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.

North Tongue Campground

North Tongue Campground

On the North Fork of the Tongue River. Directions: From Dayton,WY, take Hwy 14 west for 27 miles to junction of Hwy 14A and go 0.4 miles onto Hwy 14A. Turn right on to FSR 15 for 1.1 miles, campground is on the left.

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Paintrock Lake Trailhead

Paintrock Lake Trailhead

Provides access to: North High Park Trail Р#059 which accesse Directions: Seventeen miles east of Shell, WY on Hwy 14, then 25.1 miles south on FSR 17. Reservations: Reservations are not accepted. All campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Fees $14 per night. Additional vehicle $9. Limit 2 vehicles

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Pathways

Pathways

While visiting our area, enjoy a “walking tour”–walking, jogging, or rollerblading on the scenic concrete walking paths throughout the city of Sheridan. The wildlife and flora are plentiful and beautiful on the walking paths (as well as for hiking in the Bighorn National Forest and Bighorn Mountains). This Sheridan pathways

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Porcupine Falls Trailhead

Porcupine Falls Trailhead

Hiking trail to waterfalls and mountain scenery. No facilities and limited parking. Directions: From Lovell, WY, take Hwy 14A –Medicine Wheel Passage Scenic Byway– east approx. 35 miles. Turn north on FSR 14 for 10 miles to FSR 146. Trailhead is at the end of FSR 146.

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Post Creek Picnic Site

Post Creek Picnic Site

Along the Bighorn Scenic Byway. Directions: Six miles northeast of Shell,WY on Hwy14.

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Ranger Creek Recreation Area

Ranger Creek Recreation Area

Just off the Big Horn Scenic Byway and nearby interpretive geological attractions at Shell Falls. Directions: From Greybull, WY, take US 14 east 32 miles to FSR 17 sign. Turn right at sign onto FSR 17 and go 3 miles. Reservations: Group site can be reserved by calling Toll Free

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Sawmill Lakes Trailhead

Sawmill Lakes Trailhead

No facilities, limited parking. Directions: From Big Horn,WY, take WY 335 south 9.9 miles to where it becomes FSR 26. Continue 12 miles. Trailhead is not well marked.

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Shell Creek Campground

Shell Creek Campground

The campground is located along Shell Creek. Nearby is the Shell Falls Interpretive Site, which is a nice day trip to learn about the area’s geology. Directions: Seventeen miles east of Shell, WY, on Hwy 14. Then 1.2 miles south on FSR 17. Reservations: This site can be reserved by

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Shell Falls Interpretive Site

Shell Falls Interpretive Site

This beautiful Visitor Center is a popular stop along the Bighorn Scenic Byway. Look at Shell Falls and walk along the interpretive trail. Over the past million years, Shell Creek has incised a deep chasm through the sedimentary stone and ancient granite. The water of Shell Falls, dropping at a

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Shutts Flats Trailhead

Shutts Flats Trailhead

No facilities, limited parking. Directions: From Dayton, take Hwy 14 west 21 miles FSR 193. Turn left and go to the end of the road.

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Sibley Lake

Sibley Lake

A fully developed campground, with electrical hookups, situated along Sibley Lake off of the Bighorn Scenic Byway. Directions: From Dayton, WY, take Hwy 14 west 21 miles.Turn left at sign and go 0.4 miles to campground. Reservations: This site can be reserved by calling Toll Free or on-line. Fees $16

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Sitting Bull Campground

Sitting Bull Campground

The campground is located in the treeline edge of an expansive mountain meadow. The nearby Meadowlark Lake offers boating and fishing opportunities. Directions: From Ten Sleep, WY, take Hwy 16 east 19.9 miles to FSR 432. Turn left and go about a mile to campground. Reservations: This site can be

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Tie Flume Campground

Tie Flume Campground

Campground sits along the South Tongue River. Directions: From Dayton,WY, take Hwy 14 west 40 miles to Tie Flume/Dead Swede and FSR 26. Turn left onto FSR 26 and go 2.5 miles to “Y” intersection and FSR 16. Bear left onto FSR 16 and go 0.2 miles; turn right at

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Twin Lakes Picnic Site

Twin Lakes Picnic Site

Near Twin Lakes and the Cloud Peak Wilderness Area. Directions: From Big Horn,WY, take WY 335 south 9.9 miles to where it becomes FSR 26. Continue 13 miles to picnic ground sign. Turn left.

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  • West Tensleep Lake Campground & Trailhead
  • West Tensleep Lake Campground & Trailhead
  • West Tensleep Lake Campground & Trailhead
  • West Tensleep Lake Campground & Trailhead
  • West Tensleep Lake Campground & Trailhead
  • West Tensleep Lake Campground & Trailhead

West Tensleep Lake Campground & Trailhead

On the shores of West Tensleep Lake with a trailhead for trails into the Cloud Peak Wilderness. Directions: From Ten Sleep, WY, take Hwy 16 east 17.5 miles to FSR 27. Turn left at sign onto FSR 27, cross a bridge and go 1.1 miles to a “Y” intersection. Bear

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