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Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area

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Contact Info
5 Avenue B
PO Box 7458
Fort Smith, MT 59035



Immerse yourself in the relaxing surroundings of Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area. The canyon offers a diversified landscape of forest, mountains, upland prairie, deep canyons, broad valleys, high desert, lake and wetlands. Since the creation of the recreation area, people have been able to find tranquil settings to better explore recreation, nature, wildlife, and history.

Hours + Fees


Yellowtail Dam Visitor Center, Fort Smith, Montana
Open: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm daily from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Check locally for weekend hours in May and September. Closed the rest of the year.

Cal S. Taggart Bighorn Canyon Visitor Center, Lovell, Wyoming
Open daily throughout the year.
Memorial Day through Labor Day Hours: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm.
Labor Day through Memorial Day Hours: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.

The visitor center is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day.

Crooked Creek Ranger Station, near Horseshoe Bend turnoff: Hours may vary depending on staffing.

Afterbay Contact Station, Fort Smith, Montana: Hours may vary depending on staffing

Map + Directions

Basic Directions

North Entrance - Fort Smith, Montana
Take Interstate 90 to Hardin, Montana. Turn on Highway 313, traveling 40 miles south to Fort Smith, Montana and the North entrance.

South entrance - near Lovell, Wyoming
From 14A turn north on Highway 37, and continue 9 miles to South entrance.

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