Bighorn National Forest can be found in north-central Wyoming in four different counties including Washakie County, Big Horn County, Sheridan County, and Johnson County. The forest was established in 1897, encompasses a total area of 1,107,571 acres, and is owned by the United States Forest Service. Access to the national forest can be achieved by using three main roads including US 14, US 16, and US 87. Cities/towns located close to the forest land include Cody, Buffalo, and Sheridan.
Several unique features lure visitors to the Bighorn National Forest. Some of the stand-out features include the following. First, the national forest is home to three rivers, nine streams, ten reservoirs, and four natural lakes. The national forest also encompasses the Bighorn Mountains and includes Fort Phil Kearney State Historic Site and the Medicine Wheel National Historic Landmark.
Bighorn National Forest gets its name from the Bighorn River that is partially fed by streams found in the forest. The streams are in turn primarily fed by snowmelt and rainfall. As for the ecology of the forest, the Bighorn National Forest is primarily comprised of Lodgepole Pine, but there are several other plant species including Fir, Spruce, and Aspen.
Some of the wildlife species that are commonly seen in the Bighorn National Forest include black bear and other mammals such as coyotes, moose, elk, mule deer, cougars, and pronghorn sheep. The forest is also the habitat of at least 100 different fish species, reptiles, and amphibians that reside in the several different water bodies in the forest.
If marveling at all the nature that the forest land has to offer is not enough for you, then you can also enjoy several recreational activities including camping, hunting, boating, fishing, horseback riding, hiking, off-road driving, snowmobiling, mountain climbing, cross-country skiing, and downhill skiing. Visitors can bring their dogs into Bighorn National Forest as long as they respect the forest rules.
Some of the basic forest rules to be observed are as follows. First, all dogs must remain leashed at all times. The dog's leash must not be longer than six feet in length. If you decide to venture the outdoors with your dog, you should ensure that you keep your dog well-behaved. This includes cleaning up your dog's poop right away and disposing of the poop in the right manner.