The Pryor Mountains are to the west and north of Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area. The product of arched uplifts, they are good examples of fault block mountains. They have steep east facing fronts that have eroded back from the plane of the fault zone and gentle slopes off to the west controlled by the resistance to erosion of the Madison Limestone.
Remote and Isolated
Best known for the Pryor Mountain Wild Horses that still roam these lands, the mountains also contain a plethora of caves, as well as archaeological evidence dating human activity in the area up to 10,000 years ago. In full, the Pryors are a microcosm of the features found throughout the American West.
Did You Know?
There are over 350 Abandoned Mineral land sites recorded in Bighorn Canyon, and even more are being discovered. These sites are the result of a mining boom, caused by the search for uranium in the production of nuclear weapons during the Cold War. Even with research the names of the companies responsible for the test sites have not been found. More...