Name: Dan Thiel
Hometown: Cheyenne, Wyoming
Profession: Owner and Operator of Terry Bison Ranch
Mission: “We try to give people a little flavor of the whole west.” Dan stresses wholesome family fun and entertainment. He and his family, who all work together at the ranch, have set up a train tour, horseback riding excursions, and ATV’s all as different ways to get people excited about exploring what the West has to offer.
About the Bison: There are 2500 bison at the ranch, roaming across 27.500 acres. Dan loves getting to take people out to get up close and personal with the animal that played such an important role in the history of the region.
What colors remind you of Wyoming: “Really you have your two colors. Summer green and winter dormant brown.” Dan is originally from North Dakota, and says that when he same out to Wyoming at 15, he noticed how green everything was. “Every state has its magical parts,” he says. “We like to think we’re a part of the magic here in Wyoming.”
Favorite color: Red, particularly the color of his red pickup truck. Dan’s father was in construction. He built big steel electric lines that were used for the Hoover Dam. The company color was red. “All the trucks were red. Uniformity was important for the corporate theme.” Today at Terry Bison Ranch all the machinery is painted Red, White, and Blue.