The City of Buffalo, Wyoming lies at the foot
of the beautiful
Big Horn Mountains. There
are many shops on Main Street, including an old fashioned
"soda fountain" where you can still get a homemade soda. You
can also see the Occidental Hotel, made famous by Owen
Wister in the novel "The Virginian." The Occidental, the
Johnson County Court House, and the Carnegie Wing of the
Jim Gatchell Museum of the West are all listed in the
National Register of Historic Buildings .. as are many other
buildings along Buffalo's Historic Main Street District.
Many events are held in Buffalo's downtown area including
parades, cookouts, western re-enactments and sidewalk sales
for the shoppers.
Clear Creek Trail
The Clear Creek Trail System runs from east
Buffalo, through the city and west into the Big Horn
Mountains. The trail is approximately 11 miles long and
follows Clear Creek. It is easily accessible from many
areas in Buffalo.
Cloud Peak Scenic Skyway
Highway 16 runs between the
Black Hills and
Yellowstone National Park, leading visitors through 60
miles of spectacular mountainous scenery. Travelers climb
over 5,000 feet to an elevation of 9,666 feet at Powder
River Pass, and then descending into Ten Sleep Canyon.
is located along the historic
Bozeman Trail. There are many historic sites in the
area including Fort Phil Kearny, Fetterman Battlefield, and
the Wagon Box Fight. There are also many historic buildings
located in Buffalo including the "Occidental Hotel".
The Johnson County Fairgrounds
hosts numerous events throughout the summer including the
Powder River Roundup and the Johnson County Fair and Rodeo.
Weekly rodeos are also held there. Kaycee, Wyoming
Deke Latham Memorial PRCA Rodeo the first weekend after
Labor Day each year.
Buffalo Golf Course
In 1994, Golf Digest selected the Buffalo Golf Course
as one of the best golf courses in Wyoming. Enjoy a
challenging 18-hole, par 72 play, combined with spectacular
mountain vistas. Greens fees are reasonable and rentals are
FREE Swimming Pool
Buffalo has the largest outdoor FREE swimming
pool in the state of Wyoming. Enjoy a cool dip and have a
snack at the snack shack.
is the smallest town in the United States to have a YMCA. YMCA facilities include a indoor swimming pool,
workout and weightlifting room, gymnasium, racquetball
courts and outdoor tennis courts. There is also a running
track across the street from the YMCA.
If you wish to explore on horseback, holding
corrals and ramps are available in such areas such as the
Circle Park and Hunter Corrals trailheads in the Bighorn
National Forest. Several area outfitters and mountain lodges
provide horses for hourly, day, or overnight trips.
Lake DeSmet is located about 5 miles north of
Buffalo along Interstate 90. It is noted for fishing,
boating and swimming. Lake facilities include ramps, docks,
campgrounds, and picnic shelters.
Big Horn Mountains and
Bighorn National Forest
Big Horn Mountains and massive
Bighorn National Forest are just minutes west of
Buffalo. They provide many recreational opportunities
including fishing, hunting, camping, hiking, backpacking,
skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling and sightseeing.
Fishing is very popular here. Fishing areas
include the Middle Fork of the Powder River near Kaycee,
reservoirs, and alpine streams and lakes in the
Bighorn National Forest and the Cloud Peak Wilderness
Area. You can also fish in Clear Creek, which flows right
through Buffalo. Guided fishing trips are also available
with local outfitters. Anglers enjoy ice fishing at Lake
DeSmet and Healy Reservoir during the winter months. Fish
found in the area include grayling, and rainbow, brook,
brown, cutthroat, and lake trout.
Johnson County offers marvelous hunting opportunities for
antelope, deer, moose, elk, and upland game birds.
Outfitters in the area offer guided hunts. Or you can choose
to go it on your own. Make sure you get permission to hunt
on private land. Hunter information is available at the
Buffalo Chamber of Commerce.
Scenery & Photography
Johnson County is an especially beautiful place when the
wildflowers bloom in spring and during the autumn foliage
season. There are many loop tour areas available and
sightseeing opportunities are endless. Wildlife including
Pronghorn Antelope, Whitetail Deer, Mule Deer, Moose, and
Elk are plentiful in the region.
Skiing, Snowboarding, Snowshoeing, Snowmobiling
Cross Country Skiing - There are many miles of
groomed trails in the Big Horn Mountains. Willow Park
and Pole Creek are two of the most popular cross country
Downhill Skiing- Big Horn Mountain Resort, about 45 miles
west of Buffalo, offers excellent downhill skiing and
Snowmobiling - Over 130 miles of groomed trails make the
Big Horn Mountains a popular paradise for
snowmobilers. Trail maps can be obtained from the Buffalo
Chamber of Commerce or local sporting goods stores.
Buffalo, WY & Big Horn
Clear Creek Trail System
Cloud Peak Scenic Skyway
4-Star Buffalo Golf Course
FREE Outdoor Swimming Pool
Johnson County YMCA
Mountain Horseback Riding
Big Horn Mountains