Visit Wyoming’s Big Horns – if you can stand the quiet.
From the peaks of the majestic Big Horn Mountains to the depths of breath-taking Big Horn Canyon, from the softly winding scenic by-ways through the Big Horn National Forest to the delicately trod upon wildlife trails in the foothills, Big Horn Mountain Country is an un-crowded year-round paradise enjoyed by visitors and area residents alike.
This four-county area encompasses numerous square miles of vast open spaces and rugged beauty. Lying in the center of this region are the spectacular Big Horn Mountains, so named after the great numbers of big horn sheep that were once found in the area. Steep canyon entryways and high walls lead to a sky-high realm of forests and meadows, with remarkable scenic beauty and historic roots.
Most of the Big Horn Country is public land, under the management of the Bighorn National Forest and the Bureau of Land Management. Here, the combination of outdoor recreation, wildlife, scenery, wood, water and forage resources create a multiple use retreat where unlimited adventures await the visitor.
The area boasts many developed recreation sties, which include camping areas, scenic areas, hiking trails and spectacular canyons. A paradise for rock hounds, archaeologists and historians, Big Horn Mountain Country also features many geological formations and interpretive signs explaining historic attractions.
Numerous area streams and lakes provide outstanding fishing opportunities for the angler, while the large open spaces, gentle slope of the land and abundance of snow in the winter supply some of Wyoming’s best snowmobiling and cross-country skiing.
Large herds of deer and elk live in Big Horn Mountain Country, along with many other wildlife species, including moose, big horn sheep, waterfowl and upland game birds, to name a few. These animals provide a multitude of photo opportunities and excellent hunting in season. Back-country roads and trails provide access to these areas.
The 189,000-acre Cloud Peak Wilderness Area is located within the Bighorn National Forest boundaries. The entire area lies at elevations above 8,500 feed and travel is by foot or horseback only.
Cattle and sheep grazing among the wildflowers are not an uncommon sight in the Big Horns, where many acres of grazing land exist. Under a permit system, ranchers pay to use the rangelands for grazing purposes. In the Spring and Fall, visitors to the area can see cattle and sheep being moved to and from the mountain, a most unique Wyoming sight. Timber harvesting, part of planned timber management, plays an important part in maintaining the overall health of the forest.
Big Horn Mountain Country has something for everyone-whether you’re an outdoor recreationist, sightseer, traveler or merely wish to kick back and relax. The breath-taking terrain and foliage, pristine air and unspoiled mountain beauty of the Big Horns bekon those who wish to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
There is no place in the world like Big Horn Mountain Country-we invite you to come and experience it for yourself.