• Red cliffs descend into the water of Bighorn Canyon

    Bighorn Canyon

    National Recreation Area MT,WY

Lower Layout Creek Trail

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Length: 3.5 miles round trip

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?

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...