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Rolled down off the snowy Powder River Pass in the Bighorn National Forest and through the Wind River Canyon to find the most incredible sunset site overlooking the Boysen Reservoir at the “Brannon Campground”. It was suuuuper windy but we had spectacular views.
We were here in early November. Pretty much had the whole of the reservoir campgrounds to ourselves. Didn’t see another person until the next morning when a Ranger came by to check in on us and make sure we’d paid our fees for the evening. I could see this place being busy during the summer season, but still should be ample space to spread out. Turns out, we camped on the pad that the Fish & Game folks setup on during the summer. Certainly app reactivated their level pad and electrical hookup.
Multiple different locations with pit toilets, though one area just north of us was blocked off at the time.
Several campgrounds to choose from at Boysen State Park. We camped at Brannon, site 104. This was a beautiful spot right on one of the Reservoir inlets.
- large Reservoir perfect for paddle-boarding and kayaking
- clean vault toilets close by
- great little marina with cute restaurant
- Brannon is one of the north campgrounds, which puts you closer to Wind River Canyon and Thermopolis, Hot Springs State Park
- low light pollution, makes for beautiful star-gazing at night
- can be hot and very dry
- super windy
- a little buggy at times
There is nothing to complain about with this view! Nice traveling stop to Yellowstone area. Sites have plenty of room and are well manicured. Cute playground areas. It was not crowded. Vault toilets. This highway will show a little longer route to your destination but the views! Cons: the wind and near the highway but offset with river sounds.
Pros and Cons to the location of this campground: great views of the Wind River and the tunnels, but right next to the highway and not much privacy between sites due to lack of underbrush. The half of the campground closer to the tunnels is walk up only and the lower half of the campground is reservation only. The host was very nice and happy to chat as long as you wanted, which might account for the lack of mowing. While there wasn’t much privacy between sites, they were at least well shaded by the trees (which were also good trees to hang a hammock in). The vault toilets were clean and sites all had picnic tables, fire pits and grills. There are no hookups for RV’s, but there is water available at the spigots scattered around the campground. Warning: it is loud in the day and into the late evening with trucks coming down and going up the canyon. However, if you get a site next to the river it quiets things down a bit.
Wr saw a moose by the lake one morning. Open parking spots. Great host!
Stayed in the Sheep Mountain Fire Tower. With gale force winds blowing the shutters off…and a steep walk to the vault toilet…we bailed early. However, the Bighorns are AMAZING! Saw my 1st moose! Take tent heater for the tower unless going in middle of summer.
beautiful scenery, endless mountain views, miles and miles of dirt roads to explore and the best fishing.