Historic Ranch Tours
On Sunday's throughout the summer park rangers give tours of the Historic Ranches at Bighorn Canyon. Each week a different ranch will be featured. By the end of the summer, each ranch will have been toured twice. The ranches are:
Come learn the difference between a ghost town and a historic ranch at Hillsboro and the Cedarvale Dude Ranch. Hear about how Erastus Ewing came to Bighorn Canyon looking for gold, but instead laid claim to the water of Layout Creek and began a humble family ranch. Find out why Caroline Lockhart went from writing about the myth of the Old West to living the dream. Or relive the legendary legacy of the first cowboys in the eastern Bighorn Basin at the Mason-Lovell Ranch.
Each tour offers a unique perspective on the past. Visitors will learn how ranching history continues to exert its influence on the present. Come join us to relive the wild, rugged days of the American West!
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...