|Moose, Wild Horses and Antelopes along
Scenic Highway 14 in Wyoming
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On September 2, 2008, we saw this bull moose with a huge rack of big antlers that have many spikes after
we drove up the winding Big Horn Scenic Byway (Highway 14) on the Big Horn Mountains in north-central
Wyoming and when we were reaching, Burgess Junction, the highest level of the Big Horn Scenic Byway at
about 9,300 feet of elevation. Tourists may see moose, deer and elk on a regular basis in the Burgess
Junction area. The Big Horn Scenic Byway (Highway 14) and Medicine Wheel Passage (Highway 14A) merge
at Burgess Junction.
Map: Click here to see Google Map showing location of Burgess Junction
This is part of our 13-day driving trip and we were driving east from Cody near Yellowstone National Park in
Wyoming towards Rapid City in South Dakota.
A bull moose may stand over 6 feet tall at the shoulder, can weigh up to 1,400 pounds and is a big and
Some tourists stopped their cars on roadside on Big Horn Scenic Byway, near Burgess Junction, and were
watching and taking pictures. That alerted us to stop our car on roadside and to watch this moose.
Most of the time, this moose was busy eating plants with its head down.
However, one of the tourists had a dog that barked at the moose. Upon hearing the barking dog, the moose
raised its head and antlers up immediately, turned its head toward us on the roadside, probably was looking
for the barking dog as shown in the following picture.
Scenery as we enter the Big Horn Scenic Byway (Highway 14) near Shell on west side of the Big Horn
Mountains. Some of the world’s finest dinosaur fossil beds are 10 miles north of Shell on BLM (Bureau of Land
Management) land and are open to the general public.
The first time that I saw a bull moose with big antlers was in July 2005 when we were on a boat tour on Trout
River Pond in Gros Morne National Park in Newfoundland in northeast Canada as described on my Travelogue
web page at:
However, in that case, the moose was very far away and my first digital camera had only 4X optical zoom
such that I could not get a close and clear view.
This time on the Big Horn Mountains in Wyoming, this bull moose was much closer and my second digital
camera had 12X optical zoom so that I could get much better pictures as shown above. (In September 2010,
Canon announced a new compact digital camera, PowerShot SX30, with 35X optical zoom.)
We met some tourists on a scenic overlook parking area on our way down from the top of Big Horn Mountains
towards Sheridan Valley. One guy asked me about what I had seen. I told him about that bull moose. He was
very excited and said that he had never seen a real live bull moose with a big rack of antlers. Then, he drove
his car anxiously up the mountain hoping to see that bull moose.
Two days ago, we had another opportunity to see a bull moose in northern part of Yellowstone National Park.
But it was very late in the day and too dark already to take good pictures. These large animals, such as
moose, elks and bisons, often come out near the highway or on the highway at dusk from about 7 PM to 9
PM. Just finished a whole busy day of sightseeing and wildlife watching in Yellowstone National Park, we
were tired and were on our way to a hotel in Gardiner, Montana just outside of the north entrance of
Yellowstone National Park. Therefore, we did not stop to watch and to take pictures of that bull moose.
Shell Canyon on the west entrance into the Big Horn Scenic Byway to go up the winding road to the Big Horn
Mountains. The area is named "Shell" for the many fossilized invertebrates found in the local rocks.
A view along Big Horn Scenic Byway. This picture was taken inside the car through the front tinted wind shield
that made the upper portion of the picture darker with blue tint.
More views from Big Horn Scenic Byway
Sheridan Valley on north central Wyoming as viewed from Big Horn Scenic Byway
Wild horses (mustang) far away on the wide open sagebrush flat on north side of Scenic Highway 14 between
Cody and Greybull in Wyoming. There are about 8,000 wild horses roaming free in several wide open lands
owned by US government in Wyoming and such large areas are managed by the Bureau of Land
Management (BLM). The large open sagebrush flat on north side of Scenic Highway 14 is one of several such
open lands where tourists can see these wild horses. Therefore, we looked for such herds of wild horses
when we were driving on the Scenic Highway 14 from Cody towards Greybull on September 2, 2008, and
indeed we saw several herds of wild horses. But they were very far away. Therefore, I had to use the 12X
optical zoom of my digital camera to zoom in to get better pictures as shown in the following.
The town, Greybull, in north central Wyoming derives its name from a legendary albino bison bull said to be
sacred to the Native Americans. This particular grey/white colored bison evaded both white and Indian
hunters, and lived for many years. There are major dinosaur fossil beds in the area between Greybull and
There is a 1977 Hollywood western movie entitled "The White Buffalo" starring Charles Bronson, Kim Novak,
Jack Warden, Slim Pickens and Will Sampson. The story is about Wild Bill Hickok and Crazy Horse (the native
American Indian) teaming up to hunt down this legendary elusive, giant and powerful gray/white bison.
It is very nice to see these beautiful and wild horses roaming freely in such wide open land. These wild horses
are romantic symbol of the old American wild west.
A beautiful and lovely movie clip of wild horses in Wyoming can be seen at the following website:
We also toured the Devils Tower in northeast Wyoming on our way driving east from Cody, Wyoming to Rapid
City in South Dakota. We arrived at Devils Tower at about sunset time resulting in the brilliant golden color in
this picture. It was proclaimed the nation’s first national monument by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1906.
Devils Tower is 867 feet from its base to the summit. It stands 1,267 feet above the Belle Fourche River and
is 5,112 feet above sea level. The top of Devils Tower is about the size of a football field. Devils Tower is a
significant sacred site to Indian tribes throughout the United States.
The recent fame for Devils Tower came as the site where the alien spaceship landed, in the popular Stephen
Spielberg's movie entitled "Close Encounters of the Third Kind."
While driving from Cody, Wyoming to Rapid City, South Dakota, we often saw antelopes (i.e., pronghorns)
along the highway as shown in these pictures.
Several groups of antelopes along highway in this picture. Some are closer, some are adults, some are
babies, some are among tall grass and some are far away.
Some wild turkeys along Highway 14 on our way to Devils Tower. This picture was taken from inside our rental
car which was running at a speed of about 50 miles per hour. The Image Stabilizer in my digital camera was
helpful to get such picture when the car was running at such speed.
We also saw many deer near Devils Tower.
While we were driving east on Interstate Highway I-90 near Gillette, Wyoming, we also saw very long railway
train carrying coal. Again this picture was taken from our rental car running at about 65 miles per hour of speed
on the Interstate Highway I-90.
Wyoming has several huge coal mines which are major sources of coal in USA. The huge reserve of coal
seams under the wide open vast areas of grassland in Wyoming may be more than 100 feet thick. However,
we did not have time to go to see the huge open, surface mines of coal near Gillette in Wyoming. Aerial photos
of open pit coal mine near Gillette are available at the following websites:
One of several Killdeers at a rest area along Big Horn Scenic Byway
The red Chimney Rock near Shell
On August 28, 2008, we drove west on Interstate Highway I-94 from North Dakota through Montana to Cody
near Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. I-94 essentially follows the Yellowstone River. At a rest area of
I-94 in Montana, we saw this very long railway train carrying coal heading east on the railway track along the
Yellowstone River. This long coal rail train had probably more than 100 train cars. Both Montana and Wyoming
have huge reserve of coal.
At this rest area, we also saw a bald eagle, a golden eagle and a hawk flying high above the Yellowstone
After the long drive from North Dakota through Montana on August 28, 2008, we arrived at Cody, Wyoming at
about sunset time and saw such sunset view at Cody. The local news indicated that there was a forest fire
somewhere nearby. I guess that the fine smoke from that forest fire might have contributed to such sunset
Furthermore, there are proposals to build large forest of wind turbines on these wide open grasslands in
Wyoming for large scale generation of electric power. Example of existing large forest of wind turbines near
Palm Springs in southeast California can be seen on my Travelogue web page at:
Our 13-Day driving tour is a large loop starting and ending at Rapid City in South Dakota, USA. The sequence
of Point of Interest on this large tour loop is the following:
Rapid City in South Dakota --------> Centered at Rapid City for 3 days and toured Mount Rushmore National
Memorial, Crazy Horse Memorial, Badland National Park (NP), needle mountains and wildlife in Custer State
Park, Wind Cave NP, and Jewel Cave National Monument --------> Roosevelt NP South Unit in North Dakota
---------> Roosevelt NP North Unit in North Dakota --------> Drove on I-94 to go west along Yellowstone River in
Montana --------> Cody in Wyoming --------> Tour Yellowstone NP and Grand Teton NP in Wyoming for 4 Days
---------> Drove on Highway 14 to go East to see wild horses and touring Big Horn Mountain Range and
Devil's Tower in Wyoming ---------> Rapid City in South Dakota
How I use information age technologies to enhance my enjoyment greatly of sightseeing large driving tour loop
of thousands of miles and of one to two weeks in duration covering many Points of Interest is described on my
web page at: