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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
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
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.
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
at the Granite Creek Picnic Area is a nice
mountain stream. It is a short walk from the
picnic tables to the water.
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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.
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
dinner that night we ordered food to go at the
Winchester Steakhouse located across the street
from the Motel 6.
next day we headed east on Interstate 90. Along
the highway we spotted this patriotic
horse barn located next to a small oil field.
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.
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
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
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
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