• Red cliffs descend into the water of Bighorn Canyon

    Bighorn Canyon

    National Recreation Area MT,WY

Motorcycle Safety

Every year park rangers investigate many motorcycle accidents. Unfortunately, a significant number involve fatalities.

Be alert: Animals may dart out from forest edges. Other drivers may pay too much attention to the scenery and cross over the center line into your travel lane or may suddenly stop their vehicles in the middle of the road to observe wildlife. Sleet and snow may fall on higher elevation roads during any month of the year. Rocks, tree limbs, or gravel may be strewn across roads after storms or high winds. These and other unforeseen conditions can lead to motorcycle accidents.

Suggestions for Motorcycle Riding

  • Watch for vehicles straying over the center line.
  • Stay alert for sudden stops or traffic slow-downs, especially around scenic pullouts or other congested areas.
  • Wear brightly colored clothing or jackets to increase visibility to other motorists.
  • Carry raingear.
  • Be aware of road surfaces as you ride. Look ahead for oil spots, loose rocks, trees or tree limbs, and gravel or sand (gravel or sand is spread on roads for traction during snowy or icy weather).
  • Watch for wildlife at the forest edge.
  • Be alert for weather changes—unexpected rain, snow, ice, and hail can make park roads hazardous throughout the year.
  • Secure your motorcycle and valuables when you are away from your bike.
  • Shake the crowds! Explore some of the lesser used areas and roads.

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...