The Bighorn National Forest is located in north central part of Wyoming.
Where is this Forest?


[photo] Looking southeast from Freezeout Point -- photo by Jim Hughes


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 great vacation destination in 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. 

Visit the Bighorn National Forest and enjoy the multiple reservoirs, 30 campgrounds, four group campgrounds, three scenic byways, 10 picnic areas, eight lodges, miles and miles of streams, 189,000 acres of wilderness, 1,200 miles of trails, and much more that provide a special recreation experience.

We hope this website provides you with inside information on the Bighorn Mountains - from the experiences they have to offer to the way we manage their many resources. Most of all, we hope it invites you to come see their spectacular beauty for yourselves.

Recent News


Recreation Site Analysis

Photo of Forest Service sign at the Cabin Creek Picnic Ground

In 2015, the Bighorn National Forest will complete an analysis of the forest's developed recreation sites. Some of these sites were once prehistoric campsites and then recreation camps for early settlers. More formal development occurred with Civilian Conservation Corps projects in the 1930s. Redevelopment in the 1960s was followed by more recent changes. Today, demographic changes, technology development, and evolving visitor expectations continue to interact wtih fiscal realities and influence management of the Bighorn's developed recreation sites. The new Recreation Site Analysis process will lead to a program of work for the Forest's recreation sites in the future. 

Bighorn National Forest completes travel analysis

The Bighorn National Forest has completed an analysis of the Bighorn's road system as required by the 2005 Travel Management Rule. The road-by-road analysis weighed the benefits and risks for each road. The Travel Analysis Report describes recommendations - not decisions - for future projects. 


Regulations in the West Tensleep Corridor

photo showing a lake and Cloud Peak

Regulations are in effect in the West Tensleep Corridor. The regulations affect dispersed camping in the Corridor, inside and outside the Cloud Peak Wilderness boundary.