Worland Field Office

Hiking Opportunities

Duck Swamp Environmental Education Area 

This 81-acre oxbow lake and marsh is a cut-off meander of the Bighorn River. Visitors can hike a 1 mile interpretive and educational loop overlooking the wetland to view and learn about its many residents: song birds, great blue herons, hawks, owls, dabbling ducks, kingfishers, muskrats, mink, beaver and others. The area is about 3 miles north of Worland on Wyoming State Highway 433. Drinking water, restrooms, car and bus parking, barbecue, and covered picnic tables are available for day-use.

Gooseberry Badlands Scenic Overlook Trail

At a turnoff on Wyoming State Highway 431, the visitor is greeted by a panoramic view of colorful desert and endless blue sky at the Gooseberry Badlands Scenic Overlook. The colors of the soil, which mysteriously change with the seasons, accentuate the grotesque and intricately carved rock formations, inviting further exploration along a 1.5 mile interpretive trail. Hikers should bring drinking water. There is no overnight camping. The area is 25 miles west of Worland.

Lone Tree Trail

This challenging 3/4-mile trail leads to the magnificent Paint Rock Canyon and is a steep and rocky journey to Paint Rock Creek where it meets the Paint Rock Canyon Trail. The route to the Lone Tree Trail is marked by a sign on the Cold Springs Road, about 6 miles beyond the Paint Rock Canyon trailhead. Horses or mountain bikes are not recommended on the Lone Tree Trail.

Medicine Lodge Canyon

This beautiful deep canyon calls for rugged hiking. With many side canyons and cliffs that tower more than 300 feet there is no designated trail system, but travel is possible along wild game trails. Traveling the canyon will require numerous stream crossings and, as canyon walls get higher to the west, hiking becomes more difficult. Primitive camping is allowed but seasonal fire restrictions may apply. Check with the Worland Field Office for maps and information.

Paint Rock Canyon Trail

The Paint Rock Canyon Trail extends 5 miles up the canyon alongside Paint Rock Creek, a topnotch trout stream. The steep canyon walls and massive rocks make this trail highly scenic, and it is the only canyon along the west slope of the Bighorn Mountains with a maintained trail. Paint Rock Creek is a superb fishery for rainbow, brown, brook, and cutthroat trout. From Hyattville, head north 0.5 mile to the Cold Springs Road and continue about 4 miles east to the trailhead.

Salt Lick Trail

This rugged 1.5-mile trail offers an unlimited number of fantastic scenic views with an equally impressive display of flora and fauna. Located approximately 6 miles east of Ten Sleep and immediately north of U.S. Highway 16, the Salt Lick Trail is under 5700 feet in elevation with moderately challenging climbs and descents. A restroom and an information kiosk are located at the trailhead.