In March of 2016, the Big Horn Mountain Coalition initiated a public discussion on the topic of dispersed camping in the Bighorns. This discussion took the form of public meetings held in each of the four Coalition counties (Big Horn, Johnson, Sheridan and Washakie), as well as a short online survey.
The purpose of this public process was to:
- Establish a new framework for public participation in public lands planning and initiate an ongoing dialogue;
- Promote understanding of different views of dispersed camping in the Bighorn Mountains; and
- Promote collaboration among members of the public and public lands officials in developing solutions.
It is important to note that there are currently no specific changes planned or scheduled with regard to dispersed camping regulations in the Bighorns. The BHMC initiated this process in an effort to promote broader public participation in Forest planning activities, to serve as a voice for the public to Forest representatives, and to advocate for public interests. The BHMC has no regulatory or enforcement authority regarding dispersed camping regulations.
The questions, comments and recommendations resulting from this process were compiled by the BHMC into a report to the US Forest Service, Wyoming Forestry Division, and the US Bureau of Land Management for their consideration in future planning activities. The completed report may be reviewed here:
For additional reference, you may review current regulations for camping on public lands in the Bighorn Mountains via the following links: