Wyoming’s capital city is an icon in the American West and the gateway to Wyoming’s Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests and Thunder Basin National Grassland. The city’s slogan, “Cheyenne—Live the Legend,” sets the tone—encouraging groups to meet, take a step back in time, and get outdoors. Cheyenne offers a vibrant arts culture, lively brewery scene, and wide range of attractions and events for groups. For example, Cheyenne Frontier Days, dating back to 1897, features 10 days of Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) competition and nightly concerts.

Location // Situated at the intersection of Interstate 25, Interstate 80, and two railroads, Cheyenne is 45 miles north of Fort Collins and 90 miles north of Denver.

Signature Events // The city hosts Depot Days (May), Wyoming Brewers Festival (June), Cheyenne Frontier Days (July), End of the Trail Kite Festival (September), and Old West Holiday (November/December).

History // On July 4, 1867, the first tents were pitched on the site now known as Cheyenne. Gen. Grenville Dodge chose the site when he was plotting the course of the Transcontinental Railroad, which reached Cheyenne in late 1867. Dodge’s associates named it Cheyenne after the Great Plains Native American tribe. By 1869, Cheyenne had grown into a thriving Western town and one of the richest cities in the world.

Attractions // In Cheyenne, consider bringing your group to Bit-O-Wyo Ranch, Cheyenne Botanic Gardens, Cheyenne Ice & Events Center, Cowgirls of the West Museum, Curt Gowdy State Park, Nelson Museum of the West, Terry Bison Ranch Resort, Wyoming State Capitol, and Wyoming State Museum.

Accommodations // The city has more than 2,600 rooms, ranging from ranches and vacation rentals to two full-service meeting hotels and several select-service properties. Together, the sites provide more than 65,000 square feet
of meeting space.

Venues // Cheyenne Botanic Gardens has a variety of indoor and outdoor function spaces, and Laramie County Fairgrounds at Archer features a 100,000-square-foot event center.

Group Activities //

» Cheyenne Street Railway Trolley can pick up attendees at hotels for a downtown brewery tour that includes Accomplice Beer Co., Black Tooth Brewing Co., Blue Raven Brewery, and Freedom’s Edge Brewing Co.

» Located 7 miles south of Cheyenne, Terry Bison Ranch Resort has 27,500 acres of rolling hills and lush grasslands, along with 2,500 American bison. Groups can ride a train to see the herd and learn about the ranch’s history, feed the bison, ride horseback, drink at Brass Buffalo Saloon, and book an event space.

» A two-hour private rodeo featuring team roping, barrel racing, goat tying, and pole bending can be booked through the DeLancey family. You can add a horse and cowboy dinner or a happy hour with horses.

» Curt Gowdy State Park offers miles of mountain biking and hiking trails. Rock on Wheels can outfit your group, transport the bikes, and line up everything needed for an epic adventure.

Since Longmont's Can’d Aid was founded in 2013, more than 2 million cans of water have been distributed, over 9,600 skateboards and bikes and 4,000 art kits built for underserved youth, and more than 3,000 instruments donated. This has been accomplished with the help of volunteers nationwide and through relationships with community leaders, nonprofit organizations, volunteers, and corporate partners. 

Inspiring an Inclusive Park 

 

The Gate Expansion Program not only has delivered 39 new gates to Denver International Airport (DEN), there will be colorful new artwork. The expansion increases the airport’s capacity by 30%, making it easy for groups to access meeting and event destinations in the state. Outposts of favorite local restaurants also are being added throughout the facility.  

Public Art by Detour

 

When it comes to planning a holiday party for your team or a client, isn’t it nice when you don’t have to worry much about decor? It helps not only the budget but also your checklist.

Here are four of Colorado’s best-known historic hotels from around the state that pull out all the stops to add sparkle and festive activities that delight groups and leisure guests.

The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa, Denver