Cheyenne.
Laramie County School District is the largest school district in the state serving nearly 13,000 students. Laramie County Community College and branches of the Institute of Business & Medical Careers and University of Phoenix offer higher education.
Cheyenne Regional Medical Center features more than 2,000 employees, a medical staff of more than 170 and 222 licensed beds. Healthcare services include cardiovascular, neurosciences, trauma, rehabilitation and more.