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Part 3 (Continued)
Great American Dog-Friendly Road TripTM
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Greybull is one of the last small towns before heading up into the Bighorn Mountains of Wyoming. We saw a bunch of large aircraft just outside of this small town. After researching why all these large airplanes are here, we found out that the Greybull Airport (South Big Horn County Airport) is home to a museum and houses an aerial fire fighting operation.
Highway 14 is one of the roads that go over the Bighorn Mountains of Wyoming. These mountains are part of the dog-friendly Bighorn National Forest. Not only will you have a beautiful  scenic drive, but you can also stop and do some hiking along the trails with your pooch. Just note that the elevation is about 9,000 to 10,000 feet above sea level.
Heading east on Highway 14, the national forest trail shown here is up in the mountains on the right side of the highway. It is called the  Bench Trail and is over 18 miles long. It is used by hikers and horseback riders. Pets need to be restrained or on a leash while in the developed recreational areas of this park but can be off-leash under direct voice control when on the trails.
Further up the highway on the left side is the Granite Creek Picnic Area. There are picnic tables and a bathroom. It is a nice spot to stop for a snack or a picnic lunch. Just be sure to watch out for yellow jackets!
Also at the Granite Creek Picnic Area is a nice mountain stream. It is a short walk from the picnic tables to the water.
In this photo we were about to head down the mountain range. The Bighorn Mountains are the half-way point between Yellowstone National Park and Mount Rushmore. Along this part of the highway, we found very interesting and entertaining roadside signs telling about the mountains and rock formations. The sign here noted that this portion of the mountain is a Darby Formation which occurred during the Devonian period dating back 360 to 410 million years ago.
After crossing over the Bighorn Mountains, we reached Interstate 90 and headed south to Buffalo, Wyoming. We stopped there for the night at a fairly new Motel 6
For dinner that night we ordered food to go at the Winchester Steakhouse located across the street from the Motel 6.
The next day we headed east on Interstate 90. Along the highway we spotted this patriotic horse barn located next to a small oil field.
We were headed towards Mount Rushmore, so we took the Highway 16 exit off of I-90 and headed south. It the town of Newcastle, Wyoming, we stopped for lunch at a shared building with Taco Time and Subway. They had a few outdoor seats where we ate with our dog Toby. 
I believe it was also in Newcastle, Wyoming, off Highway 16, that we came across one of the Black Hills National Forest offices. It was located across the parking lot from a Visitors Center. We purchased a few maps of hiking trails in this dog-friendly forest. Dogs can be off-leash under voice control on the trails. Toby is shown here anticipating a nice hike somewhere in the forest...
Shortly after leaving Newcastle, we crossed the state line into South Dakota. Before reaching the town of Custer, we explored a gravel and dirt road in the Black Hills National Forest. It was located on the north side of Highway 16. There are many trails located off of this forest service road. There is also an ice cave that we wanted to explore, but bad stormy weather forced us back to Highway 16. Oh well, maybe next time.

Right before we entered the town of Custer, South Dakota, we spotted some wild buffalo along Highway 16. If you do not see any wild buffalo, you might be able to spot some at the dog-friendly Custer State Park.

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