11th Annual
BIG HORN MOUNTAIN FESTIVAL

Acoustic, Americana, Folk, Old-Timey,
Bluegrass & Traditional Music
July 10, 11, & 12, 2015
Johnson County Fairgrounds
Buffalo, Wyoming
e-mail: info@bighornmountainfestival.com
Area Attractions

Exploring the Buffalo and Sheridan Area
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While the fabulous musicians, workshops, and jam sessions are certainly the main attraction at the Big Horn Mountain Festival, there are lots of other things to see and do while you're in our neck of the woods, and you might just decide to add a little something else to your trip.  In fact, we encourage it, and to help you do that, we've put together a little information about the area and some links to help you with your explorations.

The Buffalo area is known for its rich local history, beautiful scenery, pleasant small town atmosphere, fascinating historic downtown district, and great shopping opportunities.  But don't take our word for it; spend some time exploring this area just a short distance away from the festival grounds.  Western history buffs should be sure to check out the Fort Phil Kearney historic site just a few miles north of Buffalo.

The town of Sheridan is just 30 miles north of Buffalo via I-90 and is a destination in its own right.  In fact, True West Magazine selected Sheridan as the 2006 #1 Western Town of the Year for its truly special qualities.  Historic downtown and railroad districts, shops, museums, a theater, Buffalo Bill's Sheridan Inn, and of course beautiful views, are all awaiting your arrival.  So take a little time to check out the town, enjoy an ice cream cone at Kendrick Park, and see for yourself why folks calling Sheridan “home” aren’t surprised by all the fanfare.  If your travels bring you to northeast Wyoming before or after the Big Horn Mountain Festival, be sure and check out the unbelievable 4th of July fireworks show at the Big Horn Equestrian Center (between Buffalo and Sheridan), take in a Sunday afternoon Polo match at the Equestrian Center, or cowboy up at the Sheridan Rodeo.


And, of course, both communities offer some very fine golfing opportunities. The Buffalo Golf course is due west of the festival grounds (550 West Hart, (307-684-5266).  This course features 18 holes in view of the magnificent Bighorn Mountains, is a 4-star golf course rated by Golf Digest, is considered one of "Wyoming's best,” and has a fine clubhouse, driving range and restaurant.  Sheridan has several courses including the municipal course, the country club, and the Powder Horn Golf Club.  Check ‘em out!

Fishing opportunities are almost unlimited in the Buffalo and Sheridan area, with hundreds of lakes, streams, and ponds containing a wide variety of fish species and sizes. Your choices include alpine lakes and streams in the nearby Cloud Peak Wilderness, lowland reservoirs like Lake DeSmet (10 miles north of Buffalo on I-90) and Healy Reservoir (5 miles east of Buffalo on Highway 16), small farm ponds that sometimes contain surprisingly large fish (always ask for permission), and larger streams that flow from the mountains.

But, you shouldn't fish without the proper license, so be sure and take care of that before you head out.  Sporting goods stores in Buffalo (check out the Sports Lure for all your sports equipment too) and Sheridan carry them and you can pick one up at the Game and Fish office at the 5th Street exit on I-90 in Sheridan (307-672-7418). Check out the Wyoming Game and Fish Department website for more information about fishing, hunting, and Wyoming's wildlife.

Hiking, camping, fishing, wildlife viewing, and driving tours are among the many activities waiting for you on the Bighorn National Forest that starts just a few miles west of Buffalo.  You can get great local information by stopping by the Powder River Ranger District on the west edge of Buffalo on Highway 16 (1415 Fort Street, 307-684-7806).  Stop by the Tongue River District office, just off I-90 at the 5th street exit in Sheridan, for information about the northern part of the Big Horn National Forest (2013 Eastside 2nd Street, 307-674-2600).
 
Here are some other links you might find useful or interesting:
Buffalo Area:
Buffalo Profile
Buffalo Area Dining Guide
Johnson County Western History

Kaycee Area:

Town of Kaycee
Sheridan Area:
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