Bighorn National Forestwrite a review Ranger Creek Road Shell, WY 82441 307-548-6541 307-674-2600
GPS: 44.546, -107.501
|Last Price Paid:||$0|
|Number of Sites:||17|
|Max Length:||45 ft|
Accessibility is not guaranteed, always scout ahead before driving down dirt roads.
Learn more: Boondocking 101
CarlaMowell would stay here again
“Infinite choices of dispersed camping”
Reviewed Jul 20, 2015
The Bighorn National Forest lives up to the first syllable in its name - BIG, as in bigger than Rhode Island...as in 1,731 square miles. While there are several campgrounds, their amenities are limited to a pit toilet and a shared water pump. It is a perfect park to explore and find a quiet corner to boondock. This is allowed for up to 14 days, for free, after which you must move your rig.
Know before you go:
- gas, groceries and cell service are very limited so gas up, buy groceries and make those calls beforehand
- mid May to mid September you must camp at least 1/2 mile from the main roads, otherwise you can camp closer in
- take a side road off Hwy 14 or 14A, then another side road, and pick a spot - there are many many side roads to pick from!
- treat your cooler and food as you would in bear country - keep things locked in your car when away from camp
- fill up your holding tank with water to cook, bathe etc, and a few jugs for drinking water
- high altitude, 9k feet, means cool/cold nights. We just experienced low 40's in July...be prepared to use your heater and have warm clothes and blankets
- if you want some awesome hiking experiences camp near the trailheads for Porcupine Falls or Bucking Mule Falls. Or just go exploring!
- take your own firewood or an axe for chopping up deadfall - cutting live trees requires a permit and green wood won't burn well. Ask, at any of the lodges or Shell Falls Visitor Center, if there is a fire ban in effect
- you may see a fire ring out there, use it! Otherwise make one from rocks. Tend your fire until it goes out, this is dry country.
- fishing opportunities are abundant but require a permit. A 1 day permit is $14 for out of staters.
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