Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area, is one of 392 National Park Service units that, working with other partners, helps safeguard this nation's natural and cultural heritage.
Bighorn Lake extends approximately 71 miles through Wyoming and Montana, 55 miles of which are held within spectacular Bighorn Canyon. The Recreation Area is composed of 120,000+ acres, which straddles northern Wyoming and southern Montana. There are two visitor centers and other developed facilities in Fort Smith, Montana and near Lovell, Wyoming.
Park managers work with local communities, state and federal agencies, tribal authorities, the general public and numerous other partners to insure that visitors can experience this incredibly diverse and dynamic landscape.
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Fort C.F. Smith, was the most isolated of the posts which guarded the Bozeman Trail. Active from August 1866 to July 1868, it was under constant threat from the Sioux and Northern Cheyenne tribes during Red Cloud’s War. The U.S. government was forced to abandon the fort and trail. Some historians have called this conflict, “the first war the United States ever lost.” More...