Winter Sports in the Big Horn Mountains


The majestic Big Horn Mountains set the scene and offer a winter wonderland of trails and vast open meadows. Here, visitors will find an abundance of opportunities for invigorating outdoor recreation including snowmobiling, alpine and cross-country skiing, and snowboarding in an ideal mountain setting. It’s a beautiful place to enjoy snow sports and activities and to revel in the magnificent scenery of the area.

Sheridan, nestled in the foothills of the majestic Big Horn Mountains, is home base, while the Big Horns provide the winter excitement. Ride the range by snowmobile on more than 218 miles of top-10-rated trails in the Big Horn Mountain Trail System. Springtime provides excellent snow conditions with fresh powder, deep snow and warm days, with riding into April. The nearest trailhead is located just 15 miles south of Sheridan, with 100 percent "real" dry, powdery snow. Cross-country trails are abundant in wide-open meadows and on telemark hillsides.

Deep snows, spectacular scenery and the vastness of the West are why people ride the Big Horns. Riding opportunities are both challenging and endless in these rugged and inviting mountains, offering some of the most enticing snowmobiling in the world. During the winter it's easy to find fresh, untracked powder and steep rolling hills to explore, with a diverse trail system that provides easy access.

Within nearly 1 million acres of national forest, the Big Horns also provide nearly 50 miles of ungroomed trails, countless miles of cross-country exploring and exciting off-trail opportunities. Limited commercial development keeps the crowds down both on and off the trails, while first-class lodging is available just a short drive away in Sheridan. In the historic downtown, dining runs the gamut from down-home to gourmet, and specialty shopping ranges from antiques and cowboy memorabilia to intriguing boutiques and galleries.

For cross-country enthusiasts, the area offers fantastic skiing with untouched powder. Groomed and ungroomed trails criss-cross the Big Horns. Here, skiers may hit the trails and escape into the inviting quiet of the forest. Downhill skiing, available in the southern Big Horns, allows skiing like it used to be — no lift lines and exciting terrain for skiers and snowboarders alike.

In addition, Sheridan and the Big Horn Mountains offer a bevy of outdoor recreation opportunities, including ice skating and snowshoeing. Children and adults both enjoy skating at Whitney Community Ice Rink. The area also offers other winter outdoor activities including ice fishing and wildlife viewing. Wildlife is as abundant as the snow, with large animals such as moose, elk and deer viewed throughout the winter months.

While in Sheridan, enjoy the evening entertainment at fun restaurants, specialty shops, a movie or a live performance at the WYO Theater. Embrace the West with a Downtown Walking Tour or a visit to the legendary Mint Bar. Lodging options offering value and comfort at affordable prices are available to groups of any size. If in need, just ask, while experiencing the friendly hospitality in Sheridan, known as the West at its best.

Conveniently adjacent to Interstate 90 in north-central Wyoming, Sheridan is 203 miles east of Yellowstone National Park, 240 miles west of Mt. Rushmore National Monument and 125 miles southeast of Billings, Montana. To explore winter sports, adventures, snow reports, trail maps and lodging, visit Sheridan's website or call Sheridan Travel and Tourism at 307-673-7120 or toll-free at 1-888-596-6787.

Elevation: 6,000 feet to 10,000
Season: November through April
Season temperatures: +30 F to -20 F

Special Links:
Snow Conditions for Big Horn Trail System
Rental Services
South Big Horns Trail Map
North Big Horns Trail Map

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