Sheridan, Wyoming Jogging Trails

by Ian Farquharson

Sheridan's history is closely linked with the cowboy life, from the days of Buffalo Bill auditioning acts in the Sheridan Inn to the cattle ranches which remain active in the Big Horn Mountains around the town. The attractions of the town range from the Old West style buildings in the historic Main Street District, to modern amenities, including parks and trails for those who enjoy jogging and running.

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Local Parks

The public parks in Sheridan offer amenities that runners can use for exercising. This includes Whitney Commons (whitneybenefits.org), which has a paved pedestrian/cycle path. This runs along the southern perimeter of the West Park, before making a full loop around the East Park and rejoining the West Park. Thorne-Rider Park (sheridanrecreation.com) has plenty of amenities for sports-minded visitors. This includes a paved walking path which joggers are welcome to use.

Sheridan Pathway System

The Sheridan Pathway System (sheridanwyoming.com) comprises a network of concrete walking trails connecting many of the town's scenic areas. This includes locations such as Kendrick Park, Sheridan Country Club, the Elk and Buffalo Pasture and Mavrakis Pond. The paths accommodate various activities in addition to jogging, including walking, rollerblading and cycling.

Bighorn National Forest Trails

For those who prefer more serious trail running, the Bighorn National Forest lies about 10 miles to the west of Sheridan. This huge area, managed by the U.S. Forest Service (fs.usda.gov), offers many hiking and biking trails. Runners can also use these trails, with the routes providing a challenging experience.

Competitions

For runners looking for competition, the Bighorn Mountain Wild and Scenic Trail Run takes place around June each year. Organized by Sheridan Town volunteers, this event includes trail running races in the Bighorn Mountains region, with races ranging from 17.5 to 100 miles in length. Other events include the Wolf Creek Wrangle Trail Run and Hike. This includes a 10-mile run on the trails around Eatons' Ranch (eatonsranch.com), which lies around 18 miles west of Sheridan. Organized in conjunction with Habitat for Humanity of the Eastern Bighorns (sheridanhabitat.org), this event takes place in September.

About the Author

Ian Farquharson has worked as a freelance writer since 2008. He has written for individual clients, as well as various online publications, and brings sports and travel expertise to eHow. He has a Bachelor of Engineering in civil engineering from Dundee College of Technology.

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