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The Big Horn Mountains and The Sweet 16

The Big Horn Mountains and The Sweet 16

High alpine lake in the Big Horn Mountains

The Best and Easiest Route to Yellowstone Park and the Black Hills

From breathtaking mountain vistas through the Big Horn National Forest and along the Cloud Peak Skyway Scenic Byway, to the awe-inspiring limestone walls of Ten Sleep Canyon and the vivid colors of the Painted Desert, oodles of eye-candy truly make US Highway 16 “The Sweet 16.” Called the best and easiest route to Yellowstone Park and The Black Hills because of its low grade and gentle curves in comparison to other routes over the Big Horn Mountains, The Sweet 16 offers plenty of sight-seeing. Forests, fossils, rock-climbing, abundant wildlife and more make The Sweet 16 appealing to those of diverse ages and interests.

Banjo pickin' at the Pepsi State Championship BBQ and Bluegrass Festival.

Banjo pickin’ at the Pepsi State Championship BBQ and Bluegrass Festival.

Summer visitors can enjoy Ten Sleep, Wyoming’s annual music festival, Nowoodstock, featuring an eclectic mix of music including bluegrass, folk and jazz. If you love barbecue as well as music, don’t miss the Annual Pepsi State BBQ Championship and Bluegrass Festival held in Worland, Wyoming each August.

Other must-see attractions include the Washakie Museum and Cultural Center, exhibiting the unique geography, geology, archaeology and paleontology of the Big Horn Basin, and its world-class archaeological sites from ancient mammoth hunters to early settlers. The Worland Aquatic Center just opened in 2012 and features a leisure pool, competition pool, therapy pool, hot tub, and children’s pool with water slide. There is also an outdoor splash pad open in the summer months. Lodging and dining are available in Ten Sleep and Worland and if you’re lucky enough to be in the area over the 4th of July, check out the Ten Sleep 4th of July Rodeo. You won’t find a more authentic western rodeo anywhere.