Sheridan County Is Packed With Outdoor Recreation Activities
PHOTO CREDIT: Jeff Adkins
Outdoor enthusiasts have a lot to be thankful for in Sheridan County. The area is teeming with recreation opportunities, from hunting and fishing to rock climbing and golf.
Big Horn Mountains and Bighorn National Forest
Sheridan County is located at the foot of the scenic Big Horn Mountains and close to the Bighorn National Forest, which spans more than one million acres and offers more than 30 campgrounds, picnic areas, two visitor centers, ski areas, lodges, lakes, scenic byways and more than 1,500 miles of trails. Snowmobiling through the mountains is common in winter, and rock climbing, fishing and hiking are favorite summer pastimes.
Hunting and Fishing in Sheridan County
Hunters in Sheridan County can find an abundance of mule deer, whitetail deer, pronghorn antelope, elk, moose, mountain lion, coyote, black bear, wild turkey and numerous other small game animals. Fishing enthusiasts enjoy hundreds of streams and lakes full of rainbow, brown, brook and cutthroat trout as well as dozens of other fish species. Popular water bodies for fishing in the Sheridan region include Belle Fourche River, Tongue River, Cloud Peak Wilderness, Cook Lake and the Keyhole Reservoir.
The Big Horn Equestrian Center
Horse fans gather at the Big Horn Equestrian Center in Sheridan County for horse-related activities throughout the year. The BHEC encompasses 60 manicured acres and a historic clubhouse that is often used for private parties, weddings, reunions and corporate events.
The center is also the home of the Big Horn Polo Club and hosts roping, bronc riding, racing and even the Budweiser Clydesdales.
Sheridan County Golf Courses
Golfers have several courses to choose from in Sheridan County. The Powder Horn Golf Course is a 27-hole, semi-private championship course that incorporates both meadow and creek-side terrain. Its 30,000-square-foot clubhouse features a restaurant, cowboy bar, pro shop, locker rooms, pool, tennis courts and a 24-hour fitness center.
Other golfing options include Sheridan Country Club, with its eighteen-hole parkland style course, and Kendrick Golf Course, which is rated one of the top five courses in Wyoming by Golf Digest magazine.
Sheridan WYO Rodeo
Each July, Sheridan gears up for the annual Sheridan WYO Rodeo, where the world’s top cowboys and cowgirls compete in four Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association performances. It has been a tradition for 80 years and is consistently ranked one of the top professional rodeos in North America.
Kendrick Park and Sheridan Recreation District
Kendrick Park is a family favorite for outdoor fun, with picnic areas, a swimming pool, tennis courts and a large children’s playground. Kendrick Park also has a band shell, where Sheridan’s summer musical series Concerts in the Park is held. Don’t miss the adjacent wildlife viewing area, which is home to a small herd of buffalo and elk.
The Sheridan Recreation District is another local gem, offering organized youth sports such as baseball, softball, swim lessons, football, basketball and cheerleading. The organization also sponsors kayak trips, winter ski trips, mountain bike rides and sledding outings in the Big Horns.
Have a closer look at Kendrick Park in this short video.