Trip Planner:   USA  /  Wyoming  /  Lovell  /  Nature  /  Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area

Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area, Lovell

(60 reviews on the web)
National Park
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. It 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.Park featuresAfterbay Lake, located below Yellowtail Dam, is a popular spot for trout fishing as well as for viewing ducks, geese and other animals. The Bighorn River below the Afterbay Dam is likewise a world-class trout fishing area. In addition, the area features many archeological and historical resources. Visitor centers and other developed facilities are located in Fort Smith, Montana and near Lovell, Wyoming.
Make Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area a centerpiece of your Lovell vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Lovell tour planner.
Source
map
Create a full Lovell itinerary

Plan your trip to Lovell

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Wyoming by other users

11 days in Denver, Yellowstone National Park & Salt Lake City BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM July, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Salt Lake City & Yellowstone National Park BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM July, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 12 days in United States BY A USER FROM INDIA June, teens, popular PREFERENCES: June, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 60 days in United States BY A USER FROM MALTA September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 8 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 12 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, kids, popular PREFERENCES: June, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 18 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM July, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: July, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 6 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, outdoors, relaxing, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, outdoors, relaxing ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 39 days in United States BY A USER FROM SLOVENIA August, popular PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Yellowstone National Park BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 13 days in Big Sky, West Yellowstone & Yellowstone National Park BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, teens, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: June, teens, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • Happened by Lovell, to the South, it is difficult to pass in front of Bighorn Lake without stopping. The mirror of water reflects the White Mountains and the Red Hills that border. The view is splendid. In the following, you come to Devil's Canyon Overlook, beautiful bend of the Bighorn River. Do not miss it. Signs give explanations, particularly about the Raptors occupying the canyon. It would be a shame to spend a little time to explore this site.
    View original
  • 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.
    View original
  • 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...  more »