314 S Gillette Ave, Gillette, WY 82716
The best way to learn about Gillette and Wright is from the locals. We’d love to show you around. Together, we’ll explore history, geology and the wilderness. Schedule a solo tour or a busload of people to see Wyoming like only a resident can show you.
The bison has come to represent all of Wyoming as we wave its iconic silhouette proudly across our flag. Historically, bison were known as the most important animal in the development of North America. They were the center of life for the Plains Indians, providing food, clothing and shelter, so the animal was revered by the tribe culturally and religiously. There were an estimated 40-60 million bison roaming the Great Plains in the 1830s, but disease, Western expansion and development threatened the animal nearly to the point of extinction. Fast forward to 1965 when Armando Flocchini Sr., a meat butcher from San Francisco, purchased a 55,000 acre ranch just outside of Wright, Wyoming. Like many ranchers of the time, he understood if he wanted to make a living through bison, he needed to set an example in his care of the animal and the land. By raising his bison holistically and ethically, Flocchini developed a symbiosis with his herd, and the Flocchini family has been running the ranch ever since. Thanks to conservation efforts of private ranchers like Flocchini, bison are now thriving in North America. Today, the Durham Bison Ranch is one of the continent’s largest bison operations and is home to more than 3,000 bison, all of which are raised naturally, holistically and sustainably as part of the Flocchini’s commitment to the animal and the land. Durham bison is hailed as some of the highest quality breed stock and meat available and is shipped nationwide. Durham Ranch is open for tours during the summer months, so you can go where the buffalo roam. You’ll experience life on a Wyoming ranch and can taste the signature flavor of Wright with a bison meal available from several restaurants in Wright or Gillette. Schedule tours through the Gillette Visitor Center by calling 307.686.0040.
May 30th through Early Fall, 2023. Mondays and Wednesdays at 10am; Fridays at 3pm.
7835 Highway 59 in Gillette
Participants must provide their own transportation to the ranch.
35 miles South on Hwy 59, between mile marker 79 & 78. (Mile markers are on the
left heading south.) Look for “Durham” on side of white building.
Family of 4 (2 adults & 2 children) $55
Individual Adult $25 / Individual Child (Age 5-15) $10
Age 4 and under FREE
Gillette is known as the Energy Capital of the Nation – it’s our identity and foundation. Campbell County is a 4,700 square mile rectangle of primarily grasslands over extensive sub-bituminous coal deposits, some of which were so close to the surface that early settlers could dig their own coal. Today, Wyoming accounts for around 33 percent of all US coal production, but the true value of Campbell County coal is in its unusually low sulfur content, which results in reduced emissions and a cleaner form of energy. Schedule a coal mine tour to learn how energy produced in Gillette trickles across the country, maybe even into your own hometown. You’ll see spectacular machines work and gain a deeper understanding of the importance of the energy industry in Wyoming’s economy. What is perhaps most impressive and surprising to visitors is the extensive reclamation processes that are taken to restore the land back to Wyoming purity. After all, this is home for these workers. See how Wyoming residents shake hands with the land that provides them endless work and play with this glimpse into the Cowboy state way of life. Tours last around two hours and are available from Memorial Day through September 30th. $10.00 per person and children five and under are free. Click to book or call the Gillette Visitor Center at 307.686.0040 to schedule.
Memorial Day through September 30th; Monday through Friday, 9am and 11:30 am.
$10 per person
Ages 4 and under FREE
Transportation provided by the
Gillette Visitors Center at 314 S. Gillette Ave.
Campbell County may be most famous for what’s beneath our surface, but above all of our minerals is a vibrant and diverse ecology with wildlife so abundant that pronghorns actually outnumber people here. Experience the raw landscapes and all of the creatures that call it home on one of our two self-guided driving Wildlife Loop Tours, produced by the experts at the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. Whether you select the three hour West Tour or the two hour East Tour, you’ll navigate through Rochelle Hills, sagebrush grasslands, ponderosa pines and juniper habitats to see wild turkeys, waterfowl, pheasants, whitetail deer, mule deer, hawks, eagles, owls, elk, and of course, pronghorn. With its distinctive white fur patches on the rump, sides, bellies and throats, the pronghorn is the fastest animal in North America and second fastest in the world, capable of reaching 65 miles per hour. Though the animal is not technically an antelope, its commonly referred to as such because of the characteristic horns.
Though you have a good chance of seeing pronghorn on nearly any drive through Campbell County any time of the year, the rest of our wildlife isn’t quite as easy to spot. The Wildlife Loop Tours peak April 1 through October 31, and animals tend to be most active in the early mornings and evenings. All roads along the tours are either blacktop or improved gravel so they are easily traveled by any vehicle, and many have designated pull off areas so you can get binoculars out for a closer look. While our residents will always be excited to see you, wildlife tends to be a little bit more bashful, so be patient as you take the tour. Neither loop needs to be completed in its entirety. To pick up maps for both tours and additional information, stop at the Gillette Visitors Center at 314 S. Gillette Ave.
Gillette specializes in channeling energy, and our Avenues of Art walking tour is our creative outlet. Sponsored by the City of Gillette and the Mayor’s Art Council, this tour will take you across town to experience more than 100 sculptures created by local and national artists. New pieces are routinely being added, and the entire collection is on sale to the public, so this gallery is constantly changing. To pick up your brochure that features a map and each piece available in the exhibit, visit the Gillette Visitors Center at 314 S. Gillette Ave, or go to https://www.gillettewy.gov/city-government/about/mac-home.
Downtown Gillette is where the saloon doors of the old West swing open for a dramatic entrance into small town Americana. Learn about the city’s chronicles of gunslinging cowboys while experiencing the charm of a quaint but up-and-coming downtown on either (or both) of two historic walking tours. You’ll see the spot outside the Montgomery Bar where legendary outlaw Ray Montgomery pulled then-mayor Mark Shields out into the street to beat him up and take over as mayor in 1914. Tour the former City Hall which held public meetings, dances, trials and funerals, sometimes all on the same day. Make sure to explore behind the building, where you’ll find a dent in the main iron door from a jealous husband’s bullet who warned a man away from his wife with a pistol.
You’ll feel the boundaries between time blur as you experience historically relevant and riveting stories about old West lore in the freshly modern setting of boutiques, shops and restaurants in Gillette’s revived downtown, so it’s only fitting that the tours are available in one classic format and another that’s much more contemporary. Enjoy the nostalgia of simpler times with the
Campbell County Historical Society’s free walking tour using a printed guidebook, which is available at the Gillette Visitor Center, located at 314 S. Gillette Ave. For a more immersive, technological experience, download the free TravelStorys app, a location-aware audio tour that will automatically begin playing when your phone is in front of any of the ten stops along the tour. Download the app and learn more at https://travelstorys.com/tours/wy-tour-gillette, and click on WY Tour Gillette.
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