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Camping Bighorn National Forest

Bighorn National Forest

Located in northern Wyoming, and covering over one million acres, It is one of the oldest government-protected forest lands in the U.S having been created in 1897. The forest is well east of the continental divide and extends from the Montana border for a distance of 80 miles along the Big Horn Mountains. Elevations range from 5,000 feet to over 13,000 feet. Nearly all of forest land is above 4,900 ft. Camping Bighorn National Forest

Within the forest is the Cloud Peak Wilderness area in which no motorized or mechanical equipment is allowed. The only access into the 189,000 acre wilderness is by foot or horseback. There are 1,500 miles of trails in the forest, along with 32 improved campgrounds, lodges, and three scenic vehicular byways. U.S. Highway 14, also known as the Bighorn Scenic Byway, crosses the middle of the 30-mile wide forest. Medicine Wheel Passage (U.S. Highway 14A) crosses in the north passing the Medicine Wheel National Historic Landmark, while the Cloud Peak Skyway (U.S. 16) crosses the highest pass in the forest (Powder River Pass 9,677 ft.) and is located in the southern section of the forest.

 

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Camping Bighorn National Forest

Dispersed Camping

Shell Reservoir Camping Area

Fishing allowed year-round, ice usually clears around early June. This fishery is comprised mainly of Brook trout, which are maintained by natural reproduction.

Open Season: June
Usage: Light
Restrictions: 14 day stay limit, Pack It In, Pack It Out
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilet, Pit Toilet
Operated By: Forest Service

 

Campground Camping

North Tongue Campground

Camping Bighorn National Forest. The North Tongue Campground is located on the North Fork of the Tongue River about one mile north of Burgess Junction, where the Medicine Wheel Passage Scenic Byway and the Bighorn Scenic Byway come together. It’s an excellent camping spot for fishing enthusiasts.

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Open Season: June
Usage: Light
Restrictions: 14 day stay limit
Closest Towns: Dayton, Wyoming
Water: Potable Water
Restroom: Vault Toilets
Operated By: Concessionaire: Gallatin Canyon Campgrounds
Information Center: Host resides onsite.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sibley Lake Campground

The Sibley Lake Campground is located just off U.S. Highway 14, the Bighorn Scenic Byway, It is the only Bighorn National Forest campground that offers electrical hookups. Fishing opportunities abound in nearby Sibley Lake and numerous streams.

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Usage: Light
Restrictions: 14 day stay limit, Electric Motors Only on Sibley Lake
Closest Towns: Dayton, Wyoming
Water: Potable Water
Restroom: Vault Toilets
Operated By: Concessionaire: Gallatin Canyon Campgrounds
Information Center: Host resides onsite

 

 

The Bighorn River, flowing along the west side of the Forest, was first named by American Indians due to the great herds of bighorn sheep at its mouth. Lewis and Clark transferred the name to the mountain range in the early 1800s.

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For thousands of years, human cultures have inhabited the Big Horn region, using mountain resources to improve their quality-of-life.

During the 1800s, the Bighorns provided tipi poles, lumber for nearby Fort Phil Kearny, beaver pelts, medicinal plants, and abundant big game. Today it continues to provide recreational opportunities, lumber, summer grazing for cattle and sheep, and clear, cool water. On February 22, 1897, President Grover Cleveland signed legislation creating the Big Horn Forest Reserve, in recognition of the value these mountains hold for the American people and their livelihood. Camping Bighorn National Forest.

View all the information for Bighorn at the US Forestry Service Website.

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