• Red cliffs descend into the water of Bighorn Canyon

    Bighorn Canyon

    National Recreation Area MT,WY


Coyote along the rim of Bighorn Canyon
A coyote makes its way along the rim of Bighorn Canyon
NPS (Bromley)

The song dog of the Bighorn Canyon can be heard anywhere in the recreation area, its high pitched melody announces its presence to anyone who happens to be listening.

Despite past efforts to exterminate them, coyotes have survived. In some places, their numbers are increasing. Coyotes have two important factors that aid their survival, intelligence and opportunistic feeding habits. These generalist learn quickly and will avoid traps that they have escaped from before.

Coyotes are truly omnivores, eating whatever is available from elk carrion to fruits and berries. However, the animal’s main diet is rodents. They take an exacting toll on these little critters and are considered quite beneficial to some people.

Did You Know?

View of the monocline looking north from Dryhead

Over the past 65 million years, with a dramatic increase the last 5 million years, 5800 to 7500 feet of rock layers have eroded off the top of Bighorn Canyon. More...