About Big Horn Mountains
We’ve got mountains! They’re called the Bighorns, and are located just 60 miles west of Gillette. Here you can enjoy outdoor recreation on over a million acres of national forest. Take the time to hike and bike, fish and hunt, or view wildlife in these pristine hills. No region in Wyoming is provided with a more diverse landscape – from lush grasslands to alpine meadows, from crystal-clear lakes to glacially-carved valleys, from rolling hills to sheer mountain walls. The tallest, spectacular summit, Cloud Peak, rises to 13,166 ft. tall with a majority of the peak above timberline. The Cloud Peak wilderness area includes some 443,000 acres of wilderness, with a network of hiking trails to remote locations and alpine lakes. The geology is remarkable and offers great opportunities for any rock hound. You will find geologic information on roadsigns along the highways that traverse these mountains.
The Bighorns are impressive and the perfect habitat for the wildlife that call them home. In fact, the valley below was once the last most-prized hunting grounds of the Plains Indians and was the site of the Plains Indian Wars. Each season spectacular events occur here. Come summer the Bighorns support all types of outdoor activites: flyfishing, rock climbing, backpacking, camping, four-wheeling and the peacefulness and quiet of the alpine air.
Winter is for alpine and cross country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling. The deep, dry powder adds to the experience on hundreds of miles of groomed and ungroomed trails. In fact, in the last decade the Bighorn trail system has been consistently rated in the top 15 nationally by SnoWest Magazine.
An added benefit to the Bighorn is that they are located midway between Mount Rushmore National Monument and the Black Hills to the east and Yellowstone National Park to the west.