Red Gulch/Alkali National Back Country Byway

Department of Transportation.

Drive the Red Gulch/Alkali National Back Country Byway and take a step back in time. Head east and see the sandstone cliffs of Medicine Lodge State Archeological Site and view ancient petroglyph murals. You can walk where the dinosaurs walked at the Red Gulch Dinosaur Track Site. See footprints of these magnificent creatures preserved in stone. The best time to visit this byway is between May and October when conditions are dry.


Getting to the Byway:

The byway lies on Red Gulch Road from the north, and Alkali Road from the south. The northern access to Red Gulch Road is from U.S. Highway 14, four miles west of Shell. The southern entry can be reached from U.S. Highway 31, north of Hyattville.

Navigating the Byway:
Drive east out of Greybull on U.S. Highway 14 for approximately 10 miles. Head south off of U.S. Highway 14 onto Red Gulch Road where the byway begins. Look for mile markers referenced in the Backcountry Byway brochure, which offers interesting historic and geologic facts. Five miles into the drive you will pass the dinosaur tracksite. Red Gulch Road then climbs the slope of the Bighorn Mountains, intersects with Alkali Road, and descends to U.S. Highway 31 north of Hyattville, where the byway ends. From this point you can access Medicine Lodge State Park, Paint Rock Trail, and the Bighorn National Forest.

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