The Great OutdoorsHiking & Camping

Hiking and camping opportunities abound in the Bighorns.

Spanning over 1.1 million acres and encompassing 1,200 miles of trails, 30 campgrounds, 10 picnic areas and miles and miles of streams, the Bighorn National Forest offers near limitless hiking and camping opportunities. Whether you’re camping out for the evening, hiking for the day or partaking on a 3 day backpacking excursion, the Bighorns offer the adventure, solitude, and escape to nature you’ve been desiring.

Cloud Peak Wilderness

In 1984, Congress passed the Wyoming Wilderness Act, which designated the Cloud Peak Wilderness in the Bighorn National Forest. Long recognized as having some of the most majestic alpine scenery in America, this region was managed as the Cloud Peak Primitive Area as far back as 1932. For 27 miles along the spine of the Bighorn Mountain Range, the 189,039-acre Cloud Peak Wilderness preserves many sharp summits and towering sheer rock faces standing above glacier-carved, U-shaped valleys.

Named for the tallest mountain in the Bighorn National Forest – Cloud Peak at 13,167 feet – the area is blanketed in snow for a large part of the year. Most of the higher ground doesn’t show bare ground until July. On the east side of Cloud Peak itself, a deeply inset cirque holds the last remaining glacier in this range.
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Bighorn National Forest

Located in north-central Wyoming, the Bighorn Mountains are a sister range of the Rocky Mountains. Conveniently located halfway between Mt. Rushmore and Yellowstone National Park, the Bighorns are a fantastic vacation destination themselves. No region in Wyoming is provided with a more diverse landscape – from lush grasslands to alpine meadows, from crystal-clear lakes to glacially carved valleys, from rolling hills to sheer mountain walls.

The Bighorn National Forest is filled with special places. With over 1 million acres of national forest, the Cloud Peak Wilderness area, historic guard stations and fire lookouts, developed campgrounds, 1,200 miles of trails, and spectacular scenery, the Bighorn National Forest has something for everyone.
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Campground Camping describes places primarily meant for tent camping, but can include other types of camping as well.

Pack and saddle stock are not allowed in developed campgrounds.

The Bighorn National Forest offers a wide array of sites for camping. Many sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis and some may be reserved.

Campground and cabin reservations may be made through at 1-877-444-6777 or online at Reservations are recommended for holiday weekends.



Backpacking Areas

From crystal clear high mountain lakes to valley floors covered in wildflowers, backpackers can enjoy the Bighorn National Forest from one of these trails:

Day Hikes

The Bighorn National Forest boasts a bountiful selection of day hikes. Grab your pack, water bottle and hiking shoes and enjoy one of these fantastic trails:


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