Porcupine Campground (Wy)

Lovell, Wyoming

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Overview

Porcupine Campground is located along the Medicine Wheel Passage Scenic Byway (U.S. Highway 14A), 33 miles east of Lovell, Wyoming. The Medicine Wheel National Historic Landmark is nearby. Visitors enjoy the area for its scenic natural beauty, recreational opportunities and excellent habitat for a variety of wildlife species. Fishing is popular on nearby streams and lakes. The administering organization is Gallatin Canyon Campgrounds; e-mail: gccampgrounds13@gmail.com

Recreation

From the area's historic mining sites to the ancient Native American Medicine Wheel, to hiking through open meadows and along the cliffs on the west rim of the mountains, the Bighorn National Forest offers many recreational opportunities. Jaws Trailhead is near the campground, offering access to Bucking Mule Falls Trail and Porcupine Creek. Scenic off-road driving is available on Hunt Mountain Road or Burgess Overlook jeep trail.

Facilities

The campground offers single-family sites, each with a picnic table and campfire ring with grill. Accessible vault toilets, drinking water from a hand pump and trash collection are provided. The nearest dump station is 25 miles east at Burgess Junction.

Natural Features

Nearby Bald Mountain is part of the Bighorn Range in northern Wyoming. A forest of pine and aspen covers the campground at an elevation of 8,900 feet. Temperatures can drop significantly once the sun goes down. Summer daytime temperatures range from 60s-90s with nighttime temperatures down to the 50s. June is sometimes rainy while the rest of the summer offers fair, clear, sunny days. Thunderstorms and snowstorms can arise at any time. Autumn temperatures are cool with frosts by mid-September.

Nearby Attractions

The Medicine Wheel National Historic Landmark is four miles from the campground. This unique geoglyph signifies all creation, all races of people, birds, fish, animals, trees and stones. According to tribal beliefs, the circular shape of the wheel represents the earth, sun, moon, cycles of life, seasons and day to night. High Country Lodge is nearby, offering guided horseback riding and backcountry pack trips, off-road vehicle rentals and guided fishing trips.

Charges & Cancellations

Refunds: Refund requests made through www.recreation.gov will be charged a $10 processing fee. This cancellation processing fee is retained by the reservation service contractor along with the non-refundable reservation fee. All requests for the return of the non-refundable reservation fee and the cancellation processing fee will be declined by the campground concessionaire as they did not receive these fees (these are the fees retained by the reservation contractor, a different entity).

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