DescriptionIn the Bighorn Mountains of north-central Wyoming, the Bighorn National Forest encompasses 1,115,073 acres. The forest is traversed by US 14 (Bighorn Scenic Byway), which crosses 8,950-foot Granite Pass and winds through scenic Shell Canyon and Falls; US 14A (Medicine Wheel Passage), which passes by Medicine Mountain near the enigmatic Medicine Wheel; and US 16 (Cloud Peak Skyway), which crosses 9,677-foot Powder River Pass and threads through beautiful Ten Sleep Canyon.
Cloud Peak is the highest peak within the forest. Motorists pulling trailers should use caution on US 14/14A.
Backpacking and saddle and pack trips can be taken into 189,039-acre Cloud Peak Wilderness; horse and foot trails begin at trail heads accessible via gravel roads off US 14 and US 16. This scenic area has miles of streams and more than 200 lakes containing brook, cutthroat, golden and rainbow trout. Hunters come in search of deer and elk.
Throughout the forest are 30 campgrounds, 10 picnic grounds and a good trail network, including the Bucking Mule Falls National Recreation Trail. Downhill skiing is available east of Worland (west of Buffalo); cross-country skiing can be pursued in all sections of the forest. Mountain climbing and snowmobiling also are popular.
Maps of the forest are available at the District Ranger's office in Sheridan at 2013 Eastside Second St., (307) 674-2600; in Greybull at 95 US 16/20, (307) 765-4435; and in Buffalo at 1415 Fort St., (307) 684-7806. Offices are open Mon.-Fri. 8-4:30; closed federal holidays. Offices are open Mon.-Fri. 8-4:30; closed federal holidays.
Shell Falls Wayside Visitor Center is on US 14, 5 miles west of Burgess Junction. The Center offers nature trails, exhibits, maps and other information about the forest, recreational activities and nearby communities; open daily 9:30-5, Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. For additional information contact the Forest Supervisor's Office, 2013 Eastside Second St., Sheridan, WY 82801; phone (307) 674-2600.
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