Parking and driving during Cheyenne Frontier Days

At the time I’m writing this, July 16, 2017, there are five more days before Cheyenne Frontier Days starts, on 21 July 2017, running through 30 July, 2017.

Preparations for the influx of over 300,000 people over the course of the ten days is already underway.

For example, Carey Avenue, which runs past Frontier Park and the Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum on one side and Lions Park on the other, is currently lined down the middle with orange and white highway dividers, presumably to prevent drivers from accidentally drifting into each other’s lanes while they look for their exits to get into Frontier Park, Lions’ Park or the Old West Museum.

This division will stay there until the last day of Cheyenne Frontier Days.

Orange and white dividers running along Carey Avenue

The dividers are spaced so that drivers can turn into the Paul Smith Children’s Village or the Old West Museum parking lot – except that the main Old West Museum parking lot is now covered with a huge white tent which will be there throughout Frontier Days.

If you want to visit the Museum, you’ll have to walk from wherever you’ve parked your car other than in the Museum parking lot! Or – take a bus, and there will be bus service throughout Frontier Days, although you will have to pay for it.

The white tent covering the entire main parking lot of the Old West Museum

Where to Park for Frontier Days

Several thousand people will be visiting Frontier Park each day. There will be crowds and traffic congestion!

Street Parking

If you arrive early enough (before 8 am, usually) you can park on the right hand side of 8th Avenue (heading west), or in one of the parking areas on South Lion Park Drive (there are several of varying sizes). Several residential streets run into 8th Avenue and again you can park on them – but please don’t park in people’s driveways or lawns without permission.

City Bus

The West route of the city bus company takes people right to the Old West Museum, which is adjacent to Frontier Park.  It costs $1.50 per person, one way. The bus runs once an hour, picking up and dropping off at the Old West Museum stop at about 25 minutes after each hour.

CFD’s Park and Ride

Their Park and Ride program costs $10, which also includes the $3 entry to the park. The shuttle takes people from the “Bull” park and ride.  To get there, go  north on I-25, take exit 10B. If you’re coming from the south on I-25, take exit 10D.

To get to the Park and Ride or “Bull” Parking lot, take I-25 North or South as appropriate from where you’re staying to get to exit 10 (and whatever letter is appropriate from the direction you’re coming). Follow Happy Jack Road to the west for about a mile to the Park and Ride lot.

Hours

July 21: 10 a.m. – 12:30 a.m.
July 22-29: 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 a.m.
July 30: 10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Frontier Park Parking

You can park in the parking lot adjacent to Frontier Park for $20, on a first come first serve basis.

However, you can also use

Gate Admission

It costs $3 just to enter the Midway. The Indian Village and Frontier Town can be entered and enjoyed for free.

To ride any of the carnival rides on the Midway, the most efficient thing to do is purchase a one-day pass for $30. This can be done at the CFD website.

Tickets for the rodeo cost $20 for the least expensive seats, up to $30. (The actual championship portion will cost more!)

Concerts? The cost varies per performer and day, but will be, at least, $40 per ticket.

How to Dress for Frontier Days

It is typically in the 90s for Frontier Days. It’s best to wear light, loose clothing and it is imperative that you wear a hat! Wear comfortable walking shoes because you will be walking a lot once you enter the midway, and if you park somewhat far away in order to avoid paying for parking, you’ll want to be able to walk that distance without getting blisters.

Food

Part of the fun of Cheyenne Frontier Days is to eat on the Midway, although it can get a bit pricey! But it’s all part of the experience.

You can’t bring in hard-sized coolers, or food or beverages (unless you have specific dietary or medical needs, and you must clear this with Guest Services).

Typically, there are bottled water vendors staked out in front of the entrance to Frontier Park. They’ll sell water for half of what you can purchase them for inside the park.  Make sure you only buy or bring in Dasani water. CFD wants you to stay hydrated while you’re in the Park, but Dasani is one of their sponsors.

However, if you go to Frontier Town, there is free water available there.

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