About the County
Campbell County covers 4,761 square miles, or roughly 3 million acres. The lowest spot in the county is 3,400 feet above sea level at the Little Powder River in the northern end of the county. The highest point is 6,060 feet and is located at the top of North Pumpkin Butte on the western border. The climate is semiarid with an average of 15.75 inches of precipitation a year. May and June are the wettest months, while December and January are the driest.
Ten thousand years ago, the first people came to the high plains to hunt buffalo and antelope. In more recent times, the Sioux and Crow claimed this area as their hunting grounds. In the 1880s, ranchers came to graze long horn cattle and sheep on the open range. They were followed by homesteaders lured by the promise of free land.
Today, Campbell County is the energy capital of the nation. 30% of the nation’s coal is produced in area surface mines. The Coal Bed Methane industry is another major contributor to America’s economy and Campbell County’s prosperity. Ranching is the predominant land use; herds of cattle and sheep graze among large herds of deer and antelope. Every year in the fall, the abundance of wildlife attracts hunters from around the world.
Campbell County Wyoming was recently listed in a popular agricultural magazine as one of the top 100 places to live in rural America. The population is almost 39,000 and growing rapidly due to the planned construction of three additional coal-fired power plants. The unemployment rate is low and job opportunities are high.
Campbell County offers a variety of cultural and social activities extraordinary for a rural area. Our diverse community features beautiful golf courses where the antelope are more of a hazard than the sand traps. CAM-PLEX, a multi-events facility, offers world class concerts and touring companies of Broadway plays. CAM-PLEX is also the site of horse shows, rodeos, conventions, and the County Fair. With it’s convenient location between the Black Hills of South Dakota and the Bighorn Mountains, a short drive affords you the opportunity for multiple outdoor activities, including skiing, snowmobiling, hiking, and fishing.