Places to Visit: Bighorn Mountains

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Bighorn Mountains

While visiting Jackson Hole, consider a scenic side trip off the beaten path along one of three scenic byways to the majestic Bighorn Mountains and the nearby historic Medicine Wheel. 

  • The Bighorn Mountain range lies east of Yellowstone and northeast of Jackson Hole
  • Three passages travel through the Bighorn Mountains: Highways 14, 14A, and 16.
  • Enjoy breathtaking scenery of a unique landscape, including rugged mountains, waterfalls, and lush grasslands
  • Winter road closures include Highway 14A and the East gate of Yellowstone


Originally a historical hunting destination for Native American tribes, the Bighorn Mountains now offer three scenic byways, a breathtaking and diverse landscape, and opportunity for outdoor recreation. Consider a visit to historic Medicine Wheel for a glimpse into this region's past.

Seasonal Closures

Highway 14A, the road that leads to the Medicine Wheel, is closed from October through May from Lovell to Burgess Jct.  Even though Highway 14 and 16 are open year-round, keep in mind there is a winter closure at the east gate of Yellowstone.


Medicine Wheel:
The Medicine Wheel is a prehistoric creation, arranged at the top of a mountain.  Mystery and spirituality continue to shroud this ancient wonder, with many different theories as to it's original purpose.

Hiking Trails:
1500 miles of trails await you throughout the Bighorn National Forest.  Wander through lush grasslands and alpine meadows, along pristine streams and clear glacier lakes, or traverse rocky mountain walls.  Either as a half-day hike or overnight trip, Bucking Mule Falls is a popular hike which crosses the spectacular Devils Canyon and accesses the Bucking Falls overlook.  This trail is outside of Lovell in the Medicine Wheel Ranger District. 

There are 32 campgrounds throughout the Bighorn National Park.  Many of these campgrounds are developed, require a fee, and can accommodate tents, campers, and trailers.  Most have potable water available and accept reservations. 

Getting Here

There are 3 passages through the Bighorns: US HWY 16, and two more direct routes to Yellowstone, US HWY 14 and US HWY 14A.

US HWY 16, also known as Cloud Peak Skyway, connects the towns of Buffalo and Ten Sleep and is the easiest way to cross the Bighorns.  It also offers unparalleled views into the Cloud Peak Wilderness.

US HWY 14, or the Bighorn Scenic Byway, connects the cities of Sheridan and Greybull with 45 miles of breathtaking scenery.

US HWY 14A, or the Medicine Wheel Passage, connects with the Big Horn Scenic Byway (US 14) at Burgess Junction. On the way to Lovell, you will pass the historic Medicine Wheel.

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