• Red cliffs descend into the water of Bighorn Canyon

    Bighorn Canyon

    National Recreation Area MT,WY

Cottontail Rabbit

Cottontail Rabbit

Cottontail Rabbit

NPS

Cottontails are the true rabbits. In particular, the Desert Cottontail calls Bighorn Canyon home. The range of this cottontail just reaches the southern edge of the Northern Rockies. Its habitat is the open, arid sagebrush areas common throughout the recreation area.

In size, they are generally small with dark ears and short legs. These rabbits take over vacant burrows or make shelters in brush heaps. Litters average about four or five completely helpless babies, which will be ready to leave the mother in about two months.

Did You Know?

Veiw of the Bighorn Mountains from the Yellowtail Habitat, photo by K. Schwab

One of the most famous fossil discoveries is within view of Bighorn Canyon. Natural Trap Cave is well known within the scientific community due to the presence of over 40,000 fossil bones, among them the remains of the Short-faced bear, American lion, American Cheetah, American Camel, and Mammoth. More...