Outlaw Cave Trail

The Outlaw Cave Trail begins at the Outlaw Cave Campground and provides access to the Middle Fork Powder River Recreation Area. The 1/2 mile trail descends steeply into Middle Fork Canyon, dropping nearly 500 feet in elevation before intersecting the river just opposite the infamous Outlaw Cave. There is no bridge across the river; please use caution if attempting to cross.

Before you start, we recommend that you do not venture out into these areas during periods of inclement weather. Outlaw Cave Road is closed to motorized use during the winter from January 1 through April 14. Please respect private property rights and all posted signs.


The BLM welcomes you to explore, enjoy, and make positive memories from your outdoor experiences on America's public lands and waters. Please remember these are wide-open spaces and wildlands. Plan ahead and be aware of potential hazards. It is everyone's responsibility to take the necessary steps to minimize chances of becoming lost or injured on public lands.

When visiting public lands, please also practice Leave No Trace and Tread Lightly principles.

For other key advice on various recreation activities, please see the BLM's trip-planning tips. These helpful tips can help you make the most of your recreation experience. However, for more information about local conditions, regulations and recreation resources, there is no substitute for visiting the closest BLM office.



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Geographic Coordinates

43.58902078, -106.947811


From Interstate 90, take exit 254 for Kaycee. Head west on Highway 191 for about 1 mile. Turn left onto Highway 190W for about 16 miles to Barnum. Turn left onto Bar C Road (sign for Middle Fork Powder River Management Area). This road is an improved all-weather access road and travels directly through the headquarters of the Hole-in-the-Wall ranch. The road will continue west another 2 miles past the boundary to the Middle Fork Management area, and then another 5 miles to the campground. The trail begins at the campground.