Freedom and Responsibility
Backpacking offers great freedom for the forest adventure. You become part of a nature and survive in an environment with few modern conveniences.
With this freedom goes an individual responsibility to care for the environment and respect the rights of those you meet along the way. Help protect this fragile resource by following the “Leave No Trace” principles listed below.
If you are planning a trip to the CLOUD PEAK WILDERNESS AREA, please follow these additional regulations.
• Campfires, other than a self contained stove, are not allowed within 300 feet of lakes, streams or trails.
• Camping is not permitted within 100 feet of any lake or stream.
• Camping at sites posted as being closed is not permitted.
• Camping structures such as hitching racks, tent frames, pegs, and fire rings must be dismantled after use.
• Hitching, tethering or hobbling a horse must be done so it does not cause injury to any live trees. Keep hitched or hobbled horses 100 feet from a lake or stream.
• Groups may have a maximum of 25 people or a combination of 25 people and/or recreational stock, except no more than 15 head of stock in any group.
• Cutting a trail switchback is not permitted.
• Possessing a bicycle or other mechanical or other motorized vehicle is prohibited.
• All users must register prior to entry.
• IMPORTANT: OBTAIN ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON NEW AND SEASONAL FIRE RESTRICTIONS BEFORE HIKING OR CAMPING IN THE BIGHORN NATIONAL FOREST