Places to Visit: Bighorn Mountains

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Bighorn Mountains

The Bighorn Mountains near Big Sky Montana are a popular destination for hiking, backpacking, fly-fishing and horse back riding.

  • This area is open year round for enjoyment by all types of outdoor enthusiast.
  • The Big Horn Mountains and Forest has 32 campgrounds, 14 picnic areas, 2 visitor centers, 2 ski areas, 7 lodges, 2 recreation lakes, 3 Scenic Byways and over 1,500 miles of trails.

The Cloud Peak Wilderness Area is found within the Bighorn Mountains. This huge wilderness areas provides 189,000 acres of backpacking, sightseeing and hiking opportunities. There are 19 maintained campgrounds in the Bighorns, all with close proximity to excellent fly-fishing and spin-casting lakes and streams.

The Big Horn Mountains welcome visitors year-round. Lots of snow with great powder in the winter is a haven for skiers and winter outdoor enthusiasts. The mild temperatures of summer beacon everyone to come play outside.

Most National Forests, Grasslands, and Mountains, including the Bighorns, are open, free of charge, for your use and enjoyment. Fees may be charged and permits required for some activities and locations. Business permittees, such as campground concessionaires and outfitter guides, may provide services to public land users for a fee.

USDA Forest Service
Bighorn National Forest
2013 Eastside 2nd Street
Sheridan, WY 82801

The Big Horn Mountains and Forest has 32 campgrounds(maintained and unmaintained), 14 picnic areas, 2 visitor centers, 2 ski areas, 7 lodges, 2 recreation lakes, 3 Scenic Byways and over 1,500 miles of trails.

The Medicine Wheel
The Medicine Wheel is a circular alignment of rocks that spans a diameter of 75 feet. There are 28 rows of stones radiating from a cairn in the center of the circle. Six smaller cairns are placed in regular intervals around the edge of the circle.

The Medicine Wheel was made a Nation Monument in 1957. Native Americans use this area as a place for vision quests, prayers, and inspiration.

Hole in the Wall Country
The legendary area near Kaycee, Wyoming where Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid hid from the law.

Cloud Peak Scenic Skyway
The Cloud Peak Scenic Skyway, U.S. Highway 16 from Buffalo, Wyoming is the fastest, safest and most scenic route to Yellowstone National Park over the Big Horn Mountains. The Cloud Peak Scenic Skyway traverses the southern Big Horn Mountains and offers breathtaking vistas of the snowcapped peaks of the Big Horns along its 45-mile length.

Getting Here
Bighorn Scenic Byway, also known as US 14, cuts through 45 miles of scenic mountains, connecting Sheridan to Greybull.

From Buffalo to Tensleep, Cloudpeak Skyway, or US 16, also spans 45 miles of beautiful landscape.

Medicine Wheel Passage, US 14A passes through high alpine meadows from Bighorn Basin to Burgess Junction.

The three scenic roads within Bighorn Mountains and National Forest make visiting this destination easy. From Big Sky, head through Yellowstone east toward Cody and follow US 14 into the Bighorns.