Bighorn National Forest

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Bighorn National Forest

Wyoming

(307) 674-2600

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Things To Do

Overview

The Bighorn National Forest encompasses 1,107,671-acres in the Big Horn Mountains of north-central Wyoming. It is traversed by US 14 (Big Horn Scenic Byway), which crosses 8,950-foot Granite Pass and winds through scenic Shell Falls and Canyon; US 14A (Medicine Wheel Passage), which passes Medicine Mountain near the enigmatic Medicine Wheel; and US 16 (Cloud Peak Skyway), which crosses Powder River Pass (9,677 ft.) and threads through beautiful TenSleep Canyon. Visit the Bighorn National Forest and enjoy the multiple reservoirs, 32 campgrounds, 3 scenic byways, 14 picnic areas, 7 lodges, miles and miles of streams, 189,000-acres of Wilderness, 1,500-miles of trails, and much more that provide a forest experience unique to the Big Horns.

Visitors can enjoy an array of activities. Bicycle the park or ride mountain bike trails. Camp primitive style or enjoy the cabins in the park. Anglers can fish, there is ample hiking, horseback riding, hunting, nature viewing, off-roading, outdoor learning, picnicking, scenic driving, water activities, and winter sports. There is something for everyone at Bighorn! Since the park is so huge with so many options, it is recommended that visitors contact the park or park website for trip planning details.

Map of Bighorn Nat'l Forest

Latitude, Longitude: 44.506790, -107.308270

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Activities

  • Boating

    Opportunities for non-motorized boating use on the Bighorn National Forest are plentiful.

  • Bicycling

    The Bighorn National Forest is a great place to enjoy the outdoor scenery from the seat of your bicycle. Numerous trails are available for biking enthusiasts to enjoy. Contact the park for details and trails.

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    There are many places to go for a scenic drive on the Bighorn National Forest, and it is recommended to contact the ranger station in your area of interest for a route that is best for you. There are three National Scenic Byways on the forest: Bighorn Scenic Byway, Cloud Peak Skyway and Medicine Wheel Passage.

  • Camping

    Cabin rentals, dispersed camping, tent camping, and group camping are all available.

  • Fishing

    Ice fishing, lake, river, pond and stream fishing are all possible. Contact the park for details.

  • Hiking

    There are numerous day hikes and backpacking trips that visitors can undertake.

  • Historic Sites

    Bighorn National Forest is equipped with many "points of interest" where signs explain different things about the park. The two visitor centers also offer historical perspectives of the park.

  • Horseback Riding

    There are many horseback riding trails in the park, with opportunities to make it a multi-day trip and camp.

  • Hunting

    The Bighorn National Forest is popular for big game such as elk, mule deer, white-tailed deer, black bear, moose, bighorn sheep, mountain lion and antelope.

  • Off Highway Vehicles

    Motorized vehicle travel is allowed only on designated trails throughout the Bighorn National Forest. Please know the regulations and practice "Leave No Trace." OHV's are restricted to 50" at the widest point and must stay on the main trail. Remember: Within campgrounds and other recreation sites, use cars, motorcycles, or other motor vehicles only for entering or leaving.

  • Picnicking

    There are some established picnicking areas as well as endless non-established picnic sites here.

  • RVing

    There is space for RV parking.

  • Water Sports

    Canoeing and kayaking are popular.

Seasonality/Weather

The park is open year-round, however many resources in the park close seasonally. Please prepare before you set out on your trip and check in on these items.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(307) 674-2600

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