• Red cliffs descend into the water of Bighorn Canyon

    Bighorn Canyon

    National Recreation Area MT,WY

Yellowtail Dam Visitor Center

Yellowtail Dam with Visitor Center to the left
Yellowtail Dam with Visitor Center to the left
U.S. Bureau of Reclamation
 

Yellowtail Dam Visitor Center
Open from Memorial Day to Sept. 7th 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Beginning Sept. 8th closed for the season

Phone:
406-666-9961

Location:
Fort Smith, Montana. Continue through the town of Fort Smith and past the government housing, NPS Headquarters and the Bureau of Reclamation building. Continue up the hill to the parking lot for the Visitor Center

Closures
Due to National Security Issues, tours into the dam are no longer available. Access is not allowed on top of the dam.

Special Programs:
A variety of films are shown upon request.

Exhibits:
-Construction and Workings of the Yellowtail Dam.
-The Unique Geology of Bighorn Canyon
-Robert Yellowtail, Crow Tribal Leader
-Crow Tribe and Famed Leader Chief Plenty Coups
-History of Bighorn River and Bighorn Lake
-Fishing Bighorn Lake.

Available Facilities:
Restrooms
Books and other items available for sale through the Western National Parks Association.

Accessibility
The visitor center is wheelchair accessible.

Did You Know?

Yellowtail dam and power plant, photo by K. Schwab

The power plant at the base of the Yellowtail Dam in Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area has the capacity to produce 250,000 kilowatts of hydroelectricity. The United States gets 5.7% of its total electricity needs from hydroelectric sources. More...