Local Area Recreation Near Buffalo KOA Journey
CRAZY WOMAN CANYON. One of the favorite tours of Johnson County locals and visitors alike. This tour takes its travelers along a single lane dirt road, past stunning canyon walls & the rushing crazy woman creek. Continue your travel up the mountain and enjoy the day fishing, hiking, horseback riding, 4-wheeling or just sight seeing. The wildflowers are abundant in June & there is always a chance you'll see elk, moose, deer, or even a black bear. You will see a gorgeous panoramic view of the snow capped mountains, just 15 minutes outside of town.
Fort Phil Kearny
Fort Phil Kearny witnessed the dramatic events of Red Cloud's War, 1866-1868. Today, the site encompasses 1000 acres, including Fort grounds, two major battlesites, and rich wildlife habitat The partially re-created fort, visitors center and museum are headquarters for learning about the Bozeman Trail, and the famed Red Cloud's Wars. Fort Phil Kearny is a National Historic Landmark of the most fought over Military Post in the Northern Plains. Its short 2 year existence waw two major conflicts: the Fetterman and Wagon Box Fights and numerous skirmishes. Today the site offers four interpretative trails, a bookstore, museum, video, picnic grounds, and partial reconstruction of the original stockade. The site is managed by Wyoming State Parks, Historical Sites and Trails. Annual Events: Bozeman Trail Days: 3rd weekend in June: Living History Depicting Cavalry, Infantry, Artillery, Settlers, with focus on a Major Theme. Wagon Box Fight Anniversary: August 2nd: Tour, Living History Program. May 1 - Sept 30: OPEN every day 8am-6pm Oct 1 - Nov 30: OPEN Wed. - Sun. 12-4 Dec 1 - April 30: OPEN by appointment. During the winter we would love to host you or your group. Please call 307-684-7629 to make an appointment. Fees: Wyoming residents $2, non-residents $4. Ages 17 and under are FREE May 1 - Sept 30: OPEN every day 8am-6pm Oct 1 - Nov 30: OPEN Wed. - Sun. 12-4 Dec 1 - April 30: OPEN by appointment. During the winter we would love to host you or your group. Please call 307-684-7629 to make an appointment. Fees: Wyoming residents $2, non-residents $4. Ages 17 and under are FREE
528 WAGON BOX ROAD
BANNER, WY 82832
Jim Gatchell Memorial Museum
The Jim Gatchell Memorial Museum is an American West museum in Buffalo, Wyoming, housed in a 1909 Carnegie Library building. The Jim Gatchell Memorial Museum has been a part of the Buffalo community since 1900 when Jim Gatchell opened a drugstore. The Buffalo Pharmacy was a stopping place for cowboys, lawmen, settlers, cattle barons, and famous army scouts. As a trusted friend of the region's Native Americans, he received many gifts representing the culture including guns, war bonnets, tools, medicine bags, bows, arrows, and clothing. Soon local residents were donating mementos of Johnson County's historic names, places, and events.After Jim Gatchell's death in 1954, his family generously donated his collection to the people of Johnson County with the provision that a museum be built to house it. After three years of fundraising the museum was established, and in 2002 the museum achieved national accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums. Museum has again achieved accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums, the highest national recognition afforded the nation's museums. Accreditation signifies excellence to the museum community, to governments, funders, outside agencies, and to the museum-going public.
Jim Gatchell Living History Day is Saturday, June 23, 2018
100 Fort Street,
BUFFALO, WY 82834
Crazy Woman Canyon
A favorite tour for locals and visitors alike. Breath taking rock formations accompanied with the Crazy Woman Creek running down the middle of the canyon. The lower canyon is a narrow dirt road with towering rock walls up both sides of the road. Numerous guests at the Buffalo KOA have commented that out of all their traveling across the country, this Canyon was one of the most memorial places that they have visited. Probably the most asked questions by visitors is about the canyon's name. Like many landmarks and legends from the Wyoming frontier, there are competing theories about the canyon's namesake. One legend holds tha the canyon was named for the woman who, left to live alone in her teepee here, went insane. The other tells a tragic and violent tale of the settler who, after witnessing the capture and scalping of her husband by Indians, was driven insane. For centuries, Crazy Woman Canyon served as a passageway for Native Americans. It was a perfect staging area for war parties during the Plains Indian Wars.
Stop at the front desk for directions to this stunning canyon.
JOHNSON COUNTRY PARKS & RECREATION HAVE A NUMBER OF PICKLEBALL COURTS JUST A FEW MILES FROM THE CAMPGROUND. BRING YOUR RACKET AND HAVE SOME FUN.