Cheyenne was founded in 1867 by Major General Grenville Dodge, the chief engineer of the Union Pacific Railroad. In 1869, Cheyenne became the capital of the Territory of Wyoming. It became the state capital in 1890.
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Cheyenne is located at the crossroads of Interstates 80 and 25 in southeastern Wyoming, about 40 miles west of the Nebraska border, 180 miles south of Casper, 50 miles east of Laramie, and 8 miles north of the Colorado border.
Cheyenne is 90 miles directly north of Denver. The trip takes approximately 1.5 hours, depending on Denver traffic. Cheyenne generally has no traffic problems, although spots like Dell Range Blvd. and Central Ave. can have minimal jams.
- 1 Cheyenne Regional Airport/Jerry Olsen Field (CYS IATA). For the adventurous, small 15-seat prop planes fly from Denver International Airport. The flight is not recommended for those with weak stomachs or those who hate roller coaster rides. However, if you would like both an aisle and a window seat you are in luck. Great Lakes Airlines operates the 40 minute flights (about 20 minutes of actual flying time) and code shares with Frontier and United.
Denver International Airport (DEN IATA) is the closest major airport to Cheyenne, for those that want to go international. Rental cars are available at the airport, which is 90 mi (140 km) from Cheyenne, via E-470.
- The Denver Shuttle arrives once a day to pick up passengers between Denver, Cheyenne, and Scottsbluff. Bus Stop: McDonalds College Drive.
- Greyhound parks in front of Rodeway Inn/Exxon Mobil. Known to Cheyenne-ites as Black Hills Stage Lines.
Cheyenne has a relatively simple street grid, and on-street parking in the city is a breeze due to the lack of paid parking meters. However, time-limited parking exists on many downtown streets and roads, even the medical center. You should always know how long you will stay within a place before you park, or you could pay an unexpected $15 fine.
Rush hour runs from about 4:30PM to 6:30PM, Monday through Friday.
The Cheyenne Transit Program comprises six bus lines each serving their own region of the city. Accessible "Curb to Curb" buses are also available for the mobility-impaired — the wheelchair entrance is found in the rear.
Mostly used by tourists, these buses make a loop of the various downtown landmarks, stopping for about two minutes at each (don't dawdle on your way back in; the next trolley is usually about 90 minutes away).
During the "Christmas"" season, trolleys are arranged for decoration tours, which may take you across the entire city. Ask about pricing.
T&I Shuttle Service is the most comprehensive taxi company in the city.
- 1 Wyoming State Capitol, 200 W 24th St, ☎ . Completed in 1888 before Wyoming was a state, the Wyoming State Capitol is a National Historic Landmark and the dominant structure on the Cheyenne skyline. The Capitol is open to the public 8AM-5PM Monday – Friday.
- 2 Wyoming State Museum, 2301 Central Ave, ☎ . 9AM-4:30PM M-Sa. Features artifacts, various collections and gift shop, full of souvenirs and Wyoming books.
- 3 Cheyenne Depot Museum, 121 W. 15th St, ☎ . Former Union Pacific Railroad Depot and recently renovated National Historic Landmark. The plaza in front of the depot hosts concerts and other events during the summer. The station also hosts Shadow's Pub & Grill [dead link].
- 4 Old West Museum & Store, 4610 North Carey Ave, ☎ . Located in Frontier Park on the grounds of Cheyenne Frontier Days, the historic rodeo called the "Daddy of 'em All". Includes a large display of horse-drawn carriages and exhibits on the history of the CFD rodeo which was established in 1897.
- 5 Nelson Museum of the West, 1714 Carey Ave, ☎ . May 1-Oct. 31. 9AM-4:30PM M-F. Western museum with 11,000 square feet of exhibits, including Indian artifacts, cowboy trappings, 19th century weapons and outlaw memorabilia.
- 6 Governor's Mansion, 300 East 21st St, ☎ . 9AM-5PM Tuesday – Saturday. The historic mansion, home to Wyoming governors from 1905 to 1976. Free.
- 7 Big Boy Steam Engine, 1142-,1188 E Lincolnway (17th St & Morrie Ave. (Holliday Park)). This powerful coal-fired engine was designed to pull a 3600-ton train over steep grades between Cheyenne and Ogden, Utah. The 4004 is one of eight remaining Big Boys on display throughout the country.
- 8 Cheyenne Botanic Gardens, 710 S. Lions Park Dr, ☎ . 8AM-4:30PM M-F, 11AM-3:30PM Sa-Su. Includes diverse flora and a greenhouse conservatory. The grounds are also home to Historic Locomotive 1242 and the Western Walkway, connecting the Gardens to the Old West Museum. Free.
- 1 Cheyenne Frontier Days, 4610 Carey Ave (Be warned of heavy vehicular traffic last week of July on I-25, Carey Ave, and 8th Ave). World's largest outdoor rodeo & Western celebration that takes place the "Last Full Week in July". This historic rodeo was established in 1897 and is called the “Daddy of ‘em All”. Events include numerous rodeo events, free pancake breakfasts, night-time concerts, and parades.
- 2 Historic Trolley Tours, 121 W. 15th St, ☎ . Narrated, 90-minute tours of historic Cheyenne. Purchase tickets in the Depot and tours leave from the Depot Plaza. $10 adults/$5 children. There is also a horse-drawn carriage tour option.
- 3 Terry Bison Ranch, 25 Service Rd, ☎ . 51 I- - Located 7 miles south of Cheyenne off I-25, this ranch is home to more than 2,000 bison. Take a tour through the herd from the safety of a vehicle. The ranch also has “horses, longhorn steer, camels, llamas, ostriches, emu, chickens, turkeys, turkins (1/2 turkey-1/2 chicken), peacocks, donkeys, goats, and beefalo (1/2 buffalo-1/2 steer).”
- 1 Frontier Mall, 1400 Dell Range Blvd. 6a-9p Mon-Fri 6a-10p Sat 6a-6p Sun, some stores open on their own schedule.. One-story indoor shopping area conveniently located near Cheyenne Regional Airport and anchored by two Dillard's, a JCPenney, and a nine-screen movie theatre (AMC). Planet Fitness is expected to become the new anchor store to replace the old Sports Authority.
- 1 The Egg & I, 2300 Carey Ave, ☎ . 6:30A-2P. A specialty breakfast and lunch chain in Downtown, great place to watch the CFD parade on the fourth Tuesday/Thursday of July.
- 2 Plains Hotel Diner (Potentially called Captiol Grille), 1600 Central Ave, ☎ . Gourmet restaurant located in the historic Plains Hotel, not a budget choice
- 4 Sanford’s Grub & Pub, 115 E. 17th St. Eclectic décor with a huge menu. Look for the back-end of a pickup truck hanging over the entrance
- Sagebrush Sandwich Co, 102 E. 19th St (Small shop, great chili).
- Good Friend's Chinese Restaurant, 507 Lincolnway. Serves Chinese and Japanese.
- The Pie Lady, 3515 E Lincolnway. "Mom's Kitchen" feel with a wide variety of pies.
- 1 Midtown Tavern (inside old Anderson's Corner), 1303 E. Pershing Blvd. (I-25 exit 11, follow Pershing to Anderson sign.), ☎ . Su-Th 11AM-10PM, F-Sa 11AM-2AM. Local pub with live music.
- 1 Candlewood Suites Cheyenne, 2335 Tura Pkwy, ☎ . $129/night.
- 2 The Cheyenne Motel, 1601 E. Lincolnway (1 Mile East of Downtown on Lincolnway), ☎ . Check-in: 3:00, check-out: 10:30. Small, quiet establishment with affordable nightly and weekly rates. Friendly service, attentive staff, and low rates you just can't get at the larger chain motels. $40 and up.
Despite also being in Wyoming, Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks are hundreds of miles away on the opposite side of this fairly large state. Fort Collins, Colorado is only 44 miles to the south.
|Routes through Cheyenne|
|Casper ← Douglas ← Jct E ←||N S||→ Fort Collins → Denver|
|Rock Springs ← Buford ←||W E||→ Kimball → North Platte|
|Rock Springs ← Buford ←||W E||→ Kimball → North Platte|
|Spearfish ← Torrington ←||N S||→ Greeley → Thornton|