So you like the idea of wide open spaces, an outdoors type of lifestyle, but would miss the events and attractions offered in a big city? Those who retire in Cheyenne, Wyoming have all that and so much more. Whether its a rodeo or a high end nightclub, a Roller Derby or the Symphony, the capital city is full of things to do. We found galleries, farmer’s markets, and theatre right along with Bison, a great train museum, hiking and biking trails and trail rides.
Right in the middle of the wild west and wide open planes, we found The Cheyenne Botanic Gardens, an oasis several different landscapes and a wide variety of plant species, a wetland area and a Peace Garden.
To really get to know the place, take one of the red trolley tours for a fun afternoon. The narrated tour will take you all over town (May through September) and you can hop on and off at your favorite spots. They have Ghost ours in October and Christmas lights tours in December.
If you are a railfan, you have found train heaven. Headquarters of the Union Pacific Railroad, the town grew where the train crossed the Crow Creek. The biggest steam locomotive in the U.S is on display at the Depot. Designated a National Historic Landmark, the Cheyenne Depot has been restored to its former glory. There is a museum with exhibits and interactive displays. On the third weekend in May, you can experience “Depot Days” at four locations in town. This festival has vendors, railroad displays, art and model train displays. You can tour the U.P. Roundhouse and see several trains in action.
Cheyenne Frontier Days is a 100 year old festival of all kinds of events including a nationally recognized Rodeo, and all sorts of western entertainment, including concerts, a western art show, a carnival, and an old west museum. You can see gunfights and hear some really well known country musical groups. All this happens in July and you should buy your tickets early! Where else can you see a John Deere tractor parade? The USAF Thunderbirds usually make an appearance.
The Francis E. Warren Air Force Base is 3 miles west of Cheyenne with about 3,000 soldiers and civilians. The base is home to several missile squadrons, maintenance and support groups. The base comes with a PX and commissary if you are retired military.
But what would it be like to live in Cheyenne? First of all, the town has just over 65,000 people and 13.5% are over the age of 65. The median value of an owner occupied home is $171,000 and rentals run in the $1,000 a month range. There are several big hospitals and doctor’s office buildings in town as well as a Veterans Center. The crime rate in Cheyenne is well below the national average. The Regional airport is quite small but the big Airport in Denver is about 100 miles away.
Cheyenne has an arid climate, like most of Wyoming. January sees temperatures in the 30’s F and it can get into the low 80’s in July – the hottest month. They average 12 days per year of 90 degree weather. Fifty-nine inches of snow falls every year, mostly in March and April. Just 16 inches of rainfall is expected every year.
The Laramie County Community College is in town as well as a branch of the University of Phoenix.
If you are just coming for a visit there are plenty of hotels, bed and breakfasts, ranch cabins and you can take your horse to one of several boarding stables. There are several RV parks in the area. Come spend the summer.
We really liked Cheyenne! This is one of those bigger cities with a small town feel. Tell us what you think of Cheyenne in the comments section below!