• Red cliffs descend into the water of Bighorn Canyon

    Bighorn Canyon

    National Recreation Area MT,WY

Animals

Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area contains an amazing diversity of habitats. There are five climatic zones ranging from alpine areas to high desert. These zones create climatic conditions where a wide range of animals thrive. Everything from magnificent herds of Pryor Mountain wild horses to the park's namesake Bighorn sheep, visitors can see an array of wildlife in a relatively small area. Consider these facts:

Did You Know?

  • Bighorn Rams, which weigh up to 300 pounds, can reach speeds up to 40 mph when clashing during mating season.
  • Mule deer can jump an 8 foot fence and can perform a running long jump up to 25 feet.
  • Black bears do not hibernate during the winter, but they do enter a deep sleep.
  • Pryor Mountain horses have strong Spanish ancestry and are considered a unique genetic resource since horses of this type are no longer present in Spain.

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Bighorn Sheep along the roadside in the South District
Bighorn Sheep along the roadside in the South District
NPS (Henthorne)

Did You Know?

Fishing the Bighorn River, photo by Doug Haacke

Prior to the completion of Yellowtail Dam, the Bighorn River was a muddy, warm water prairie stream. The dam transformed the river into a cold, clear tailwater ideally suited to rainbow and brown trout, and aquatic insects. The Bighorn River now draws visitors and anglers from around the globe. More...