places of interest in the area!
BUNKERS: There are two bunkers left over from a time when this was a training ground controlled by the Department of the Army. One is near this camp at the top of Bisby Hill. You probably saw it as you drove in. The other is near one of our previous camps. To get there drive out of this camp the same way you came in. At Forest Service Road 701 turn right, drive to the horse corral. Turn left and drive to the top of the hill. It is on your right.
RENDEZVOUS CAMP SITE NUMBER TWO: Continue on this road on the left side of the bunker and drive into the trees, around three major curves in the road.
BEAVER PONDS: The main Forest Service Roads in this area are 701 / 702, 712, 713, and 714. Side roads lead off of all of the main roads. Beaver ponds can be viewed from most of these side roads. Your best chances of seeing beaver are early in the morning or at dusk. If you are very quiet it will also help.
EAGLE ROCK: This was our first Rendezvous Camp Site. To get there drive out of camp to Forest Service Road 701. Turn left. Eventually 701 will become 702. They are really the same road. Stay on 702 until you cross 714. Go through the gate (be sure to leave the gate as you found it, either open or closed) and go to the end of the road. If the road is too rough for your vehicle you can walk from here. When you get to the end of the road, look for a trail on the left end of the rock formation. Stay on the trail as long as possible. Then climb to the top for a fantastic view. Be careful. It would be a long fall.
CEMETERY: Follow the directions to Eagle Rock. When you get to Forest Service Road 714 turn right. Stay on this road until you are about 200 yards from the point it intersects with Forest Service road 713. Look to your right for the large pine trees. The cemetery is at the base of those trees. Vandals have taken some of the head stones. Please be kind and respect this area. The graves are poorly marked.
WATER FALL: Follow the directions to Eagle Rock and the Cemetery. When you get to the intersection of Forest Service roads 714 / 713 turn left. At the bottom of the hill you will cross a creek. Turn right and follow the creek. There are a few great beaver ponds on this creek. When you get to the gate be sure to leave it the way you found it (either open or closed). If you are not in a 4 X 4 you may want to walk from here. Go to the end of the road. Park your vehicle and walk over the ridge to your right. The water flow varies from year to year depending on rain fall. Many of our campers have enjoyed the pools below the falls for skinny dipping.
SECLUDED CANYON HIKE: Follow the road out of camp to Forest Service road 701. Turn left. When you get to Forest Service Road 712, turn right. Stay on 712 until you get to forest Service road 712E. Take this road to the creek below. Don’t drive in too far. You will have to back out. It is a rough road, but well worth the hike. Park and follow the trail for about one half mile. It is a beautiful area.
SOUTH BRANCH TRAIL: Follow the road out of camp back to Forest Service Road 701. Turn right and return almost to Happy Jack Road which is paved. But instead of turning left on Happy Jack Road turn left on Forest Road 701E. This is a nice hike or bike ride with beaver ponds and scenic views. (more info) or (trail guide)
LINCOLN MONUMENT: Follow the road out of camp back to Forest Service Road 701. Turn right and return to Happy Jack Road. It is paved. Turn right on Happy Jack Road and proceed until you are near the point it intersects with Interstate 80. Go to the visitor center. The Lincoln Monument overlooks the interstate. The Lincoln Monument and the visitor center are both great attractions with wild flowers, displays, and plaques to explain the history. (more info)
AMES MONUMENT: Follow the same directions as if you were going to the Lincoln Monument. When you arrive at the interstate highway go East to the Vedauwoo exit. At the exit turn right and follow the signs to the giant pyramid. (more info)
VEDAUWOO: To get to Vedauwoo follow the same directions as if going to the Ames Monument. After you take the Vedauwoo exit turn left. Follow the signs. This is a state park and there may be an admission fee per vehicle. (more info)
TURTLE ROCK TRAIL: Follow the directions to Vedauwoo. Turtle Rock Trail actually goes all the way around Vedauwoo State Park. Follow the signs. It is a very nice hike or bike ride. (trail guide)
CURT GOWDY STATE PARK: Follow the road out of camp and turn right on Forest Service road 701. When you get to Happy Jack Road (pavement) turn left. Turn right at the sign for Curt Gowdy State Park. This is a fee area. Granite Reservoir is here and has great boating, and the park has some beautiful hiking/biking trails. Sorry no swimming. (more info) or (trail guide)
NORTH CROW RESERVOIR: Follow the road out of camp and turn right on Forest Service road 701. When you get to Happy Jack Road (pavement) turn left. Turn left at the sign for North Crow Reservoir. Stay on the public road until you get to the reservoir. The surrounding land owner will prosecute if you trespass. Boating and swimming are allowed here. This is a fee area.
TIE CITY / HAPPY JACK: Follow the road out of camp back to Forest Service Road 701. Turn right and return to Happy Jack Road. It is paved. Turn right on Happy Jack Road. The Happy Jack trail head is between mile marker 35 & 36. The Tie City trail head is between mile marker 36 & 37. Both are located on left side (south side) of road. This is a great area for hiking and biking, with over 30 miles of unique trails. (more info) or (trail guide)