Discover Wyoming’s rich history and enjoy an adventurous excursion around the Black Hills National Forest in northeast Wyoming. The Sundance area is the most well-known region in this part of the state but there are several other key destinations to explore. The breathtaking scenery and natural formations are among the biggest draws of this region and you can spend your days exploring Big Horn National Forest to enjoy it all.
One of the best ways to explore this area is with a self-guided road trip or tour. Bighorn Scenic Byway is the perfect place to enjoy some stunning views from the mountains and you can drive around destinations including Medicine Wheel Passage and the Powder River Pass. Spend some time exploring the local museums and exhibits that tell the story of local legends.
Bighorn National Forest
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Named for the Bighorn River, Bighorn National Forest spans over a million acres and offers elevations ranging from 5500 ft. to 13,167 feet at Cloud Peak. Native Americans named the river for the herds of bighorn sheep that would congregate at its mouth. The forest is known for its distinctive lodge pole pine trees. Enjoy water sports at two lakes, go skiing and snowboarding in winter, or admire the scenery along three beautiful byways.
Devil’s Tower National Monument rises 867 feet in the northeast corner of Wyoming. The geological wonder was featured prominently in the movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Sacred to Northern Plains Indian tribes and the Kiowa tribe in the Black Hills region, the monument offers a visitor center, ranger programs, hiking trails, and stargazing opportunities during the summer. The five hiking trails each provide different views of the tower. Climbing designated areas is allowed.
Anna Miller Museum in Newcastle features a schoolhouse, log cabin, general store, and displays on local history. The Wright Centennial Museum in Wright is open mid-May-October. Explore Wyoming history and view a pioneer kitchen, chuck wagon, and exhibits on local legends and history. At Campbell County Rockpile Museum in Gillette, view fossils, quilts, a coal mine video and Native American artifacts. Sheridan County Museum in Sheridan offers exhibits on the railroad and coal mining industries.
Enjoy a tour of three scenic byways crossing the Bighorn National Forest. Bighorn Scenic Byway offers 45 miles of stunning mountain views between Sheridan and Greybull on US-14. Cloud Peak Skyway connects Buffalo and Ten Sleep along US-16. See snow-covered mountain peaks and stop at Powder River Pass and Meadowlark Lake. Medicine Wheel Passage traverses US-14A from Lovell to Burgess Junction. Savor meadow and canyon views on the way to Medicine Mountain National Historic Landmark.