Bighorn Campgrounds Open for Memorial Day

Four campgrounds will open this weekend to officially kick off the summer season in the Bighorns.

Opening today will be the Ranger Creek Recreation Area and the Leigh Creek, Tie Hack, and Shell Creek campgrounds. Forest officials are reminding campers to bring their own drinking water, because not all water systems are operational. Fees are reduced where full services are not available.

Then the Shell Falls Interpretive Site opens on Saturday and will stay open for the season through Labor Day weekend, from 9:30 to 5 daily.
Other Bighorn National Forest campgrounds, trailheads, and picnic areas will open as weather and conditions permit. That's according to a release issued by the forest service. An extra heavy snowpack may delay access to some facilities.

For more information and current conditions on the forest, contact the Powder River Ranger District in Buffalo at 307.684.7806, the Medicine Wheel / Paintrock Ranger District in Lovell at 307.548.6541, or the Tongue Ranger District in Sheridan at 307.674.2600.
Recreation site openings will be posted to the Bighorn’s website at

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