Sheridan, WY (SHR)
A combination of pics
& info from our visit in 2000 & 2001
Some of this pics are
thumbnails so try clicking for larger image!
|Sheridan is the quintessential small,
western town and one of our favorite places. It is not overrun with tourists and the downtown is
still a functioning business district devoid of t-shirt shops. It's
a down-home, friendly place in a beautiful setting. It's located
just south of the Montana border at the foot of the Big Horn mountains.
|Big Horn Airways.
They provided tie-down on the grass at no charge. But I did fuel
up. They were open at 06:00 so I was able to settle up and make an
||Avis & Enterprise are on the
field. I rented from Enterprise and had clean car at a decent
price. When I departed, left the keys with Big Horn. If
you look carefully, you'll see that we also cover the back seat of rental
cars with a sheet for good will.
|Best Western Sheridan Center.
Although it's dog friendly and in a good location downtown, I
have to withdraw my recommendation for this place. The rooms seem to
get worse each year. In 2002, our room was basically a
dungeon. Dark, damp and it smelled bad. (No, it wasn't the
dogs, it was the room!) The old air conditioner rattled and
banged. I couldn't wait to leave.
Inn Sheridan. We tried this place this year - 2003. Great
place although it's not really within walking distance of downtown.
But, the room was udpated, clean and the window opened. (Ask
for an outside facing room as opposed to one overlooking the interior
atrium.) They accept dogs and even had an enclosed sandy pet
exercise area although Simon & IDgie prefer the grass so we still
picked up after them. More expensive than the Best
Western, but it's worth it. Staff was very friendly and
||A real gem is Oliver's
on Main Street
fantastic. Menu leans towards "mediterranean" with some
Northern Italian influences but the the fish dishes are outstanding.
The beef is locally raised. We eat there a lot!
Not what I expected to find in Northern Wyoming. Gnocci as good as
anything we have had in Italy. When you walk in you might think
you've been transported to Chicago or New York but with more reasonable
prices. Excellent wine and beer list, too. Completely
Sanford's is a local version of
Chile's/Bennigan's etc. But, better. And they have a very
extensive beer list as well as their own brew. But, stay away from
the wine! Completely non-smoking.
The Java Moon, also on Main Street is a great place! They
have terrific deli sandwiches, ice cream, coffee and smoothies.
Also, a nice little patio where you can eat outside. Completely
Los Agaves seems
to be the place for Mexican. Homemade tortillas, excellent
Margaritas and a good beer selection. The Chile Verde plate was
excellent but could've used some more heat. I like 'em hot.
The Pollo Poblano came with a very nice dark mole. Completely
|Things to do:
||We like going during Rodeo Week
which was a real treat. If you can, try to be there for the Rodeo
Parade through downtown which begins at 10:00am on Friday. I would suggest
ordering tickets for the actual Rodeo by phone in advance from the Wyo
Theater. This will get you good seats and you can avoid the line at the
ticket booth at the fairgrounds.
Trail End, the Kendrick Mansion
is an interesting self-guided tour if you like early 20th century
residential architecture. This place is wonderfully preserved and a
Driving tours are also fun. We visited the pretty little town
of Story and along the way stopped to look at the Wagon Box
"fight" monument. Also in the area is Fort Phil Kearney
and the site of the Fetterman fight. This was Sioux country and much of the Plains Indian wars were fought
in the area. About an hour's drive north is the Little
Big Horn Battlefield. I strongly recommend Stephen Ambrose's
book "Crazy Horse & Custer" for a balanced look at both of
these fascinating men and their times.
|Hiking is always one of our prime goals.
An added benefit is that a "tired
dog is a good dog!" Especially if they are left alone in a motel
room while we have dinner. The Big Horn Mountains offer great hiking
opportunities. We did a day hike in the Cloud
Peak Wilderness Area that is accessed via the town of Buffalo.
Another day we hiked up Tongue Canyon just outside of Dayton and
finally a hike well up into the Big Horns which was about an hour's drive
from Dayton. Click here to see
highlights of these hikes.