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EXPLORE THE WILDLIFE

THE WILD SIDE OF THE BIGHORNS

When you think of Wyoming wildlife, the first thought that comes to mind is probably the epic grizzlies and wolves of Yellowstone – when in fact you might not realize the amazing diversity of Rocky Mountain wildlife that awaits in the Bighorn Mountain region. Under no threat of a grizzly or wolf encounter, you’ll find whitetail and mule deer, along with elk, moose and much more in their native, natural habitat. What you won’t find here are entry fees or traffic jams…this is the real deal, so please give every animal the distance and respect it deserves as you enjoy the wildlife of the Bighorns!

Chances are very good that you’re going to find some sort of native critter just from passing through; however, we’ve gone one step further and identified a few of those spots that we know will up the odds of an incredible wildlife viewing experience.

+BIGHORN CANYON NAT'L REC AREA

BIGHORN CANYON NATIONAL RECREATION AREA

Immerse yourself in the relaxing, picturesque, peaceful surroundings of Bighorn Canyon Country, on scenic by-way highway 14A. The Bighorn Canyon National Recreation area straddles the border between north central Wyoming and south central Montana.

The canyon vicinity offers a diversified landscape of forest, mountains, upland prairie, deep canyons, broad valleys, lake and wetlands. The canyon was formed by a combination of gradual regional uplift and stream erosion. Much of it is narrow and confined within sheer walls over 2,000 feet.

Activities: Hunting, fishing, boating, hiking, swimming, site seeing, bicycling, horseback riding, camping, wildlife viewing (wild mustangs & bighorn sheep), bird watching, skiing, snowmobiling, and exploring the past.

+PRYOR MOUNTAIN WILD HORSE RANGE

PRYOR MOUNTAIN WILD HORSE RANGE

The Pryor Mountains, named after Sergeant Nathaniel Pryor of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, is home to the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range. In 1968, 31,000 acres in the Pryor Mountains was set aside as a public range for the wild horses, the first of its kind in the nation.

For more than a century, the Pryor Mountains have been home to free-roaming, genetically unique bands of wild horses linked to the Spanish Mustangs brought to the United States by the Spanish conquistadors. The heard size of about 120-140 is managed by the Bureau of Land Management.

+TONGUE RIVER CANYON

TONGUE RIVER CANYON

This wildlife habitat area has two campgrounds and access for hiking, camping, hunting and fishing. The canyon is a great location for a picnic, to watch for the animals which inhabit the area, or to hike up the trail along Tongue River. Fishing here, for trout, is excellent.

The steep walls of this canyon are favorites of local climbers. Nearly 300 elk migrate to the Amsden Creek Habitat Area which is also home to mule deer. This habitat area is located in the foothills of the Bighorns north of the canyon.

An access book on Wyoming Habitat Areas is available from the Wyoming Game and Fish Department located in Sheridan.

+WYOMING BIRD FARM

WYOMING BIRD FARM

Operated by the Wyoming Game & Fish Department, the Bird Farm rears ring-necked pheasants. This facility raises nearly 16,000 birds annually for release in habitats throughout the northern part of the state. An information center houses displays, photos and information about the birds.

The Bird Farm at 326 Bird Farm Road, is open year round, with bird viewing in fenced enclosures May through September. Hatchlings can be seen in early May.

For scheduling group tours or for information call (307) 674-7701.