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Castle Gardens Scenic Area, WY

Bureau of Land Management


Located at the foot of the Bighorn Mountains at an elevation of 4,500 ft the Castle Gardens rises ornately out of the badlands, a stone forest of red spires, giant toadstools and other fascinating and byzantine formations. Sage, cedar and juniper surround the geological wonderland, which includes a unique picnic area in the "bowl" of the Garden. This quiet day use area south of the lovely town of Tensleep once saw a terrible massacre, when some cattlemen shot Joe Emge, two othr men, and all their sheep. There are picnic tables, fire rings, and restrooms at the site. This area is open from May through October.

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Worland Field Office
101 South 23rd
Phone: (307)347-5100


The turnoff to the area is approximately 1 mile west of Ten Sleep on U.S. Hwy 16. From there a dirt road heads south. Signs lead to the site about 6 miles away. helps you discover and book trips to all of America's public places.
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