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Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area, Fort Smith

Categories: National Parks, Nature & Parks
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4.3/5 based on 55+ reviews on the web
Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area is a national park unit established by an act of Congress on October 15, 1966, following the construction of the Yellowtail Dam by the Bureau of Reclamation, that straddles the border between Wyoming and Montana. The dam, named after the famous Crow leader Robert Yellowtail, harnesses the waters of the Bighorn River by turning that variable watercourse into Bighorn Lake. The lake extends through Wyoming and Montana, of which lie within the national recreation area. About one third of the park unit is located on the Crow Indian Reservation. Nearly one-quarter of the Pryor Mountains Wild Horse Range lies within the Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area.
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  • The visitor center is not located at the entrance of the Park, and for those coming from Sheridan is a little awkward because you have to go past the entrance, go up to Lovell and then back as ... The ranger (a little nice I must say) explained that go up to Barry's Landing was not worth the money because it was only a descent for boats. So we decide to go only to the Devil Canyon Overlook and Horseshoe Bend. The Devil Canyon Overlook is a vantage point on the canyon, really impressive, partly because the area is undeveloped so you can visit in complete freedom and tranquillity. It is also much wildlife but we saw "only" of the Eagles that flew over the canyon. The Horseshoe bend instead got a bit disappointed because we expected something else ... It's a descent to the lake surrounded by red rock features including bar, toilets, picnic area.
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  • Went in from the Wyoming side. Rather disappointed with the seeming lack of trails For example no trails listed on the official park map. Did two short trails: State Line going out to a great overlook...  read more »
  • We went to the north entrance by the damn. Keep in mind this closes after Labor Day which means nothing is open but you can still do the 10 mile road down to the water. It was a beautiful fall day and...  read more »
  • This place is closed half the year. The South entrance is the only entrance into the canyon the rest of the time. The dam is only open three months out of the year on the north side. Without paying for a tour there isn't much to do in the north. The South is better but it's 2 hours away. If you are coming. Plan to hit the South gate in Lovell.
  • Very beautiful, off the beaten path. Multiple recreation activities available.
  • It is awesome. We rented a boat and the ride along the canyon was spectacular. We loved that place so much. We went from Chicago to Bighorn Canyon last year and, we will be there this summer too. We travel a lot to several amazing places like this all over the country but, this was our best trip ever!!!
  • Some of the views were good, I went in early October, so the area was kind of dead. But it would be a lot better with more greens. Everything was barren and bland, the river and lake was interesting, but nothing too impressive.
  • Beautiful Scenery
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