Hiking in the Bighorns

High alpine trails, luscious forest, and low desert landscapes. The Bighorns have some of the most diverse hiking options in the United States.

Trigger Lake in the Cloud Peak Wilderness.

Trigger Lake in the Cloud Peak Wilderness.

Shell Bench trail #138  in Shell Canyon.

Shell Bench trail #138 in Shell Canyon.

1,200 miles of trails.

Listing each trail and giving directions would nearly be impossible. So we will just recommend a few of our local favorites. For an entire list of hiking trails, visit the Bighorn National Forest website here. You can also purchase a Forest Service map at our front desk. One last great resource is using hikingproject.com before losing cell service.

option #1- Tongue River canyon

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Tongue River Canyon is one of the most iconic hikes in Wyoming and is also home to world class fishing, rock climbing, and mountain biking. This formidable hike is 10 miles from start to finish (20 miles round trip) and offers stunning vistas of mountain terrain, diverse pine forest, and an abundance of wildlife to view. If you catch it in the fall, Tongue River Canyon’s most vibrant colors come out in full display. From the lodge, you can either walk down the canyon from the top, starting on Forest Service Road 196. You can also access the canyon from the town of Dayton, vie Tongue Canyon Road. For more information and directions, visit hikingproject.com.

Option #2- Steamboat point

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Steamboat is a short, steep hike, taking approximately 30 minutes to complete. This 500 foot cliff overlook offers one of the most rewarding views in the Bighorns as you overlook the Tongue River Canyon to the north, the city of Sheridan to the east, Black Mountain to the west, and the Cloud Peak Wilderness to the south. To get here from Arrowhead, just hang a right out of the lodge onto the Bighorn Scenic Byway and drive for about 10 minutes. It’s extremely hard to miss. Prior to becoming a popular hiking trail, this point served as a fire lookout in the early 20th century. Remnants of the old building can still be found near the cliffs edge. For a more information, visit hikingproject.com