Discover Our West! Ten Sleep and Worland in Washakie County.
Enjoy Ten Sleep's rodeos throughout the summer months in a town nestled against the Bighorns. Here, the mountain's summit reaches 9,666' at Powder River Pass. Experience the towering glory of the Cloud Peak Wilderness. Motorized vehicles are not allowed to penetrate this piece of sky-high Wyoming, leaving it untouched by human improvement. Hiking and horse trails give quick access from roadside trailheads for exploring this wonderland. Beyond the Pass find the all-season recreation area at Meadowlark Lake. Descend into Ten Sleep Canyon, a magnificent, natural, steep-walled chasm. Near the mouth of the Canyon, visit the trout hatchery and fish rearing station operated by Wyoming Game and Fish Department. Here the waters are pristine and the fishing is fine. And stop by the Ten Sleep Museum to learn about area history and see a mountain lion. You won't be disappointed. Stop for an ice cream cone or a pizza in downtown Ten Sleep. Both are always a crowd pleaser.
And Discover Worland – Far From Extinct, a place known for its adventure, geology and archeology. See 'Dinosaurs in Our Backyard' in an exhibit at the fabulous Washakie Museum. And touch the life-sized mammoth at the museum that represents the archeological richness of the area. At the museum, you will also find area history presented in an interesting, educational, and interactive way. Bring the kids, they'll love it. Also enjoy Pioneer Park, a tribute to Worland's builders and perfect spot for a respite from the road.
Here, near Worland, while digging a new reservoir in 1962, Don Colby made one to the most important archeological finds of its time, a Clovis spear point. In 1973 the first of many scientific excavations began to take place. Over the next five years, parts of seven mammoths, the bones of camel, bison, pronghorn, jackrabbit, horse and musk-ox were found. Dating back some 14,000 years, the Colby site is proof of man using weapons to hunt larger animals.
At the Big Cedar Ridge Plant Fossil Area find abundant fossils from 72 million years ago. All are located on public lands. Archeology enthusiasts, both young and old, can collect and keep plant and invertebrate fossils (animals with no backbone) using light hand tools or by picking pick them up off the ground. Do your part by reporting your finds to the local BLM office to help scientists with their research. The BLM office is located in Worland at 101 South 23rd Street, just off Big Horn Avenue. Find this fossil site east of Worland or West of Ten Sleep to Blue Bank Road, then head south fifteen miles to fossil site.
Ten Sleep and Worland are both small towns with fine dining, great accommodations and friendly, wholesome people. Discover Our West in Ten Sleep and Worland located off US 16 on your way to Yellowstone and Mount Rushmore in the Black Hills of South Dakota.