• Red cliffs descend into the water of Bighorn Canyon

    Bighorn Canyon

    National Recreation Area MT,WY


Bighorn Sheep. The most famous mammal in the park!

What do black bears, wild horses and Bighorn Canyon visitors all have in common? They are all mammals! Mammals vary greatly in appearance, behavior, and required habitats, but all mammals share certain characteristics, that help distinguish them from other living animals. All mammals:

  • are warm-blooded; meaning they can maintain a constant internal body temperature, despite varying external temperatures.
  • give birth to live young, and can produce milk to nourish them.
  • Have hair or fur, helping to keep them warm and provide insulation.

In this section of our website, you can learn more about some of the most common and interesting of Bighorn Canyon's mammals.

Did You Know?

Fisherman's Catch, photo by Doug Haacke

The Bighorn River is rated one of the world’s finest trout streams because of its abundant and large trout, dense insect hatches, and easy accessibility. When water is plentiful, populations of brown and rainbow trout can number almost 11,000 fish per mile. More...