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Terrain Diversity

Copy of DSC02606Due to the many exposed formations this area offers one of the most diverse sceneries to explore and enjoy.

Your ride begins in Shell, a tiny Western town nestled in the foothills of the spectacular Bighorn Mountains, which features a greater variety of terrain than anywhere else in Wyoming. Sprigs of larkspur and wild mustard accent the arid, Painted Hills desert beckoning visitors to stop and explore. Your journey starts out in the Shell Valley at 4,200 feet, riding through desert and grassland prairies, and through narrow rock canyons. Your final destination can be wide vistas of Ponderosa pine forests dotted with sparkling lakes gleaming brilliantly in the sunlight. A sharp eye often reveals moose and elk grazing alongside the road in their high alpine meadows.005

This valley’s true history begins two and half billion years ago when the area was made up of a string of volcanic islands. For millions of years, the raging sea invaded and subsided, resulting in the formation of Shell Valley and the indescribable rock formations, conspicuous cliffs and pinnacles that make this area such a visual phenomenon: Chimney Rock, Needle Rock, Devil’s Leap and Shell Falls are picture perfect examples.

Beyond the spectacular views, this valley is a paradise for trail riders. Here, nature remains unspoiled and images of days long ago when cowboys roamed free over the open plains and into the mountains is recreated within the imagination of every intrepid adventurer.3

The dramatic views of the Bighorn Mountains, the jewel in the crown that is Shell Valley, creates the perfect backdrop to your own private sanctuary. It is a place to marvel at spectacular unspoiled landscapes while enjoying the company of fine friends and good horses.  It is desert.  It is forest.  It is canyons and mountains.  It is valleys, lakes and streams.  It is the land before time and the time before men.  It is spiritual.  It is forever.  It is yours to explore…

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