Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area, Lovell

#51 of 136 in Nature in Wyoming
Must see · National Park · Nature / Park
Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area is a national park unit established by an act of Congress on October 15, 1966, following the construction of the Yellowtail Dam by the Bureau of Reclamation. It straddles the border between Wyoming and Montana. The dam, named after the famous Crow leader Robert Yellowtail, harnesses the waters of the Bighorn River by turning that variable watercourse into Bighorn Lake. The lake extends through Wyoming and Montana, of which lie within the national recreation area. About one third of the park unit is located on the Crow Indian Reservation. Nearly one-quarter of the Pryor Mountains Wild Horse Range lies within the Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area.
Afterbay Lake, located below Yellowtail Dam, is a popular spot for trout fishing as well as for viewing ducks, geese and other animals. The Bighorn River below the Afterbay Dam is likewise a world-class trout fishing area. In addition, the area features many archeological and historical resources. Visitor centers and other developed facilities are located in Fort Smith, Montana and near Lovell, Wyoming.
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  • 1600 feet to the water... a bit too far for a plunge, but the views are worth the drive and time. And watch for the wild horses.  more »
  • Totally worth the drive, we were able to see some incredible views and sheep with new babies and the wild horses.  more »
  • Nice gift shop, brief history of the area and the Ranger on duty was very helpful on road closures and activities in the area.
  • This area is a hidden gem. Greybull WY had tremendous food and candy. That Brandies Candies was entertaining and satisfying. That candy and chocolate could not be beat

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