Bighorn National Forest
Guide

Introduction

The great outdoors is waiting for you at Bighorn National Forest! Located in north-central Wyoming, it is one of the most underrated parks to visit in your campervan. You’ll find this tremendous national Forest is perfectly situated between Mt. Rushmore and Yellowstone National Park. Plan for your next motorhome camping trip among the Bighorn Mountains, the sister range to the majestic Rocky Mountains and a hidden gem of the Midwest. Come on and camp among a diverse ecosystem of meadows, lakes, and valleys to the breathtaking mountain cliffs. Named by the American Indians for the vast herds of bighorn sheep and established in 1897, this national Forest is among the oldest in the United States. The Bighorn National Forest has many unique locations to explore including the Cloud Peak Wilderness Area, 1,200 miles of trails, and over one million acres of Forest. Beautifully wild, take a moment to fish or swim in the two recreation lakes such as Misty Moon Lake or ski in the winter in the designated area. There are 32 RV campgrounds for you to choose from when you come here to camp among the lodgepole pines for your next getaway. Read on to find out details on a few of the featured RV campgrounds within the Forest. From the spectacular majestic scenery during your drives through the Bighorn Scenic Byway, Cloud Peak Skyway, and Medicine Wheel Passage, to the endless recreational activities, Bighorn National Forest is an excellent destination for all RV campers.

RV Rentals in Bighorn National Forest

Transportation

Driving

You will find that the Bighorn National Forest has something to experience for everyone! Close to Mt. Rushmore and Yellowstone park, add this state park to your list of the must-visit locations in western Wyoming. The Forest is a short drive from Buffalo, WY, Billings, MT, and Rapid City, SD. Bighorn National Forest is 80 miles long so plan to move your RV from one campground to the next while enjoying the drive through the scenic byways of Bighorn Scenic Byway, Cloud Peak Skyway, and Medicine Wheel Passage. A popular place for many to ride horses, mountain bikes, and ATVs, be on the lookout for other campers while you're on the road. If you are going over the Medicine Wheel Passage, try to shift your vehicle into low gear to avoid smoking breaks. Not all the roads at Bighorn National Forest make for the best driving for RVs, so call the forest office before heading out.

Parking

Public Transportation

Campgrounds and parking in Bighorn National Forest

Campsites in Bighorn National Forest

Reservations camping

Sitting Bull Campground

You’ll want to reserve your next RV camping trip at the Sitting Bull campground. An angler’s delight, this area is near Meadowlark Lake and great for fishing and spending time in your kayak. If you’re interested in getting out on foot, you’ll find the West Tensleep Lake Trail that connects you to the Cloud Peak Wilderness not too far away. This campground provides picnic tables, potable water, and toilets to use during your trip. There are 41 sites for you to choose from with a maximum vehicle length of 55 feet. Best of all, your pets are welcome to camp with you.

Boulder Park Campground

Stop making excuses to yourself and get outside to camp today at the Boulder Park Campground. Great for RVs, this larger campground has 31 well-maintained sites. A peaceful location, this campground is nestled next to the calming West Tensleep Creek and a beautiful meadow that is perfect for picnics. This area provides potable water, toilets, and picnic tables. Each site provides a table, fire ring, and grill. You’ll find that this campground works perfect place as a base camp to explore the many different aspects of Bighorn National Forest. RVs and trailers up to 60 feet long can be accommodated. Pets are welcome at this campground.

South Fork Campground

Come and escape to sleep among the lodgepole pines and views of the two 12,000-foot peaks nearby at the South Fork Campground. With room for 13 RVs, this campground will take reservations in advance. There are toilets, potable water, and picnic tables for campers to use during their visit. Not too far away from the campsite is the Circle Park Trailhead - an excellent opportunity to stretch your legs.

Seasonal activities in Bighorn National Forest

Off-Season

Wildlife Viewing

A one-of-a-kind forest, you will see some fascinating wildlife during your time at Bighorn National Forest. Elk, moose, deer, sandhill cranes, and even bears call the beautiful rolling hills and valley home. Be on the lookout for the popular bighorn sheep that roam this national forest, all in the most spectacular setting imaginable. Come out and appreciate nature even more during your next motorhome camping trip. Make sure to pack your camera in your camper!

Mountain Biking

Ride the western Wyoming natural trails on your mountain bike as you head out to one of the three mountain bike areas - Buffalo, Greybull, Sheridan - during your next RV camping trip. Get a little exercise while seeing the different sights of at Bighorn National Forest. Excellent for the adventurous types, travel over these treasured trials. You'll be glad you brought your bike on your next camping trip.

Exploring the Wilderness

Step away from the hustle and bustle into quiet solitude while you explore the forest through the 1,200 miles of trails. Travel by foot or by horseback to have your next big adventure. Wilderness at it's best, hiking this vast area is a fantastic activity for campers of all levels. Make sure to pack your hat, sunscreen, and bug spray before you hit the trails with your forest map.

In-Season

Visiting Interpretive Sites

Learn more about the breathtaking nature that surrounds you at Bighorn National Forest. A great place to learn, this national forest offers several places that you won't want to miss on your RV camping trips. Visit the park's historic fire tower and stop at the Hospital Hills and Shell Falls Interpretive Site. Read more about the national forest's history and see prominent geological features by viewing their many interpretive signs throughout this vast area.

Fishing

Get out and fish at the fantastic crystal clear waters of Bighorn National Forest. A popular place for trout, you'll find the waters plentiful at the Misty Moon Lake or along the Bighorn River. Leave your motorized boat at home as you can't use them here. Instead, bring along your kayak, paddle board, or canoe for a relaxing and tranquil experience. Before you head out, make sure you secured the correct Wyoming fishing license so you may fish in this area. Bring your camera along - you never know what you'll catch on your next fishing trip!

Horseback Riding

Head out of your rig to view the spectacular beauty of Bighorn National Forest while on horseback. There are a few trailheads on the Bighorn National Forest provide hitching posts and loading ramps for campers to use during their adventure. Call ahead for current road conditions as not all roads can handle some of the newer types of horse trailers. The park does require a certified weed-seed-free feed for all livestock that visits this national forest. Plan on feeding your horses this feed at least two days before your next camping trip.

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