It was my second year spending the 4th of July in Ten Sleep, WY. The little town is on route to Yellowstone and provides beautiful camping, limestone climbing and this town knows how to party..
Our trip started a week before with lots of climbing and cooking. Most of the climbing has morning sun so your climbing session doesn’t start until after noon. So grab a cup of coffee, a book and relax.
On the Fourth of July, we made it out to the parade just in time for the ice cream sandwiches they pass out. Afterwards we headed to 2nd Street Coffee for our morning coffee and wasted time catching up on Facebook before rodeo. This year we stocked up on the ice and beer and enjoyed cold beverages while we watched the cowboys and cowgirls kick up some dust.
As we waited for dusk, we cooled off at their splash park and then headed to Ten Sleep Brewery. The brewery just opened up this year in the Smith family barn and has the friendliest staff around. They are very accommodating to travelers with showers, wi-fi, camping, food and beer. As always, be respectful and supportive to places that welcome adventurers.
Night fell and fireworks filled the sky over the little town. Wyoming sells awesome fireworks that definitely make a boom. As the fireworks went off, the street dance begins. Take note that the bars in Ten Sleep stay open for 48 hours on the 4th. With rodeos on Saturdays, this year we had back to back rodeos and street dances. It’s a rough weekend. Especially when you’re fitting in some climbing between these two nights.
On the morning of the 5th, we woke up early, made a cake over the fire and made it to the parking lot at 9 am to do some climbing. Everyone filled the crags with morning shade for a quick day session. After climbing, we washed up in the cold creek and headed down to the Climber’s Fest organized by the Bighorn Climbers’ Coalition at Ten Sleep Brewery. There was music, games and a raffle with great prizes from Petzl, Scarpa, Joshua Tree Skin, Prana and many more companies.
If you’re looking for something to do for the 4th next year, consider taking a trip to Ten Sleep. It’s great for climbing, cycling, camping, milkshakes, fireworks, dancing and beer. That’s pretty much everything you need!