Section 12: Trip Four

The Cheyenne River Road from Bill to Clareton

 

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This trip begins by turning off W-59 at mile #36, a half mile north of Bill. As you head north on the Steinle Road (C-40), you can see the Red Hills to the north and to the far northwest are the Rochelle Hills. After six miles the road turns east and after three more miles you pass by the Woody Creek Road (C-41 going north). Stay east for three more miles to a junction. Here you can take the Dull Center Road south to Bill or US-20 at Lance Creek.

Turn north on the Dull Center Road (C-38) and you pass several OFR's. Along this stretch, you can see the Rochelle Hills to the north and the Miller Hills to the east. After traveling through the badlands for eight miles, you cross Lake Creek and follow the Cheyenne River to a junction. Here you can go north across the river and into the Rochelle Hills.

Continue east along the river. The road crosses Meadow Creek (one mile) and passes north of the Miller Hills. After four miles, you come to a junction on Sheep Creek. Here you can continue east and then south toward W-270 and Lance Creek.

Turn north on the Lynch Road (Clareton Road, C-39) and after three miles you cross Wagonhound Creek. Three miles further, you enter Weston County (W-7A) and cross the Cheyenne River. The road then climbs a ridge to the north and you can see the Elk Mountains (Black Hills) in South Dakota to the northeast. Five miles from the river crossing is a junction. Here the Keyton Road turns west toward the Rochelle Hills. Stay northeast for a half mile to another junction. Here you can continue north on the Lynch Road to W-450 at mile #37 (seven miles).

Turn east along the top on the Cheyenne River Road (W-54) . Here you can see the Cow Creek Buttes to the south (and east a bit of the Miller Hills). You travel along the top and above the river for about nine miles to the Sears Road (W-55, dead end). You then drop down to an unmarked junction. Here you can turn south on the Dixon Road to Lance Creek (see page 171). Stay to the northeast and across Black Thunder Creek to the next junction (two more miles). Here you can take the Cheyenne River Road east to US-85 (see option below).

Turn north on the Bruce Road (W-7C). The road climbs over a divide and after about four miles you cross Wildcat Creek. Six miles further north, you hit W-450 (mile #25) at Clareton.

OPTION: The Cheyenne River Road to US-85.

Going east on the Cheyenne River Road (W-54), you follow along Black Thunder Creek for about two miles and then along a ridge above the river. Five miles from the junction, you pass by The Nose (a bend in the river). Here the road leaves the river and after four miles you cross Lodgepole Creek to a junction. Here you can go north on the Grieves Road (W-5) to W-450.

Continue east on the Cheyenne River Road and during the next few miles you pass by several small buttes. The road then travels across the broken short-grass prairie and you come to a junction at Morrisey. Here you can turn south (and then east) on the Roxson Road to US-85 near Mule Creek Junction (see page 172).

Turn northeast across Alkali Creek to another junction in three miles. Here you can go north on the Morrissey Road to Newcastle.

Continue east on the Cheyenne River Road. After five miles, you pass by the Hutt Road (going northwest to the Morrissey Road) and cross Robbers Roost Creek. Three miles further east, you hit US-85 (mile #207) between Mule Creek Junction and Newcastle.