BIGHORN NATIONAL FOREST
BIGHORN NATIONAL FOREST
2013 Eastside 2nd Street
Sheridan, Wyoming 82801
Located in north-central Wyoming, the Big Horn Mountains are a sister range of the Rocky Mountains. Conveniently located half-way between Mt. Rushmore and Yellowstone National Park, the Big Horns are a great vacation destination in themselves. No region in Wyoming is provided with a more diverse landscape -- from lush grasslands to alpine meadows, from crystal-clear lakes to glacial carved valleys, from rolling hills to sheer mountain walls.
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.
We hope this website provides you with inside information on the Big Horn Mountains - from the experiences they have to offer to the way the USFS manages their many resources. Most of all, we hope it invites you come see their spectacular beauty for yourselves.
There are many developed campgrounds throughout the Bighorn Forest. Camping can generally be enjoyed from June through September. Regulations permit camping in developed campgrounds for a maximum of 14 consecutive days. Advance reservations may be made for certain sites in specific campgrounds by calling 1-877-444-6777. Most campgrounds will have sites available on a first-come, first-served basis, as well.
Camping outside of a campground is allowed on many areas of the Forest. Regulations permit camping in dispersed areas for a maximum of 21 days in Wyoming, however you should consult with your local Forest Service office for regulations regarding this and other activities.
Reservations are not required for camping in the Cloud Peak Wilderness. However, it is required that visitors to the Wilderness register with the Bighorn National Forest, which can be done at major trailheads and in Forest offices.
Campgrounds and trails in the Bighorn National Forest are subject to severe winter weather conditions, year round. Due to this variability, the Forest cannot guarantee that all facilities will continue to be open throughout the season. The information contained in this web site will be updated as time and situations allow.
For your safety, obtain your drinking and cooking water from potable water sources such as well pumps or water hydrants. If potable water is not available, boil water from lakes or streams for 5 minutes or use other purification methods.
Campgrounds are expensive to maintain. Please accept the challenge to take home your litter and garbage, thus allowing limited maintenance funds to be utilized for other maintenance chores.