Barrys Island Trail
The Barry’s Island trail starts as a two track road leading north from the Barry’s Landing parking lot. First the trail goes around Chain Canyon, a secret escape route for cattle rustlers in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
It will make all the difference, giving extra opportunities to overlook the canyon walls and possibly view the bighorn sheep that enjoy this area. The variation in water elevation is evident as you walk around the island.
During low water years, past water levels have left their mark on the canyon walls almost like a growth chart with scattered driftwood marking the highest elevations. During years of high water, the road can be covered. If that is the case, there is a trail that bypasses it just above the road.
Did You Know?
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...