Welch Ranch


Buffalo Field Office 1425 Fort Street Buffalo, WY 82834

44.94479538, -106.9428397
To reach Welch Ranch from Interstate 90, take exit 339 and head east. Go over the railroad tracks and turn left (north) onto WY 338. Go about 5.5 miles. The first parking area will be on your left, just before the Tongue River, and the second parking area will be on the right, just after the river.

Welch Ranch

The Welch Ranch 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.

The Tongue River flows through the recreation area and offers opportunities for non-motorized river trips.

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 allowed, however, the area is closed to motorized use, and target shooting is strictly prohibited.

Adventure is at Your Fingertips


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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