Big Cedar Ridge

Cloud Peak Scenic Byway
Rome Hill Road
Castle Gardens
Big Cedar Ridge
Gooseberry Scenic Area
Wild Horse Area
Duck Swamp
Red Gulch Dinosaur Tracksite
Big Cedar Ridge
and the Honeycombs Area -
Plant Fossils
and Rock Formations
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bulletBig Cedar Ridge Plant Fossil Area holds plant fossils that are 72 million years old. The area is located on public lands about halfway between Worland and Ten Sleep, Wyoming.   When these plants were growing the dinosaur reign was coming to a close. The plant fossils are the keys that may unlock the mysteries of what the environment was like so long ago.
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A complete late Cretaceous-age plant community was buried in place by volcanic ash.  Through erosion and continued research, Big Cedar Ridge slowly unveils its treasure of fossilized plants.

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For nearly three miles, the exposed fossils show the relationship between ancient plants and their landscape.  You can help scientists by reporting your fossil finds to the BLM.  Plant fossils (animals without a backbone) can be collected in small amounts with hand tools.

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You can get there from Worland by driving 15 miles east on U.S. Highway 16 to the Blue Bank Road.  Continue driving on the Blue Bank Road 15 miles to Big Cedar Ridge.

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bulletThe Honeycombs Area is also on public land about 20 miles south of U.S. Highway 16 on the Blue Bank Road. 

bulletThe stunning Honeycombs badlands are one of the most spectacular areas in Wyoming.

 

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The area mesmerizes its visitors with a kaleidoscope of pastel orange hills, tan cap-rock mushrooms and red, white and purple candy-striped cliffs. 

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Situated to the west of the BLM-developed recreation site at Castle Gardens, the area exemplifies the biblical notion of wilderness as an area for contemplation and spiritual renewal even to the non-devout.  Sagebrush and grasslands are interspersed with an array of unusual pinnacles, spires and buttes while greasewood and rabbitbrush grow along the winding canyons.

bulletThe Honeycombs provide excellent crucial winter range for mule deer and pronghorn antelope as well as nesting areas for sage grouse.  
bullet Golden eagles, great-horned owls and other raptors also nest in the area and forage there year-round.
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120 North 10th St., Worland, WY 82401
307-347-3226 ~ E-mail: wacc@trib.com


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