Available fish in the Bighorn Mountains
Brook trout (Saivelinus Fontinalis)
This small-headed fish gradually changes color from dark green on top to a white belly. The males have splashes of bright red on their bellies. The light spots on a dark background are joined by some red or pink spots with blue halos on the lower sides. Striking black-and-white borders are found on the lower fins and tail. This fish is mainly seen in waters at or above an elevation of 10,000 feet, though may be found at lower-elevations as well, they are usually the only fish found in the high mountain country.
Brook trout are easy to catch. Fish for them with light or ultralight gear. The most frequently used bait is a piece of worm attached to a size 12 to 14 hook. The relative ease of catching, combined with the majestic mountain scenery where they live, makes brook-trout fishing an entertaining activity for families with young anglers. Brook trout spawn in the fall and fishing is good year-round.
Brown trout (Salmo Trutta)
This brown-colored fish has olive hues on top, with yellow sides and a belly with black and red or maroon spots. In contrast to the cutthroat and rainbow trout, there are few spots on the tail.
The brown trout has a hard-to-catch reputation which makes the pursuit a challenge. There are many ways to attempt hooking, though if the "big ones" are your choice, the hours of twilight or darkness will offer the best chances. Live nightcrawlers are effective earlier in the season while using grasshoppers as bait in the late fall can provoke strikes that are almost violent. Anglers seeking to increase the challenge of fishing for brown trout prefer artificial flies and spinners. Brown trout prefer spawning in the fast water of streams in fall. This provides for some excellent fishing at a very colorful time of year.
Cutthroat trout (Oncorhynchus Clarki)
These fish display a heavier concentration of black spots in the tail area. The black spots are either minimal or nonexistent on the head. There is a red or orange slash located under the jaw. This is the only trout native to Wyoming. There are five subspecies of cutthroat trout in Wyoming and many more methods of catching them. Fly fishing seems to be the most popular, though not the only method. All of the subspecies of cutthroat spawn in the early spring. Depending on which of these subspecies is present, spawning may begin as early as March and continue into July.
Rainbow trout (Oncncorhynchus Mykiss)
The rainbow trout is native only to the rivers and lakes of North America, west of the Rocky Mountains, but it's well-known as a hard-fighting game fish and tasty meal. Rainbow trout, also called redband trout, are gorgeous fish, with coloring and patterns that vary widely depending on habitat, age, and spawning condition. They are torpedo-shaped and generally blue-green or yellow-green in color with a pink streak along their sides, white underbelly, and small black spots on their back and fins. They prefer cool, clear rivers, streams, and lakes. Rainbow trout survive on insects, crustaceans, and small fish.
The tracks are preserved in limestone in an area that was once a beach that fringed the Sundance Sea, a vast inland body of water. The individual footprints are aligned in dozens of trackways that can be traced for lengths of up to 12 meters across the bedrock surface. The tracks have been dated at 167 million years old and most range in length from 2 inches (4cm) to 10 inches (25 cm). The largest of these dinosaurs would probably have stood less than 7 feet (2.3 m) in height. Scientists do not know which dinosaur species made the tracks, since dinosaur fossils from this timeframe are so rare. Research continues in an effort to understand more about these fascinating trace fossils.
Midway Golf Course
A 9-hole, semi-private course. Green fees: $12 - nine holes, $20 - 18 holes (all day); $5 - nine holes for students during weekdays. Clubs and carts for rent. Driving range and practice green.
Discount coupons are available at the Greybull KOA
Take a daytrip (total trip length 160 miles) from Greybull KOA going west along Highway 14. After leaving Greybull, pass the airport, and take a right turn on the 310 towards Lovell.
Before entering Lovell, turn right onto 14A, towards Burgess Junction. But first, visit the Bighorn Canyon Visitors Center, on your right side, right after the turn, and get all the information about the Big Horn Recreation Area.
Back on the 14A make a left turn on the 37. See the wild horses at the Pryor Mountain wild horse range, and enjoy the breathtaking views of the Devils Canyon overlook. Follow the road over Bad Pass trail, and visit the historic ranch, once owned by Caroline Lockhart, a novelist, who became a cattle queen. Return to the 14a, and follow it going east. You will come upon the Bighorn Medicine Wheel, a mysterious, native American religious site. Its about a one and a half mile walk, but its worth it.
Follow the 14a again and continue on to Burgess Junction, have lunch at the Bear Lodge Resort, a place with good food and affordable prizes, then turn right onto Highway 14 towards Greybull.
Drive over Granite Pass, and look for many species of wildlife that make the scenic Bighorn Mountains their home.
Follow through Shell Canyon, and stop at the Shell Falls interpretive site where you'll see the picturesque Shell Falls as it flows 3,600 gallons of water per second. You'll be able to learn about the ancient fossil shells that give the canyon and falls their name.
Follow the road through Shell to Greybull.
After such a beautiful day its nice to be back at the Greybull KOA and relax at our refreshing pool.
There are many hiking trails throughout the Big Horn Mountains and Bighorn National Forest, providing the hiker/backpacker with scenic views of mountain vistas, lakes, and wildlife.
Hikers may see many species of wildlife including deer, moose and elk as well as numerous small species of animals and birds. Care should be exercised when viewing unpredictable animals such as moose.
There are also over 200 lakes in the Big Horn Mountains such as Willow Lake and Romeo Lake. Lakes and some other areas are often rocky, so hikers are advised to use care when walking.
Mountain Lakes also provide excellent trout fishing. Both resident and non-resident fishing licenses can be obtained from local stores before beginning your hike.
Scenery is spectacular, so be sure to bring a camera. Binoculars are also handy for viewing wildlife and scenery at a distance.
Most trails are well marked and it is advisable to remain on the trails.
Trail-, topographic- and National Forest maps are available at the Greybull KOA and through the National Forest Service.
If you intend to hike into the Cloud Peak Wilderness Area, you are required to register at the trailhead before you begin your hike. Manual registration boxes are provided at trailhead locations. Registration assists Forest Service and emergency officials in locating lost or injured personnel.
Hikers and backpackers should also obey all Forest Service fire restrictions and regulations when hiking in the National Forest. There are particular regulations regarding the use of motorized vehicles and campfires in the Bighorn National Forest and Cloud Peak Wilderness area.
Additional information on hiking and backpacking in the Bighorn Mountains and Bighorn National Forest can be obtained by contacting the National Forest Offices.