WHMA / WHMA / Sunshine


Public Access Area Open: June 1 - Dec. 31 - THIS AREA OPENS TO ALL HUMAN PRESENCE AT 8:00AM JUNE 1
Recreation Opportunities: Fishing, Hunting, Camping, Hiking, Trapping
Amenities: Parking
Restrictions: Jan. 1 - May 31
Additional Restrictions: 14-day camping limit. Vehicle travel is prohibited, foot or horseback only.
Total Acres: 4615.5

Through the dedicated efforts of the Conservation Fund, the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission obtained fee title to the Sunshine Ranch from AMAX Coal Company in 1992. Historically, this area has been grazed by livestock, and hay had been harvested from approximately 200 acres of meadow land. Between 400 and 500 head of elk winter here, making this a very important foraging area.
Topography varies from gently rolling hills in the east, irrigated meadows in the center, to steep ridges in the west. The main drainage is Florida Creek, which flows north through the area into Sunshine Reservoir. Elevations range from 6,600 feet where Florida Creek enters Sunshine Reservoir, to 7,900 feet at the top of the red ridge at the U.S. Forest Service boundary. The area comprises foothills and basin, with an annual precipitation level between ten and 14 inches.
Sunshine provides important habitat for wildlife, such as elk, mule deer, antelope, and moose, as well as many birds and nongame species. North of Greybull River a colony of the last known black-footed ferrets was discovered in 1981.
The area is open to public access by foot and horseback with a vehicle restriction at the parking area to lessen disturbance to the resources.

This WHMA lies within bear country, please visit our bear wise page for information on recreating in bear country -
Camping is permitted in the parking area only. Camping limit is 14 days.

Closed to vehicles year round. Closed to human presense Dec. 25 - May 31. Public access on foot or horseback will be allowed from June 1st through the 3rd day after the end of Elk season in Hunt Area 62 (Dec. 24).


For questions about this Public Access Area, please contact:
Cody Regional Office

2820 State Highway 120
Cody, WY 82414
ph: (307) 527-7125
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Last Updated: 6/28/2019
*Some boundary areas are missing and will be updated as soon as possible.
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