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 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
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.
Buffalo, Wyoming 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
hosts the Deke Latham Memorial PRCA Rodeo the first weekend after Labor Day each year.
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 available.
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.
Buffalo 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
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.
Bighorn National Forest
The magnificent 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 strams 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
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.
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 snowboarding opportunities.
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 Mountains
Clear Creek Trail System
Cloud Peak Scenic Skyway
4-Star Buffalo Golf Course
FREE Outdoor Swimming Pool
Johnson County YMCA
Mountain Horseback Riding