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Overview

Backpacking opportunities in the Sheridan area include the many trailheads in the Bighorn National Forest. Most trails are accessible by two-wheel drive and within one or two hours of Sheridan. The Big Horn National Forest offers some of the most scenic wilderness in Wyoming with secluded waterfalls, coniferous forests, prairie clearings, seasonal wildflowers, and wildlife viewing opportunities. Whether out for a camping excursion or a casual day hike, the Sheridan area presents a number of hiking options for any skill level or time allowance.

Fish Hatchery

Fish Hatchery

The Story Fish Hatchery is located along the east slope of the Bighorn Mountains in northeast Wyoming. The original hatchery buildings were built in 1909 to serve the needs of northern Wyoming. Throughout the years, the Story Hatchery has undergone significant renovations to keep up with new technology in fish

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Hettinger Group Campground

Hettinger Group Campground

Group camping site along the Cloud Peak Skyway. Directions: From Buffalo, WY go west 12 miles Hwy 16, then 0.4 mile west on FSR 131 . Reservations: This site can be reserved by calling or on-line.

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  • Hole-in-the-Wall
  • Hole-in-the-Wall

Hole-in-the-Wall

Johnson County is home to one of the most notorious outlaw hideouts, a remote pass near Kaycee and the Big Horn Mountains known as the “Hole-in-the-Wall.” Here famed outlaws Butch Cassidy and his Wild Bunch, the Sundance Kid , Harvey “Kid Curry” Logan and Jack Ketchum took refuge in a

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  • Hunter Campground
  • Hunter Campground
  • Hunter Campground
  • Hunter Campground
  • Hunter Campground

Hunter Campground

Developed camping area, popular for horse users. Nearby accesses to Cloud Peak Wilderness and Rock Creek Recommended Wilderness area. Directions: From Buffalo, WY take Highway 16 from for 13 miles west. Then take Forest Road 19 west for 2 miles and go left onto Forest Service Road 396 and follow

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Island Park Campground

Island Park Campground

Along West Tensleep Creek. Directions: From Ten Sleep, WY, take Hwy 16 east 21.2 miles to FSR 27, turn left and drive about 3 miles to the campground. Fees $15 per night. Additional vehicle $9. Limit 2 vehicles per site and 8 people per site. 8 reservable sites.

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Jaws Trailhead

Jaws Trailhead

Good access to Bucking Mule Falls trail and Porcupine Creek. Directions: From Lovell, WY, take Hwy 14A east for 32 miles, then north on FSR 13 for 2 miles to FSR 133.

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  • Kleenburn Recreation Area
  • Kleenburn Recreation Area
  • Kleenburn Recreation Area

Kleenburn Recreation Area

Sheridan County owns and operates the Kleenburn Recreation Area that is located just east of the Acme exit of Interstate 90 north of Sheridan. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s Tensleep Fish Hatchery keeps the Kleenburn Pond well stocked with catchable size Rainbow Trout.  The Game and Fish stock the

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Lake DeSmet

Lake DeSmet

Lake Desmet occupies a natural un-drained basin on the divide between Piney Creek, and one of its tributaries, Boxelder Creek. It is one of several basins in the Buffalo area that were formed by coal seam fires. After the coal deposits burned, the clinker and other sediments collapsed into the

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Lake View Campground

Lake View Campground

On the northern shore of Meadowlark Lake. Popular trout fishing area. Directions: From Ten Sleep, WY, take Hwy 16 east 20.3 miles and turn right at campground sign. Fees $15 per night. Additional vehicle $9. Limit 2 vehicles per site and 8 people per site. 12 reservable sites.

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Lily Lake Trailhead

Lily Lake Trailhead

Provides access to: Middle Paintrock Trail – #066, which accesses Cloud Peak Wilderness, and Lily Lake. Small parking area with no facilities. Directions: From Ten Sleep, WY, take Highway 16 east. Turn left at sign onto Forest Service Road 27, cross a bridge and go 2 miles, then turn left

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Lions Club Park

Lions Club Park

With easy access just off of Sheridan Avenue, Lions Club Park features a play area, picnic tables, basketball court, and a dog park. Features include Parking Play Area Picnic Tables Basketball Court Dog Park

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Little Bighorn East Trailhead

Little Bighorn East Trailhead

No facilities are located at this trailhead. Limited parking space. A very narrow access road that requires 4WD in spring and fall. Directions: From Ranchester, WY, take WY 345 for 15 miles to CR 144. Travel approx 20 miles, then left onto FSR 113.

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Little Bighorn West Trailhead

Little Bighorn West Trailhead

Located in an open meadow, this trailhead accesses the Little Horn Trail. Directions: From Lovell, WY, take Hwy 14A –Medicine Wheel Passage Scenic Byway– east approx. 35 miles. Turn north on FSR 14 for about 4 miles.

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Little Goose Campground

Little Goose Campground

This tiny secluded campground has 3 sites. Directions: From Sheridan, WY, go south on WY 332 about 4 miles to WY 335. Go south another 10 miles and turn left on FSR 314, the campground is about 2 miles away on a 4 wheel drive road. Fees: No fee

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Marshall

Marshall

Marshall Park in Sheridan Wyoming is easily accessible with off street parking. Features Include Parking Play Area Large Field Picnic Tables BBQ Pits

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Memorial Hospital Community Garden

Memorial Hospital Community Garden

Community gardening is a big topic across the nation.  In Sheridan there are 7 community gardens! People have decided it’s time to know where our food comes from. Gardening is fun!  You plant something, water it, care for it, watch it grow, and then eat it!  Gardening is fun because

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Middle Fork Campground

Middle Fork Campground

Off of Cloud Peak Skyway, near YMCA of the Bighorns. Directions: From Buffalo, WY, take Hwy 16 west for 13 miles. Go 0.5 mile west on FSR 373. Reservations: This site can be reserved by calling or on-line. Fees $16 per night. Additional vehicle $9. Limit 2 vehicles per site

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Mill Park

Mill Park

A small park close to downtown Sheridan, Mill Park offers visitors the perfect spot to take a break from the hustle and bustle of downtown. Close to the City walking path and a great view of the Little Goose River. Features Include Walking Path Access Covered Tables BBQ Grills Benches  

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North Cove Boating Site

North Cove Boating Site

On the northern shore of Meadowlark Lake. Popular trout fishing area. Directions: From Ten Sleep, WY, take Hwy 16 east 21 miles and turn right at sign.

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North Heights Park

North Heights Park

North Heights Park is tucked away in the North Heights subdivision. Close to one of the Community Gardens and Sagebrush school. Features Include Play Area Picnic Tables

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