Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area is a land that time forgot. Geologic forces have distorted and bowed once-level layers of rock into immense walls creating spectacular, 1000 foot cliffs that loom over the Bighorn Lake.
Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area was established by an act of Congress on October 15, 1966, following the construction of the Yellowtail Dam by the Bureau of Reclamation. This dam, named after the famous Crow chairman Robert Yellowtail, harnessed the waters of the Bighorn River and turned this variable stream into a magnificent lake.
Bighorn Lake extends approximately 71 miles through Wyoming and Montana, 55 miles of which are held within spectacular Bighorn Canyon. The Recreation Area is composed of 120,000+ acres, which straddles the northern Wyoming and southern Montana borders. There are two visitor centers and other developed facilities near Lovell, Wyoming and in Fort Smith, Montana.
Immerse yourself in the relaxing surroundings of Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area. Take some time to enjoy the diversified landscape of forest, mountains, upland prairie, deep canyons, broad valleys, high desert, and wetlands. Explore the lake, historic ranches, and over 27 miles of hiking trails. Bighorn Canyon offers a variety of activities for anyone willing to take the time to enjoy them.