Places to Visit: Bighorn Mountains

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Bighorn Mountains

The Bighorn Mountain Range is a diverse landscape filled with peaks, prairies and forests, stretching from south central Montana into Wyoming, with access just an hour's drive east of Red Lodge. 

  • The northern tip of the Bighorn Mountains lies east of Red Lodge, with centrally-located Burgess Junction, WY situated 124 miles southeast. 
  • Fish, hunt, camp, hike, mountain bike and more in Bighorn National Forest. 
  • View 13,175 ft Cloud Peak. 
  • Take one of several scenic byways. 
  • Open year-round, with weather-dependent road access. 

Overview

At 80 miles in length and 30 miles in width, The Bighorn Mountain Range is an enormous playground for those who enjoy a diversity of outdoor activities and landscapes all in one location. Covering just over a million acres of the range is Bighorn National Forest, featuring such activity favorites as hiking, hunting, camping, mountain biking, skiing, fishing, and scenic motor tours.

Season

Open year-round with road and trail access dictated by weather.

Fees

Bighorn National Forest does not charge entrance fees, however campground and cabin fees apply.

Average fees for campgrounds and cabin rentals range between $10-$40/night.

Contact

Mail: USDA Forest Service
Bighorn National Forest
2013 Eastside 2nd St.
Sheridan, WY 82801
PH: (307) 674 - 2600

Highlights

Cloud Peak
The highest point within Cloud Peak Wilderness, standing at 13,175 ft.

Bighorn National Forest
At more than a million acres, visitors can spread out, utilizing 32 campgrounds, visitor centers, lodges, ski areas and over 1500 miles of trails.

Scenic Byways
Drive the Bighorn Scenic Byway (US-14) between Sheridan and Greybull, or try Cloud Peak Skyway (US-16) between Buffalo and Tensleep.

Getting Here

Burgess Junction, WY is located 124 miles from Red Lodge.

Directions from Red Lodge: Take MT-308 (becomes MT-72) north towards Bridger before turning right onto US-310 and continuing for 46 miles, crossing into Wyoming. Turn left onto US-14 A and continue 52 miles.