Hang Gliders Fly-In

May 3, 2012

Dubbed hang gliding “heaven,” the little town of Dayton, west of Sheridan, Wyo., and on the eastern edge of the Bighorn Mountains is home to some of the best thermals in the northern Rockies. The conditions here allow hang gliders to stay airborne longer and go higher.

The new Hang Glider Fly-In Festivals events are scheduled Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day weekend.

Photos provided by Sheridan, WY Travel and Tourism www.sheridanwyoming.org.

Tourists stop by – some times by the hundreds – at the expanded pullout during the festival. Gliders often ask bystanders with an extra driver to take vehicles down the mountain. “Over the 22 years that I’ve been flying we have not lost, me personally or anybody else, we’ve never lost anything out of our vehicles,” says Johann Nield, hang glider instructor and event organizer. “You’re asking a stranger you’ve never seen before to drive your vehicle down – and that says something.”

Journalists will be included in the event – also helping take vehicles down the mountain and will be paired with a pilot for an inside view of the sport and event.

Enjoy watching and photographing hang gliders from across the nation soaring above the Bighorn Mountains’ Sand Turn, west of Sheridan. For details, call Johann Nield 307-751-1138.

Directions: Exit I-90 at Ranchester exit West of Sheridan. Continue on Hwy 14 up Bighorn Mountains to Sand Turn.

For more information about Sheridan’s Hang Glider Fly-In, please visit: http://www.sheridanwyoming.org/activities/in-the-mountains/hang-gliding/.