Sheridan, Wyoming, sits along Interstate 90 just south of the Montana border. Seeping in Old West history, Sheridan is a place to see what life was like as a cowboy, rancher, or pioneer along the Westward migration trails. You'll find historical sites and exhibits that illuminate the turmoil of the Indian Wars that occurred on the American Plains. There are also places to spend time enjoying the outdoors, including trails for hikers, mountain bikers, and horseback riders as well as some of the state's best golf courses. Whether you are just passing through or spending a few days, you'll find a multitude of adventures in Sheridan.
Sheridan's Trail End is a historic estate that was occupied by the prominent Kendrick family from 1913 to 1933 during a time of rapid change for the city. Visitors to Trail End State Historic Site can explore the rooms of the huge, Flemish-Revival-style mansion, where family artifacts and exhibits illuminate the changes in daily living during this era, both at home and on the ranch. During your visit, you can also wander the grounds of the Kendrick Estate, which has 3.8 acres of trees, paths, and gardens.
Trail End State Historic Site is located in a residential neighborhood in northwest Sheridan. The site is open daily from April 1 through December 14 each year, but hours fluctuate throughout the season. There is also a daily use fee in effect for the site, but it's free for children 17 and under as well as for casual grounds use.
King's Saddlery is a Sheridan retail store that specializes in Western gear, including ropes and saddles. Adjacent to the shop is Don King's Museum, a treasure trove of Western clothing and equipment from the past century. In addition to hundreds of saddles and historic photos, the museum collection includes guns, Native American artifacts, cowboy memorabilia, and Western art.
The Don King Museum is located in the heart of Sheridan on Main Street and East Grinnell Plaza. It is free to enjoy and open to the public Mondays through Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. year-round.
When the Burlington & Missouri Railroad arrived in Sheridan in the 1890s, an influx of visitors brought a boom of real estate developments in the city, including the now-famous Sheridan Inn. Managed for several of its early years by Buffalo Bill Cody, this National Historic Landmark continues to offer guest accommodations, dining, and event spaces.
The Sheridan Inn is located on East Fifth Street between Broadway and North Gould streets. Even if you aren't staying there yourself, stop by to check out the distinctive gabled architecture, wide porches, and interior woodwork. Although the hotel is always open to hotel guests, self-guided tours are only available during typical work hours (10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays).
Go Golfing at Top Courses
Sheridan is one of Wyoming's top golf destinations, offering several golf courses that come with views of wildlife and the Big Horn Mountains. Popular courses in and near Sheridan include the Kendrick Municipal Golf Course, the Hidden Bridge Golf Club, and The Powder Horn, a 27-hole golf course within a resort community. If you don't mind traveling a little south of the city, you can also head to Buffalo Golf Club for a round of golf at a great value.
Built as a venue for vaudeville acts during the 1920s, the WYO Theater now offers a variety of entertainment throughout the year. Family theater, musical performances, film screenings, and even traditional vaudeville variety shows are all on the schedule.
Tickets are required to attend all performances and must be purchased in advance online or from the box office. Past shows at the WYO Theater include "Catch Me If You Can: The Musical," The Oak Ridge Boys, the Dance Theatre of Harlem, and the annual Wyoming Theater Festival that takes place each July.
No matter what time of year you visit Sheridan, you'll likely encounter some sort of annual event, celebration, or festival happening in the city—except perhaps during the harsh, cold winter months of January and February.
If you're visiting in June, watch or participate in the Bighorn Mountain Wild & Scenic Trail Run, and in July, buy tickets to attend a week of rodeo events culminating in a parade at the Sheridan WYO Rodeo. In September, you'll have another chance for rodeo events over Labor Day weekend during the annual Don King Days celebration. Other annual events include the First People's Pow Wow, the KARZ Rod Run, Bighorn Mountains Brewfest, the Sheridan Farmers Market, and Bozeman Trail Days.
Located on the historic 620-acre Quarter Circle A Ranch in Big Horn, just over eight miles south of Sheridan, the Brinton Museum displays an extensive collection of Western art. Local history exhibits include equipment and Native American crafts, which guests can browse for a small fee. However, the Brinton Museum is only open from mid-March through Labor Day each year and is closed in the winter due to snow blocking the roadways to this secluded property.
Fort Phil Kearny, active for a few short years during the 1860s, played a pivotal role in the American Indian Wars and was a milestone along the historic Bozeman Trail. If you don't mind taking a 30-minute drive south of Sheridan on Interstate 90, though, this Wyoming State Historic Site is certainly worth the trip.
After checking out the film, exhibits, and shop at the Interpretive Center, take a self-guided tour of the fort grounds and reconstructed buildings. Your visit should also include a walk along the interpretive trails at the Fetterman Fight and the Wagon Box Fight battlefields, each located within a few miles of the Interpretive Center.
Once you've finished exploring the charming streets and residential neighborhoods of Sheridan and stopped off at Fort Phil Kearny, continue south on Interstate 90 to the historic downtown of Buffalo, Wyoming. Packed with Old West charm—including landmark buildings, local history museums, and unique Western shops—this small city is a great place to spend the afternoon. Stop by the Main Street Diner for lunch before checking out all the boutiques and antique stores along Main Street.