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Shell Falls, Sheridan

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Shell Falls is a waterfall in the Bighorn National Forest on Shell Creek, about halfway down Shell Canyon, and a few miles upstream from the town of Shell in northeast Wyoming. The falls are 120 feet (36 meters) in height and tumble over basement rock of granite.
From the rest area and interpretive center, one can see outcrops of the Cambrian flathead sandstone, about 550 million years old, resting on 2.9 billion year old Precambrian rocks—some of the oldest rocks on earth. Visitors can also see "Copman's Tomb", a massive limestone promontory to the north.
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  • A nice stopover to make during your trip. Recently created new paths so you can look at more points. Definitely worth watching
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  • Absolutely Beautiful!!!! Seeing waterfalls was on my 12 year old granddaughters bucket list for this trip.  more »
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  • We were on our way to South Dakota from Yellowstone and took an unplanned route that led us to a piece of heaven!! First, we went through some tall red rock canyons and found a river on the side of the road. There was a bridge and a trail so we stopped to see it all. It looks like you could hike on the trail for quite a ways. Then further up the road, we came upon a turn out to see a waterfall. If you ever travel this way, stop to see it!! We were there in June and the water was rushing and was just beautiful!! The rest of the drive took us up above 8,000 feet to beautiful meadows mixed in with the forest. Just the most beautiful countryside that I have ever seen! There are a few campgrounds up there too near Burgess Junction. When you begin to descend down the mountain, there are pull outs to take in the amazing view leading into Sheridan. I’m so glad we took this route!!! We are already planning our return to the area. If you have the time, definitely go!!!
  • Amazed that there are only three reviews for these amazing waterfalls. Stopped here on a road trip out west and fell in love with the area. Well worth a stop to see this area.

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