Bighorn Canyon, MT

Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area, Southeast Montana

For a Wild West landscape far from urban developments, Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area delivers. Bordering Montana and Wyoming, this scenic recreation area is made up of two unconnected districts, roughly three hours apart.

The north district is accessed through Fort Smith, Montana, home to nearby Yellowtail Dam, Afterbay Reservoir and Ok-A-Beh Marina, making this an ideal spot for boating and fishing. Cycling, hiking and camping are also popular outdoor pursuits here. For an easy day hike in this section of the recreation area, head to the Three Mile Access trailhead for a 2-mile hike through the canyon that traces the Bighorn River.

In the south district, headquartered in Lovell, Wyoming—about a three-hour drive from Fort Smith—wildlife viewing opportunities abound, as it’s home to the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range and the Yellowtail Wildlife Habitat. Opportunities for hiking, camping and boating are also abundant in the south district.

Fort Smith is about a 1.5-hour drive from Billings; go to visitbillings.com to find lodging, dining and more. For more information about Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area, go to nps.gov/bica.

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