• 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
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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?

Red chugwater cliffs at Horseshoe Bend, photo by Sharon Genaux

There are five distinct rock layers exposed in the ridge at Horseshoe Bend. The Sundance Formation contains marine fossils such as gryphaea, belemnites, and crinoid stems. Above the Sundance, the Morrison Formation, of Jurassic age, contains diplodocus and allosaurus dinosaur fossils. More...