On the eastern edge of the southern Bighorn Mountains just 20 miles west of Buffalo, WY, on Highway 16, five pine-filled campgrounds provide over sixty sites for the recreating public. South Fork Campground, Circle Park Campground, Crazy Woman Campground and Middle Fork Campground lay alongside crystal clear, cold trout brooks. These campgrounds are just a short jaunt away from the Cloud Peak Wilderness, which is full of wonderful day hikes and Tie Hack Reservoir with scenic views and fishing. Lost Cabin Campground, near the mountain pass, provides easy highway access and pull-through spurs in a camp noted for its friendly atmosphere. Two nearby lodges provide restaurant dining, showers and convenience items.
On the west end of the WY Highway 16, Bull Creek Campground and Lakeview Campground provide lakeside camping just off the SW Bighorn Mountains highway, while more remote West Tensleep Lake Campground is a canoer's ideal. Sitting Bull Campground, Deer Park Campground and Island Park Campground are stream-side campgrounds with plenty of fishing, bird watching and wildlife attractions to make the perfect vacation.
While most of the campgrounds in the Bighorn Mountains are located 7000 feet or higher, Leigh Creek Campground and Tensleep Creek Campground sit at 5400 feet on the fresh and clear Tensleep Creek. Between these two camps is a fish hatchery which is open to the public daily. Two lodges and nearby Ten Sleep, WY provide showers, fishing licenses, restaurant dining and convenience items.
The Cloud Peak Skyway Scenic Byway is the southern-most route across the Bighorn National Forest in the Big Horn Mountains. The designated 47-mile stretch of the Scenic Byway, or U.S. 16, shares its boundaries with the National Forest. The route can be reached via Ten Sleep from the west or Buffalo from the east.
The road is a paved two-lane highway that crests at the 9,666-foot Powder River Pass. Mountain weather can be extreme and snow can fall in any month at these elevations but it rarely affects travel in the summer and early fall. Allow one hour minimum driving time.
Bluegrass music festival over three days in early July
Wild Bunch Wyoming Luau
All you can eat pig roast in early June
This small but fascinating museum serves as the frontier regional history museum of Wyoming's Powder River country. You’ll see wagons that carried pioneers along the trails and some of the tools they used along their way. The museum also houses an astonishing collection of Native American, frontier military and early-settler artifacts, including clothing, weapons and everyday items.
Incredibly detailed dioramas depict scenes from the Johnson County Cattle War. Open mid-April through Oct.
Named for a popular Union General, the fort was established in 1866 to protect immigrants on the Bozeman Trail on their way north to the gold fields of Montana, and also to prevent intertribal warfare between Native American tribes. A major player in the Plains Indian wars, the Fort stands as a testament to the clash between the US Army forces and Sioux, Cheyenne, and Arapaho Indians.
Situated along the Bighorn Mountains' western slope, Medicine Lodge is known as one of the country's most prominent archaeological sites. See prehistoric petroglyphs and pictographs that remain etched on red sandstone cliffs, giving you a canvas of ancient cultures.
Check out the remote outlaw hideout of Jesse James, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
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