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Expand your Explorations

In Campbell County, Wyoming

Have a monumental I-90 roadtrip planned? Add the restaurants and attractions of Gillette and Wright to your itinerary.

By Kathleen Johnson

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Travel is starting to look safer this year, and if your family is in need of a destination that’s full of fun and discovery, put Campbell County, Wyoming, on your short list.

Location, Location, Location

The Campbell County towns of Gillette and Wright are conveniently tucked in the northeast corner of Wyoming, making them ideal stops — or a comfortable home base — as you explore the exciting sights and experiences along Interstate 90, including a trio of the country’s must-see destinations.

The nation’s first national monument, Devils Tower, lies just an hour’s drive northeast from Gillette. The short drive means young explorers won’t get too antsy before you arrive at the awe-inspiring geologic formation, and the park’s five trails are perfect for burning off excess energy.

After a quick, two-hour drive east from either Gillette or Wright, your family can be marveling at the towering faces of four former American presidents at Mount Rushmore National Memorial. The visitor center and the Sculptor Center provide an in-depth look at the memorial’s creation, and the 0.6-mile Presidential Trail takes you right up to the monumental sight.

Yellowstone National Park is a legendary family destination for good reason. No matter what the kids are interested in, there’s plenty of fun to be had, and it’s only a half-day drive west from Campbell County. Budding scientists will love seeing the geysers, hot springs and geology, while animal lovers should keep their eyes open for bears, wolves, deer, moose, elk and, of course, bison. After your explorations, leave the bustle of the park crowds behind for discoveries at a more leisurely pace within Campbell County.

Exploration Goes Mobile

A busy family on the go needs a quick, interactive way to find their next adventure. Built for your smartphone, Gillette’s Mobile Itineraries will get you out and keep you moving.

I Spy Something Wild

If your family is fascinated by animals or the Old West, a visit to Durham Ranch on Highway 59 near Wright is a must. Durham Ranch is one of the world’s largest and oldest working buffalo ranches, in operation since the 1960s. Tours are available during the summer months and give visitors the chance to see bison up close as well as learn about the history of the animals and the ranch’s holistic approach to maintaining its herd. It’s a priceless chance to give your family a snapshot of a true Western lifestyle.

“It’s a priceless chance to give your family a snapshot of a true Western lifestyle.”

If you prefer a self-guided approach to learning, check out one of Campbell County’s Wildlife Loop tours. Both the West Tour and East Tour give your family the chance to explore the incredibly diverse wildlife and ecology of the Gillette area at your own pace. This is a region where pronghorn antelope outnumber humans, so with some patience, you’re sure to see an abundance of the creatures in their natural habitat, along with elk, deer and prairie dogs.

Awe-Inspiring Discoveries

There are plenty of attractions in Gillette and Wright to keep the adventure quotient high. The Campbell County School District Adventurarium science center is a fantastic place to bring curious kids. It holds 7,000 square feet of hands-on science exhibits and fascinating animal displays that will keep everyone engaged.

Intrigued by the thought of seeing 4,000 stars projected onto a dome that stretches 30 feet in diameter? Then add the Campbell County School District Planetarium to your list of activities. Schoolchildren in the area visit the planetarium regularly, and it’s also open to the public for plenty of educational stargazing fun.

“There are plenty of attractions in Gillette and Wright to keep the adventure quotient high.”

For an in-depth look at the local history, culture and people of Campbell County, schedule a stop at the Campbell County Rockpile Museum. Your little ones will love the dress-up area, watching a video on excavation and blasting at a coal mine and checking out the exhibits of saddles, wagons and Native American memorabilia. The combination of indoor and outdoor areas keeps you moving, eager to discover what’s just around the corner.

Don't Miss the Dining

After all that adventure, a good meal is top priority. Fortunately, Campbell County has a vibrant and growing culinary scene, with eats for every taste.

The Coop is known for fresh chicken dishes, made with chicken that has been perfectly marinated and seasoned with a savory blend of spices. The delicious variety of American and Latin-inspired dishes make it tough to choose, and a great kids menu pleases younger palates.

Pizza Carrello is a much-beloved locally owned pizzeria dedicated to top-quality ingredients and hand-tossed artisan crust. With simple and fresh sauces plus only the freshest toppings, all cooked in a wood-burning oven, this local gem offers a pizza experience that’s hard to match.

No time for a sit-down meal? Find one of Gillette’s many local food trucks for an impromptu meal. Chow Wow offers breakfast burritos, omelettes and cinnamon rolls, while Pokeys serves mouthwatering barbecue. Top off your meal with mini donuts from Cowboy Concessions or a snow cone from Wyoming Shaved Ice.

For fine dining, reserve a table at The Prime Rib Restaurant and Wine Cellar. Choose from steak, chicken, fish or (what else?) slow-roasted prime rib and savor every bite. Add in the selection from the extensive wine list, the decadent desserts and top-notch waitstaff, and this is a meal you won’t soon forget.

For a sweet treat the whole family will love, check out The Ice Cream Cafe. Beloved for its homemade ice cream, sundaes and shakes, there’s no wrong choice. And that’s a good thing, since there are more than 24 flavors, plus plenty of toppings, ready to be combined into your perfect custom combination.

If you’re lucky enough to get a chance to slip away for an adults-only evening, be sure to sample some of the town’s local libations. Gillette Brewing Company is the town’s first microbrewery, proudly serving original craft beer along with a selection of Wyoming favorites. With live music and a pizza oven, too, you have the makings for a great night out. For another option, look no further than Big Lost Meadery, the only meadery/brewery in Wyoming. Try a handcrafted mead, and enjoy the novelty of drinking straight from an actual horn. In-house craft beer, as well as cocktails and wine, round out the menu.

Campbell County is an ideal destination in an ideal location. As you start making travel plans again, make sure to plan some time to explore all that Campbell County has to offer.

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