Looking for a great trail in Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area, Wyoming? AllTrails has 13 great hiking trails, trail running trails, walking 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!

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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.

hiking
17 days ago

3- mile dirt road to trailhead is a bit sketchy but doable, I have a ford transit full size van that’s definitely not high clearance but go slow, there are some washout areas that are bumpy. I parked in an area on left side about 300yds before a very small 2-car parking area. Hiking from the ranch parking will make it an 8- mile round trip hike vs a 2-mile well marked round trip hike from trail head. More of a moderate hike with a great payoff at the end. First waterfall is beautiful but harder to get to off trail. The spring fed waterfall at the end of the trail is spectacular and has a few small pools to enjoy, very cold invigorating water. We were there in early August and had the trail to ourselves out and back. Area is known for bighorns and wild mustangs in a canyon setting. Approach from the Wyoming side to camp and hike, fishing can be either Montana or Wyoming.

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rocky
1 month ago

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bugs
no shade
1 month ago

Easy, short hike for all levels. We were confused by the signage so ultimately walked around the area. The views are worth it. We encountered an injured Mustang on the trail (we were forewarned). Poor thing. Interesting experience but certainly hard to see.

You definitely need a 4 wheel drive, truck, or atv just to get this trail. Following the map directions, you end up going down a semi questionable dirt road and through actual creek beds. Needless to say my little Chevy Cobalt couldn't do this trip. Got 8 miles from the trailhead and had to turn around.

Challenging hike but well worth it! About 2 miles to the lower falls and another half mile to the upper falls. 5ish miles round trip. Very little shade cover so it gets warm, and the elevation gain is tough. Beautiful landscape and the upper falls are gorgeous!

This is a great trail for any experience level. It is a short hike, but the views are absolutely worth it.

Nice hike to the canyon. Saw evidence of wild horses, bighorn sheep, and coyotes but no actual critters. Scenic view as you hike through the junipers and sagebrush.

Longer than what the trail says, it was 2.3 miles round trip and took about an hour. We did stop at both waterfalls and take pictures.

Great hike, wonderful views, good workout...worth the time and effort!.

Sunday, September 02, 2018

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.

Sunday, September 02, 2018

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.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Nice old ranch buildings. Easy to explore.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

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.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

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.

hiking
Thursday, July 05, 2018

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.

Monday, July 02, 2018

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

hiking
Sunday, May 13, 2018

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

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Monday, May 07, 2018

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!

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Monday, May 07, 2018

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

Saturday, April 14, 2018

I did this hike in June of 2016. The trail length posted here is incorrect...it is 6 miles round trip from the trailhead to the sign marked "end of trail" and back. Trailhead is at the Snell Ranch and travels up along a dirt road for the first mile before forking left to a fast-running creek which you must cross.The trail then becomes a well marked gravel trail that ascends up the Pryor Mts between two very imposing rock walls on either side with many switchbacks. Near the top is a green oasis and a waterfall. Bighorn Canyon rangers rate this trail as difficult, but highly recommended. Views looking down from the top are very imposing. I hiked this on a Saturday afternoon and had the trail to myself.

Sunday, April 01, 2018

excellent view at the turn around loint.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Very nice view.

Monday, March 19, 2018

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.

Monday, March 05, 2018

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.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

exceent...

walking
Friday, October 20, 2017

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
Friday, October 20, 2017

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
Friday, October 20, 2017

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.

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