Crazy Woman Canyon Road is a very scenic drive in Wyoming

Crazy Woman Canyon Road is a very scenic drive located in Johnson County, in the U.S. state of Wyoming. A high clearance vehicle is an absolute must. It's pretty bumpy, but the scenery is absolutely beautiful.

Crazy Woman Canyon Road

How long is Crazy Woman Canyon Road?

Crazy Woman Canyon Road (Bighorn National Forest Road 33) is a one lane dirt road. The road is 21.24km (13.2 miles) long running east-west from WY-196 to US-16. It is nearly always deserted.

How Crazy Woman Canyon Road got its name?

Tucked away in the north central part of Wyoming, between Kaycee and Buffalo, the canyon is named for the Crazy Woman Creek, and there are several legends, stories and theories about how it got the name.

Is Crazy Woman Canyon scenic?

Plan about 1.5 hours to complete the drive. Travel is slow due to the road condition. This is a beautiful drive, with lots to see along the way. It’s a must drive for people who love scenery, with different landscapes, waterfalls and creeks along a road through enormous cliffs that seem to rise up into the sky.

Is Crazy Woman Canyon Road challenging?

Set high in the Big Horn Mountains, the road is pretty steep, with an elevation gain of 871 meters (2,857ft) when running east-west. The road follows the creek through the canyon and should be avoided during bad weather. Low clearance vehicles should avoid this route and a high clearance vehicle is an absolute must. Many spots are single vehicle width so watch for cars coming opposite direction. Vehicles larger than an SUV are not permitted. The road gets fairly narrow and this can be a problem if you want to turn around or let other cars pass. It is a little narrow in a few spots with one vehicle bridges. You may want to hesitate to travel on this road after or during heavy rain, as any kind of washout or slick conditions could make travel hazardous.
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