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Wilderness Study Areas

Developed Recreation Sites

Burnt Hollow.
Burnt Hollow Recreation Area Map.
Burnt Hollow

The Burnt Hollow Management Area is located approximately 20 miles north of Gillette along Highway 59. Burnt Hollow consists of more than 18,000 acres of public land in sagebrush country with dramatic geologic formations and a diversity of wildlife species. This primitive non-motorized recreation area offers hunting, backpacking, hiking, and horseback riding. Trails are not marked, but several miles of old roads (especially near the south parking lot) provide a network for riding or hiking. Several stock water ponds and small reservoirs are located within the unit, but potable water is not provided. Visitors should come prepared with a map and compass or GPS unit. There are no visitor facilities within the unit. 

Recreational target shooting is prohibited.

Directions

From I-90, take Exit 124 and turn north on WY 50/Skyline Drive and continue 0.3 mile to the intersection with Hwy 14/16/59. Turn left onto Highway 14/16/59 and travel 3.4 miles toward Gillette Regional Airport. Turn right onto Highway 59 North directly across from the airport. Continue along Highway 59 N for about 15 miles; the south parking lot is located 15.3 miles north of the intersection at the airport and the north parking lot is 17.9 miles.


Petrified Tree.
Dry Creek Petrified Tree Environmental Education Map.
Dry Creek Petrified Tree

The Dry Creek Petrified Tree Environmental Education Area is located about 13 miles east of Buffalo, Wyoming. The site offers visitors an opportunity to discover the history of the northeastern Wyoming landscape. About 60 million years ago these red sage hills and sagebrush country were a jungle-like swamp with towering Metasequoia trees. A 0.8 mile interpretive loop trail winds its way through portions of remnant petrified trees.

A picnic shelter is available to accommodate small groups; an outhouse is also provided. Collection of petrified wood, open fires and target shooting are prohibited. Please help keep the area clean and plan to pack out trash.

Directions

To access the area, take Interstate 90 east from Buffalo approximately 7 miles to the Red Hills/Tipperary Road (Exit 65). Cross under the interstate and head northeast on Tipperary Road for 6 miles to the Petrified Tree access road, directly across the road from a ranch house. This two-track will cross a cattle guard and continue about 0.6 miles to the parking area. The road to this area is a graveled all-weather road, but snow drifts are common in the winter months.

If you can't wait to see the area, take a virtual tour of Dry Creek Petrified Tree EEA!


Hole-in- the-Wall.
Hole in the Wall Recreation Map.
Hole-in-the-Wall

The Hole-in-the-Wall is a colorful and scenic red sandstone escarpment that is rich in legend of outlaw activity in the late 1800s, most notably Butch Cassidy and the Wild Bunch Gang. The "hole" is a gap in the Red Wall that, legend has it, was used secretly by outlaws to move horses and cattle from the area. The area is primitive in nature, with no services. Visitors should be skilled in cross-country travel and take adequate water, food, and fuel. Please pack trash from the area, and respect private property owners who are working with the BLM to make this an enjoyable recreation opportunity.

Directions

From I-25 take Exit 249 TTT Road. Travel approximately 0.5 miles to a sharp bend in the road. Turn right onto TTT Road. Continue 11 miles to another sharp right and follow TTT Road an additional 3.3 miles to its intersection with Willow Creek Road. Turn right onto Willow Creek Road/NC 111 and follow for 5.6 miles to an intersection at Natrona County 111 Alternate. Take a right and continue 3.8 miles toward Willow Creek Ranch. Continue to the right, following Willow Creek Road another 6.1 miles to its intersection with Natrona County 105. NC 105 is a 4WD unmaintained road suitable only for high clearance vehicles under dry conditions. There are several gates along the road, please leave gates as you find them. NC 105 will continue 9.5 miles north to the Hole-in-the-Wall Trailhead.

Travel on this road is only advisable during dry conditions
 with a high clearance vehicle.
Please stay on the marked roads and trails.


Middle Fork Powder River

Middle Fork of the Powder River Recreation Map.
River Access in the Middle Fork Management Area.
The Middle Fork Powder River area is located about 21 miles southwest of Kaycee, Wyoming in a spectacularly scenic part of the Old West that is rich with legend of outlaw activity in the late 1800s. The scenic Red Wall is visible from much of the Middle Fork area. The area boasts excellent hunting and fishing opportunities. While there is a developed campground (not a fee site) with an outhouse, there is no potable water so come prepared! Please remember to keep vehicles, including OHVs, on designated routes!

Directions/Access

Before you start, we recommend that you have a high-clearance vehicle as some of these roads are very primitive. We also recommend that you do not venture out into these areas during periods of inclement weather. Additionally, Outlaw Cave Road is closed during the winter from December 1 through April 15.

From Kaycee, Wyoming, take Wyoming Highway 190 about 15 miles to Barnum. Follow the Bar C Road approximately 4 miles south. This road is an improved all-weather access road and travels directly through the headquarters of the Hole-in-the-Wall ranch. Please respect private property rights and all posted signs. The road will continue west another 2 miles past the boundary to the Middle Fork Management area and is graded to the first fishing access. The road becomes quite rough past this point (high-clearance vehicles recommended) as it travels an additional 2 miles to the Outlaw Cave campground on the rimrock of the Middle Fork Powder River Canyon.

The Ed O. Taylor Winter Game Range is located just west of the Outlaw Cave Campground. Travel within the region is recommended for 4WD vehicles only. Legal public access is available from Outlaw Cave Campground to the first private land parcel, approximately 9 miles to the west. There is no legal public access between Outlaw Cave and Hole-in-the-Wall or between Outlaw Cave Campground and Hazelton Road. Access across any private land parcels requires permission of the landowner.


Mosier Gulch.

Mosier Gulch Recreation Map.
Mosier Gulch Picnic Area

Mosier Gulch Picnic Area is located approximately 3.5 miles west of Buffalo, Wyoming along US Highway 16. The area is managed by the Bureau of Land Management and the City of Buffalo and is adjacent to the Bighorn National Forest, managed by the USDA Forest Service. This ponderosa pine-forested area lies at the foothills of the Big Horn Mountains.

A developed roadside picnic area complete with multiple parking areas, picnic tables, pedestal fire grates, and a vault toilet are available. In addition, the picnic area is the western terminus of the Clear Creek Trail which leads back to the city of Buffalo.

Other opportunities at Mosier Gulch include trout fishing along Clear Creek, hunting and wildlife viewing with opportunities to see mule deer, antelope, eagles, and occasionally black bear and elk.

Mosier Gulch is a day use only facility. Camping, open fires and target shooting are prohibited. There is a hand-pump well available during the summer months. Please help us keep the area clean and pack your trash out as garbage collection is not provided.


Welch Ranch.
Welch Ranch Recreation Map.
Welch Ranch Recreation Area

The Welch Ranch Recreation Area includes more than 1,700 acres of open space along the Tongue River approximately 10 miles north of Sheridan, Wyoming. This area offers excellent hiking, wildlife viewing, hunting and fishing just a short drive from Sheridan. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department releases pheasants in the fall for hunting purposes. Welch Ranch has limited visitor services; there is no bathroom facility, garbage collection or potable water. Please plan accordingly if planning to stay overnight and practice Leave No Trace principles. Dispersed camping is also allowed, however, the area is closed to motorized use and target shooting is strictly prohibited.

Directions

To reach Welch Ranch from downtown Sheridan follow North Main St to the north until it becomes Decker Rd/WY 338. Follow Decker Rd about 10 miles to its intersection with the Tongue River. Alternatively, you may follow I-90 North to Exit 16 (WY 339) and then turn left onto WY 338/Decker Rd. There are 2 gravel parking areas, one on each side of the bridge over the Tongue River (it wraps down underneath the bridge).

Note of Interest:  The Welch Ranch recreation area contains an active coal fire that has been burning for over a century. The area affected by the coal fire is well contained. Please obey any posted closures and avoid areas that exhibit characteristics of underground fire (heat, smoke, etc.).


Weston Hills

Weston Hills Recreation Map.
Weston Hills is located about 25 miles north of Gillette, Wyoming, to the west of Highway 59. The area is managed jointly between the Bureau of Land Management and USDA Forest Service. There are two staging areas near the entrance as well as a fishing pond. Other visitor facilities are limited. The bathroom facilities are currently closed.

With several miles of roads and trails, this area is popular for four-wheeling, riding ATVs and hunting. And you may even see mule deer, antelope, elk, turkey, and eagles. On clear days you can see the Big Horn Mountains and Devil's Tower in the distance. Camping is allowed and campfires are permitted in accordance with statewide fire restrictions. Target shooting is prohibited. Potable water is not available.

Vehicle travel, including all OHVs, is limited to designated routes. Riders can still expect challenging features along trails and are asked to Tread Lightly! to ensure continued use and safety.

Directions

From I-90, take Exit 124 and turn left on WY 50/Skyline Drive and continue 0.3 mile to the intersection with Hwy 14/16/59. Turn left onto Highway 14/16/59 and travel 3.4 miles toward Gillette Regional Airport. Turn right onto Highway 59 North directly across from the airport. Continue along Highway 59 N for about 26.6 miles; turn left into the Weston Hills Management Area.