• Red cliffs descend into the water of Bighorn Canyon

    Bighorn Canyon

    National Recreation Area MT,WY

Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area Vertebrate List

Shrews & Voles
Masked Shrew (Sorex cinerus)
Vagrant Shew (Sorex vagrans)
Merriam’s Shrew (Sorex merriami)
Southern Red-Backed Vole (Clethrionomys gapperi)
Montane-Vole (Microtus montanus)
Long-tailed Vole (Microtus longicaudus)
Prairie Vole (Microtus orchogaster)

Little Brown Myotis (Myotis lucifungus)
Long-eared Myotis (Myotis evotis)
Long-legged Myotis (Myotis volans)
California Myotis (Myotis californicas)
Small-footed Myotis (Myotis lebii)
Silver-haired Bat (Lasionycteris noctivagans)Big Brown Bat (Eptesicus fascus)
Hoary Bat (Lasiurus cinereus)
Spotted Bat (Euderma maculatum)

Rabbits & Hares
Mountain Cottontail (Sylvilagus nuttallii)
Desert Cottontail (Sylvilagus audubonii)
White-tailed Jackrabbit (Lepus townsendii)

Least Chipmunk (Eutamias minimus)
Yellow Pine Chipmunk (Eutamias amoenus)
Thirteen-lined Ground Squirrel (Spermophilus tridecemlineatus)
Red Squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus)
White-tailed Prairie Dog (Cynomys leucurus)
Northern Pocket Gopher (Thomomys talpoides)Olive-backed Pocket Mouse (Perognathus fasciatus)
Western Harvest Mouse (Reithrodontomys megalotis)
Deer Mouse (Peromyscus maniculatus)
Northern Grasshopper Mouse (Onychomys leucogaster)
House Mouse (Mus musculus)
Western Jumping Mouse (Zapus princeps)
Ord’s Kangaroo Rat (Dipodomys ordii)
Bushy Tailed Woodrat (Neotoma cinerea)
Muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus)
Yellow-bellied Marmot (Marmota flaviventris)Porcupine (Erithizon dorsatum)
Beaver (Castor canadensis)

Coyote (Canis latrans)
Red Fox (Vuples vuples)

Black Bear (Ursus americanus)

Raccoon (Procyon lotor)

Long-tailed Weasal (Mustela frenata)
Mink (Mustela vision)
River Otter (Lutra canadensis)
Badger (Taxidea taxus)
Spotted Skunk (Spilogale putoris)
Stripped Skunk (Mephitis mephitis)

Mountain Lion (Felis concolor)
Bobcat (Felis rufus)

Elk (Cervus elephus)
Mule Deer (Odecoliouns Hemionus)
White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus)
Pronghorn (Antilocapra americanus)
Bighorn Sheep (Ovis canadensis)

Did You Know?

Red chugwater cliffs at Horseshoe Bend, photo by Sharon Genaux

There are five distinct rock layers exposed in the ridge at Horseshoe Bend. The Sundance Formation contains marine fossils such as gryphaea, belemnites, and crinoid stems. Above the Sundance, the Morrison Formation, of Jurassic age, contains diplodocus and allosaurus dinosaur fossils. More...