Facility & Activity Status Information as it relates to COVID-19

The Forest Service is taking the risks presented by COVID-19 seriously and is following USDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) public health guidance as we continue to offer services to the public. Visitors to our National Forests and Grasslands are urged to take the precautions. There are three official, government-wide sources of up-to-date information about the coronavirus: Coronavirus.govCDC.gov/coronavirus, and USA.gov/coronavirus.

We Are Still Here to Serve You

The Supervisor's and Tongue District Ranger office in Sheridan is closed to the public, other Bighorn National Forest offices are open.  To protect the health and safety of employees and members of the public during the COVID-19 outbreak, only one customer at a time is permitted in the office and masks are required.   Some offices have curbside service and virtual services are available for the following offices.  Please call ahead to ensure that you will get prompt service for things such as the purchase of firewood permits, etc.

Please contact local offices for updates and more information. 

  • Supervisors Office: 307-674-2600
  • Medicine Wheel Ranger District: 307-765-4435
  • Powder River Ranger District: 307-684-7806
  • Tongue Ranger District: 307-674-2600

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Facility/Activity Status Updates

Consult our recreation conditions report for campground and facility status.

One-Stop Resource

 A new online story map provides a one-stop resource for learning about current USDA Forest Service recreation site status updates, alerts, warnings & fire restriction information within the states of Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota & Wyoming.

Protect Yourself and Your Community

Safety is a priority. Before heading outdoors, forest and grassland visitors are encouraged to:

  • Plan ahead and Know Before You Go. Check local conditions before heading outdoors. Visitors should be aware of state, county and local health restrictions that may prohibit some activities or prohibit visiting some areas on public lands.  Visitors are encouraged to check with their local forest and grassland office before heading outdoors.
  • Follow guidance and orders. Take the precautions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and county, city, and state public health authorities.  
  • Practice social distancing. Avoid crowding at trailheads, scenic overlooks, parking lots and other areas. If a recreation spot is crowded, look for a less crowded spot. Maintain a 6-ft. physical distance from others. Enjoy a scenic drive.
  • Be cautious. Avoid high risk or backcountry activities that may increase your chance of injury or distress. Law enforcement and/or search and rescue operations may be limited due to COVID-19 response efforts.
  • Prepare for limited services. Restroom facilities and trash collection services are limited. If a restroom is open, it may not be maintained or cleaned. Visitors are encouraged to take their trash with them when they leave.  Follow Leave No Trace Principles, particularly when dealing with human waste.
  • Keep pets on a leash.