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SHEEP MOUNTAIN FIRE LOOKOUT, WY

part ofBighorn National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: SHEEP MOUNTAIN FIRE LOOKOUT
Status: Open through Fri Oct 31 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

    Perched atop a forested mountain, the historic Sheep Mountain Fire Lookout offers a unique recreation experience -- one of few fire lookouts in the region available for overnight rental. Constructed in 1950 by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) atop Sheep Mountain at an elevation of 9,600 feet, the lookout was historically occupied as a fire lookout until the early 1970s.
    The lookout is available for rental from June 15 through October 31; however, access to the facility may be limited depending on snow accumulation. Guests are advised to call ahead to confirm access to the facility. Limited amenities are provided; please be prepared to pack in supplies and gear for a comfortable stay. Visitors are advised that this facility has always been a popular destination for recreational visitors to come and enjoy the views and historical nature of the area, therefore, solitude from other forest users may not be an option at this facility.

Natural Features:

Besides offering the unique experience of staying in a historical fire lookout, Sheep Mountain Lookout will provide visitors with panoramic views from the mountain peaks in the Cloud Peak Wilderness all the way out through the Powder River Basin. On a clear day, visitors can see to Devils Tower National Monument. Due to the high elevation, guests should be prepared for high altitude conditions including high winds. Summertime temperatures average 70 degrees, but can drop as low as 30 degrees at night or during thunderstorms.

Recreation:

    The area surrounding the lookout offers endless opportunities for ATV riding, mountain biking, hiking, fishing or hunting. The lookout is also ideal for visitors who simply want to relax and enjoy stargazing, wildlife viewing, mountain streams and abundant wildflowers.

Facilities:

    This facility is primitive in nature. While a single vault toilet and one set of bunk beds are available, there is no running water, indoor plumbing or electricity. Basically, what is available are four sturdy walls, sound roof, no neighbors and commanding views from the lower quadrant of the Bighorn Mountains all the way out to South Dakota's forests. It is recommended that guests bring all their water and accommodations needed for overnight camping. This is a "pack-it-in, pack-it-out" facility; guests will need to carry out all trash and clean the facility prior to leaving.

Nearby Attractions:

    The town of Buffalo, Wyoming, is located within a 45 minute drive for amenities such as grocery stores, swimming pool, historic downtown and a museum.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Backpacking
  • Bed(s) With Mattress
  • Birding
  • Broom & Dust Pan
  • Bunkbed(s) With Mattresses
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • First Aid Kit
  • Historic Sites
  • Hunting
  • Lookout Tower
  • Mattress(es)
  • Mountain Biking
  • Snowshoeing
  • Star Gazing
  • Vault Toilets
  • Wildlife Viewing
Within 10 Miles
  • Canoeing
  • Fishing
  • Horseback Riding Trails
  • Lake Access
  • Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation
  • Scenic Drive
  • Skiing
  • Sledding
  • Snow Tubing
  • Snowmobile Trails
  • Water Access
Know Before You Go
  • This facility is accessed via a single lane gravel road passable by most vehicles during dry summer days. However, due to sudden changes in weather conditions, it is recommended to have a 4-wheel drive vehicle.
  • Entry is by combination lock: contact the Ranger District at (307) 684-7806 during business hours for the combination.
  • No electricity or drinking water is available.
  • Please bring garbage bags; this is a pack-it-in, pack-it-out facility.
  • Please clean the cabin before leaving; cleaning supplies are provided.
  • Practice "Leave No Trace" outdoor ethics skills.
  • The Sheep Mountain Lookout is a popular destination for forest visitors; expect frequent vehicle activity and visitors.
  • During the frequent summer lightning storms, stay in the lookout and do not touch metal furnishings; the lookout is equipped with lightning protection systems.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
44.18972, -107.00444
44°11'23"N, 107°0'16"W

    From Buffalo, Wyoming, take State Highway 16 west approximately 30 miles. Turn right on Forest Developed Road (FDR) 28 and travel 6 miles north of U.S. Highway 16. FDR 28 will dead-end at the lookout.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

SHEEP MOUNTAIN FIRE LOOKOUT
1455 Highway 16 East
Buffalo  WY  82834

Phone Number:

Information:  (307)684-7806
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