You might recognize this road as this is almost the same shot I used for the banner of my blog. But with a post I can tell the story.
I had to do a bit of map research on this. I remember it well but not the road number, which is a forest service road, #26. This is in one of my most favorite places, the Bighorn Mountains. This road is a fantastic drive although not suitable for any vehicle except a fairly compact and rugged one (don’t try it in an RV!).
The Bighorn Mountains are crossed by several paved road, US14 and 14A and US16. There are suitable for most vehicles, often even in winter, and are wonderful drives, especially in early spring when everything is so green and the rest of the tourists haven’t shown up yet.
But this forest service road is special. It traverses much of the Bighorns and being a gravel road with little travel you can really take time to enjoy the scenery, easily stopping almost anywhere to get out, look around, and take some photos. But unlike other forest service roads (beware the 3-digit roads as they’re possibly only for AWD, get the good USFS map before driving off the main roads in the Bighorns) this road descends the eastern slope down into the I-90 corridor and to Sheridan where I was headed.
When you come up from either the east side on 14 or the west side on 14A you’re in for an impressive climb. The Bighorn “mountains” are really mostly a high plateau then with a few higher peaks. So the climb from the prairies of Wyoming is quite impressive.
But it’s even more fun, in the right car, when you do this forest service road. In the photo here it’s fairly flat but soon it will become quite a driving challenge, with narrow turns and steep grades. But it is a great drive. As you get further east than where this photo is and start the descent you’ll see great vistas, again beautiful in spring when everything is still green, as far as the eye can see.
I wish I could be there right now!