The Bighorn Mountains
The Bighorn Mountains are irresistible, prompting visitors to return year after year to bask in their beauty. One excursion into its expansive forest and you’ll find yourself wanting to do it over and over again! With more 900,000 acres of peaks, meadows and forests, the Bighorn Mountains are a perfect place to play. Leisurely activities include hiking, rock climbing, camping, backpacking, ATV riding and more. Before heading in, make a stop at the U.S. Forest Service for maps, permits, regulations, etc. They can even help guide you to what you’re looking for, whether it be trail, lake or campsite.
For the outdoor adventurer, the Bighorns feature vast terrain, from sheer canyons to snowcapped crests. There are over 1,500 miles of trails and 189,000 acres of wilderness. Paths range from easy to expert and will take you along some of the most gorgeous scenery you’ll ever experience. Some of the more difficult trails will require your climbing skills, as the mountain cliffs have quickly become a magnet for experienced rock climbers. The Cloud Peak Wilderness area is great for those on foot or horseback, as no mechanized vehicles are allowed. This hidden gem is also where you’ll find wildlife, wildflowers and primo birdwatching.
The Bighorn Mountains and National Forest house an abundance of camping locations, from official campgrounds and RV pull ins, to those that can be found by blazing your own trail and backpacking in. The traditional camping spots are labeled and accompany signposts with ORV roads. Should you choose to park and backpack in a ways, all of the Bighorn terrain is your oyster. Some of the most mesmerizing views are only found after a two day hike. Please keep in mind that entering the wilderness requires a registration form and adherence to regulations.
Finally, off road enthusiasts will find excitement in the Bighorns with plenty of Off Road Vehicle trails and varying terrain. Rentals are also available from Ultimate Outdoors in Buffalo, or go a step further and go on a guided tour! Both Ultimate Outdoors and local outfitters, like Triple Three Ranch, can help you explore nature at its best.
Ultimate Outdoors: 307-684-5523
400 S. Lucas Street
Triple Three Ranch: 307-684-2832
333 French Creek Road