Regulations in the West Tensleep Corridor

In 2012, the Bighorn National Forest approved the West Tensleep Corridor Master Recreation Project. The project was proposed to address several issues in the Corridor: water quality, safety, human health, access, aging infrastructure, and consistency with the Forest Plan.

This summer, the first phase of the project will be implemented.

Changes in 2013

All dispersed camping in the West Tensleep Corridor north of Tyrrell Work Center will be allowed only at one of the 40 designated dispersed sites. Dispersed camping inside the Cloud Peak Wilderness is not affected by this regulation.

Solid human waste andused toilet paper must be packed out and removed from National Forest System land in the West and Middle Tensleep drainages north of Tyrrell Work Center, including a portion of the Cloud Peak Wilderness.

Changes in 2014 and beyond

The West Tensleep and Deer Park campgrounds will be relocated and the old sites decommissioned.

Road maintenance will occur on Forest System Road 27 to slow traffic speeds and improve visitor safety.

New foot/horse/bike trails will be constructed outside wilderness.

These changes are necessary . .

To protect the environment - the West Tensleep and Deer Park campgrounds will be relocated away from West Tensleep Creek

To protect human health - human waste needs to be removed to prevent disease spread between users. Contact with human waste can lead to transmission of diseases.

To protect human safety and enrich recreation experiences - road management is needed to slow the speed of traffic and improve recreational experiences in the Corridor. New non-wilderness trails will increase recreation opportunities.

For more information . . .

. . . about changes in the West Tensleep Corridor, contact the Powder River Ranger District in Buffalo at 307.684.7806.

Thank you for your cooperation as we work together to protect the resources of the Bighorn National Forest.