Lower Layout Creek Trail
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
The Lower Layout Creek trailhead is located at the cattle guard that marks the northern end of the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range. At the cattle guard, park on either side of the road making sure you are not blocking the flow of traffic. You may also park in the Upper Layout Creek parking area and walk a half mile to the Lower Layout Creek trailhead.
The trail begins by hiking the old two-track road south of Layout Creek. There are several opportunities to stray from the main trail to view Layout Creek Canyon as well as see the bighorn sheep and horses that use the area. The trail Y’s a short distance from Bighorn Canyon.
Continue following the trail to the right to the bottom of the plateau. A well-trodden horse trail leads to the top of the plateau. Finish by looping counter clockwise around the plateau through the ravine and to a faint two-track road leading back to the Y.
Did You Know?
On August 1, 1867, a haying party of 25 soldiers and civilians held off the attacks of over 800 Sioux and Northern Cheyenne warriors in the hayfields 2 ½ miles northeast of Fort Smith. The outcome was a draw. The incident became known as the Hayfield Fight. More...