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Best trails in Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area

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Looking for a great trail in Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area, Wyoming? AllTrails has 14 great hiking trails, trail running trails, wildlife trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 9 easy trails in Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area ranging from 0.7 to 4.3 miles and from 3,723 to 4,570 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

Grandest Canyon in the Northern Rockies A landscape of sheer cliffs towering 1,000 feet above a ribbon of blue water. World class fishing and a place where wild horses still run free. Bighorn Canyon is a place where imagination meets reality. Bighorn Canyon has unrivaled recreation possibilities.

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Map of trails in Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area
Park information
Park hours
Monday
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sunday
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Contact
406-666-2412
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Top trails (14)
#1 - Sullivan’s Knob Trail
Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area
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Length: 0.8 mi • Est. 26 m
A mile north of the Devil Canyon Overlook junction, you will see Sullivan’s Knob. Begin your hike from the parking area. Below the parking area two trails meet. One, an ancient trail, known as the BadShow more
#2 - Upper Layout Creek Trail
Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area
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Length: 1.8 mi • Est. 43 m
Erastus T. Ewing came to Bighorn Canyon looking for gold. Finding none he decided to try his hand at ranching. He knew that to make it in this arid land he would need water. In 1897, he filed to approShow more
#3 - Barry’s Island Trail
Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area
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Length: 4.3 mi • Est. 1 h 59 m
The Barry’s Island trail starts as a two-track road leading north from the Barry’s Landing parking lot. The trail goes around Chain Canyon, a secret escape route for cattle rustlers in the late 1800s Show more
#4 - Rangers Delight Trail
Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area
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Length: 0.7 mi • Est. 22 m
Rangers Delight Trail is a 0.7 mile out and back trail located near Fort Smith, Montana that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and birShow more
#5 - Lower Layout Creek Trail
Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area
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Length: 3.4 mi • Est. 1 h 30 m
The Lower Layout Creek trailhead is located at the cattle guard that marks the northern end of the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range. At the cattle guard, park on either side of the road making sure youShow more
#6 - Rangers Delight to State Line Trail
Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area
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Length: 1.9 mi • Est. 1 h
A great way to see both overlooks is to take the official connecting trail between the two!Show more
#7 - Lockhart Ranch
Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area
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Length: 2.6 mi • Est. 1 h 16 m
Beyond the Barry’s Landing junction, the park road becomes unpaved. Follow this dirt road to the trailhead. The Lockhart Ranch is representative of life for western ranchers in the late 19th and earlyShow more
#8 - Crystal Falls
Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area
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Length: 3.3 mi • Est. 2 h 12 m
Crystal Falls is a 3.3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Shell, Wyoming that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and camping and is besShow more
#9 - Hillsboro Trail
Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area
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Length: 1.2 mi • Est. 33 m
Attracted to the colors of the canyon and the possibility of those colors yielding gold, Dr. Barry began exploring Bighorn Canyon in the 1890s. During his exploration, he happened upon the Trail CreekShow more
#10 - Mouth of the Canyon Trail
Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area
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Length: 1.8 mi • Est. 53 m
Seldom-seen views of the canyon, as well as spectacular views of the Pryor and the Bighorn Mountains, can be seen from this trail. The deep red Chugwater outcrops are a sharp contrast to the surroundiShow more
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