Half-Day Tours

Afternoon Tours on June 23 (Day 2)

Downtown Sheridan

Downtown Sheridan

 

1. Downtown History and Art Sculptures (self-guided with provided map)
In the spring of 1882, a Civil War veteran by the name of John Loucks was sitting on a hill above Goose Creek when he envisioned a town laid out in the valley below him. The town was incorporated in 1884 and named “Sheridan”, in honor of the Union general that Loucks had served under. The railroad and coal mining industry soon arrived to town, bringing prosperity to local farmers and merchants. Sheridan’s Main Street became a hub for entertainment in the region, lined with bars, pool halls and even a few brothels. Many of the city’s earliest buildings still stand today, providing a fascinating glimpse at Sheridan’s rich history.  Join a walking tour of Historic Downtown and relive history while also enjoying the new and latest Art on Display.  You never know what/who you’ll see in Historic Downtown Sheridan a rhino, a tin man or perhaps a Bozeman scout.

Minimum of 4 people
Maximum of 15 people

Physical Restrictions:  A walking tour.  Participants should be comfortable walking up to 3 km.
Attire – Much of this tour will be spent walking outside from location to location.  Dress for comfort including a light jacket, sunglasses, hat, sunscreen, and of course comfortable walking shoes.

2. King’s Saddlery and Mint Bar Tour
Ah, the questions that will get answered on this tour.  How to lasso? How much material does it takes to make a 25-foot rope? How long does it take to build a leather belt? Why the difference in rope knots?  What’s the story behind how King’s became a museum?  Have you ever seen a two-headed calf?  This and so much more.  Watch as a rope is made and witness the tooling process involved in making a leather belt – from a man who is a local legend himself.  Meander through the museum and learn about its collection and history.  Don’t forget to buy the iconic King Ropes hat before you leave!

Minimum of 2 people
Maximum of 30 people

Half-Day Tours on June 24 (Day 3)

Tongue River

 

1. Scenic Flight – 60 minutes (Morning)
Get a bird’s-eye view of Sheridan and its surroundings from a small plane.  Included in the scenic flight – Lake DeSmet, Fort Phil Kearney, the face of the Bighorn Mountains and Tongue River Reservoir.  Last but not least, you will get the best view of the coalmines on your way back to town.  Keep your camera close by for the spectacular shots!

Minimum of 3 people
Maximum of 9 people* (3 x 3 flights)

*Maximum weight per flight cannot exceed 550 pounds

2. Bicycle Soldier Ridge (Morning)
Located in the foothills of the Bighorn, Soldier Ridge is a non-motorized trail that offers stunning 360-degree views of the mountains and countryside. A local expert will properly fit you for a bicycle and guide you on this 9.5km round-trip adventure. With steep hills, pea gravel and sections of single track.

Physical restrictions: This is a challenging trail; some off-road experience is required.  Safety and comfort are important – participants may wish to bring their own helmet.  If you do require a helmet, please identify this at the time of registration.    We will have two guides and can adjust to the pace of the group.

Minimum of 2 people
Maximum of 10 people

Physical Restrictions:  For experienced cyclists in good condition.
Attire: Closed toe shoes are a must. Dress comfortably for the sun and outdoors.

3. Tour of the Battle Sites around Sheridan (Morning)
Fort Phil Kearny State Historic Site is the largest stockade fort west of the Mississippi and epicenter of Red Cloud’s War against the Bozeman Trail.  Enroute to the sites, you’ll be introduced to the Plains Indian Wars and westward expansion into the Gold Fields of Montana, via the “Bloody Bozeman” Trail.  Once there you’ll visit the Interpretive Center and Fort Grounds, followed by a demonstration of period weapons, including the firing of a period Howitzer.  Next will be a visit to the 100-in-the-Hand Battle site – where 81 Soldiers were completely wiped out by a fighting force of 1500 warriors who came together from 3 tribes under Red Cloud.   www.fortphilkearny.com

Minimum of 4 people
Maximum of 6 people

Physical Restrictions:  You will be walking most of the tour.  Nothing strenuous, but you will be on your feet.
Attire:  Being outside all day you’ll want to wear layers.  Wyoming weather is unpredictable, but it should be nice during the day.  Bring a sweatshirt or light jacket, sunscreen, bug repellant, and wear good walking shoes.

1. King’s Saddlery (Afternoon)
Ah, the questions that will get answered on this tour.  How to lasso? How much material does it takes to make a 25-foot rope? How long does it take to build a leather belt? Why the difference in rope knots?  What’s the story behind how King’s became a museum?  Have you ever seen a two-headed calf?  This and so much more.  Watch as a rope is made and witness the tooling process involved in making a leather belt – from a man who is a local legend himself.  Meander through the museum and learn about its collection and history.  Don’t forget to buy the iconic King Ropes hat before you leave!

Minimum of 2 people
Maximum of 30 people

Black Tooth Brewery

 

2. ½ Day Craft Beer Experience (Afternoon)
A local expert will guide you on a tasting tour of the region’s burgeoning craft beer scene. Sheridan is home to two breweries. Award-winning Black Tooth (largest in Wyoming), and Luminous, a microbrewery known for experimental one-off creations.  Also included on the tour is Koltiska Distillery a legendary family operation, producing the unique Wyoming liqueur.   Weston Wineries rounds out this half-day tour.  Known for its commitment to cellaring and bottling exciting wines showcasing Wyoming and its Western Heritage.  No trip to Sheridan would be complete without a visit to The Mint Bar known for its iconic neon sign.

Minimum of 4 people
Maximum of 15 people

Full Day Tours

Lunch Included – Sat., June 24 (Day 3)

1. Painting/Sketching/Photographing Road Trip
Take a road trip through the Bighorn Mountains and be inspired by the view.  You will be making several stops throughout the day to sketch/paint the beauty that lies around you.  Experience is not necessary; Mr. Randy Stout (one of Sheridan’s most notable resident Artists will guide you through the process.  Discover how sketching your adventures will make better, deeper memories and heighten your appreciation of nature’s beauty.

Minimum of 4 people
Maximum of 6 people

Attire: Be comfortable as you’ll be outdoors.  Bring a rain jacket and we even recommend a hat to keep the sun out of your eyes.  Good walking shoes are recommended.
Physical Restrictions: Be able to hike minimal stretches at a high altitude.
Gear Required: If you have your own sketching supplies you are encouraged to bring them, otherwise they will be provided.

2. Hike the Tongue River Canyon
From the peaks of the Bighorns, marvel at the beauty that surrounds you including the majestic Steamboat Point; a southwest-facing rock wall that rises up over 600 feet above the surrounding area and the nearby highway.  Your mountain descent provides equally inspiring views of the canyon topography.  Proposed hiking distance 5-6 km (3.5 miles) however distance covered is dependent upon physical condition of group.

Minimum of 4 people
Maximum of 6 people

Attire: Must have good hiking boots/ shoes, water, sun protection and bug repellant.  Layers/rain gear recommended.
Physical Restrictions: Moderate level. This is a downhill hike. We recommend that interested participants with knees conditions are encouraged to bring along knee support.

The Brinton Museum

 

3. Museums and The Arts
Sheridan is rich in museums and the arts and this day is packed with Sheridan offerings.  Included in this tour will be museums, art centers and theaters, namely:

The Brinton Museum – located on the historic Quarter Circle A Ranch in Big Horn, Wyoming and features 19th, 20th and 21st century Western and American Indian Art, as well as a 200-year old Rammed Earth Wall, in a setting that is art unto itself. www.thebrintonmuseum.org

Bozeman Trail was built in 1879 by the Rock Creek Stage Line.  The Blacksmith Shop is now home to the Bozeman Trail Museum. The Museum now houses Indian artifacts, dentistry tools, photos of the area, pioneer clothing, books, blacksmith tools, and many other artifacts from pioneer families.  www.bhmmc.org

The Sheridan County Museum explores the history of the American West from a local perspective, through the eyes and ears of the men and women who settled Sheridan County. Discover their varied stories through the fascinating exhibits at the Sheridan County Museum.  www.sheridanmuseum.org

Trail End historic site

Trail End historic site

 

The Trail End Museum was built in the Flemish Revival style, the 13,748 square foot mansion known as Trail End provides an intriguing glimpse into life during the period 1913 to 1933, primarily as seen through the eyes of the John B. Kendrick family. www.trailend.co

The Carriage House Theater, as the name suggests, was originally built to house carriages and teams of horses but was converted into an eighty-seven-seat community theater in 1979 by the Sheridan Civic Theatre Guild. www.sheridanstage.com
The WYO Theater was originally built in 1923 as the Lotus, a vaudeville theater. The theater entertained Sheridan families for nearly 60 years with both live performances and films before closing its doors in 1982. Its future uncertain, the theater seemed destined to become just another Main Street memory.  Through the years it has undergone many changes, but whatever those changes, the theater has always been an integral part of the community.  www.wyotheater.com

Sagebrush Community Art Center displays the works of local members of the Sheridan Artists’ Guild, Et al (SAGE) – paintings, drawings, glasswork, woodwork, ceramics, and fiber arts are on display – thru the summer – at the Sagebrush Community Art Center in the Historic Train Depot.  www.artinsheridan.com
Minimum of 4 people
Maximum of 20 people
Attire: There is a good deal of walking on this tour – comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

Powder Horn golfing

Powder Horn golfing

 

4. Golfing at the Powder Horn
Start the day with a tour of Powder Horn, a 900-acre community just outside of Sheridan.  Next, a stop at the Club House for a bite to eat before putting your skills to the test on their 18-hole golf course.

Minimum of 1 person
Maximum of 4 people

Attire: Golf Attire required.  No jeans or t-shirts.  While golf shoes are not required, shoes with spikes or metal bottoms are not permitted.
Equipment: Golf clubs will be provided
Skills Required:  A challenging course, this tour is recommended for golfers with moderate to excellent level of skill.

In the spring of 1882, a Civil War veteran by the name of John Loucks was sitting on a hill above Goose Creek when he envisioned a town laid out in the valley below him. The town was incorporated in 1884 and named “Sheridan”, in honor of the Union general that Loucks had served under. The railroad and coal mining industry soon arrived to town, bringing prosperity to local farmers and merchants. Sheridan’s Main Street became a hub for entertainment in the region, lined with bars, pool halls and even a few brothels. Many of the city’s earliest buildings still stand today, providing a fascinating glimpse at Sheridan’s rich history.  Join a walking tour of Historic Downtown and relive history while also enjoying the new and latest Art on Display.  You never know what/who you’ll see in Historic Downtown Sheridan a rhino, a tin man or perhaps a Bozeman scout.

Minimum of 4 people
Maximum of 15 people

Physical Restrictions:  A walking tour.  Participants should be comfortable walking up to 3 km.
Attire – Much of this tour will be spent walking outside from location to location.  Dress for comfort including a light jacket, sunglasses, hat, sunscreen, and of course comfortable walking shoes.