Ranger Creek Recreation Area

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Fifth-Wheel

Larger trailers that attach to towing vehicles with a gooseneck extension in the truck bed.

Toy Hauler

Living quarters in the front with dedicated space for hauling motorcycles or other “toys” in the back.

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Class C

Popular with small families and first-time RV drivers who want a little more room than a van. Comparable to driving a truck.

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Class B

A formal-sounding name for camper van, but just as photogenic.

Class A

Drivers should be comfortable driving bus-sized vehicles and dealing with parking limitations. Great for delivery.

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Overview

Ranger Creek Group Campground is located just off the Bighorn Scenic Byway (U.S. Highway 14) at an elevation of 7,500 feet. The Bighorn National Forest offers a wide variety of activities, including hiking, fishing, scenic driving and a number of historic sites. The administering organization is Gallatin Canyon Campgrounds; e-mail: gccampgrounds13@gmail.com

Recreation

Scenic off-road driving is available on Battle Creek Road to Medicine Lodge Lake, Ranger Creek Road to Shell Reservoir, Hunt Mountain Road and the Burgess Overlook Jeep trail.

Diverse hiking opportunities vary from loop trails to treks along creeks and over mountain peaks including access to the Cloud Peak Wilderness. The Adelaide Trail, for hiking and horseback riding is nearby, providing access to Shell Creek and the Shell Creek Trail.

Many creeks, lakes and ponds dot the region, offering some of the best trout fly-fishing in the state.

Facilities

The campground offers one large group site that can accommodate up to 150 people for overnight camping or day-use picnicking.

A shelter covers several picnic and serving tables, and a campfire ring and grill are on-site. Accessible vault toilets, drinking water and trash collection are provided.

The nearest dump station is 20 miles away at Burgess Junction.

Natural Features

The campground is situated on the banks of Ranger Creek in the Bighorn Mountains, where craggy granite peaks rise over 13,000 feet above sea level. The area is forested with a mix of pine and aspen trees. An abundance of wildlife lives in the area.

Nearby Attractions

The Shell Falls Visitor Center, at the overlook of Shell Falls, is about 8 miles west. Burgess Junction Visitor Center is 20 miles north. Both centers offer interpretive trails, scenic views and educational displays about natural features like flora and fauna, and area history.

Elk View Inn and other nearby lodges provide guided horseback riding and fishing adventures, off-road vehicle rentals and fishing supplies, as well as dining options, showers and general stores.

The Red Gulch Dinosaur Tracksite, near the town of Shell, is the largest of its kind in the state and one of only a few in the world from the Middle Jurassic Period. The tracks found here are approximately 167 million years old.

Charges & Cancellations

Refunds: Refund requests made through www.recreation.gov will be charged a $10 processing fee. This cancellation processing fee is retained by the reservation service contractor along with the non-refundable reservation fee. All requests for the return of the non-refundable reservation fee and the cancellation processing fee will be declined by the campground concessionaire as they did not receive these fees (these are the fees retained by the reservation contractor, a different entity).

Popular nearby hiking trails and campgrounds


  • Hiking TrailLocation
  • Solitude Trail 038, WYBuffalo, WY
  • Black Mountain Lookout Trail, WYRanchester, WY
  • Medicine Wheel Passage Scenic Byway: Burgess Junction to Big Horn Lake, WYRanchester, WY
  • Lake Solitude and Misty Moon Loop, WYTen Sleep, WY
  • Lily Lake Trail, WYCody, WY
  • Mistymoon Trail, WYTen Sleep, WY
  • Mirror Lake Trail, WYTen Sleep, WY
  • Mirror Lake and Lost Twin Lakes Trail, WYTen Sleep, WY
  • Cloud Peak, WYBuffalo, WY
  • Lake Helen Trail, WYTen Sleep, WY

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