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. I am also going to include links for all the walks at the top of the page for easier access, but to get road trip information you will want to scroll down.
Welcome to Wonderful Wyoming!
We are walking 8 counties in 2017. Any walks in these counties, including AVA Convention walks (pre-convention in Buffalo and post-convention in Cody), 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.
Weston County - Newcastle
Crook County - Sundance or Devils Tower
Campbell County - Gillette
Johnson County - Buffalo: Clear Creek, Mentock Trail, or Mt. Plains
Sheridan County - Sheridan
Big Horn County - Greybull
Park County - Yellowstone - Mt Washburn or Fairy Falls
Teton County - Grand Teton - Jenny Lake or Two Ocean Lake
1 - 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.
2- Crook County - Sundance & Devils Tower
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.
Sundance, where the Kid got his name.
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.
At the Base of Devils Tower
3- 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.
For a better Google Map experience -
250 Shoshone Ave., Gillette, WY
4 - 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
5 - Sheridan-Sheridan County Seat
Both walks start here at the M&M Center.
Bridges, parks, water fountains, post office, ice cream parlor and more make the Sheridan walk a mecca for special program walkers. Although the elevation is 4.750 feet, this is an easy walk with lots to entertain and fulfill your wish for Western adventure. If time allows check out the Kings Rope museum down town. Window shopping and lots of art will give you the flavor of Sheridan, but don't try to chow down on this ice cream cone as it is a wood carving. Here is the AVA link for Sheridan.
6 - Greybull - Big Horn County Seat
Nestled in the western foothills of Wyoming's beautiful Big Horn Mountains, Greybull is home to the Museum of Flight and Aerial Firefighting. After a walk up and down Greybull Avenue (Highway 14) the walk is primarily a Big Horn River walk along a paved walking path. You will want to stay on the path and keep your pets on a leash because rattlesnakes are know to frequent the area. If coming to Greybull over the Big Horns on Highway 14 you might want to take in Shell Canyon and the falls, so allow time to enjoy them and the wildlife you will encounter along the way. Last year the Wyoming flag was the floral display at the turn around point of Greybull Avenue.
7- Cody - Park County seat
The post convention walk in Cody not only wraps up the AVA Convention but opens the door to more adventures in Wyoming. In Cody, an absolute must see is the Buffalo Bill Hisorical Center, which is a complex of museums and well worth the time and money spent there. You might even choose to take in the nightly rodeo for a little more Western fun.
Yellowstone National Park- 2 walks