We are working on this page to bring you descriptions of the county walks we will be doing in 2017, directions, and distances. We might add some trivia or recommended things or places to see.
Welcome to Wonderful Wyoming!
We are walking 8 counties in 2017. Any walks in these counties, including AVA Convention walks, count towards the program. The book for the program costs $10 and there will be a patch (possibly a t-shirt) when we finish the program.
Sundance, where the Kid got his name.
Newcastle - Weston County Seat
The town boasts great walking trails. A historic tour starts at the Anna Miller Museum. Also included are the Greenwood Cemetery and a downtown historic district listed with the National Register of Historic Places. Newcastle is located at the southwest edge of the Black Hills, at the intersections of U.S. Route 16 and U.S. Route 85. It's fun to window shop downtown or see what is playing at the Doggie Theater. If you pop into a store to browse you will be greeted with a warm western welcome. The friendly folks at the visitors' center can point out the local attractions and suggest good places to eat. Here is a link to the AVA's Newcastle information.
Sundance is the county seat of Crook County and one of two qualifying walks for Crook County. The town took its name from the mountain.
The mountains to the north of Sundance are the Bear Lodge Mountains, but the area is still part of the Black Hills National Forest.
At the Base of the Tower
Buffalo - Johnson County Seat
A beautiful and historic town nestled at the eastern base of the Big Horn Mountains. The 6th Annual Walt Longmire Days are slated for July 7-9, 2017 - a great time to be in town!
The Buffalo Pathfinders offer 3 walks that qualify for Johnson County.
Mentock Trail - Picnic Hike 11k 2C
Clear Creek Trail - 5 or 11k 1B
Mt Plains Heritage Park - 5 or 12k 1B
POC for the walks is Lois Petersen (307) 684-9160
Gillette - Campbell County Seat
As you approach from the east you will be able to view an open cut coal mine along I 90 on your right as you pass the power plant. The size of the equipment they operate in the mine is gigantic! Powder River coal is the cleanest coal in the world and the reason Gillette is the "Energy Capital of the Nation". Register for the walk at their outstanding Recreation Center, complete with a pool, field house, climbing wall and plenty of other ways to stay fit. Here is AVA's link for Gillette.
Wyoming is blessed to be the home of both the first National Park, Yellowstone, and the first National Monument, Devils Tower. It was established as a national monument on September 24, 1906. Devils Tower is a laccolithic butte composed of igneous rock in the Bear Lodge Mountains. There is an asphalt trail around the base of the monument, but the walk also takes you out onto the Red Beds Trail and right through a prairie dog town.
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250 Shoshone Ave., Gillette, WY