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HUNTER TRAILHEAD, WY

part ofBighorn National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Closed through Mon Jun 01 2015   Season Dates
 

Overview

Hunter Trailhead is a campground constructed with the equestrian camper in mind, but available for all users. The campground is located in Johnson Country, Wyoming, just two miles off the Cloud Peak Scenic Byway on Highway 16. The winding drive to the campground travels two miles west of U.S. Highway 16 on Forest Road 19 and is an easily accessible gravel road offering views of wildlife, mountain streams, and abundant wildflowers.

Natural Features:

No region in Wyoming is provided with a more diverse landscape - from lush grasslands to alpine meadows, from crystal-clear lakes to glacially-carved valleys, from rolling hills to sheer mountain walls. The campground is situated high in the Bighorn Mountains in northern Wyoming, at an elevation of 7,800 feet, so be prepared for all types of weather. A dense forest of lodgepole pine is the dominant vegetative cover.

Recreation:

Rising between the Powder River and Big Horn Basins, this scenic country offers year round recreation connecting visitors to a land rich in history and solitude. For centuries, the mountain landscape has provided renewal for Native Americans, homesteaders and modern day explorers creating a human connection with this spectacular place.

The Hunter Trailhead provides numerous hiking and horse friendly trails to access front-country, the Cloud Peak Wilderness as well as the Rock Creek Recommended Wilderness Area. The surrounding Bighorn National Forest offers a wide variety of activities, including hiking, fishing, scenic driving, wildlife and a number of historic sites.

Facilities:

The non-fee portion of the site provides access to the trailhead and includes parking for 15 single vehicles and 18 vehicles with trailers, and a separate area for Outfitter/Guide parking. Of the 11 sites, nine are reservable, one is used by the host during July/August and the remaining two are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Each campsite has a 20 by 20 foot hardened use pad with a picnic table, utility table, fire ring and an individual livestock corral. The spur for each campsite is 65 feet long by 20 feet wide. Potable water is available at the facility through a pressurized solar water system. The entire facility is ADA (Americans with Disabilities) accessible including the ramp for horse mounting.

Nearby Attractions:

Tie Hack Reservoir is a 15-minute drive southeast of the campground. The scenic lake offers a great location for canoeing and fishing. Anglers there cast for rainbow, cutthroat, brown and brook trout.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Campfire Rings
  • Drinking Water
  • Equestrian Sites
  • Hiking
  • Hitching Racks
  • Horse Corrals
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseback Riding Trails
  • Host
  • Tables
  • Trailheads
  • Trash Collection
  • Vault Toilets
Within 10 Miles
  • Creek Access
  • Fishing
  • Lake Access
  • Scenic Drive
Know Before You Go
  • Hay must be certified weed-free
  • Be familiar with local Forest Service regulations
  • Practice Leave No Trace principles
  • Don't Move Firewood: Prevent the spread of tree-killing organisms by obtaining firewood at or near your destination and burning it on-site. For more information visit dontmovefirewood.org.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
44.33417, -106.97361
44°20'3"N, 106°58'25"W

From Buffalo, travel west on Highway 16 for 13 miles. Continue 2 miles west on Forest Road 19 to the campground.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

HUNTER TRAILHEAD
1415 FORT STREET
BUFFALO  WY  82834

Phone Number:

Information:  (307)684-7806
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