There are two kinds of people: 1) the ones who watch Yellowstone, and 2) the ones who are sick of hearing about Yellowstone from the people who watch Yellowstone. No matter how you feel about John Dutton, Beth, Rip, and their weekly dose of ranch drama, you’ll love this trip through the awe-inspiring state of Montana. Bighorn Canyon, in particular, showcases some of the most excellent views in the area, with over 120,000 acres, home to a variety of wildlife and ecosystems, perfect for exploration of any kind. Whether you’re on an epic vacation or just passing through, you’ll want to fire up your Thirsty Biker app and experience what this vast and diverse area has to offer.

In episode 23 of the Thirsty Biker Chronicles, we’re taking a trip through Montana’s Bighorn Can

yon.

Must-See Stops

Bighorn National Recreation Area

If you’re thirsty for a good time, Branding Iron Bar & Grill is the place to be for an authentic Montana experience. Branding Iron is a place for tourists and locals alike, offering an opportunity to kick your boots up and enjoy food and drinks as friends. An attentive staff, delicious food, and cold drinks await. If you’re looking for a small-town bar with a big heart, Branding Iron Bar & Grill matches that description perfectly. Of course, you’re not going to be riding through Bighorn Canyon without stopping at the actual park itself. Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area not only offers up stunning views in every direction, but it’s also a popular spot for visitors to get out and discover nature. From boating and camping to hiking and exploring, this area provides the ideal backdrop to experience the great outdoors.

Now, you can’t visit Bighorn Canyon Recreation Area without checking out Devil Canyon Overlook. This easy-to-find viewing point boasts breathtaking scenery. Bighorn and Devil Canyon meet, creating a winding cliff that extends 1,000 feet above the lake. In addition to phenomenal views of the natural setting around you, keep your eyes peeled for mountain goats, bighorn sheep, and other area wildlife. For those seeking out a bit of area history while you ride through, a trip to Ewing-Snell Historic Ranch is in order. Originally in search of gold in the area back in 1896, Erastus T. Ewing settled in the Bighorn Mountains. When gold became scarce, Ewing turned to ranching. His success in ranching helped build the town, making the ranch a popular destination to this day, set against the backdrop of the majestic mountains.

The Ride

map showing the Montana Big Horn Canyon ride

In addition to diverse geological formations, the ride is filled with exceptional canyon views and wildlife, including wild horses, along the road. The ride is easy and well-marked, with just the right amount of curves and straightaways. Although the road is well-maintained, you’ll want to watch for stray rocks and animals, as this area is a bit rustic. Attention to ample signage is recommended, as many bikers have seemingly taken a wrong turn down Barry’s Landing boat ramp. Unless you want a wet ride, we recommend sticking to the pavement.

The best part about this ride is the natural setting that seems to envelop you, offering you peacefulness on your journey that can’t be matched. Bighorn Canyon is an area filled with wonder, the kind of wonder that should be experienced on two wheels. So, if you’re in the mood for eye-catching sights, open up your Thirsty Biker apps, and let’s ride.

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