Sheridan, Wyoming is a city with a population of about 17,000 in extreme north-central Wyoming at an elevation of about 3,700-feet. Sheridan is in the Goose River Valley only ten-miles from the Big Horn Mountains. It is located in a veritable outdoor playground that will delight anglers, big game hunters, golfers, mountain bikers, backpackers, and rock climbers. Residents can take off for the back country on an ATV, a snowmobile, or a pair of cross country skis.
The Goose River Valley, where Sheridan is situated, is the ancestral homeland of the Crow people. It served as a staging area for Union troops that skirmished with the declining native population well into the 1870’s. The community became a center for commerce in a valley dominated by cattle ranches as the 19th century came to a close. The most prominent rancher was John B. Kendrick who would go on to become Wyoming’s governor in 1914. He also served in the U.S. Senate from 1917 until his passing in 1933.
Parks and Recreation
Residents of Sheridan enjoy easy access to the Bighorn Mountains & Bighorn National Forest The scenery is spectacular in every season. You’ll always find new places to explore up in the mountains. Enjoy the displays of colorful windflowers in the early summer and the blazing autumnal foliage in the fall. You will always return to town revitalized and refreshed.
The city of Sheridan maintains nine parks for the enjoyment of its residents. Playground equipment for the kids, ball fields for the athletes, and pavilions for the picnickers are all offered.
Attractions and Activities
The elegant side of Sheridan’s history is represented at the Trail End State Historic Site. The Flemish Revival mansion includes a prodigious 13,748 sq-ft of living space. The Kendrick family lived here through World War I, the Roaring Twenties, and into the Great Depression. Along the way, they savored each new innovation that came along, including elevators, vacuum cleaners, automobiles, and airplanes. Today, the mansion is fabulously furnished with period pieces. The lawn is meticulously manicured as it was in that bygone era. Visitors will also learn about Wyoming ranching in the early 20th century.
July brings the WYO Rodeo to Sheridan. This week-long event includes a “Sneakers and Spurs” run, a parade, a carnival, and a unique “rubber duck” race on Big Goose Creek. There’s even a special golf tournament at the country club. The event concludes with a big tailgater and polo game nearby in Big Horn.
Brewfest is a September event that offers live music and unlimited beer sampling at Whitney Plaza, behind Sheridan College. Twelve breweries participate and some travel to the event from South Dakota, Colorado, and Montana. Everyone that buys a sampling pass then gets to vote in the “People’s Choice Awards.” There’s also a BBQ cook-off and competition.
Popular wineries from throughout the region make the Wild West Wine Fest another special event. Experience some of the dozens of wines and craft beers that make Wild West Wine Fest what it is.