Forest Service employees and volunteers at the interpretive site offer insights about the plants and animals commonly found in the Bighorns, education programs for families and small groups, logistics for travel through the Bighorn Mountains, and availability and locations of recreational facilities. Located halfway between Granite Pass and the west entrance to Shell Canyon, the Shell Falls Interpretive Site provides an ideal rest area in addition to the informative displays and discussions.
Receiving tens of thousands of visitors from around the world each year, the site showcases an array of geologic rock and fossil specimens ranging in age from 2.5 billion years through the Permian period. Displays about wildlife, plants, and archaeologic history include interactive activities for kids. Free maps and information for visitors planning to spend time in the Bighorn National Forest are for those taking advantage of the full range of recreational activities, as well as for visitors passing between the noteworthy sites of Wyoming.
The 75-feet drop of Shell Falls, which carries water from the Cloud Peak Wilderness through the length of Shell Canyon, captivates visitors with its visual splendor, offering upper- and lower-level viewing from sunrise to sunset. Information specialists staff the Shell Falls Interpretive Site from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm seven days a week, including the Independence Day and Labor Day holidays. The one-eighth-mile loop trail includes spectacular views of the large, rocky cliff of Copman’s Tomb, Brindle Falls, and the circuitous path of Shell Creek through the canyon.
Parking for oversized recreational vehicles is available. Commercial tour buses are required to obtain a permit in advance of their arrival. Permits may be obtained by contacting the Medicine Wheel Ranger District office in Greybull at 307.765.4435.