Rocky Mountain Region Viewing Area

LOCATION and PHOTOS

Wildflowers in meadow along Highway 14 in the vicinity of Burgess Junction.
Wildflowers in meadow along Highway 14 in the vicinity of Burgess Junction.

Lupine, Indian paintbrush, elephant's head and other wildflowers along Highway 14A.
Lupine, Indian paintbrush, elephant's head and other wildflowers along Highway 14A.

Shooting stars and bluebells near Burgess Junction.
Shooting stars and bluebells near Burgess Junction.

Burgess Junction Botanical Viewing Area

Forest: Bighorn National Forest

District: Tongue Ranger District

Description: Burgess Junction, located 20 miles west of Dayton, has one of the best wildflower displays on the Bighorn National Forest. From shooting stars, to lupines, to larkspurs to paintbrushes, a bright and colorful display is available from June through July. Here, visitors may also view moose and deer on a regular basis and occasionally elk. The wildflower viewing site extends for over forty miles from Steamboat Point down through Shell Canyon on U.S. Highway 14 or over Granite Pass on U.S. Highway 14A. Burgess Junction Visitors Center provides information and short or long distance hikes start from this point.

Viewing Information: The Bighorn Scenic Byway, U.S. Highway 14, offers distinct and memorable scenery. The entire length of this drive provides a large variety of wildflower species for viewing. Numerous turnouts along the highway provide an opportunity for stopping and viewing. All ranges of elevation from sagebrush/grasslands to alpine tundra can be viewed along the drive. Spectacular valley views and snowcapped mountains provide a stunning backdrop to the numerous colors of the wildflowers.

Safety First: The weather is often unpredictable and can change quickly from sunshine to snow even during the summer. A warm jacket is recommended. Hypothermia can be a hazard throughout the year.

Directions: Drive north out of Sheridan on Interstate 90 and follow signs off the Ranchester exit to 14 West. Follow U.S. Highway 14 through the towns of Ranchester and Dayton and up into the Bighorn National Forest.

Ownership and Management: U.S. Forest Service, Bighorn National Forest; Tongue Ranger District, (307) 674-2600.

Closest Town: Dayton, Wyoming.