Guided Tours

We’ll show you around the place

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.

Durham Bison Ranch

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, 2022. Mondays and Wednesdays at 10am; Fridays at 2pm.

Eagle Butte Coal Mine Tours

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