Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area

Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area


Occupying both Wyoming and Montana, Bighorn
Canyon National Recreation Area is an awe-inspiring park. The recreation area is host to Bighorn Canyon,
Bighorn Lake, Yellowtail dam, and many amazing views. Bighorn National Recreation Area is more than
68,000 acres in size. Many of the cliffs found within the canyon
itself rise to 1000 ft. Visitors and recreations can travel by boat
or by one of the many trails to view wildlife, wildflowers, or landscapes. The Recreation Area has been used for thousands
of years. Paleo-Indians were the first to use the area. Bad pass trail, for example, is estimated
to have been used for over 10,000 years. First by early Native Americans and then with
its most recent use by fur traders and American settles. There is a wide variety of flora and fauna
found within the recreation area too. Plant communities representative of the Great
Basin, Great Plains, and Rocky Mountains grow here. Wildlife include Bighorn sheep, mule deer,
elk, and black bears. A wide variety of birds and reptiles can also
be spotted. Stretching nearly 71 miles long, there is
plenty of room to explore and visit Big Horn Canyon National Recreation Area. A good place to start is the visitors center
in Lovell, WY. From the University of Wyoming Extension I’m
Brian Sebade, Exploring the Nature of Wyoming.

One thought on “Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area”

  • VicLinda Hanick says:

    Why no mention of the beautiful wild horses that live there too?  One of the primary reasons we go to the Big Horn Canyon.

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