Bighorn Scenic Byway follows US-14 beginning in Shell and moving through Shell Canyon into Bighorn National Forest. The road winds up the Big Horn Mountains, showcasing craggy limestone outcroppings, colorful stacks of granite, and sandstone filled with fossil shells. Take a drive and explore Bighorn National Forest, stop and see Shell Falls, then end your drive with a relaxing picnic at Connor Battlefield State Historic Site.
Bighorn National Forest covers over 1.1 million acres in northcentral Wyoming where a mild climate will keep you cool as you explore forests filled with fir, pine, spruce, and aspen trees. Here, all motorized or mechanical vehicles are prohibited, and wholesome recreation is the pleasant alternative. Camping, biking, and hiking are popular activities; 32 campgrounds and over 1,500 miles of trails accommodate many visitors each year. Go fishing at one of the many lakes loaded with trout and hundreds of other species of fish. Also, watch wildlife and see black bears, elk, moose, deer, and more.
Shell Falls, halfway into Shell Canyon, tumbles into Shell Creek, its water dropping at 3,600 gallons per second as it follows a course carved by fractures in granite. Millions of years