National Parks / Natural World

Bighorn Canyon Fort Smith

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Bighorn Canyon
Bighorn Canyon NRA
Headquarters
Fort Smith
MT
59035
Tel: 406-666-2412

Directions

Plane Logan International Airport in Billings, Montana for either North or South entrances. Yellowstone Regional Airport in Cody, Wyoming for South entrance. Private Planes - The 5U7 airstrip in Fort Smith, Montana is unattended and a day use VFR airstrip. There are mountains and power lines surrounding the airstrip. It is suggested that with winds permitting take off should be done on Runway 07 and landings on Runway 25. Car North Entrance - Fort Smith, Montana - Take Interstate 90 to Hardin, Montana. Turn on Highway 313 traveling 40 miles south to Fort Smith, Montana and the North entrance. South entrance - near Lovell, Wyoming - From 14A turn north on Highway 37, continuing 9 miles to South entrance. Public Transportation None available.

Where are we going today?

Immerse yourself in the relaxing surroundings of Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area. The canyon offers a diversified landscape of forest, mountains, upland prairie, deep canyons, broad valleys, high desert, lake and wetlands. Since the creation of the recreation area, people have been able to find tranquil settings to better explore recreation, nature, wildlife, and history.
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When can we go?

Yellowtail Dam Visitor Center, Fort Smith, Montana Open: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily from Memorial D

Doing our bit

Yellowtail Dam Visitor Center, Fort Smith, Montana Open: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Check locally for weekend hours in May and September. Closed the rest of the year. Cal S. Taggart Bighorn Canyon Visitor Center, Lovell, Wyoming Open daily throughout the year. Memorial Day through Labor Day Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Labor Day through Memorial Day Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. The visitor center is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day. Crooked Creek Ranger Station, near Horseshoe Bend turnoff Hours may vary depending on staffing. Afterbay Contact Station, Fort Smith, Montana Hours may vary depending on staffing.

Need a little extra help?

DUE TO NATIONAL SECURITY ISSUES, TOURS OF THE DAM AND ACCESS TO THE TOP OF THE DAM ARE NOT AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME. Yellowtail Dam Visitor Center, Fort Smith, Montana, and the top of the Dam is handicapped accessible. The tour of the dam and power house requires walking flights of stairs at several points along the tour. Bighorn Canyon Visitor Center, Lovell, Wyoming is fully accessible including a nature trail encompassing the reflection pond behind the building. Crooked Creek Contact Station is also fully accessible..

What people are saying?

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    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!!!

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    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.

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    Ridiculously impressive views from the Canyon rims!

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    Not good speriencia

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