I actually prefer crossing the Bighorns using a combination of 14 and 14a. If the 10% grades on 14a bother you, then stay on 14 when they split just west of Burgess Junction.
If you stay with 14, be sure to stop at the Shell Canyon Visitor center. The short walk from there to Shell Canyon Falls is well worth the time.
If you use 14a, you should not miss seeing Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area and Prior Mountain Wild Horse Preserve. They are little known gems, adjacent to each other, just off of 14a, just east of Lowell. Both have visitor centers in Lowell.
The scenery is magnificent and very unusual for that part of the country. Bighorn sheep are quite common along the roads and even in some of the parking areas. Wild horses are also common along the roads. The main camoground there is quite nice, and (amazingly) FREE, although there is a small fee for sites with electric hookups.
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