• Red cliffs descend into the water of Bighorn Canyon

    Bighorn Canyon

    National Recreation Area MT,WY

Horses and Pack Animals

Exploring Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area on horseback or with pack animals can be fun and rewarding, but requires some preparation on your part. We want you, your animals, and other visitors to have a great experience!

Commonly Asked Questions

Where can we ride horses in the park?

Horseback riding is permitted in the south district of Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area.

Where can we camp with our horses?

Camping with horses is restricted to the Common Corrals area northeast of the Ewing/Snell ranch.

Where can we not take our horses?

Horses are not allowed in the parking areas, campgrounds, and historic ranches. Some hiking trails maybe utilized for horseback riding.

Are there restrictions on feed?

Feed must be palletized or certified weed and seed free.

What other regulations should I know about?

All livestock entering or leaving the recreation area must meet state requirements regarding health certificates and brand inspections.

I have other specific horse and pack animal use questions. What number should I call?

Please call South District Ranger Dale Kissner at 307-548-2251.

Did You Know?

Fort Smith Monument, photo by S. Dalby

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...