Rock art near Worland, Wyoming. Scenery along the Red Gulch-Alkali Backcountry Byway near Worland, Wyoming. Duck Swamp Interpretive Area near Worland, Wyoming. Scenery in the Gooseberry Badlands near Worland, Wyoming. Dinosaur track at the Red Gulch Dinosaur Tracksite near Worland, Wyoming.
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Scenic Areas & Photography Opportunities

Castle Gardens | Gooseberry Badlands | Medicine Lodge Canyon | Paint Rock Canyon | Red Gulch/Alkali

Castle Gardens

Castle Gardens Scenic Area

This area of fantastic rock formations is located at the foot of the Bighorn Mountains at an elevation of 4,500 feet. Two picnic sites with tables, grills, fire rings, and a restroom are provided, however, water and trash pickup is not available. Use of the area is free. The Castle Gardens Scenic Area is open from May through October. The turnoff to the area is approximately 1 mile west of Ten Sleep on U.S. Highway 16. From there a dirt road heads south. Signs lead to the site about 6 miles away.

Gooseberry Badlands Scenic Overlook & Interpretive 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.

Gooseberry Badlands

Medicine Lodge Canyon

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.

Paint Rock Canyon

Red Gulch

Red Gulch/Alkali Backcountry Byway

This improved gravel and dirt road is a 32-mile scenic drive through the foothills of the Bighorn Mountains. The byway heads south from U.S. Highway 14, 8 miles east of Greybull (4 miles west of Shell) and ends immediately north of Hyattville. A high-clearance vehicle is recommended. Travel is not advised during wet, snowy, or muddy conditions. Even a light rain can make the road treacherous. Please inquire locally about weather and road conditions.