Shell, Wyoming

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Sign in Shell
Sign in Shell
Shell is located in Wyoming
Location within the state of Wyoming
Coordinates: 44°32′8″N 107°46′45″W / 44.53556°N 107.77917°W / 44.53556; -107.77917Coordinates: 44°32′8″N 107°46′45″W / 44.53556°N 107.77917°W / 44.53556; -107.77917
Country United States
State Wyoming
County Big Horn
 • Total 1.14 sq mi (2.96 km2)
 • Land 1.14 sq mi (2.96 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 4,219 ft (1,286 m)
Population (2010)[1]
 • Total 83
 • Density 73/sq mi (28/km2)
Time zone Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP codes 82441

Shell is a census-designated place (CDP) in Big Horn County, Wyoming, United States. The population was 83 at the 2010 Census.

The community is named for the abundance of fossil shells located in the area. Nearby exposed formations such as the Cloverly Formation and the Morrison Formation have yielded numerous fossils of dinosaurs and other animals. Located to the west of the town is the Red Gulch Dinosaur Tracksite, a rare collection of dinosaur tracks from the Jurassic.

Shell is home to the Iowa State University geology field station.


According to the United States Census Bureau, in 2010 the CDP has a total area of 1.1 square miles (2.96 km²), of which all of it is land.[2]

Shell is located at the base of the Big Horn Mountains, at the mouth of Shell Canyon. Nearby Shell Creek rises in the Big Horn Mountains and joins the Big Horn River just north of Greybull.


  1. ^ "2010 City Population and Housing Occupancy Status". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved July 13, 2012. 
  2. ^ "2010 Wyoming Place Names". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved July 13, 2012. [dead link]
Old Shell Lodge in 2007
Brightly colored strata in the upper part of the Cloverly Formation near Shell.
Lower Shell Schoolhouse