Fall 2021 Finale: Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument and Trip Wrap Up

Mother Nature had given us a stern warning—the beautiful days of early fall were being replaced with the first snow storms of the year. After receiving a foot of snow in the Black Hills, we had a reprieve as daytime temperatures quickly rebound into the 60s. But next time we likely wouldn’t be so lucky. …

Wyoming’s Bighorn Mountains & Cloud Peak Wilderness

Continuing south from Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area on our fall 2021 adventures, we spent a week in Wyoming’s Bighorn Mountains. The Bighorns are a spur of the Rocky Mountains that extends 200 miles north across the Great Plains. Much of the range falls within the boundaries of the 1.12 million acre Bighorn National Forest …

Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area Part 2: Trails & Historic Ranches

During our fall 2021 adventures, we spent eight days at Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area. In addition to a day spent kayaking (see previous post), we hiked many of the park’s trails and visited three of its ranches. We never saw more than one other couple on any of the trails or at any of …

Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area Part 1: Introduction

If it weren’t for my quest to visit all the National Park Units in the contiguous US, we likely would have never visited Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area along the Montana-Wyoming border. The area looked remote to access and a visit there remained a low priority…until I saw a photo of a kayaker there with …