Things To Do
Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area is a destination for over 200,000 visitors each year. The hardest part may be choosing which fishing spot, auto tour, water route, overlook, or historic area to explore! Be sure to see our Schedule of Events page to see if something special is happening the day you will be here.
Auto Touring - An auto tour can be done in the South District of the park. It offers a chance to see panoramic vistas, look into the vastness of Devil Canyon, view wildhorses and drive to historic ranches.
Bicycling - Ride the South District park road where you can parallel the ancient Bad Pass Trail or in the North District pedal the Ok-A-Beh road for an intense workout!
Boating - Float the waters of Bighorn Lake beneath towering walls up to a thousand feet in height.
Camping - Bighorn Canyon offer five camping areas with over 100 spots, best of all the majority are free and surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery in the west.
Fishing - The Bighorn River is a world class trout fishery, unrivaled even in Montana. Bighorn Lake allows anglers the opportunity to catch a diverse variety of fish, including large walleyes.
Hiking - Choose from over 27 miles of trails, ranging from short walks to dramatic overlooks or longer hikes that can take you to a historic ghost town.
Historic Ranches - The park has an amazing collection of ranches still kept in their original state. These tell the stories of open range, family and dude ranching.
Horseback Riding - The park allows horseback riding in the South District. Limitless opportunities await riders looking for a true western experience.
Picnicking - Kick back, relax and enjoy a meal amidst the grandeur of Bighorn Canyon or by the serene waters of the Afterbay. There are numerous spots on both ends of the park.
Wildlife watching - See for yourself the largest herd of wild horses in the United States and sight bears in their natural habitat, or view magnificent Bighorn Sheep roaming the high desert.
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...