After getting altitude sickness in the Big Horn mountains we settle in at about 4000 feet in Ten Sleep, WY
We continued west from Deadwood, SD, across Wyoming on I-90, through some torrential rainstorms and then up to 8,300 feet elevation to the Lakeview Campground in the Big Horn national forest and mountain range. The pull up the mountain from Buffalo along US Highway 16 was an easy pull for our 2015 RAM 3500 Truck especially with the cooler temperatures.
The campground is beautiful set on the edge of Meadowlark Lake and is 100% dry camping. (No electrical, water or sewer services anywhere in the campground) Even with getting parked in a tricky site easily, we met some issues right away. Without electricity we needed to run our recently fully packed refrigerator on LP gas. Many RV devices are affected by altitude but Norcold is especially has issues with adjusting to higher altitudes above 5,500. Since we 3,000 feet over that the refrigerator would try to light and would just puff out immediately from the mixture being too rich. Some refrigerators can be adjusted for this, but without access to the internet we could not research the issue and it was not readily clear from a close inspection of the back of the unit. We have our generator, but that also at the altitude would have suffered from decreased performance. We had not intended to use the generator to maintain the refrigeration for three days.
While Jason was running around setting up the campsite, back and forth working on the LP issue, etc. he started to get altitude sickness. Pounding headache, short of breath, etc. So we jumped in the truck and Barb drove us down to the lower levels in Ten Sleep, WY. We found availability at Ten Broek RV Park in Ten Sleep and decided to move there since we had a recently fully stocked refrigerator going bad and Jason’s experience at the high altitude. The RV Park is about 50 years old and a very unusual parking arrangement, where the rigs “parallel park” end to end and not side to side. The parallel parking is a bit of an issue, one morning we had a knock from the campground owner asking us to retract a slide in so a class A could maneuver around us and get out, not a big deal since we were home but what if we had not been home? Otherwise, Ten Sleep is a very small town of one gas station, a couple of saloons (with great food, ice cream, etc.) and functional community with school and senior center.
As it turns out, this was a great base camp for a number of driving tours up to the mountain as well as away from it to a well done local history museum in Worland, WY. From the Big Horns to Ten Sleep is an absolutely stunning drive on Highway 16 on the North side of the canyon as well as an even more amazing drive along the South side on a dirt road with many turn outs that would be great for boondocking at a lower altitude. We encountered a number of smaller camper vans, trailers and tenters that were boondocking along this dirt road. We marked a couple of areas to return to should we ever downsize to a camper van. The Sitting Bull park in the Big Horn National Forest has some breathtaking views of the snow-capped mountains.
What is up next? We move onto Cody, WY, for the Extreme Bull Riding and Fighting at the annual Cody Stampede Rodeo!
|Campground||We started at the Lake View - Big Horn National Forest campground, then moved down to lower elevation. to Ten Broek RV Park
West end of Ten Sleep, WY, on US Highway 16 where we stayed 3 nights.
|Nights Stayed||3: June 24, 2018 - June 27, 2018|
|Parking Site||Site D4|
|Attractions||Washakie Museum - natural and human history of the area around Worland, WY, in the basin and big horn mountains|
|Remember for Next Time||Lake View campground was at 8,300' feet MSL|
|AT&T Coverage||None in the Big Horn Mountains, marginal in Ten Sleep itself and not LTE only 4G|
|Verizon Coverage||4G/LTE with low speeds in Ten Sleep, nothing in the mountains|
|WiFi Coverage||Ten Broek Campground does have WiFi, but it worked like most, not very well|
|Anytime Fitness||Not for miles!|