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Big Horn Mountains Region - Hiking & Backpacking

     There are many hiking trails throughout the Big Horn Mountains and Bighorn National Forest, providing the hiker/backpacker with scenic views of mountain vistas, lakes, and wildlife.

     Hikers may see many species of wildlife including deer, moose and elk as well as numerous small species of animals and birds. Care should be exercised when viewing unpredictable animals such as moose.

     There are also over 200 lakes in the Big Horn Mountains such as Willow Lake pictured above and Romeo Lake pictured at the right. Lakes and some other areas are often rocky, so hikers are advised to use care when walking.

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Romeo Lake

     Mountain Lakes also provide excellent trout fishing.  Both resident and non-resident fishing licenses can be obtained from local sporting goods stores before beginning your hike.

     Scenery is spectacular, so be sure to bring a camera and plenty of film.  Binoculars are also handy for viewing wildlife and scenery at a distance.

     Most trails are well marked and it is advisable to remain on the trails.

     Trail, topographic and National Forest maps are available at most local sporting goods stores and through the National Forest Service.

     If you intend to hike into the Cloud Peak Wilderness Area, you are required to register at the trailhead before you begin your hike. Manual registration boxes are provided at trailhead locations. Registration assists Forest Service and emergency officials in locating lost or injured personnel.

     Hikers and backpackers should also obey all Forest Service fire restrictions and regulations when hiking in the National Forest. There are particular regulations regarding the use of motorized vehicles and campfires in the Bighorn National Forest and Cloud Peak Wilderness area.

     Additional information on hiking and backpacking in the Bighorn Mountains and Bighorn National Forest can be obtained by contacting the National Forest Offices listed below.

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Bighorn National Forest Trail Marker

USDA Forest Service - Bighorn National Forest
Bighorn National Forest

Bighorn National Forest - Ranger District Offices

Ranger District offices are open Monday through Friday,
except federal holidays, from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.

Supervisors Office / Tongue
Ranger District
(open until 5:00 p.m.)

2013 Eastside 2nd St.
Sheridan, Wyoming 82801
Phone: (307) 674-2600
Medicine Wheel Ranger District
95 US Hwy16/20
Greybull, Wyoming 82426
Phone: (307) 765-4435
Powder River Ranger District
1415 Fort Road
Buffalo, Wyoming 82834
Phone: (307) 684-1100

Bighorn National Forest - Other Information

Burgess Junction Visitor Center
US Highway 14, 1/2 mile east of Burgess Junction, Wyoming
Summer Hours: Open daily 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Self guided trail, exhibits, maps, information, book sales.
Shell Falls Interpretive Center
US Highway 14, 5 miles west of Burgess Junction, Wyoming
Summer Hours: Open daily 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Self guided trail, exhibits, maps, information, book sales.
USDA Forest Service - Bighorn National Forest
National Park Service - Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area

Important Information for Hikers & Backpackers

Giardiaclub.com - Giardia Water Filters; Tips and advice on water filters for giardia while backpacking, trekking and hiking. Giardia symptoms. .

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