About an hour north on I-25 from Denver, my wife, 3 1/2year old son, and I began shouting out the names of the various animals that we saw in the fields along our leisurely drive toward Wyoming. Just a half hour later we were on the southern outskirts of Cheyenne when my wife and I began calling out Buffalo! as we pointed toward the herd just east of the highway. From the backseat our son responded, and camels too! My wife and I shared silent smiles at the humor of a small boy s imagination. After dropping off our Celtic Connection newspaper, we enjoyed a nice lunch at the Cheyenne Depot (we highly recommend the sweet potato fries). We picked up some literature in the lobby which included a brochure on the Terry Bison Ranch located just south of town. Thinking that the herd of Buffalo that we had seen on our way might be a part of the Ranch we left on a mission. About 7 miles south on I-25 (and about 5 miles from Colorado s northern border) we took the Terry Ranch Road Exit (WY Exit #2). Traveling east under the highway we began to head south along the frontage road. Almost immediately we saw a herd of buffalo grazing along the fence line. After a tourist stop for a few photos we continued south. About 2 miles later, as Terry Bison Ranch came into view we began to make out the forms of other animals they had brown hides, somewhat like buffalo – but they had longer necks and humps on their backs hey, the kid was right-Camels! We drove around as much of the Ranch complex as we could, but most of the Ranches 30,000 acres are off limits to vehicles. Along the way we saw, not surprisingly -horses, cattle, chickens, turkeys, donkeys, goats – but also other non-bison-ranch critters like, llamas, ostriches and emus. Other wild life listed in the Ranch promo materials include peacocks, turkins (1/2 turkey-1/2 chicken), and beefalo (1/2 buffalo-1/2 steer). First stop on site was at the Terry Trading Post. The well stocked store had everything from mementos of the old west to food supplies (including meat from their buffalo herd). The friendly staff gave us a map and some helpful Ranch information along with the keys to a cabin. The cabins are priced at $79.95 and sleep 3-4, depending on what style you get (additional cots are available). There are log cabins reminiscent of the frontier and a few modern cabins reminiscent 1960s mountain cabin. Each cabin has a kitchenette, with a small refrigerator, microwave and sink. There is also a private bathroom with a shower. The all have decks with a very comfortable I-could-stay-here-for-awhile feel to them as you kick back and watch the horseback riders and buffalo roam the rolling hills and folks head to the fishing pond to catch supper. For $58.95 you can stay overnight in the historic Bunkhouse, the original building used by the 7XL cowboys who worked the ranch in the early 1900′s. Each of the 17 private rooms can sleeps 2 on one full-sized bed (sorry, no extra room for cots). Men s and women s restrooms are in the bunkhouse, but bring your robe because the shower house is next door. Space is also available for RVs and campers next to the Trading Post. If you would like someone else to do the cook in n pour in, the Brass Buffalo Saloon and Senator’s Restaurant is open in the summer months serving western style vittles and drink, morning, noon, and night. Their dinner menu includes bison, beef, chicken, seafood and more. Western entertainment is available most Saturday nights (all week long during Frontier Days) Other daylight offerings include a train tour on the Terry Bison Express. The train has two open-air cars for some great picture taking of the roughly 2,500 head of bison/buffalo on the Ranch. Guided trail horses rides (with optional breakfast packages) are available for those 8 and older. Younger folks can saddle-up for a fun pony ride and receive an “Official Cowboy or Cowgirl” certificate! Stop by for a day or a week and awaken your inner-cowboy or cowgirl at Terry Bison Ranch Resort. Call Telephone: 307-634-4171, Fax: 307-634-9746. Directions to the Ranch: From I-25 take WY Exit #2 (Terry Ranch Road Exit) located about 7 miles south of Cheyenne or approximately 5 miles North of CO border, go to the East Service Road and head South about 3 miles and the ranch will be on the East side of the road. (by Pat McCullough From The Celtic Connection, July 07 issue, “Travel Here…Travel There” column)

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