Spirit (Cedar) Mountain
Spirit Mountain is just 2 miles from our office and offers all sorts of recreational opportunities. The views of Cody that it offers are pretty spectacular! The mountain is crisscrossed with hiking and horseback trails, plus there are rock climbing and boulders spots as well. You’ll see mountain bikers, birders and dog walkers. You can park at any of the pullouts and spend time wandering around the mountain. The large boulders strewn across the slope make great climbing for kids. The trail to the cavern entrance is a flat, quick walk through limber pine and juniper. Mountain bluebirds frequent the area and you’ll see Indian paintbrush (Wyoming state flower) as well. Be advised the actual opening to the cave is gated and locked.
Red Lakes Recreation Area
This off-road area is only 3 miles from our office and offers about 3,000 acres (5 square miles) of desert trails, play areas, sand washes, steep and challenging hill climbs and miles of unmaintained 4×4 trails! There is a little bit of everything for all experience levels.
The McCullough Peaks
The McCullough Peaks (only 9 miles from our office) WSA encompasses 25,210 acres of BLM-administered land, 640 acres of split-estate land, and 640 acres of state-owned land. The WSA consists of the badlands that form the north slope of the McCullough Peaks. The terrain is characterized by sharp ridges and deeply eroded drainages. There are also large expanses of open, gentle terrain. The area is scenic and provides opportunities for solitude and primitive recreation. The panoramic views from the top of McCullough Peaks are outstanding and include not only the study area’s badlands but views of Heart Mountain, the Beartooth Mountains and the Absaroka Range. The vividly colored and highly eroded ridges and hills have outstanding scenic quality. Opportunities for wild horse viewing are present. The McCullough Peaks area has been known for its paleontological and geologic interest for some time.
The Oregon Basin & Petroglyphs
View one of the crown jewel oil fields of Wyoming, the third largest oil field in the state by cumulative production, The Oregon Basin. The oil is trapped in folded sedimentary rock in a geologic structure called an anticline that is 15 miles long and 6 miles wide. It’s a sage brush covered basin with hundreds of well pads that are rimmed by outcrops of sandstone dipping away from the field.
There are miles and miles of riding trails, one of which takes you to a small walk-about to see sandstone rims and petroglyphs!