Description - *This Information was Provided by the Bureau of Land Management of Wyoming*
Surface acreage administered by this office includes approximately 292,000 acres in Wyoming and 6,600 acres in Nebraska. "Interest in lands" refers to the federal mineral estate that has been severed from the surface estate (split estate). The Office oversees approximately 1.6 million acres of split estate in the three Wyoming counties and 240,000 acres within the state of Nebraska.
- The Newcastle Field Office is responsible for Fire Management on over 300,000 surface acres within Northeast Wyoming. Wildfire suppression for the field office area is conducted through a coordinated effort involving BLM, Wyoming State, Adjacent Federal, and Local County Support.
Recreation - Mallo Trail-
Mallo Trail has two trailheads - one at Mallo Camp and the other at a parking area approximately one mile east of Mallo Camp on Beaver Creek Road.
This trail is somewhat unique in that it passes through several vegetative zones including riparian, aspen, spruce/fir, ponderosa pine, grassland, bare rock and shrub communities. Several points along the trail afford vistas of the Black Hills and wildlife is abundant. Wildlife species common in the area include mule deer, whitetail deer, elk, wild turkey, ruffed grouse and a variety of small mammals and birds. Predators such as coyotes and mountain lions are less common but do pass through the area.
The trail is marked with fiberglass posts with trail stickers. At the Wyoming/South Dakota state line on the north the trail crosses the fence with a pass through. The trail then continues south along the fence on the South Dakota side for a distance of approximately one quarter of a mile to a gate in the fence where the trail re-enters Wyoming. The trail then continues on, marked again with fiberglass posts.
The South Mallo Trail was developed as a joint project between the Bureau of Land Management's Newcastle Resource Area (now Newcastle Field Office), Wyoming State Forestry Office and Weston County Wyoming Recreation Board.
Climate - The climate in Wyoming changes with the topography. Generally the western mountains and basins receive large amounts of precipitation and create a rain shadow for eastern Wyoming. Most of the precipitation occurs during the winter months and falls in the form of snow. Temperatures are cooler in this region than the eastern part of the state, because of the generally higher elevation.
The eastern and lower elevations of Wyoming have been known for the constant wind that blows from west to east. During the winter this may be a Chinook, which warms the region. Temperatures in eastern Wyoming can be extreme. Summer days may reach 100 degrees F cooling quickly after sunset. Winter temperature lows can reach below zero with the wind adding to the intensity.
From Newcastle, WY: Take US Highway 85 , north 18 miles to the county road to Mallo Camp. Turn east at Mallo Camp sign and drive approximately 4½ miles to Mallo Camp turn. Go another ½ mile to the first trailhead or continue for another ½ mile east to the second trailhead.
From Sundance, WY: Take US Highway 585 south 27 miles to Four Corners, then south on US Highway 85 approximately ¼ mile to Mallo Camp turnoff. Turn east at Mallo Camp sign and drive approximately 4 ½ miles to Mallo Camp turn. Go another ½ mile to the first trailhead or continue for another ½ mile east to the second trailhead.
From Deadwood, SD: Take US Highway 85 south 33 miles to Four Corners, then continue south approximately ¼ mile to Mallo Camp turnoff. Turn east at Mallo Camp sign and drive approximately 4 ½ miles to Mallo Camp turn. Go another ½ mile to the first trailhead or continue for another ½ mile east to the second trailhead.