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Pryor Mountains, Billings

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The Pryor Mountains are a mountain range in Carbon and Big Horn counties of Montana. They are located on the Crow Indian Reservation and the Custer National Forest, and portions of them are on private land. They lie south of Billings, Montana, and north of Lovell, Wyoming.
The mountains are named for Sergeant Nathaniel Hale Pryor, a member of the Lewis and Clark Expedition who vainly pursued horses stolen from the expedition in the area. The Crow Nation, a Native American tribe which lived nearby, called the mountains Baahpuuo Isawaxaawuua ("Hitting Rock Mountains") because of the abundance of flint there (which was chipped into arrowheads).
According to Crow Nation folklore, Little People (a race of 18in high dwarf-like people with spiritual powers) lived in these mountains.
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  • My Home town been here some 15 years on the Crow Indian reservation Chief Plenti coupe state park is here, back rd to yellowtail Dam.  more »
  • The Pryor Mountains are a special place. There are many acres of fossil deposits from an ancient inland sea, arid valleys, lush valleys, and forgotten homesteads. There is also ice caves and caves inh...  more »
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