• Red cliffs descend into the water of Bighorn Canyon

    Bighorn Canyon

    National Recreation Area MT,WY

Directions

Driving Directions to North District - Fort Smith, Montana

From Billings, Montana:

  • Take Interstate 90 south for 43 miles to Hardin, Montana.
  • Turn off at exit 495 onto State Highway 313.
  • Take State Highway 313 south 22 miles to St. Xavier.
  • Turn left at St. Xavier to stay on State Highway 313, then travel 19 miles south to Fort Smith, Montana.
  • Drive through the community of Fort Smith. You will then see a sign that gives directions to several areas of the park, on the bottom of the sign it says Fee Station. Turn right towards the Fee Station.
  • The Afterbay Contact Station is on your immediate left. This should be your first point of entry to the park. There is an automated fee payment station in the parking lot where you can get entrance passes for the park.
  • Distance: 95 miles

From Sheridan, Wyoming:

  • Take Interstate 90 north 70 miles to Crow Agency, Montana.
  • Turn off at exit 509.
  • At the exit ramp take a left and go under the highway overpass. Veer right onto BIA 1 (Crow-St. Xavier Road)
  • Take BIA 1 west for 20 miles
  • Take a left onto State Highway 313, then travel 19 miles south to Fort Smith, Montana.
  • Drive through the community of Fort Smith. You will then see a sign that gives directions to several areas of the park, on the bottom of the sign it says Fee Station. Turn right towards the Fee Station.
  • The Afterbay Contact Station (Fee Station) is on your immediate left. This should be your first point of entry into the park. There is an automated fee payment station in the parking lot where you can get entrance passes for the park.
  • Distance: 110 miles

Driving Directions to South District - Lovell, Wyoming

From Billings, Montana:

  • Take Interstate 90 west for 12 miles.
  • Turn off at exit 434 for Laurel/Red Lodge, Montana.
  • At the exit ramp take a left onto US 310 East/US 212 South. Follow this highway for the next 12 miles.
  • Turn left at US 310 East and follow the highway for 63 miles to Lovell, Wyoming.
  • Once in Lovell continue all the way through town then take a left onto US 14 East.
  • The Bighorn Canyon Visitor Center will be 0.2 miles on your right.
  • Distance: 90 miles

From Sheridan, Wyoming:

  • Take Interstate 90 north for 12 miles.
  • Turn off at exit 9 for Ranchester-Dayton/Greybull-Lovell
  • Take a left onto US 14 West and follow this highway for 33 miles.
  • At Burgess Junction turn right at US 14 West and follow this highway for 52 miles.
  • The Bighorn Canyon Visitor Center is on your left, on the outskirts of Lovell, Wyoming.
  • Distance: 100 miles

From Cody, Wyoming:

  • Take US Alt 14 East for 44 miles.
  • Turn right on US 310 East for 3 miles onto Lovell, Wyoming.
  • Once in Lovell continue all the way through town then take a left onto US 14 East.
  • The Bighorn Canyon Visitor Center will be 0.2 miles on your right.
  • Distance: 47 miles
Bighron Canyon Area Map
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Plane
Logan International Airport in Billings, Montana for either North or South entrances.

Yellowstone Regional Airport in Cody, Wyoming for South entrance.

Private Planes - The 5U7 airstrip in Fort Smith, Montana is unattended and a day use VFR airstrip. There are mountains and power lines surrounding the airstrip. It is suggested that with winds permitting take off should be done on Runway 07 and landings on Runway 25.

Public Transportation
None available.

Did You Know?

Pryor Mountain Wild horse in a lupine meadow, photo by Kayla Grams

Bighorn Canyon NRA contains a portion of the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range. The current debate on management of the herd - 188 strong as of 2009 - concerns its size and whether or not it has grown too large for its protected range. More...