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?
Prior to the completion of Yellowtail Dam, the Bighorn River was a muddy, warm water prairie stream. The dam transformed the river into a cold, clear tailwater ideally suited to rainbow and brown trout, and aquatic insects. The Bighorn River now draws visitors and anglers from around the globe. More...