Colton Bates


I wasn’t born in Wyoming, but for living in Sheridan 20 of 21 years of my life, I might as well have been. Growing up in Sheridan, I’ve learned how much pride and comfort locals to the area take in making Sheridan an unparalleled place to live. Through my parents’ involvement in real estate over the years, I’ve learned much and believe I can provide energy and enthusiasm to the field.

I first attended Big Horn High School where I had the opportunity to participate in a number of awesome activities such as football, basketball, and track, as well as contributing to several clubs which includes a strong involvement in student council as student body co-president. Based on my own account, and those of the friends I’ve made from the surrounding schools in the area, I’ve learned that students have a chance to learn in an environment progressive to their learning needs with their safety in mind and opportunities that go beyond the classroom.

After graduating from Big Horn, I moved across the state border to Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana in hopes of continued education and a collegiate basketball career. I quickly realized how devoted I’d have to be in order to successfully balance the challenges of school and sports, and it was a challenge I sought to get better at everyday. After two years and a hip surgery, I decided that being in the state I grew up in was a good decision for me, and transferred to the University of Wyoming.

When I’m not in Sheridan, UW in Laramie is where I reside as I am completing my undergraduate degree in Business Management with a concentration in Entrepreneurship. While completing my degree is a goal I will look to achieve, I found it important to follow in my parents’ footsteps and learn more about real estate. Experience with my Dad in new-home construction has allowed me to understand what goes into the house to make it a home for someone. Now I am following the lead of my mom, Jill Bates, in order to become an excellent realtor that can work hard for you.

I am excited to develop relationships with the great people of Sheridan, the surrounding area, and those who are looking to live here. At the end of the day, myself and the other outstanding members of BEST Real Estate will have your back in all of your home buying and selling needs!