Scenic Buffalo Wyoming

The prosperous community of Buffalo, Wyoming maintained a population of 4,832 people in 2012; an increase of nearly 300 individuals since the 2010 census. So while the town receives many seasonal visitors due to its location in the heart of the state’s thriving recreational industry, some permanent growth has occurred in recent years.

The Buffalo area and its economy

Buffalo sits in northwestern Johnson County, in a scenic location of broad vistas close to the Bighorn National Forest. Extensive properties managed by the federal Bureau of Land Management dot the surrounding area. The region offers a variety of interesting activities for outdoor enthusiasts.

A major national east-west route, Interstate-90, joins traffic from the north-south I-25 corridor just a few miles outside of town; consequently, travelers often stop in Buffalo en route to other places.  The town serves as wayfaring hub for tens of thousands of visitors every year.  

Additionally, Buffalo benefits from rich mineral deposits, which promote a thriving oil, gas and coal industry in the locale. Extensive ranch lands in the surrounding area also afford employment in the cattle and grazing sector of the economy.  

This fact probably explains why such a comparatively small community offers accommodations including numerous hotels, plus additional bed and breakfasts and “dude” ranches, in the environs: tourists flock there from around the nation.

Recreational Activities in The Buffalo Area 

Sitting roughly 114 miles north of Casper (population approximately 54,000), the residents of Buffalo live in a unique place which permits the enjoyment of a wide variety of fun activities during every season of the year. The Buffalo field office of the Bureau of Land Management administers over 780,000 pristine acres of forests, pastures and plains.

Visitors to the region can go skiing in the nearby Big Horn Mountains, or fish, hunt, boat, prospect and hike on designated lands and reservoirs, or at Lake DeSmet.  Horseback riding offer a popular recreational pastime. And scenic northern Wyoming furnishes many outstanding opportunities for nature photographers.  

The Big Horn National Forest provides thirty two campgrounds and four large group camping sites. A number of maintained trails provide close access to wilderness areas. 

Withing the town of Buffalo itself, visitors can dine at restaurants and cafes, visit antique, gift and craft shops, and pursue a variety of personal hobbies. A twelve mile long trail system allows visitors to walk or bike through the community. The Buffalo Public Golf Course can also provide hours of entertainment. The town also maintains two pools, several soccer fields, horse shoe pits and even an ice skating rink.  

Anyone interested in learning more about the fascinating history of the area might want to consider visiting the Jim Gatchell Memorial Museum in town, or touring the Fort Phil Kearny State Historical Site located along I-90 about twelve miles north of town. Both locations can provide interesting background information about Buffalo’s past.

Visitors to Buffalo and will find plenty of enjoyable activities to draw them back to the area.