Sheridan County enjoys one of the region's most desirable real estate markets, thanks to its picture-perfect location along the eastern slope of Wyoming’s Bighorn Mountains. Homebuyers here get more than a piece of land – they get a piece of the historic Old West.
Sheridan is the county seat and is a growing community of 17,000 with a historic Main Street and numerous shops. Sheridan was honored with True West Magazine’s Western Town of the Year Award in 2006 and attracts buyers looking to enjoy a laid-back lifestyle with big-city amenities. The vast variety of home styles and prices add to Sheridan’s appeal. You can find single-family homes ranging in price from the low $100s to more than $1 million, as well as older bungalows, ranch-style homes, luxury golf course properties and new construction homes.
The small town of Dayton is a bedroom community for many workers who commute to Sheridan. Other residents work on local ranches such as Padlock Ranch or Eaton’s Ranch, the oldest working dude ranch in the nation. Dayton home buyers mostly find larger land parcels and ranches, although new home construction and existing single-family homes and ranches are available. Dayton’s nearly 800 residents enjoy close proximity to all the recreation opportunities afforded by the Bighorn Mountains and Tongue River Canyon.
Ranchester is a charming town of slightly more than 800 residents situated along the Tongue River. It has gift shops, an art gallery and a café, though its economy is primarily fueled by agri-business. History buffs enjoy visiting the nearby Connor Battlefield. The real estate market includes large tracts of land, ranches and modest homes, including modular and mobile homes.
The resort community of Story, located 20 miles south of Sheridan, is one of the county’s favorite summer retreats, thanks to its abundant wildlife and tranquility. Home to about 900 people, Story features a post office, library, several bed-and-breakfasts, restaurants and a fish hatchery. It is a short drive from the historical site Fort Phil Kearny.
Story has a variety of property types, including existing single-family ranch-style homes and new ranch homes with acreage perfect for livestock or horses. Expect Story homes to range in price from the low $300s up to $1 million for luxury mountain retreats.
Located 10 miles south of Sheridan, the tight-knit community of Big Horn has about 500 residents and has a downtown mercantile reminiscent of the Old West, a restaurant and two museums. Buyers appreciate Big Horn for its affordability and room to roam, with a nice selection of luxury homes to modest ranch-style homes and tracts of land. Prices generally range from the low $250s to more than $1 million.
Arvada and Clearmont
The small rural community of Arvada is a census-designated place with about 33 residents. It is served by Sheridan County School District Three, which includes Arvada Elementary School, Arvada-Clearmont Junior High School and Arvada-Clearmont High School.
The tiny town of Clearmont is home to about 115 people and was made famous by the fictional Old West radio drama "Powder River" as the lead character’s ranch. Clearmont attracts art lovers for its Ucross Foundation Art Gallery located in a historic red barn on a 22,000-acre cattle ranch.
Sheridan County’s Smallest Communities
Some of Sheridan County’s smallest communities include Parkman, Banner, Leiter, Wolf and Wyarno. They typically offer more affordable real estate than their larger counterparts. Parkman, for example, has a typical home value of $181,777 compared to Sheridan County's average home price of $202,297.