In the Spring of 2011, the Northern Wyoming Community College District purchased Spear-O-Wigwam to enhance existing academic programming and 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-Wigwam 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-Wigwam’s main lodge houses a dining hall, kitchen, library, and a large sitting area with a 7’ fireplace. The 16 acre campus also has 11 cabins, a classroom/meeting room, horse corrals, and numerous out buildings. Additionally, Spear-O maintains a backcountry camp and research site at Beaver Lakes, which is a day’s horse-back ride from the main campus.