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“Very memorable train ride, for sure”
Review of Terry Bison Ranch

Terry Bison Ranch
Ranked #13 of 40 things to do in Cheyenne
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Reviewed September 2, 2013

We were so glad we stopped at the ranch. We had just missed the 12:00 train, but the trading post was a great place to wait for the 1:30 train. They have a huge stuffed jackalope and a huge stuffed bison to climb up on for pictures, along with lots of souvenirs to look at and possibly purchase.

Our 'engineer/guide' for the train was very engaging and helped us get used to hand-feeding these huge animals. About 10-15 bison started towards the train as we approached and stayed til all our feed bags were empty. We learned that they have to get up courage to come close enough to be fed, and that they have no top teeth, so there was not chance of being bitten by mistake. The little ones that came up to the train liked to rub their necks/shoulders on the train, and they were content to pick up the pieces if food fell to the ground.

We had a special once-in-a-lifetime surprise when we rolled past a mama bison and her VERY newborn baby. The mama was licking it off and the baby was trying very hard to stand up for the first time. I'll never forget that moment!

The animals we saw after the ride: goats, llamas, huge hogs, donkeys, an ostrich, camels, horses.

2  Thank springsgirlColorado
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Reviewed September 2, 2013 via mobile

We arrived at 4:30pm after a long day's drive. I checked the website and called but can't determine what operating hours are for all the activities. The lady at the gift shop doesn't like her job. She was slow and unhelpful. The place is in desperate need of repair and upkeep. I wouldn't let my kid on the rusty old rides in the kid corral. The thorn-weeded playground has broken tire swing and turned over seesaw. The historic barns are au naturel; falling apart. Feeding the bison on the 45 minutes train ride was fun and unique for $12 per person plus $2 per bag of bison food. We didn't try the restaurant as a result of the poor property upkeep despite rave reviews from the Food Network.

3  Thank Asian_Cowgirl
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Reviewed August 31, 2013

I had read about this attraction prior to leaving on our road trip and plugged it into our GPS. It isn't far from Cheyenne and worth the trip off the main highway. We had time before our train ride to visit the souvenir shop and to look around at the other animals on this ranch: horses, cows (even Scottish Highland cows), camels, llamas, an ostrich, and even a Tibetan Yak.
The total time for the train ride (a rather rickety vehicle on an equally rickety track) out to feed the bison and back is about 45 minutes. The driver/guide gives a commentary via a speaker in the train car which is quite informative. This is the 2nd biggest bison ranch (Ted Turner's is first) on 28,000 acres and has almost 5,000 head!
How exciting it was to have the opportunity to feed these awesome creatures. They know that the train brings food so several hang around the track out in the pasture and come toward the train cars in anticipation. We bought a bag of "treats" ($2) which was enough to feed many. We were instructed to place the thumb-sized treats on their nose and then they would sweep their tongues out to get them. We were warned not to touch them on the head as it was mating season and this could be misconstrued by the bison as an aggressive act--so we did as we were told. They were so magnificent! Loved it!!
Give yourself about 2 hrs to fit in the tour, the walk-about, and a snack.
We felt a little guilty about eating bison burgers in the large rustic restaurant but they were delicious. They were voted #1 by chef Bobby Flay.

3  Thank MomDtr
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Reviewed August 12, 2013

Nice setting on a ranch, decent restaurant on the grounds with very personable wait staff. No trees at RV sites. Not much space between sites and we had a 30-foot pole with a very bright light atop it that was beside our bedroom window. We did not stay for the train trip our bison feeding, which I am sure kids would enjoy. The bathrooms were grungy and we would not use them.

On site gift shop was sizeable with a nice variety.

2  Thank Pamela H
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Reviewed August 3, 2013

Designed to give guests a taste of the west. The farm is a bit tired and in need of some sprucing up. They offer train rides which are fun. There is a nifty elevated walway above the corrals so that you can view the many aanimals safely from above. They have camles which were a treat as well. The animals appear to be well cared for. They have a mini amusment park and plenty of playground equipment for the kids.

2  Thank SilverBear303
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