Hiking

Barry's Island Trail
Barry's Island Trail.

Photo by AIRs Diane Durant & Devyn Gaudet.

Bighorn Canyon has approximately:

17 miles of described trails (15 trails park wide) within the park.

The North District of Bighorn Canyon has 3 trails The South District of Bighorn Canyon has 12 trails Hiking Guide PDF Download

 
Poison ivy (Toxicodendron radicans)
Watch out for poison ivy in the park.

Trail Safety and Tips
Bighorn Canyon is a dry, desert area with many terrific views. For your safety, please take the following precautions whenever hiking:

  1. Carry plenty of water especially on longer hikes and on hot summer days.
  2. Wear good, sturdy shoes with closed toes. The canyon trails are rocky and have a lot of spiny vegetation.
  3. There may be rattlesnakes anywhere in Bighorn Canyon. Although they generally shy away from people, you need to watch where you put your hands and feet.
  4. Do not get too close to the canyon rim. In some places there may be weak, unstable overhangs and winds can become hazardous.
  5. Don’t forget sunscreen, a broad brimmed hat, and sunglasses to keep you protected from the sun.
  6. After any spring or summer hike, check your skin and clothing for ticks.
  7. Stay on the trails; there is poison ivy in the park. Remember, “Leaves of three, let them be.”
  8. If hiking alone, let someone know where you are going and when you plan to return.
  9. Pets are allowed on the trails. However, they must be kept on a leash at all times and you must pick up after them.

Enjoy your hike and remember to stop and look around occasionally. Sometimes the best views are behind you.

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Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area Headquarters Office
PO Box 7458

Fort Smith, MT 59035

Phone:

(307) 548-5406

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