With travel trailers starting at about $100 per night and Class A motorhomes beginning at about $150 per night, now is a great time to explore Gillette, Wyoming, and the surrounding area. You can also find popup campers starting at about $79 per night and fifth-wheel trailers for about $89 per night, so you can easily find options that fit your needs.
Buffalo, Wyoming, is a fun community to explore at the foot of the Big Horn Mountains. There are more than 12 historic downtown buildings, and you will want to visit the Jim Gatchell Museum.
Newcastle, Wyoming, was founded in 1889, and you'll want to see the many outdoor attractions near this community of about 3,500 people. Learn more about the Battle of Wounded Knee by visiting the downtown location where the government stockpiled ammunition. History lovers will want to explore the Anna Miller Museum, where cavalry horses were once kept, and see nearby historical buildings.
Moorcroft, Wyoming, is on the Belle Fourche River's banks. During the 1890s, this community on The Old Texas Trail was the largest shipping point in the United States. There are fantastic places to go horseback riding, motorcycle touring, hunting, fishing, and climbing near this community of 850 people.
Gillette started as a tent city west of the current town in the late 1880s when surveyors with the Burlington and Missouri Railroad hunted the best way through Northeast Wyoming. The railroad's initial plan was to follow Donkey Creek, but Edward Gillette discovered a route five miles shorter that the railroad could follow that eliminated the need for 30 bridges. The first permanent settlers were Frank Murrey, Robert and George Durley, and Charles T. Weir, who homesteaded where the Campbell County Rockpile Museum stands, and you will want to learn more by visiting this site.
The railroad soon continued to Sheridan, a much larger community, but ranchers still found what they needed in Gillette. Travelers often spent the night at boarding houses and ate at local restaurants.
You will want to try some of Gillette's restaurants for yourself. There are more than 20 delicious choices in this town of 33,000 people. Think about starting your day with a fresh pastry at Main Bagel Company, K's Koffee and Deli, or Perkins Restaurant and Bakery. Get a great Mexican lunch at Fiesta Tequila Mexican Restaurant and Tequila Bar, Frida's House Mexican Food, or Los Compadres Méxican Restaurant. End your day with a good steak at The Prime Rib Restaurant and Wine Cellar, Ranch and Roost, or Silver Creek Steakhouse.
Gillette became part of the Black and Yellow Trail in 1912, and it brought many tourists through town as they traveled from the Black Hills to Yellowstone National Park. Tourism remains a large part of the Gillette area today. You will want to visit many sites in the Gillette area, including seeing antique cars at the Frontier Museum, taking a tour of the Eagle Butte Coal Mine, and visiting the Durham Bison Ranch.
Sleepy Hollow - This town of about 1,300 people has a very rural vibe. Most of the residents in this community work in nearby Gillette.
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Wright – Stop in this community along Wyoming 387 to explore Panther Pond. You will want to take the interpretative trail around the pond and see the mounted elk, deer, and pronghorn antelope. You will also want to explore the Wright Centennial Museum.
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Weston – This community lies along the Little Powder River. It is at the southeast edge of the Thunder Basin National Grassland.
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Wind Cave National Park is a fantastic place to take a cave tour of one of the largest cave systems in the world. Choose your tour carefully as some, like the popular Garden of Eden Tour, have many stairs that you must navigate. Once back above ground, you will want to go hiking at this location to see the herds of buffalo and catch glimpses of other wildlife.
Badlands National Park covers more than 244,000 acres. You will love seeing the buttes, canyons, pinnacles, and spires. This park contains some of the richest fossil beds in the world. It is also a great place to see animals, including bison, bighorn sheep, pronghorn, and prairie dogs.
Theodore Roosevelt National Park contains many historical features tied to President Roosevelt's life. Explore the Elkhorn Ranch Unit that the president visited as a growing teenager. This is a fantastic place to visit with children as the park rangers often feature special programs just for them.
Keyhole State Park between Sundance and Moorcroft is a wonderful place to spend a day on the water. You can go swimming, boating, and waterskiing. Anglers often catch near record-size fish. There are many campgrounds at this state park that is about 47 miles northeast of Gillette.
Bear Butte State Park near Sturgis, SD, is sacred to many Native American tribes, so if you decide to visit this state park, please leave ribbons, tobacco pouches, and other artifacts where you find them. You will love hiking across the hills at this park. It is also a terrific place to go fishing.
Custer State Park is about 125 miles east of Gillette. Take a drive along the Wildlife Loop to see a variety of animals. Stop at the Custer State Park Wildlife Visitor Center to learn more about them. You will also want to visit the historical artifacts at Badger Hole, which was home to poet laureate Charles Badger Clark.
While in Gillette, stop in front of the local newspaper office to see the Rock Paper Scissors Sculpture. In this case, the scissors definitely won this childhood game. This bronze statue by Warren Cullar and Kevin Box depicts a pair of scissors cutting a piece of paper perched on top of a rock.
Donkey Creek Festival – This June festival on Gillette College's campus features art, food, and vendors. This festival is a fantastic place to try locally sourced foods, and you will not want to miss seeing the antique automobiles.
Wright Days – This June festival features a bluegill fishing derby, family games, and a parade. Most of the activities occur at Panther Pond in Wright.
Gillette Brewfest – Sip craft brews from across the state at this July festival. You can also listen to bands perform and play games at this Main Street festival.
Gillette Icefest – Sculptors from across the country compete at this February festival held in the downtown area. There is lots of warm food, hot chocolate, and family games.
Gillette Main Street Summer Festival and Car Show – See the classic cars at this festival that start with a fun run and pancake breakfast.
Campbell County Fair – This week-long event in late July and early August features livestock shows, a carnival, musical entertainment, and a ranch rodeo.
Bell Knob Golf Course – Challenge your traveling companions to a round of golf at this course.
Black Hills National Forest - This unique national forest offers outstanding trout fishing, especially in the Cook Lake Recreation Area. There are over 300 miles of hiking trails, and you can also go hunting and camping.
Devil's Tower National Monument - This is a fantastic place to go rock climbing.
There are many terrific Wyoming campgrounds. Green Tree's Crazy Women's Campground is next to the Rockpile Museum in Gillette, and you will love the large shade trees and the hot tub and sauna. Another fabulous choice in Gillette is High Plains Campground, which offers hot showers and a laundromat. You will also want to think about Eagle Ridge RV Park, conveniently located near downtown Gillette.
You will love the options for RV dump stations in Gillette. You can find one at the Cheyenne River Wyoming 59 Rest Area, and it features free water. In town, consider using the one at Dalbey Memorial Park, in the downtown area. You can also find one at the Gillette Travel Plaza.
This area is a great place to start many outdoor adventures, so you may want to consider leaving your trailer in Wyoming RV storage to make camping easier. Gillette Auto, RV & Boat Storage offers outdoor storage behind a secure fence. EZ RV and Boat Storage is conveniently located off Garner Lake Road. StorAul Gillette may have outdoor and indoor storage available.
Motorhomes are divided into Class A, B, and C vehicles. On average expect to pay $185 per night for Class A, $149 per night for Class B and $179 per night for Class C. Towable RVs include 5th Wheel, Travel Trailers, Popups, and Toy Hauler. On average, in Gillette, WY, the 5th Wheel trailer starts at $70 per night. Pricing for the Travel Trailer begins at $60 per night, and the Popup Trailer starts at $65 per night.Do you need to be a certain age to rent an RV in Gillette?
Yes. The minimum age is 25 to be eligible to get an RV Rental in Gillette from RVshare.Does RVshare have emergency roadside assistance?
Yes. Every RV rental booked through RVshare receives 24/7 emergency roadside assistance.Does RVshare offer one way RV rentals in Gillette?
Yes. Prior to renting any RV, check with the owner since not all will offer this particular option.