Wyoming

The Bighorn National Forest has an incredible diversity of recreational opportunities for everyone – young and old, very active or more sightseeing-oriented, in all four seasons. In the summer, the wildflowers, abundance of wildlife, scenic vistas and snow-capped mountains are an incredible combination. Day hikers and backpackers will find an abundance of trails that vary from moderate to very strenuous and can be tailored for the perfect trip. If you’d rather be transported to a gorgeous location, there are many trails for horseback use, especially handy for the Cloud Peak Wilderness Area, a completely non-motorized area. ATV and motorcycle use is available on trails authorized for motorized vehicle use. A Bighorn National Forest map is handy to check which trails are specified as motorized as well as outlining other regulations. There are incredible fishing opportunities in the Bighorn National Forest, from high country lakes to fast-running streams. Several species of trout are found in abundance and there are several Forest locations that welcome boats. There are more than 60 developed areas in the Forest for camping including family campgrounds, picnic areas and rental cabins. Fall is prime hunting season for big game like elk, moose, deer, bighorn sheep and mountain goats as well as upland game birds. Winter also presents an array of recreational choices. With some of the best dry powder snow in the country, the Bighorn National Forest is a destination for snowmobilers, cross-country and downhill skiers. Trails crisscross the Forest for snowmobiles and cross-country skiers, many groomed for use. A truly spectacular playground for all, the Bighorn National Forest is an incredible asset to Northcentral Wyoming.

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