• Red cliffs descend into the water of Bighorn Canyon

    Bighorn Canyon

    National Recreation Area MT,WY


Prairie Rattlers are the most common snakes in Bighorn Canyon NRA. It is estimated that there is one snake per acre on average, and there are over 120,000 acres in Bighorn Canyon NRA. This species usually grows to be around three feet long, and they like to hunt at night during the summer months when it is cooler. While hiking in the park, watch your step. Always step up on a rock or log before stepping completely over. Don't place your hand in a place where you cannot see. Wear loose clothing.
Jim Staebler

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...