Local Area Recreation Near Greybull KOA Holiday
Greybull KOA is central to so many places to go and things to do! The Big Horn Mountains, the Bighorn National Recreation Area, Bighorn Canyon, the wild horses at the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range, Shell Falls are just a few of the many beautiful spots to visit or hike!
If you'd like to roam through our quaint little town, you can visit the museums and stores along the way. Enjoy a meal, have a drink, enjoy an ice cream, buy some candy or try our local honey. And when you return, relax by our heated pool or tell stories over the fire.
The Mountain "Loop" - a Day Drive You'll Never Forget!
Driving the "Loop" from Greybull into the Bighorn Mountains, through the canyons and deserts that surround us, is an experience you will never forget! Stop as often as you like on this 150 mile day trip that highlights much of what this area has to offer. Pressed for time? Each of these stops is an easy trip from the campground!
Along the Loop, you can explore: (a) the Red Gulch Dinosaur Track Site; (b) Devils Kitchen; (c) Shell Canyon and Shell Falls; (d) Wildlife sightings of moose, elk, deer, antelope and birds; (e) the Medicine Wheel; (f) Porcupine Falls; (g) Big Horn Canyon; and (h) the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Sanctuary, just to name a few!
After such a beautiful day exploring, come back to the Greybull KOA and relax by the pool and fire. With solid WiFi, you can share all your amazing pictures and adventures with your friends and family (who will surely be jealous!).
There are hundreds of hiking trails you can day trip from the Campground. The Big Horn Mountains and Bighorn National Forest offer all level of trails, taking you to breathtaking vistas, mountain lakes, waterfalls and the Medicine Wheel. The rich wildlife on the mountain makes for opportunities to enjoy deer, moose, elk, big horn sheep, as well as numerous small species of animals and birds. Remember to keep your distance from all wild animals. There are also over 200 lakes in the Big Horn Mountains, making for some excellent trout fishing. Both resident and non-resident fishing licenses can be obtained from local stores before beginning your hike.
There are miles and miles of two track roads that take you into the desert that surrounds us. There is nothing like spending time in the desert. What looks like vast empty wasteland is surprisingly alive! Ant hills polka dot the landscape (the don't bite if you leave them alone!). Rabbits, antelope, deer, prairie dogs and birds fill the desert landscape. The scorpions and snakes are not so obvious, so always be aware when hiking, whether in the mountains or the desert, that you are responsible for your own safety. There are some basic rules for insuring your safe exploration of the wild. Always be aware of your surroundings, including what kinds of plants and animals you might encounter. Tell people where you're going and when you plan to return, carry plenty of water, a first aide kit and dress appropriately. Basic common sense goes a long way towards keeping you safe!
Most Importantly: Get Out There! Bring a camera! Bring Binoculars! Enjoy!
Additional information on hiking and backpacking in the Bighorn Mountains and Bighorn National Forest can be obtained by contacting the National Forest Offices.
Midway Golf Course in Basin, just 7 miles from Greybull.
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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 has olive hues on top, with yellow sides and a belly with black and red or maroon spots. 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 is the only trout native to Wyoming. They have a heavier concentration of black spots in the tail area and there is a red or orange slash under the jaw. 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 is native only to the rivers and lakes of North America, west of the Rocky Mountains and it is well-known as a hard-fighting game fish and tasty meal. Rainbow trout have 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.
Red Gultch Dinosaur Track site
Visit the largest dinosaur track site in Wyoming and walk among dinosaur tracks from the Middle Jurassic Period (160 million to 180 million years ago). These tracks were made just at the shoreline of an ancient sea, in what is now a vast desert surrounded by snowcapped mountains!
Thermopolis Hot Springs and Dinosaurs
Take a day trip to Thermopolis, home to Hot Springs State Park, where you can explore the hot springs, find the buffalo herd and bring your bathing suit for a quick soak in the hot springs! The WY Dinosaur Center Museum offers exceptional exhibits of local dinosaurs and the opportunity to participate in an actual dinosaur dig!! Just outside of town, a drive through Wind River Canyon is a must. If you're adventurous, plan a white water rafting trip through the canyon! Stop at the Wyoming Whiskey Distillery's tasting room for a unique experience. A day spent in Thermopolis is always a good day!