Sheridan, WY (SHR)

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A combination of pics & info from our visit in 2000 & 2001

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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.

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Big Horn Airways.  Very friendly.  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 early departure.  


Rental car: 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.




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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.

Holiday 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 efficient.  

Restaurants: A real gem is Oliver's on Main Street which is 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 non-smoking.

 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 non-smoking.

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 non-smoking.

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 beautiful house.

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. 


  Story, WY






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.