Places We Protect

Tensleep Preserve


Trees framed by steep mountain cliffs.
Tensleep Preserve Canyon Creek Canyon Creek slices through the southwestern flanks of the Bighorn Mountains on The Nature Conservancy's Tensleep Preserve. © Jody Daline/TNC

A research and educational preserve located in the heart of Wyoming’s Bighorn Mountains.



Tensleep Preserve will not be open to general visitation this season. We will continue to allow access for our research and stewardship activities.

The heart of Tensleep Preserve is a 12-mile stretch of Canyon Creek, slicing deeply through the southwestern flanks of the Bighorn Mountains. Ancient pictographs and Native American gathering sites reveal a long history between people and the land. Tensleep is ecologically rich and serves as a living laboratory for conservation science and stewardship best practices.

Why TNC Selected this Site

This region is changing, as more people move to and travel to the area. With the influx of people comes new development and roads, which threaten to fragment the region, disturb natural plant communities, block wildlife migration corridors and suppress natural fire processes. Tensleep offered TNC an opportunity to preserve and protect a critical piece of natural land within this landscape.


Tensleep Preserve
1095B Road 56 (mailing address)
101 Rome Hill Rd. (physical address)
Tensleep, WY 82442
Phone: (307) 366-2671
Trey Davis, Wyoming Land Management Supervisor


Limited Access

Please call for directions and information on visiting Tensleep Preserve.


9,000 acres

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