In the Spring of 2011, the Northern Wyoming Community College District purchased Spear-O to enhance existing academic and recreational programming to provide new opportunities for students and the community.  Spear-O is nestled in the Bighorn National Forest at 8,300 ft, a mere 5,000 ft below the highest Bighorn Mountain peaks.  The campus is located on FR 293, bordering the SE edge of Park Reservoir.   It serves as a gateway to Coffeen Park, Geneva & Edelman Passes, the Solitude Trail, and the Cloud Peak Wilderness. The pristine high mountain lakes, reservoirs, and streams that surround Spear-O add to the spectacular nature of the place.  In partnership with the US Forest Service, NWCCD’s mountain campus operates under a special use permit, granting access to 67,850 acres of land in the Bighorn’s for educational purposes.

Spear-O’s main lodge houses a dining hall, kitchen, library, and large sitting area with a 7’ fireplace.  The 16 acre campus also has 11 cabins with a total sleeping capacity of 35, classroom/meeting room, horse corrals, and numerous out buildings.  Additionally, Spear-O maintains a backcountry field station at Beaver Lakes, which is a day’s horse-back ride or hike from the Mountain Campus.


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