Bighorn Polo Club at the Big Horn Equestian Center - games open to the public. Located in Bighorn Wyoming (take 335 south out of Sheridan, turn left (east) as you reach the town of Big Horn on Bird Farm Road and follow the posted signs approx. 3 miles.
People from all over the world have played and do play Polo here including Prince Charles. Games are Wednesday and Fridays(3pm & 5pm) and Sunday(11am & 2pm)Mid May through Labor Day.
In the town of Greybull on the western edge of the Big Horn Mountains is the Maverick Motel. I can’t write an accommodation tip for this place as we didn’t stay here, but it provided us with a unique photo opportunity and if like us you enjoy the off-beat and wacky, then a stop here is a must!
The area in front of the motel is devoted to their Western and Ranch Antique Museum, with over 550 antiques (?) on display. Old vehicles (including a Model T), agricultural implements, wooden animals and a host of other bric-a-brac kept us intrigued and trigger happy for quite a while. The motel was up for sale when we were passing (in Sept 2006) – I just hope the new owners keep this fascinating collection on display as it certainly makes this place stand out from the crowd of “Mom & Pop” motels!
Apart from the main photo, which is mine, the others on this page were taken by my husband Chris. Check out his website for some interesting images from our Wyoming trip.
If you have a suitable vehicle or if like us you stay at Spahns and arrange to tour with Ron (see my Things to do tips) you can get off the highways and really get to know the Big Horns. Even with a regular 2-wheel drive some of the forest roads are passable (with care) and will take you to places only a few tourists to Wyoming ever see. One such road is the red grade road that goes up into the mountains from the small town of Big Horn 16 miles south of Sheridan, passing Spahn’s to your left. You probably won’t be able to explore all the hidden corners of this area but you will get some great views and a sense of the emptiness of this beautiful but (thankfully) under-visited area.
The photo was taken at a Surge Dam which we stopped to investigate with Ron. The dam was built by loggers cutting ties for the railroads, who needed to use the small stream to transport the timber and used the dam to increase its flow. None of us on the tour, including Ron, could work out exactly how it functioned and I haven’t been able to discover anything more on the internet since, so if anyone reading this knows how these things work do get in touch!
It's a ancient stone ruin located on hwy 14 in the Bighorn Mtns about 1 1/2 hours west from Sheridan. The function and builders remain unknown to this day. It's generally thought that Native Americans built it around 200 years ago. It remains a sacred site to this day.
Tongue River Canyon (Tongue River Recreational Area) just outside of Dayton Wyoming off of HWY 14.
It's your place to do some quick fly fishing, rock climbing, caving, and hiking. The Tongue River here is white water with volkswagon size boulders in the stream. It's great for some pocket water fishing. You can hike up through the canyon which opens up to beautiful mountain meadows.
The cave is located across the bridge and up the hill. Beware, you must plan for this. Many people have been hurt in this fascinating cave. So don't dally and don't go alone. Take knee pads, plenty of light source( enough for a day inside) and have fun crawling through the mouse trap and back to the water fall. stop at the Sheridan library or the local sporting goods store and get a copy of the map.
A place you might miss when visiting is a buisiness called Best Out West. It is basicly a mini-mall. It has two floors of historic Wyoming items, some second hand, some brand-new. If you are looking for things that say Wyoming, Sheridan, ect. look here! The address is 109 North Main, and the phone number is (307) 674-5003.