Cloud Peak Skyway travels through Bighorn National Forest, following U.S. 16 for 64 miles. This section of road that crosses the Big Horn Mountains offers the smallest grade, but still provides an opportunity to enjoy the history and recreation of this mountainous region.
Fort McKinney, one of two historic sites along the route, was founded as a supply depot in 1876. Just one year later, this post was redesignated and renamed Fort McKinney. Today, it serves as the site for the Wyoming Soldiers and Sailors Home. Wander a few miles off the route and several thousand years back in time to see ancient history at Medicine Lodge State Archaeological Site. Situated along the Big Horn Mountains' western slope, this site is known as one of the country's most prominent archaeological sites. See prehistoric petroglyphs and pictographs that remain etched on red sandstone cliffs, giving you a canvas of archaic cultures.
Spanning over 1.1 million acres, Bighorn National Forest will keep you cool in its mild climate. Explore pine, spruce, aspen, and fir forests where all motorized or mechanical vehicles are prohibited to keep the land naturally marked. Go fishing at one of the forest's several lakes, where trout