Explore the most popular hiking trails in Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

This is an easy walk and I loved wandering through the old buildings. There were a bunch of big horn sheep in the area as well.

This is a pretty easy trail with some great views. As someone else said, there is not much shade. I would recommend going earlier in the day or taking extra water.

Nice old ranch buildings. Easy to explore.

Beware, this is a challenging hike up to the falls, add 1000 feet to the elevation, some loose gravel switchbacks that ran close to edges that plunged. 1.5 hours, couldn’t make it down dirt slide to falls, even with hiking poles. That said, it was beautiful and we passed bighorn sheep who turned and stared, unafraid. Bear and sheep scat. It was 111 degrees back at the car, bring water. Wished we’d been mentally prepared for the challenge, hence 4 stars. Parts looked a bit like a Sierra Nevada climb. The National Park service map seems to have dropped a digit on the altitude, this is steep.

Combined most rim hike by starting State Line trail, very nice loop ending back at State Line. Pretty level, SW colors, water way down. 1 hour 15 minutes including getting lost a little bit.

Great easy hike in beautiful Big Horn country. The trail map is so attractive that I hoped/expected to see so much of the river canyon, the major attraction for visiting. But most of the trail is 100s of feet from canyon views. The best, and great view!, is where the trail bifurcates to start the loop hike.

nice easy trail, just before the island area therea a turn off and a small campground. its hike or boat in only so not a busy area

Wonderful hike. Steep but no scrambling. Amazing cascade waterfall at the top. Incredible views throughout!

The back loop is not clearly marked since I was convinced I was lost for a bit. Not a lot of shade, so I’d recommend a cooler time of day. Great views though!

I didn’t see any rattlesnakes but they are out there. Fairly well marked. Awesome views.

excellent view at the turn around loint.

Very nice view.

7 months ago

Very cool buildings. I have attached a bunch of photos. But the loop trail isn't marked! I couldn't find it for the life of me. If you have hints on how to find it please post for everyone else!

A nice walk. While the trail is sometimes hard to descern, it is impossible to get lost. There are several good viewpoints on this trail, and plenty of 'bonus' peaks and valleys to check out.

I have hiked this trail a few times. There are some steep places, but no dangerous passages. The view is outstanding as it progressively increases in altitude. The headwaters area is fantastic, with many plants not common in our area.

exceent...

walking
11 months ago

Really easy walk through a lush area in the high desert. The buildings are well maintained. I'm sure it was quite the outfit in its prime. Great little piece of Wyoming history and fun easy spot to check out.

hiking
11 months ago

Steep climb up to a beautiful waterfall, it's an shaded oasis after the sunny dry hike. the hike went pretty fast and was very worth it.

hiking
11 months ago

A very easy trail. Part of the trail is a jeep road. I had hoped to see some bighorn sheep but it did not happen.

hiking
11 months ago

A nice little trail. But it still offered enough scenery. It has been a while but I still remember how easy it was.

hiking
11 months ago

I did this some time ago but remember it well. Reading above, it becomes obvious to me that I took the wrong trail. The trail I was on was overgrown.

hiking
Tuesday, September 05, 2017

We did 3 of the view lookout trails. This one had the best views and you could see much more of the river below. If you are only doing one, this should be it! Super easy hike and very short.

hiking
Tuesday, September 05, 2017

This was an amazing view! Must do if in the area!

hiking
Tuesday, August 29, 2017

hiking
Tuesday, August 01, 2017

A fun, relatively easy hike. It was a bit steep and rocky at times and the trails were sometimes hard to follow. The view at the State Line Overlook was amazing. The Ranger's Delight view was so-so.

hiking
Tuesday, August 01, 2017

If you have to pick just one hike, take the State Line Trail. It is a bit easier, more scenic with a great view of the canyon. The view at the end of the Ranger's Delight trail barely overlooks the river and canyon. This hike was also a bit more strenuous than the State Line Trail and not as scenic.

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

nice view of the canyon, not much else

hiking
Monday, July 03, 2017

Great trail with fabulous water falls but not fabulous for hot summer days as there is limited shade along this steep climb.

hiking
Wednesday, June 28, 2017

This is an easy trail with a dramatic view at the end. On a scale of one to WOW, it is a double WOW!!!!!

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

step climb but so worth it

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