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Cheyenne, WY Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 21
Total Sleeping Rooms 1,571
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 245
Committable Meeting Rooms* 18
Largest Exhibit Space 30,000 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $83
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $46
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $195
*Maximum for a single hotel

Cheyenne, WY Meeting Planning Overview

The quintessential Old West locale, Cheyenne is the U.S. rodeo and railroad capital, serving as home to the world's largest outdoor rodeo, as well as the world's largest steam engine. But planners should not be fooled by the city's rich history and relaxed, naturalistic surroundings; Cheyenne serves as the state's largest city, as well as its capital. For these reasons, Cheyenne event venues enjoy a healthy economic climate.

Business travelers can easily reach Cheyenne via two regional airports. Located just 90 miles south of Cheyenne, the Denver International Airport (DEN) is the 5th-busiest airport in the U.S. With a passenger capacity of 50 million, DEN serves 160 nonstop destinations, which include 18 international nonstop destinations in Germany, the United Kingdom, Canada, Mexico and Costa Rica. (The airport also features a shuttle service options to Cheyenne.) Cheyenne visitors may also utilize Cheyenne Regional Airport, located just minutes north of downtown. Cheyenne Regional offers daily flights to Denver International Airport, as well as Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW). Once in Cheyenne, visitors may ride the Cheyenne Transit Program fixed route bus service, which runs through downtown Cheyenne and the surrounding region, including direct service to the Cheyenne Regional Airport.

Meeting and event facilities in Cheyenne include the Cheyenne Frontier Days Arena & Exhibit Hall, home to the world's largest outdoor rodeo, which takes place each July. Conveniently located less than two miles outside of downtown Cheyenne, the facility offers convention and private event rentals from August through June. Gathering spaces include six grandstands with a seating capacity of 19,000, as well as a 30,000-square-foot exhibition hall, which is available in June, August and September. A second meeting and event venue option, the city-owned Cheyenne Civic Center is located in the heart of downtown Cheyenne. Established in 1981, the 1,496-seat auditorium is home to the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra and showcases a variety of comedy, music, dance and theatre performances.

Additional Cheyenne unique event spaces include the Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum, located on the grounds of the Cheyenne Frontier Days Arena & Exhibit Hall. The museum features year-round programming, exhibits and activities that celebrate the pioneer spirit, including one of the country's largest collections of historic horse-drawn carriages and wagons, as well as Western art exhibits, a Rodeo Hall of Fame and interactive children's center, all in an authentic Western setting. The Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum also offers private event rentals for up to 100 guests.

For a unique group gathering draped in grandeur, visitors frequent the newly-renovated Cheyenne Union Pacific Depot, a landmark Richardsonian Romanesque structure with a massive stone exterior and clock tower. The Depot tells the story of the establishment of Cheyenne during the construction of the transcontinental railroad. The depot features a spectacular Art Deco lobby – often used for private events – as well a map of the transcontinental railroad built in granite and other stone.

About Cheyenne, WY / Additional Info

A wonderful city for meetings, recreation and arts education, Cheyenne is known for its beautiful landscape and Western charm, right down to the eight-foot-tall cowboy boot sculptures placed in and around the downtown area.

Named for the Native Americans who once roamed the region, Cheyenne bloomed in the mid-1800s when men and their families moved here to work on the Union Pacific Railroad. Many chose to settle in Cheyenne rather than move westward along with the railroad. Today, the capital city is a major center of economic prosperity, rich in history and regional arts.

Among Cheyenne's many attractions celebrating the city's heritage is the Wyoming State Museum, which explores the human and natural history of Wyoming and the Rocky Mountain West. Established in 1895, the museum's exhibits explore such topics as regional wildlife, natural resources, fossil discoveries and Native American artwork. Cheyenne's Nelson Museum of the West is dedicated to the preservation of fine cowboy and Native-American objects, as well as fine Western art, rodeo and cowboy artifacts. Visitors to Cheyenne can take a step back in time by boarding the fully-narrated, historic Cheyenne Street Railway Tours. The trolley stops at such highlights as the Nelson Museum of the West, Cheyenne Depot, Wyoming State Museum, Wyoming State Capitol Building, Cheyenne Botanic Gardens and Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum.

Many of Cheyenne's attractions celebrate its natural beauty and Western life. Set on 30,000 acres of rolling countryside just seven miles south of Cheyenne, the Terry Bison Ranch is a Western adventure and entertainment venue that allows visitors to get up close and personal with the Western lifestyle. The ranch is home to more than 3,200 bison, horses and cattle, as well as llamas, ostrich and camels. Ranch activities include trout fishing, horseback rides and train and bison tours. For a look Cheyenne's commitment to sustainability, visitors tour the beautiful Cheyenne Botanic Gardens. Located within Lions Park, the site is home to nine acres of landscapes and such garden features as a Children's Village, garden labyrinth, rock garden and sensory garden. The botanic gardens also feature a sprawling solar conservatory that serves as a model for sustainability.

Cheyenne's dining scene pays homage to the city's Western location, as it's dotted with steakhouses and other eateries specializing in big, bold flavors. A city favorite for more than 28 years, Poor Richard's Restaurant is known for its steaks and seafood served in a cozy, warm wood decor complete with white linens. Housed in a 1900 building directly across the historic Union Pacific train station, The Albany is a family-owned restaurant with a casual tavern atmosphere; operating since 1942, it features such comfort food selections as prime rib, chicken-fried steak and fried catfish. Senator's Steakhouse serves up Western favorites at the Terry Bison Ranch, while The Little Bear Inn serves steakhouse classics in an old gambling hall and saloon.

With its location as the northern anchor of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, Cheyenne is within a day's drive from such spectacular natural sites as Mount Rushmore, Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park and Rocky Mountain National Park.

 
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