Mountain driving and Ten Sleep Canyon in Wyoming

The deep gorge of the canyon, looking west from the Highway 16 turnoff.

The deep gorge of the canyon, looking west from the Highway 16 turnoff.

Let me say that Sher and I were amazed at the scenery in Wyoming. Let me also say that the mountain driving in Wyoming on Highway 16 through the Big Horn Mountains was an experience in itself towing our travel trailer. Climbing up to and descending from the Powder River Pass (elevation 9677) was at times a white knuckle affair!

We were heading west from Buffalo, Wyoming on our way to Yellowstone National

Hello from Ten Sleep Canyon

Hello from Ten Sleep Canyon

Park. We had no idea what to expect, just that we knew we were in uncharted waters for a couple of Hoosiers from the flat farm lands of Indiana. This terrain we were seeing was awesome, but the road was a bit scary.

All of the feelings of “Did we really drive that steep curvy mountain road?” slipped away when we got to Ten Sleep Canyon, on the western side of the Big Horn Mountains.

 

 

The stark beauty of the cliffs of the canyon.

The stark beauty of the cliffs of the canyon.

Cliffs that take your breath away.

Cliffs that take your breath away.

This valley was formed by a glacier. The rocks of the canyon are almost vertical in many places, and this area is very popular for rock climbing.  The pictures do not do the canyon justice.

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One thought on “Mountain driving and Ten Sleep Canyon in Wyoming

  1. Just east of the foothills (a few miles) was ineedd a dry winter, thankfully!I’m glad to get the recent rains though, stuff is just as green or greener than normal now, with little sign of letting up. At this point, looks like we’ll stay green until at least June, which is average even later than that would be great!Also, glad to see that we’re getting some spring this week. Went from winter to summer (last week), now regressed a little. -Scott

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