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“Spend the night”

Bighorn National Forest
Ranked #1 of 19 things to do in Sheridan
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Over one million acres of scenic mountains, valleys and alpine tree forests: great for hiking and biking.
Reviewed April 15, 2014

You'll love the crisp, clean air and views unparalleled anywhere on the planet. Spend the night in your tent or rent a rustic cabin, you'll love yourself for it!

Thank mrsdustysmom
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Reviewed April 15, 2014

Get lost in the Bighorns for a week. Hard hiking but good fishing and spectacular views. Be prepared for rapid changes in the weather. If you are looking for food, bathroom facilities and paved trails in a National Forest then go to Colorado.

Thank biztravellerfromWY
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Reviewed April 13, 2014

On a whirlwind road trip from Wisconsin to Yellowstone and back we stayed one night in the Bighorns. The drive, from east to west on 14, was incredibly beautiful. Driving up the mountain was slightly scary with some tailgaters, but luckily I wasn't driving so I was free to take in the amazing sights. We had to stop several times for pictures but there were plenty of pullouts. Don't miss Shell Falls. The visitor center was closed when were were there, as we were later in the season, but there was room to park off the road outside.

I chose Shell Creek mainly because it was one of the few campgrounds that would still be staffed and reservable when we were passing through and it was fairly close to 14. It was a little bit of fate. You have to drive down a gravel road to get there (which hesitant drivers may have found intimidating) but it's clearly marked.

The campsite was as clean as any other, with the standard tent pad and picnic table. There's fresh potable water available and pit toilets. No bear boxes, but with just the two of us it wasn't a problem to pack everything back into the car. They sell firewood there if you need it.

If you need a reason to stay here, I will give you two that will apply no matter the season or who your hosts are: the stars and the sunrise. It was so clear at night and with the complete lack of electricity (aside from generators which all switched off at night) you could see the Milky Way, at least after the moon set. As for the sunrise, the campground is situated in a valley so you can watch as the sky slowly gets brighter. Then, finally, the sun starts to hit the peaks above you and work it's way down. When it crests above the mountain, it will take your breath away.

And now I must tell why, aside from the facilities, our stay here was amazing. Upon arriving we were immediately greeted by the husband of the husband/wife campground host duo. He was very friendly and clearly loves his job. Upon inquiring he revealed there had been a young bull moose who wandered through at times, but was benign. He called their water the "cleanest on the mountain" and it was available from a pump right across from our site. We'd packed up our tent wet that morning and after we set it up to dry we wandered behind our site in search of downed wood.

Maybe 20 yards into the trees behind us was Shell Creek, and it is one of the most beautiful creeks I have ever seen. We were able to gather a small amount of wood, though it was the end of the season. As we walked back to our site we were greeted by the wife of the husband/wife campground host duo. She asked us about our trip and insisted we take some of their firewood, because as mentioned it was the end of the season and they were leaving in 2 days. She also said we should have stayed at Shell Creek longer and avoided camping in Yellowstone, which was our next stop. I would later come to agree with her.

Later that evening as we were getting ready to cook dinner, the wife came over to share her dinner with us, red beans and rice with sausage. In exchange we brought her and her husband some dutch oven cake and had a great conversation in their RV. They were so kind, it was very refreshing after being on the road all day. They sent us on our way with a jar of jam and their address to look them up if we ever came to New Orleans.

On a late night bathroom run we walked by moonlight, which was wonderful. My companion was startled by something, but claimed it was nothing. Only the next day did I find out he had seen that moose the host had mentioned down the road. In retrospect he was wise to hide that, but as the host had said, the moose didn't want to bother us any more than we wanted to bother him.

All in all, it was a wonderful experience and I can't wait to go back and spend more time here.

4  Thank Carla B
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Reviewed March 15, 2014

it does! An amazing experience to drive through Big Horn National Forest. Majestic, bone-chilling, shock & awe, wowzer, amazing, so-beautiful-at-times-it-brings-tears-to-your-eyes...only a few of the words we'd use to describe this small piece of natural beauty! Would love to return someday!

Thank stormitraveler
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Reviewed January 6, 2014

I saw it as a kid from rt 90 and was blown away there. im sure 14 and 16 are even nicer. most beautiful place on earth. if barrys landing is there, don't miss it!

Thank cleeeeeeeeevelander
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