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Northern Wyoming

Bighorn National Forest- The Bighorn National Forest lies in the Big Horn Mountains of north-central Wyoming. The Bighorn offers a diverse landscape; from lush grasslands to alpine meadows; from rugged mountain tops to canyonlands and desert.
Buffalo Field Office- The Buffalo Field Office manages 780,291 acres of public lands and 1,488,336 acres of mineral estate within Campbell, Johnson, and Sheridan counties in north-central Wyoming.
Cody Area-
Cody Field Office- Cody is located in northwest Wyoming, just 52 miles east of Yellowstone Park. With fewer visitors are in the area, accommodations and services are plentiful.
Deaver Reservoir- Located off Wyoming State 114, 3 miles northwest of Deaver, Deaver Reservoir is a popular local fishery that is open year-round with approximately 800 surface acres.
Devils Tower National Monument- This 865-foot tower of columnar rock, the remains of a volcanic intrusion, was the Nation's first national monument. Popular activities include hiking, wildlife viewing, camping, picnicking, photography.
Newcastle Field Office- The Newcastle Field Office is responsible for the public lands in Crook, Weston and Niobrara counties in northeast Wyoming, as well as the public lands that remain in Nebraska.
Newton Lakes- This site is located five miles northwest of Cody. It encompasses approximately 80 surface acres for boating, float-tubing, fishing and picnicking.
Ralston Reservoir- Ralston Reservoir is located northeast of Cody, Wyoming. There is no fishing permitted at this site, but excellent wildlife viewing.
Thunder Basin National Grassland- The Medicine Bow/Routt National Forests and Thunder Basin National Grasslands encompasses nearly 3 million acres from the north and eastern borders of Wyoming, south to the I-70 corridor that traverses north central Colorado.
Worland Field Office- This office manages more than two million acres of public lands in the southern half of the Bighorn Basin. These lands, in north central Wyoming, provide a variety of resources like wild horses, wildlife habitat, and scenic vistas.

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Description - This vast area includes spectacular mountain rivers, deep canyons, high peaks and miles of rolling sagebrush and high desert.

Attractions - This is a vast and unpopulated region with some spectacular attractions. Just east of Yellowstone National Park lies the Shoshone National Forest and several large wilderness areas which help make up one of the largest undeveloped areas in the lower 48 states. The Bighorn Mountains and Bighorn National Forest lie in the middle of this region offering an area of high peaks, mountain meadows and deep canyons. Devils Tower National Monument is located at the east end of this region. The nearly vertical monolith rises 1,267 feet above the meandering Belle Fourche River.

Recreation - The mountains, rivers and canyons of this region offer some outstanding opportunities for outdoor recreation. Some of the most popular activities include hiking, backpacking, camping, hunting, fishing, horseback riding, rafting, kayaking, snowmobiling, downhill skiing, and cross-country skiing.

Climate - As throughout the Rocky Mountains, the climate varies drastically depending on elevation. Summers generally offer warm clear days with cool nights. Afternoon thunderstorms are often a possibility in the summer. In the winter, sunshine, with plenty of snow in the higher elevations, are ideal for winter activities. Harsh weather - including wind, cold, and snow - is possible throughout the winter and even throughout the year, in the highest elevations.

Location - The Northern Wyoming Travel Region includes the area from the eastern Yellowstone National Park boundary, east to the South Dakota border. It includes the towns of Cody, Sheridan, Buffalo, and Gillette. Interstate 90 and US 14 and 14A are primary highways through this region.

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Report: Some friends and I have hunted paririe dogs in the Thunder Basin National Grasslands for twenty years. This is a beautiful area to camp, hunt, and view nature. During the past couple of years much of the area containing prairie dogs has been closed to dog hunters by some fool. The end result will be the poisoning of the dogs by ranchers. There are no facilities of any nature in the grasslands--if you want anything you must take it with you. All you will find is sun, high plains, and the creatures that inhabit the plains. The nearest towns would be Douglas and Newcastle. Fossils abound in this area.

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Wyoming Travel Regions - Wyoming has been broken into four travel regions: Northern Wyoming, Central Wyoming, Southern Wyoming and Yellowstone/Western Wyoming. These regions can help narrow your search for recreation opportunities near you.


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