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About - Medicine Lodge


The area which is now Medicine Lodge State Archaeological Site has been continuously occupied for more than 10,000 years. Homesteaded in 1884 by Byron F. Wickwire; Medicine Lodge was originally a working cattle ranch. The ranch was purchased in 1972 by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department which created the 12,000 acre Medicine Lodge Wildlife Habitat Management Area.

In 1973, a portion of the habitat management area was developed into Medicine Lodge State Archaeological Site where cultural history and recreational access continues today.


General Site Information:

No day use fee's are required


Camping fees per night and per vehicle are as follows: 

      Wyoming Resident: $10.00          Non-Resident: $18.00   (taxes not included in listed prices)

      Must camp in a designated campsite.  Two (2) vehicle maximum per site.

Camping reservations are required from May 1 - September 30.  To make a reservation, please call 877-WYO-PARK (877-996-7275) or go online to reserve.wyoming.gov. 

Public Horse Corrals are available and free of charge. Certified weed seed free hay is required inside the park. Please be courteous and scoop manure to the alley ways of the corrals for easy cleanup by site staff. 


Vehicles in the park after 10:00PM shall have a valid camping permit displayed



Group area reservations are taken on the first business day of the new year (typically Jan. 2nd), on a first come first served basis. In-person reservations are taken first, in the order in which they arrived at the park. Phone call reservations are then taken in the order of which they are received. In-person reservations and phone lines open at 7:30AM. Please leave a message with your name and phone number and we will call back as soon as all in-person reservations are completed. 

The group area has a reservation fee of $75.00 per day.  Camping fees still apply per vehicle/per night to be paid upon arrival.

Please note the Medicine Lodge Group Area is popular. Weekends throughout the entire spring, summer and fall are typically reserved within the first 2 hours of the opening of reservations for the calendar year. 








Site Status


Medicine Lodge State Archaeological Site is open year round with well maintained access to the park no matter the conditions.

The 2024 Group Area reservations begin on January 2 at 7:30am.  For more information, please call the park at 307.469.2234.



  • The park is open daily from 6:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
  • Park Headquarters Hours M-F: 8:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m., also open most weekends during the busy season.
  • The interpretive cabins are closed seasonally from October 31 through April 30. Call ahead prior to your visit to arrange to have the cabins unlocked.



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 Medicine Lodge Archaeological Site
 4800 Co Rd 52
 Hyattville, WY 82428

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