The abundance of recreational areas, outdoors activities, and historical landmarks in Cheyenne makes the city fit for a family getaway. Families can encounter the natural splendor of Mt. Rushmore, Yellowstone, Rocky Mountains and Grand Tetons under the guidance of the National Park Service. These parks are within day or overnight trips from Cheyenne.

Visitors who desire to stick closer to the city limits, can drive to smaller parks such as Medicine Bow National Park and Oregon Trail Ruts Monument. In town, the lakes at Lions Park and Holiday Park offer pleasant, summer swimming holes. Pack a picnic lunch to take a break from downtown, toy-souvenir central. When physical exertion loses it appeal, it may be time for the family to visit a museum.

Museums are everywhere in Cheyenne. A visit to these cultural and historical institutions is like a walk through history from the early Plains Indian civilizations to the growth of the Union Pacific Railroad. Reimagine the Old West at Frontiers Days Old West Museum and the Nelson Museum. Their exhibits feature American Indian relics, the belongings of outlaws, cowboy artifacts, and folk art. The Old West Museum houses the largest wagon collection in the United States. However, without the Union Pacific Railroad, pioneers could not have attained their prominence in the Old West.

In 1867, railroad workers pitched tents along the site of modern day Cheyenne. The construction of the third rail provided the textiles and material necessary for settlers to create thriving town. Cheyenne has been a city largely defined by its proximity to the railroad. Recall this past at the Big Boy Steam Engine exhibit and the Cheyenne Depot. The city has renovated the old Union Pacific Depot into a visitor's center and maintained its original 1920's decorative architecture. Free horse-drawn carriage rides, with suggested donations, depart from the depot Thursday to Sunday. A self-guided audio tour is optional and it begins in the Cheyenne Depot plaza.

Family Friendly entertainment includes Gunslingers and Frontiers Day. Gunslingers renact Old West fights, performs skits and wild west shows. Frontiers Day is the ultimate Western celebration. It consists of parades, rodeos, local cuisine, and a carnival. Western music stars perform in the rodeo arena for the welcoming, Cheyenne community. Even if you're not Toby Kieth, Cheyenne will still treat your family like superstars.

Union Pacific Depot- Early Days

 

Postmarked 1907

 

"These Boots are Made for Talking," a fundraising project of the Cheyenne Depot Museum Foundation, was produced by local artists. Several of these eight-foot tall cowboy boots were placed in and around downtown Cheyenne in the summer of 2004.

There are maps available of the locations of the boots around town.

Cheyenne has bus service for getting around. They're not huge, they're not fancy.. but, by golly, they're on time. :)

The Trolley tour of Cheyenne is a fun day also.