• Red cliffs descend into the water of Bighorn Canyon

    Bighorn Canyon

    National Recreation Area MT,WY

Outdoor Activities

Bighorn Canyon offers a variety of outdoor recreational opportunities such as boating, fishing, hiking, magnificent vistas, wildlife watching, camping, and biking. The hardest part may be choosing which option to explore!

Biking - Ride the south district park road to parallel the ancient Bad Pass Trail or in the north district pedal the Ok-A-Beh road for an intense workout!

Boating - Sail across the waters of Bighorn Lake, while you take in awe inspiring views of the massive canyon walls!

Camping - Five campgrounds to choose from in a variety of majestic settings. Drive in or boat in to breathtaking spots!

Fishing - The Bighorn River is a world class fishery. Bighorn Lake offers an opportunity to catch giant walleyes and many other species!

Hunting - Hunting is a permitted use for Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area and can be done in accordance with state law.

Hiking - Follow the Hillsboro Trail to a well preserved ghost town or follow along the Sullivan's Knob Trail and try for a triple echo!

Magnificent Vistas - Check out Devil Canyon overlook's thousand foot drop or the surreal view of the Canyon's start at Yellowtail Dam. So many choices, so much to see!

Wildlife watching - See for yourself the largest herd of wild horses in the United States or experience the thrill of bighorn sheep rams locking horns. Opportunities abound!

 
Sunset in Black Canyon
The waters of Bighorn Lake are a paradise for recreation lovers.
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Did You Know?

Red chugwater cliffs at Horseshoe Bend, photo by Sharon Genaux

There are five distinct rock layers exposed in the ridge at Horseshoe Bend. The Sundance Formation contains marine fossils such as gryphaea, belemnites, and crinoid stems. Above the Sundance, the Morrison Formation, of Jurassic age, contains diplodocus and allosaurus dinosaur fossils. More...