Explore Devil's Overlook in Bighorn Canyon
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Added by Aaron Selig
This National Recreation Area is located in the remote southeast corner of Montana and is only accessible through the small town of Lovell, Wyoming. You can have this huge expanse almost entirely to yourself in the winter months.
Bighorn Canyon is a quiet and beautiful National Recreation Area covering parts of Montana and Wyoming. No trip here would be complete without a visit to the iconic Devil's Overlook. It's best to enter through the southern entrance - to get to there, head east on Rd 14a from Lowell, WY. Turn left on Hwy 37 driving north for 9 miles until you reach the entrance. Devil's Overlook, just north of the Horseshoe Bend turnoff, is easily accessed by a well-marked, paved side road just a few miles from the southern entrance. The views from the parking lot are incredible, and even better with a little maneuvering ;)
The great thing about planning your trip to Bighorn Canyon around Devil's Overlook is that most of the 27 miles of hiking trails are also in the southern part of the park. Stop by any one of these stations to pick up a hiking guide:
- Yellowtail Dam Visitor Center
- Cal S. Taggart Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area Visitor Center
- Afterbay Contact Station
- Crooked Creek Contact Station
Also be sure to keep a sharp eye out for the park's namesake, the bighorn sheep, as this rocky terrain is a great habitat for them and they are very good at blending in with their surroundings.
- Day pack
- Extra jacket
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If you like the sense of feeling small, this scenic overlook is a must see. With cliff walls that are 1500 ft tall, the canyon is the 3rd deepest in the US. There is a $5 fee per 24 hours for each car or bicycle which can be payed via mobile device or kiosk at the entrances of the park. There are additional fees for campsites. We stayed at the Horseshoe Bend Campground which was very open, containing little to no trees (not too much privacy from your neighbors). However, the red hills surrounding the area make an interesting backdrop. Make sure your route is set to the southern entrance, as the outlook is only accessible from the north via boat. We made the mistake of having to loop around the private Reservation land from the north entrance to the southern.
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