Campbell County, Wyoming
 
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Where Meetings are Monumental
Campbell County, Wyoming
Sales Manager Terry Sjolin in Gillette, Wyoming
Terry SjolinCampbell County’s Sales Manager

Discover how much Campbell County, WY has to offer

By Flash Parker

Campbell County, home to the cities of Gillette and Wright, has become a meeting destination of the highest caliber thanks to a balance of industry and the outdoors. Perfectly placed between Yellowstone National Park to the west, and Mount Rushmore and Badlands National Park to the east, Campbell County also lays claim as the trailhead to the nation’s first national monument: Devils Tower.

Here is a place where Wyoming charm and Western graces combine with cutting-edge technology and modern conference and convention amenities to offer a glimpse at Wyoming at its most unique. Campbell County’s Sales Manager, Terry Sjolin, gives us the inside scoop.

Campbell County, Wyoming
A buffalo calf at Durham Buffalo Ranch just south of Gillette. Group tours are available in the spring and summer.
Q.
What sets Campbell County apart as a meeting destination?
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There are a variety of places to meet that can accommodate any group, including CAM-PLEX Multi-Events Center, Gillette College & Gillette College Tech Center, Campbell County Senior Center, Campbell County Recreation Center, Ramada Plaza and more.

A benefit of holding a meeting here is the proximity to must-see attractions like Devils Tower, open-pit coal mines (which we provide tours of), power plant tours, Mount Rushmore, the Bighorn Mountains and the Black Hills, just to name a few. Low traffic and easy access to shops and restaurants is a major bonus. There isn’t a place in town that takes more than 15 minutes to get to!

Campbell County, Wyoming
A buffalo calf at Durham Buffalo Ranch just south of Gillette. Group tours are available in the spring and summer.
Q.
Describe Campbell County in three words:
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Neighborly. Industrious. MONUMENTAL.

Campbell County, Wyoming
Rows of seats face the stage at the CAM-PLEX Multi-Events Center in Gillette, Wyoming
The CAM-PLEX Multi-Events Center is ready for your large-scale meeting
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What’s exciting about the facilities?
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With top-notch staff, advanced technology and a multi-events facility that provides more than 1,100 acres of possibilities, Campbell County is uniquely positioned to offer tremendous conference and convention support. With events ranging from RV rallies, rodeos, hockey tournaments, art exhibits, trade shows, horse racing, concerts and more, CAM-PLEX is the largest multi-event space in the region. We work diligently to provide whatever you need to make a memorable and productive event.

Rows of seats face the stage at the CAM-PLEX Multi-Events Center in Gillette, Wyoming
The CAM-PLEX Multi-Events Center is ready for your large-scale meeting
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What will surprise meeting attendees most about the area?
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The wide-open spaces, big blue sky and the most amazing sunrises and sunsets you can imagine. Not to mention wildlife that spans the countryside, particularly our pronghorn population. Wyoming hospitality and a hometown feel with a plethora of modern amenities including well-known hotel and restaurant chains, as well as locally-owned favorites.

Street signs with decorative metal scrollwork in Gillette, Wyoming
Charming street signs point meeting attendees in the right direction
Q.
What’s a fun fact that people might not know about Campbell County? Any under-the-radar celebrities who went to school there, or is the world’s largest shovel just off the main road?
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We are known as the Energy Capital of the Nation due to our wealth of energy resources including coal, oil and gas—we provide almost 40% of the nation’s power. Black Thunder Mine—located south of Gillette, near Wright—is the largest coal mine in the United States. In addition, Wyodak Coal Mine is considered the oldest continually operating coal mine in the US.

A few notable athletes were raised in Campbell County, including professional long distance runner Alicia Craig Shay. She currently holds the NCAA 10,000 meter record. And former NFL offensive tackle Clint Oldenburg graduated from Campbell County High School.

Street signs with decorative metal scrollwork in Gillette, Wyoming
Charming street signs point meeting attendees in the right direction
“…climb the 42-foot Devils Tower replica wall, jog around the 200 meter indoor track or use one of the fitness machines at our state-of-the art Campbell County Recreation Center”
Q.
If attendees are running late, where should they head for a quick breakfast?
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Many of the hotels offer a great complimentary breakfast to grab on the go, but we also have options like the Main Bagel, City Brew, Breanna’s Bakery, Brothers Coffee, Expresso Lube, Coffee Friends and more. Plus, there are a ton of fast food choices.

A photo of a glass bottle with a Viking on the label from Big Lost Meadery in Gillette, Wyoming
Raise a glass to a successful meeting at Big Lost Meadery
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Post-meeting, what’s the best place to grab a local beer or beverage?
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Bring out your inner Viking at Big Lost Meadery, located on Historic Gillette Avenue. There, you can enjoy mead—wine made from honey—out of a steer horn! Gillette Brewing Company, Gillette’s local brewery, is housed in our historic old Post Office building in downtown Gillette. They have several micro-brews to satisfy your taste buds.

A photo of a glass bottle with a Viking on the label from Big Lost Meadery in Gillette, Wyoming
Raise a glass to a successful meeting at Big Lost Meadery
A white sign welcomes guests to the red brick Gillette Brewing Company in Gillette, Wyoming
Test your smarts at Trivia Night
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Great place to blow off some steam? Any live music to tap your toes to?
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Gillette has some fun spots to kick back, enjoy a drink and greet friends. Listen to live music at our Boot Hill Legendary Steakhouse & Nightclub. You can show off your musical talents during Open Mic Night at Brothers Coffee. Gillette Brewing Company also has Trivia Night to flaunt your smarts. If you have the itch to win some money, Wyoming Downs has off-track betting to try your luck on.

A white sign welcomes guests to the red brick Gillette Brewing Company in Gillette, Wyoming
Test your smarts at Trivia Night
An enormous round fossil greets visitors outside the Rockpile Museum in Gillette, Wyoming
Discover ancient history at the Rockpile Museum
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Let’s say meeting attendees wiggle in more than an evening of free time. What should they do? Where should they go?
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During the beautiful summer months, we offer Coal Mine Tours, the Equipment Display, Avenue of Art, the Nature Walk at McManamen Park or Dalby Memorial Park. Learn about Gillette and Campbell County History at the Rockpile Museum or take in the Frontier Auto Museum, which houses a private collection of vintage gas pumps, signs and cars owned by a local family.

You don’t want to miss the 65,000-acre Durham Buffalo Ranch, which is one of the world’s largest and oldest bison ranches and home to more than 3,000 bison. Raised holistically by the Flocchini family since the early 1960s, the ranch is a one-of-a-kind experience.

For the athletic visitor, go for a swim, climb the 42-foot Devils Tower replica wall, jog around the 200 meter indoor track or use one of the fitness machines at our state-of-the art Campbell County Recreation Center.

If you are looking for a quick day trip, you can visit our nation’s first national monument, Devils Tower. Just one hour east of Gillette on scenic Highway 24, this is a must see for outdoor enthusiasts. With a mile-and-a-half walking trail around the tower, you are sure to love this beautiful landscape. And who couldn’t love the adorable Prairie Dog Village that greets you on the way to the tower?

An enormous round fossil greets visitors outside the Rockpile Museum in Gillette, Wyoming
Discover ancient history at the Rockpile Museum
Q.
Have you hosted any off-the-wall type of meetings before? What were the challenges you faced and what successes came from that?
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We have hosted the Pyrotechnics Guild International (PGI) Wyoming Fireworks Showdown twice. When hosting an event like this you have several different concerns including security issues, weather, fire, etc. Through a coordinated effort between our Campbell County Fire Department, Gillette Police Department, Campbell County Sheriff’s Office, Campbell County Emergency Management, CAM-PLEX and the Campbell County Convention & Visitors Bureau, we developed a comprehensive plan to ensure a safe, successful event for the community to enjoy. More than 8,000 people attended and it was a great success.

We have hosted the National High School Finals Rodeo for several years. We house around 1,600 contestants, their families, as well as their horses. One of the biggest challenges to hosting any large event such as this is recruiting enough volunteers to work all the necessary areas. Our community has always been great at stepping up and helping out to make our events a success. More than 500 volunteers show up each year to make the experience for the participants a great one.

Get more information about planning your next meeting in Campbell County, Wyoming
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What is something you love about hosting meetings in Campbell County?
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The diversity of the groups we host. People from all over the nation and even the world come to our community and we strive to make it an experience they will truly enjoy; a community they love and want to bring their group back to again and again. Meeting people and showcasing the gems in our community is what we hope to do each time we host any group in Campbell County. We endeavor to show the world what true Western hospitality is all about.

Campbell County: By the Numb3rs

How many hotel rooms?
More than 2,000
How many restaurants available to cater?
We have over 70 restaurants in town, 25 of which provide catering services.
How many direct flights to Campbell County?
We have two daily, nonstop jet connections to and from Denver (United) and Salt Lake City (Delta).
Elevation?
4,554 feet
Average temperature?
80°F in summer, 40°F in winter