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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 1881 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 are as follows: 

Peak Season (May1 through Sept. 30)             Wyoming Resident: $9.00          Non-Resident: $16.00 

Non-Peak Season (Oct. 1 through Apr. 30)       Wyoming Resident: $6.00          Non-Resident: $9.00


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 in reservations are then taken in the order of which they are received. In person reservations and phone lines open at 7:00AM. Your name and number will be taken initially over the phone and we will call back as soon as in person reservations are completed. 

The group area has a fee of $66.00 per day it is reserved. 

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 calander year. 








Site Status


COVID-19 Coronavirus
Important Information:

In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, all Wyoming State Park: overnight camping facilities, cabins, yurts, group sites/shelters, showerhouses, some non-essential restrooms, and playgrounds are closed until further notice.

All parks currently remain open for day-use outdoor recreation activities including: trailheads, hiking/biking trails, boat ramps, fishing access, essential restrooms, individual picnic areas/tables. Normal park fees apply; visitors are urged to use fee canisters. 

State Historic Sites are closed to the general public until further notice. 

While we encourage citizens to enjoy the great outdoors while maintaining social distances, please know the Governor has also urged citizens to stay home whenever possible. This is an ever-changing situation. 








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

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