Northeast Bighorns

Rising steeply from the Great Plains, the Bighorn Mountains gain 4000' elevation in 15 miles giving spectacular views of the surrounding country. US Highway 14 twists and turns through mixed spruce and pine forests and along scenic vistas; be sure to stop at Sand Turn to take in the views and to watch the hand-gliders that frequently launch from this point. Be sure to stop to overlook the Fallen City and rock "tongue" for which the Tongue River received its name.

The north and south forks of the Tongue River give ample opportunity for fishermen to match wits with various trout species; a hand-railed boardwalk also provides handicap fishing access to fishery-stocked Sibley Lake. Backcountry jeep/4WD and ATV trails provide recreation opportunities to motorists; local lodges provide ATV rentals and maps. Hiking trails take off from Sibley Lake and a short nature hike is located at the Burgess Visitor Center. Remnants of the once vast complex of water flumes and splash dams that washed trimmed logs to the valley can be seen just up the road from Dead Swede Campground which does indeed house a dead Swede's grave.

 

Dead Swede | East Fork | North Tongue | Owen Creek | Pine Island Group Area | Prune Creek | Ranger Creek | Sibley Lake | Tie Flume

Northwest Bighorns

At the precipitous edge of the western Bighorn Mountains, Bald Mountain and Porcupine campgrounds sit near the Medicine Wheel Area near Medicine Wheel National Monument, an ancient Indian stone structure. Highway 14A to Lovell, WY, just 25 miles west on the way to Yellowstone National Park has some of the most spectacular views of the topography and geology of the area, however, the sometimes 10% grade requires extra precautions for motor homes and recreational trailers; brakes must be in good condition. Easier access from the east through Burgess Junction or the west through Shell Canyon is recommended.

On the western edge of the Bighorn Mountains along Highway 14 sits the scenic Shell Falls and Visitor Center. Nearby Owen Creek Campground, Cabin Creek Meadows Campground, and Cabin Creek Campground provide camping with easy highway access; further removed but beautifully quiet and scenic are Dead Swede Campground and Tie Flume Campground, historic stopping spots for early forest travelers and workers. Both are located on the South Tongue River, which is shallow and serene, with sandy beaches and quiet fishing pools. Nearer to Shell Falls are Ranger Creek Recreation Area, and Shell Falls Campground on the boulder choked and riotous Shell Creek. Ranger Creek Recreation Area has a large open park and covered picnic area to accommodate large group camping while Shell Falls, tucked into a dense stream-side forest, boasts relaxed fishing and wildlife watching.

 

Bald Mountain | Lower Paint Rock Lake | Medicine Lodge Lake | Porcupine | Ranger Creek Recreation Area | Shell Creek

The Wild West - Sheridan, Wyoming:

Sheridan’s fabled western history and dramatic mountain vistas meet new west comfort and the serenity of wide-open spaces. Providing history with a view – from Main Street to the magnificent backdrop of the Bighorn Mountains – Sheridan offers modern hospitality with old west charm. We have a beautiful, vibrant downtown, the WYO Theater, museums, fantastic restaurants, a top notch rodeo and so much more. Located halfway between Yellowstone Park and Mount Rushmore, Sheridan welcomes visitors from all over the globe. Sheridan is home to world class fly fishing, hiking, camping and winter sports.

 

Recreational activities abound . . . Find unlimited, easy-to-access recreation in the pristine Bighorn Mountains of Wyoming. Hike, bike, camp, boat, rock climb or photograph the wildlife and scenery, or catch a hunting season in these golden hills . Or step farther back in time with the complex geology and history. The Bighorn National Forest and Bighorn Mountains are a visitor’s paradise, with elevations ranging from 4,000 to 13,165 feet.

Attractions & Events

Check out the Sheridan Calendar to see what's happening:

Rodeos

Sheridan Speedway Auto Races

Mega Monster Truck Show

Powder River Days - A Working Ranch Horse Event

Running Races

Farmers Market

 

Sheridan Information Center:

 E 5th Street, Sheridan WY 82801 307-672-2485

A beautiful rest area at exit 23 on I-90 with a play area, clean restrooms & staff

 

Bighorn Scenic Byway:

A 58-mile paved highway over the crest of the Big Horn Mountains, the byway winds past thick forest, lush meadows, waterfalls, and deep canyons. Stretching from the Powder River Basin to the Big Horn Basin, the Big Horn Byway follows US 14 from the west outside Greybull.

 

Medicine Wheel National Monument

The 75-foot diameter Medicine Wheel is a roughly circular alignment of rocks and associated cairns enclosing 28 radial rows of rock extending out from a central cairn. This feature is part of a much larger complex of interrelated archaeological sites and traditional use areas that express 7000 years of Native American adaptation to and use of the alpine landscape that surrounds Medicine Mountain.

For more info check out this site as well: Atlas Obscura

 

Wyoming Official Vacation Guide

The Wyoming Official Travelers Journal is your expert source for planning a Forever West getaway. Learn how to best experience Wyoming's national parks, where to spot wildlife, how to find the perfect dude ranch and more. You’ll get a taste for all Wyoming has to offer through articles, regional maps, local events and the essential planning tools for your authentic Western vacation of a lifetime.

Contact GCC:
Recreation.gov