Best views trails in Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area, Wyoming

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Explore the most popular views 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.
Map of views trails in Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area, Wyoming
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Top trails (9)
#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 Bad Pass Trail, was seasonally traversed by American Indians moving between the Bighorn Basin and the Northern Plains. Nature is in the process of reclaiming this trail and at times it seems to be camouflaged by the juniper, mountain mahogany, and sagebrush. The other, a modern trail, will lead the visitor south of the hill in front of the parking area and to the canyon rim. This is a great place to try making the canyon walls echo. Show 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 appropriate 200 inches of water per year from Layout Creek for irrigation, mining, and milling. In passing years, other inhabitants built holding ponds and added more ditch systems From the park road, immediately beyond the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range boundary, a historic site marker directs you to the Ewing/Snell Ranch. The Upper Layout Creek trail begins in the parking area to the right of the corrals. You may begin hiking here or drive to the end of the gravel road. The road ends in a small parking area big enough for two cars and the trail begins, following trail markers down to Layout Creek. The trail winds up Layout Creek Canyon past the waterfall to Layout Creek Springs. This lush secluded canyon offers a striking contrast to the surrounding arid plateau and emphasizes the importance of water to the land. Show 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 and early 1900s. At Barry’s Island, the road to the west goes to Medicine Creek Campground, a boat-in or hike-in only campground. Continue following the road northeast (clockwise) around the island. The variation in water elevation is evident. During years of high water, the trail can be covered. If that is the case, take the bypass trail above the main trail.Show more
#4 - Rangers Delight Trail
Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area
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Length: 0.7 mi • Est. 22 m
#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 you are not blocking the flow of traffic. The trail begins by hiking the old two-track road south of Layout Creek. There are several opportunities to stray from the main trail to view Layout Creek Canyon as well as see the bighorn sheep and horses that use the area. The trail forks a short distance from Bighorn Canyon. Continue following the trail to the right to the bottom of the plateau. A well-trodden horse trail leads to the top of the plateau and another amazing view.Show 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 - 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 surrounding geologic colors of Bighorn Canyon. To explore the colors and contrasting scenery Horseshoe Bend has to offer, begin hiking at the service road on the north end of loop B in Horseshoe Bend Campground near campsite number B-15. Just before reaching the water storage tank, veer right onto an abandoned two-track. Follow the two-track up and around the hills toward the canyon. When the road disappears, follow the trail markers along the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range boundary fence. From this vantage point, you can see the mouth of the canyon and its union with Crooked Creek. This colorful setting invites one to rest and watch the horses graze below and the birds soar above. You may either go back the way you came along the abandoned two-track road or follow the trail through a juniper-lined draw to the top of the ridge and back to the road. Please stay on the trail to help preserve the cryptobiotic soil.Show more
#8 - DCO Ridge
Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area
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Length: 1.6 mi • Est. 49 m
Here is a hidden trail in Bighorn Canyon. It is an old mining road. Start at the restrooms at Devils Canyon Overlook. Then, walk towards DCO. On the south side of the road, there is an old mining road.Follow that road up and to the end of DCO Ridge. Enjoy!Show more
#9 - Medicine Creek and South Pasture Loop
Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area
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Length: 11.6 mi • Est. 5 h 31 m
A hike up Medicine Creek to the old two track called South Pasture and then to the gravel road that goes to Lockhart Ranch and back to Barry's Landing.Show more