• Red cliffs descend into the water of Bighorn Canyon

    Bighorn Canyon

    National Recreation Area MT,WY

Bighorn Head Gate Trail

The beginning of Bighorn Head Gate Trail with wildflowers in bloom
The beginning of Bighorn Head Gate Trail with wildflowers in bloom
NPS
 
Difficulty: Easy
Length: .10 mile Round Trip

Drive through the Afterbay campground past the sign that says “No Camping Beyond this Point” to the bathroom at the end of the road. From here a short hike down the gravel path takes you to a quiet picnic area. This is near what remains of the Bighorn Head Gate.

The Bighorn Head Gate was part of the system that irrigated the lands in the upper Bighorn Valley in the early 1900’s before the dam was built in 1965. This is a great place to brush up on your tracking skills and do some bird watching.

Did You Know?

View of Abercrombie from Horseshoe Bend boat ramp

There are over 350 Abandoned Mineral land sites recorded in Bighorn Canyon, and even more are being discovered. These sites are the result of a mining boom, caused by the search for uranium in the production of nuclear weapons during the Cold War. Even with research the names of the companies responsible for the test sites have not been found. More...