Yellowtail Dam Visitor Center

Yellowtail Dam Visitor Center
Yellowtail Dam Visitor Center

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The Yellowtail Dam Vistor Center will be closed for the 2024 Season.




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


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

Films on request

  • "The Land of the Bighorn" 20 minutes
  • "Geology of Bighorn Canyon" 12 minutes
  • "Erosion on the Bighorn" 5 minutes
  • "Buildup on the Bighorn" 20 minutes
  • "Building of the Dam" 32 minutes


  • 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
  • Outdoor Waysides

Available Facilities


The visitor center is wheelchair accessible.

Last updated: May 19, 2024

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area South District Visitor Center
20 US Hwy 14A

Lovell, WY 82431


307 548-5406
(307) 548-5406 is the South District in Lovell, WY. (406) 666-9961 is the North District in Fort Smith, MT.

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