A trip across the country took us through Sheridan, Wyoming and although we were just going to stop for lunch, we ended up spending the night and just enjoying the town. My final impression as we left was “I could live here!” The summer had brought other vacationers who were headed off to go fly fishing in the dozens of streams, or to a dude ranch for a family get away. Some came for the Third Thursday Street Festival where the downtown was opened to foot traffic only. Colorful tents were set up with all kinds of art, food, music, and fun things for the kids. There was a concert in the park that day. Everyone had a smile and greeting. Yep, cowboy/cowgirl, we could retire in Sheridan, Wyoming in a heartbeat!
Just south of the border with Montana, Sheridan sits east of the Bighorn National Forest on a big open plain at the base of the mountains. This is a land of four seasons where you can find world class snowmobiling trails and winter skiing. Spring brings meadows full of flowers and fly fishing. Summer has hiking, off-road activities, camping, and festivals. In the fall the leaves change color and the town goes into harvest mode. But there is a lot going on in the town itself. The Suds and Spurs Brewfest is in September. The First People’s Pow Wow is the first week in July along with the Wyoming Rodeo Week. Kendrick Park, right downtown, holds concerts in the summer. Wild west history is evident all over the area. The Connor Battlefield commemorates the 1865 war between the US Army and the Arapahoe Tribe. The Little Bighorn Monument is nearby where General George Custer died fighting the Sioux Tribe. There is a really nice museum at this site. And here’s something fun – Sheridan has two polo clubs!
Here’s the facts you may want to know before visiting, for a season or a lifetime, in Sheridan. The town sits at 3,743 feet elevation and the average low temperature in January is 11.4 F. The summers get up in the high 80’s F. They get a total of just over 5 feet of snow in the winter with just 46 snowy days. The sun shines most of the year. Just over 18,000 people call Sheridan home and 16.9% are over the age of 65. The median value of an owner-occupied home is $191,500. We also found rentals in the $900 – 1200 a month range. Sheridan’s crime rate is extremely low at just 1.46 crimes per 1,000 residents. The Wyoming rate is 2.01 and the national rate is 3.9! They must have a good Sheriff in town! Also of note: of the adults over 25 in town, 22.99% have at least a bachelor’s degree.
There is no pollution in Sheridan. The air is really clean and the sky is unbelievably blue. Regretfully, we left Sheridan on a warm sunny day, but could have easily stayed for the whole season. Next time, we’re bringing the RV!
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Photo courtesy of Sheridan CofC