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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Did You Know?
The bighorn sheep disappeared from the area in the 1800s. In the 1970s, Montana and Wyoming state game agencies translocated sheep into nearby areas. Descendants of these sheep moved into the range along Bighorn Canyon and today the estimated population is 150 to 200. More...