Wyoming Travel Destinations
MEDICINE BOW NATIONAL FOREST
1,090,300 acres. Medicine Bow National Forest is made up of four separate tracts in southeast Wyoming. Included here are several scenic mountain ranges, with 12,013-foot Medicine Bow Peak the highest point.
Along with rocky peaks there are precipitous canyons, rolling high plateaus, meadows, pine forests, many lakes and streams, and some rivers. Wildlife includes elk, pronghorn, deer, black bear, bighorn sheep, and mountain lion.
This National Forest has four relatively small wilderness areas: the 31,300-acre Huston Park Wilderness, the 22,363-acre Platte River Wilderness, the 15,260-acre Savage Run Wilderness, and the 10,400-acre Encampment River Wilderness.
Activities: Hiking, backpacking, and horseback riding are possible on close to 300 miles of trails, most of which are relatively short. Difficulty varies from easy to strenuous. Higher trails may only be snow-free from mid-July through September.
White-water rafting, kayaking, and limited canoeing are available on the North Platte River. During winter there are opportunities for crosscountry skiing on some trails. Fishing is possible along lakes, rivers, and streams. Hunting is permitted in season.
Camping Regulations: Camping is allowed throughout the region, as are campfires, except where otherwise prohibited. Visitors are asked to camp at least 100 feet from lakes and trails. A stove is recommended for cooking.
For Further Information: Medicine Bow National Forest, 605 Skyline Drive, Laramie, WY 82070; (307)745-8971.
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