• Red cliffs descend into the water of Bighorn Canyon

    Bighorn Canyon

    National Recreation Area MT,WY

Picnicking

Picnic Facilities can be found in the following areas:
North District: M-K Hill, Bighorn Head Gate Trail, Ok-A-Beh Marina, 3 Mile Access. Yellowtail Dam Visitor Center
South District: Cal S. Taggart Bighorn Canyon Visitor Center Lawn, Horseshoe Bend, Barry’s Landing
Bighorn Lake: Black Canyon, Dayboard 9, Medicine Creek

Please remember that feeding bears and other wildlife is illegal. The black bear symbolizes the wildness of the Bighorn Canyon area. But bears are dying unnecessarily due to improper disposal of garbage or illegal feeding by visitors. A bear’s remarkable sense of smell may lead it to human foods, such as a picnicker’s cooler, garbage left in the open, or food scraps thrown on the ground or left in the grill.

A bear that has discovered human food or garbage will eventually become day-active and leave the safety of the backcountry. It may panhandle along roadsides and be killed by a car or it may injure a visitor and have to be euthanized. Please do your part to help protect black bears and other wildlife in Bighorn Canyon. Clean your picnic area, including the grill and the ground around the table, thoroughly after your meal.

Did You Know?

Blacksmith shop at the Mason/Lovell Ranch, photo by C. Fleming

The one and a half story frame Henry Clay Lovell House, was built between 1895 and 1900. Visitors remember it as elegantly furnished with a carpeted stairway leading to the upstairs bedroom. Carbide lights were used, which may have caused the fire that destroyed the home in the early 1930’s. More...