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The Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area is located in far, north-central Wyoming, only about 25 miles from the state border with Montana. The small community of Lovell, WY, is the closest populated area to the park, while the nearest town of substance is Cody, WY, located 50 miles to the southwest. The nearest true city is Billings, MT, found almost 100 miles to the north.

The canyon actually spans the state border between Wyoming and Montana. This part of the country is very rural, but there are so many opportunities to enjoy recreational activities. From hiking, ATV trails, and water sports in the summer to snowmobiling and other snow sports in the winter. You can find things to do near here throughout the year.

Getting Outdoors

Renting an RV near this canyon will give you the chance to participate in all the recreational activities available here. Various tours are offered during the busy summer months. These include charter boat and fishing tours of the Bighorn River, which helped to form the canyon. There are also tours of other, nearby waterways, and the large, Bighorn Lake. Visitors can also participate in ranger-led, ranch tours of several historic homesteads found nearby.

Bighorn Lake is situated on the southern Wyoming side of the canyon. It is perfect for boating and fishing, and there is swimming access. There are even a few small islands within the lake itself that can be explored with a paddleboat, such as a canoe or a kayak.

There are numerous hiking trails throughout the canyon. They vary from easy nature trails that are only a few hundred feet long to lengthy half or full-day treks. During the winter, these can be converted into snowshoe or cross-country ski trails. These are all prime ways to view local wildlife and observe the beauty of the canyon area.

Camping at Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area

It's easy to enjoy camping with an RV at Bighorn Canyon National Recreational Area. Several campgrounds are spread throughout the site. Access to some of them is dependent on water levels, though many are open all year.

The various campgrounds can accommodate many different sizes of RV's. Many of the campsites have hookups and offer modern bathrooms, though a few only provide vault toilets. Potable water is available at all of the camping areas, weather permitting. A few offer swimming access and even boat docks.

Disperse camping is when visitors pull off a nearby road and camp in the National Forest areas. This is allowed throughout the local region. These sites are usually free, though no hookups, bathrooms, or potable water, of any kind, are available. Campers should check with local ranger offices for maps of dispersing camping areas. As it provides easy access to so many fun activities, many people enjoy RV camping at Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area, so services should be easy to come by.

Exploring the Area

When you book an RV in Big Horn County, you will find so many fun things to do. The Pryor Mountain Wild Mustang Center is found in Lovell. This is a sanctuary for wild horses. The Visitor's Center offers educational information on the species and can tell visitors good places to view the creatures. There are also guided tours that can take you to the prime spots where the animals are usually spotted. State park RV camping will allow you the chance to explore so many unique attractions around the local region.

The Medicine Wheel National Historic Landmark is located nearby, as well. This is an important cultural site from the ancient tribes that first settled in this area. A fairly easy hike, along a dirt road, is required to reach the site, and hikers should know the landmark sits at an altitude of close to 10,000 feet. Special permission can be given to drive to the monument for visitors that need assistance with accessibility. Due to the extreme and lengthy winter season in the area, the site is only open during the summer.

Should you like scenic drives, there are several nearby. Both US 14 (the Bighorn Scenic Byway) and US 14A run through the nearby Bighorn Mountains. US 14 is open throughout the year, weather permitting, but 14A can only be driven during the summer months due to its altitude and extreme winter weather. These are prime areas to enjoy a picnic lunch and spot local wildlife, such as moose! There are many photo opportunities in this scenic area, as well.

When you've been looking for a scenic place to relax, where there are many recreational activities available as well, consider camping at the Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area. Go for a hike, take a boat out on a nearby lake, or visit a historic archeological site. Camp in an RV near Lovell and enjoy your time in the Bighorn Mountains of Wyoming!

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