Pine Bluffs

Pine Bluffs is the gateway to Southeast Wyoming and the end of the Wyoming trail traveling west on Interstate 80. This town is a full-service community with numerous attractions just waiting for you to enjoy.

History

What started as a tiny town where cowboys traveling up the Texas Trail could rest and resupply later became one of the largest cattle shipping points along the Union Pacific Railroad. Pine Bluffs eventually became part of the first intercontinental highway – the Lincoln Highway, or Hwy 30 – which travelled from New York to California along the Union Pacific line.

Before the cowboys, the cattle, the railroad and the interstate highways, Native Americans lived in and traveled through this frontier crossroads. Tee-pee rings (stone circles) are still evident in some locations of the bluffs that overlook the town. The Cheyenne and Arapahoe tribes were the main occupants of this area but other tribes such as the Shoshone, Pawnee and Lakota hunted Buffalo and traveled through to mine the rock quarries between Hartville and Lusk for tools and hunting supplies. Huge herds of bison roamed the plains around Pine Bluffs, creating paths that eventually became cattle trails.

Attractions

The “Windows on the Past” High Plains Archaeological Dig site is open Memorial Day through Labor Day. Visitors can view the actual excavation tiers dating back to prehistoric finds over 10,000 years ago and up to the homesteaders and early Pine Buffs townspeople in the late 1800s to early 1900s.

The Texas Trail Museum has a fine collection of artifacts depicting the history of southeastern Laramie County in this 4 ½ acre complex. For more information view their listing here.

Pine Bluffs has year-round recreational opportunities in our beautiful Bluffs Recreation Area with miles of hiking and biking trails, wildlife and bird watching. On top of the bluffs, the flat open space provides a wonderful area for kite flying, ball retrieving or frisbee catching for dogs, remote control airplane/drone flying, picnicking, and at night, stargazing… the possibilities are endless. The Pine Bluffs Recreation Area provides the perfect space for the annual Pine Bluffs End of Trail Kite Festival in September. For more information view the event information here. If you are a disc golf player you won’t want to pass up the opportunity to play the challenging “Canyon Course at Leaning Rock”, an 18-hole, par 55 disc golf course complete with challenging elevation changes and beautiful views nestled in the center of the Bluffs Recreation Area.

Pine Bluffs has a unique memorial that was erected in 1998 on the outskirts of town, just west of the Wyoming-Nebraska State Line. The “Our Lady of Peace” sculpted by Robert Frida is the largest sculpture in Wyoming and with the 7-foot pedestal, it is the largest Marian Memorial in the United States. The sculpture weighs 180 tons and stands just over 30 feet tall.

If you are looking for a great time to visit Pine Bluffs, consider the first full weekend of August when the weather is hot and dry during the day, evenings are cool, and the town is celebrating Trail Days.

The annual Pine Bluffs Trail Days celebrates the town’s history and is filled with fun activities for all ages, including melodramas, street dances, a 5K run/walk, parade, park vendors, barbecue in the park, car show, teenage rodeo, breakfast in the park, cowboy church, mud volleyball tournament, softball tournament and more.

Pine Bluffs focuses on family and quality of life and welcomes you to visit. While they don’t have lots of neon signs, they do have open spaces and friendly faces.