Visit the Bighorns in All Seasons

The Bighorn Mountains are a nature lovers paradise! From world-class snow conditions in the winter to the rolling green hills in the summer, there's no bad time to enjoy Wyoming's famous Bighorn Mountains.
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Published on
February 14, 2024


The Bighorn Mountains, a striking subrange of the Rocky Mountains in Wyoming, offer a year-round sanctuary for nature lovers, adventure seekers, and those seeking solace in its vast wilderness. Each season in the Bighorns unfolds with its own unique beauty and array of activities, drawing visitors to experience the changing face of these majestic mountains.


The Bighorn Mountains are an extraordinary winter wonderland that captivates the hearts of adventurers and nature lovers alike. During the winter months, this remarkable landscape transforms into a snowy paradise, presenting several activities and experiences for those who brave the cold to explore its beauty.

As the first snowflakes of the season begin to blanket the rugged peaks and rolling valleys, the Bighorn Mountains reveal a serene and peaceful landscape. The crisp, clean air and the muffled sounds of a snow-covered wilderness create a sense of peace and isolation from the bustling outside world. This transformation marks the beginning of a season filled with unique opportunities for exploration.

Wildlife Viewing: Winter in the Bighorn Mountains is also a fantastic time for wildlife viewing. The snow-covered landscape provides a stunning contrast against the wildlife that inhabits the area. Observers might catch sight of deer, elk, and moose, which are more visible against the white backdrop. Birdwatchers can also find a variety of winter birds including bald eagles, golden eagles, and several species of falcon. 

Snowmobiling: For those seeking an adrenaline-fueled way to explore the Bighorns, snowmobiling is the perfect activity for you! The area boasts an extensive network of trails that are suitable for thrill seekers of all experience levels. Riders can traverse through open meadows, dense forests, and along scenic ridges, experiencing all of the mountains' grandeur. The rush of speeding over the snow, combined with the stunning views, makes snowmobiling an unforgettable winter adventure.

Skiing and Snowboarding: The Bighorns, with their high elevation and diverse terrain, become an ideal destination for skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts from around the world. Bear Lodge is located just a few miles away from Antelope Butte, a phenomenal local downhill ski resort! The powder-covered slopes offer challenges for both beginners and seasoned experts.

Cross Country Skiing: The Big Horns are particularly popular among cross country skiers, and for good reason. There with miles upon miles of well maintained trails winding through the serene, remote landscape.

Ice Fishing: In the Big Horns, the cold winter months are a fisherman's dream. Anglers from all over enjoy the tranquility of fishing in the pristine Wyoming wilderness. All you need is a couple of good friends and your guaranteed to have a great time.

Snowshoeing: If you're looking for a nice leisurely way to experience Wyoming, snowshoeing is the thing for you! Once you strap on a pair of snowshoes, the mountain is yours to discover. Snowshoe through the quiet, snow-laden forests and meadows is a magical experience, offering a close connection with nature. The activity is suitable for all ages and provides a great way to appreciate the serene beauty of the mountains at a slower, more contemplative pace.

Photography: For the photography enthusiast, the winter scenery of the Bighorns offers a plethora of stunning subjects. From the snow-capped peaks and frozen waterfalls to the intricate details of ice crystals and snow-laden trees, the photographic opportunities are endless. The soft winter light and the contrast between the snow and the rugged landscape create a perfect setting for capturing breathtaking landscapes and intimate nature shots.

Winter Camping: For the truly adventurous, winter camping in the Bighorn Mountains is an unforgettable experience. It allows campers to fully immerse themselves in the winter wilderness. Waking up to a snow-covered landscape with the possibility of seeing wildlife right outside the tent is an experience like no other. Winter camping requires proper gear and preparation, but for those who undertake it, it offers a unique and intimate connection with the natural world.

Overall, the Bighorns are a snow-covered wonderland for nature lovers of all kinds. This season is ideal for snow sports like skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing and also perfect for those looking to escape the city and enjoy the remote wilderness. The beauty of the snow-covered landscape, combined with the crisp mountain air and the quiet of the wilderness, makes a visit to the Bighorn Mountains a truly magical winter experience.


Spring is a period of renewal and awakening in the Bighorn Mountains. As the snow begins to recede, the underlying tapestry of flora and fauna of the Bighorn Mountains burst into life. The air is filled with the scent of fresh growth, and the sounds of flowing streams, as the mountain comes to life. Spring in the Bighorns is a time of vibrant change, inviting explorers to witness nature's awakening.

Hiking and Backpacking: With the melting of snow, the vast network of trails in the Bighorn Mountains becomes increasingly accessible, unveiling a completely different landscape from the winter. Trails lead through fields dotted with wildflowers, beside streams flowing with meltwater, and through forests where green leaves unfurl. Hiking in the spring offers a chance to experience the awakening of the natural world, with the added discovery of hidden meadows and panoramic views that were buried under winter's snow.

Wildlife Watching: Spring is an excellent time for wildlife enthusiasts, as the season brings new life and activity. Animals such as elk and deer migrate to the top of the mountains where food is now plentiful. Baby moose are born from mid-May to early June and seeing them with their mothers is a special experience. Birdwatchers can revel in the return of migratory birds, adding a chorus of song to the mountain air. This season provides unique opportunities to observe the natural cycle of life in the Bighorns.

Fishing: As the ice thaws, the lakes and rivers of the Bighorn Mountains become a haven for anglers. The spring runoff brings a surge to the waterways, attracting a variety of fish. Fly fishing, in particular, becomes a popular activity, with fishermen seeking the thrill of catching trout in the mountain streams. The clear, cold waters set against the backdrop of the blooming landscape make fishing in the spring both a peaceful and invigorating experience.

Photography: Spring in the Bighorns is a canvas of ever-changing light and life making it the perfect time and destination for wildlife photographers. The landscape is teeming with new growth and vibrant colors offering endless inspiration to those with an artistic eye. From capturing the dew on new blossoms to sweeping landscapes with the mountains framed by green valleys, the photographic opportunities are as abundant as they are diverse.

Camping: As the weather warms, camping becomes a favored way to immerse oneself in the Bighorn Mountains' spring beauty. Setting up camp amid a blooming meadow or beside a babbling brook allows for a full appreciation of the tranquil beauty and the gentle transformation of the season. The longer days and milder nights make camping a delightful experience, with each morning offering a fresh perspective of the mountains' awakening.

Biking: Mountain biking trails begin to open up, offering exhilarating rides through scenic paths. Bikers can navigate through varying terrains, from forested trails to open meadows, all while enjoying the milder temperatures and the vibrant scenery of the spring.

Botanical Exploration: The spring bloom brings a wealth of floral diversity and the Bighorns become a sight to behold. Our area is home to a myriad of plant species, each with its unique role in the ecosystem, and spring is the perfect time to explore this botanical wonder.

Spring in the Bighorn Mountains is a spectacular time to relax and enjoy the sites of rugged, remote Wyoming. The region offers diverse activities and experiences that cater to campers, mountain bikers, and anyone seeking to reconnect with the natural world. The transformation from the stark beauty of winter to the vibrant life of spring in the Bighorns is truly a special time.


In the summertime the Bighorns are buzzing with life and energy. Moose, elk, deer, coyotes, black bears, and all sorts of animals can be seen in their natural habitat. The trails are also ready for action, whether you brought your side-by-side, jeep, or mountain bike! Plus the endless blue skies, mild weather, and rolling green hills make the perfect back drop for your summer vacation.

Hiking and Backpacking: Summer is arguably the best time for hiking in the Bighorn Mountains. Any trails that were still buried in the spring are now available for endless adventure. The diversity of trails caters to all levels, from short, family-friendly hikes to challenging backcountry treks. As you ascend the trails, panoramic views unfold, showcasing the expanse of Wyoming's natural splendor. Backpacking trips can lead to more secluded areas, where the peace of the wilderness can be enjoyed in solitude or in the company of friends and family.

Side x Side Riding: With hundreds of miles of trails, beautiful clear skies, and relative isolation, the Bighorn Mountains are the perfect place to ride a side x side. The summer is a particularly beautiful time because of the warmer weather, blooming wildflowers in the early summer, and the abundant wildlife. The Bighorns have a range of trails that cater to any width you'd need including 50" and 55". If you don't have your own side x side you can rent one from us for a half-day, single-day, or multi-day excursion.

Camping: With warm days and cool nights, camping is a beloved summer activity in the Bighorns. Whether you've got a comfy RV or a cozy tent, the wide open spaces and bright stars make for the perfect evening around the campfire. If you're seeking extra comfort, check out our cabin rentals! That way you can still enjoy nature and still sleep in a cozy bed.

Fishing: The rivers and lakes of the Bighorn Mountains become prime fishing spots in the summer. Anglers can enjoy fly fishing in the streams or boat fishing in a beautiful mountain lake. The clear mountain streams are home to a variety of trout species that are as delicious to eat as they are fun to catch. The Bighorns offer a serene fishing experience, whether you're a seasoned angler or trying it for the first time.

Wildlife Watching: The Bighorns are teeming with wildlife in the summer. Animals such as deer, elk, and moose can be seen in the meadows, while smaller creatures like marmots and chipmunks scurry around. Birdwatchers can enjoy the sight of hawks soaring overhead and songbirds in the trees. Observing these animals in their natural habitat is a reminder of the wildness and beauty of the Bighorns.

Mountain Biking: Mountain biking trails in the Bighorns offer thrilling rides through diverse terrain. From leisurely paths through meadows to challenging downhill tracks, there's something for everyone. The mountain scenery adds an exhilarating backdrop to the biking experience, making it a popular summer activity.

Photography: Summer brings out the vibrant colors of the Bighorn Mountains, along with all the spectacular animals that call this range home. The play of light on the landscapes during sunrise and sunset creates spectacular scenes. Capturing images of wildlife, blooming wildflowers, or the rugged beauty of the mountains can be both challenging and rewarding.

Boating and Water Sports: The larger lakes in the Bighorns provide opportunities for boating, kayaking, and canoeing. The calm waters reflect the surrounding mountains and sky, creating a serene boating experience. For the more adventurous, certain streams and rivers may offer white-water rafting or tubing.

Rock Climbing and Bouldering: The rugged terrain of the Bighorns provides excellent opportunities for rock climbing and bouldering. From beginner-friendly spots to challenging climbs, the mountains cater to all levels. Whether you're looking for a drive up bouldering location, a simple top rope climb, or a challenging trad route, the Bighorns are the place for you!

Scenic Drives: For those who prefer a less strenuous way to appreciate the beauty of the Bighorns, scenic drives offer breathtaking views from the comfort of a vehicle. The mountain roads wind through diverse landscapes, offering glimpses of wildlife, vast open meadows, and towering peaks. To top things off, you can always stop by our bar and restaurant for a quick bite!

Summer in the Bighorn Mountains is a season of endless possibilities and adventures. The combination of natural beauty, diverse wildlife, and a range of activities makes it an ideal destination for anyone looking to immerse themselves in the great outdoors. Whether seeking adrenaline-filled adventures, peaceful hikes, or simply the opportunity to relax in nature's embrace, the Bighorns in summer provide a perfect setting for all. The warm days and cool nights, the lush landscapes, and the clear, starry skies create an unforgettable experience that draws visitors back year after year.


Fall is a time of dramatic change, where the lush greens of summer give way to a tapestry of gold, amber, and crimson. Fall in the Bighorns is not just a visual feast; it's a period that offers a unique blend of activities and experiences, drawing visitors who seek the tranquility and beauty of the mountains during this serene time.

Photography: As the aspens, oaks, and cottonwoods begin their annual metamorphosis, the Bighorn Mountains become a magnet for photographers. The vibrant fall colors provide a spectacular backdrop for landscape photography, with the changing foliage reflecting off the mountain lakes and streams, creating stunning, mirror-like images. The crisp, clear air of fall ensures that sunrise and sunset are particularly dramatic, bathing the mountains in soft, golden light.

Hiking and Backpacking: The cooler temperatures of fall make it an ideal time for hiking and backpacking. The trails, less crowded than in the summer, offer a peaceful escape into nature. Hikers can enjoy the sounds of rustling leaves underfoot and the sight of wildlife preparing for winter. Popular trails like those in the Cloud Peak Wilderness become quiet havens, and the clear fall days provide excellent conditions for longer treks and summit attempts.

Side x Side Riding: With hundreds of miles of trails, beautiful clear skies, and relative isolation, the Bighorn Mountains are the perfect place to ride a side x side. The fall is a great time to come ride because of the crisp weather, changing autumn colors, and bugling elk. The Bighorns have a range of trails that cater to any width you'd need including 50" and 55". If you don't have your own side x side you can rent one from us for a half-day, single-day, or multi-day excursion.

Wildlife Watching: Fall is a prime time for wildlife enthusiasts in the Bighorns. As animals prepare for the winter, sightings of deer, elk, moose, and bighorn sheep become more common. The elk rut, a highlight of the season, is an impressive display of nature, with the bugling of bulls echoing through the valleys. Birdwatchers also enjoy fall migrations, with various species stopping in the Bighorns on their journey south.

Fishing: For anglers, fall brings a different fishing experience. As the water temperatures drop, fish become more active, providing excellent conditions for fly fishing and other angling methods. The rivers and streams, lined with colorful foliage, offer a serene and picturesque environment for fishing. This season is often considered a hidden gem for fishing enthusiasts, with the opportunity to catch trout amidst the stunning fall scenery.

Camping: While the nights get cooler, camping in the Bighorn Mountains in the fall is still a delightful experience. The campgrounds are less crowded, offering a more intimate connection with nature. Sitting around a campfire, enjoying the crisp fall air and the starry night sky, is a perfect way to end a day of exploration.

Mountain Biking: The mountain biking trails in the Bighorns, surrounded by the colors of fall, offer a unique riding experience. The cooler temperatures are ideal for biking, and the less crowded trails provide a more solitary journey through the mountains. The changing scenery adds an extra layer of excitement to the biking adventure.

Rock Climbing: For climbers, the crisp conditions of fall create ideal circumstances for tackling the various climbing routes in the Bighorns. The cooler weather makes for comfortable climbing, and the reduced humidity ensures good grip on the rock surfaces. The stunning views of the fall landscape from the heights add an extra thrill to the climbing experience.

Scenic Drives: For those who prefer to enjoy the fall colors from the comfort of their vehicle, scenic drives through the Bighorn Mountains are a must. Routes like the Bighorn Scenic Byway or the Cloud Peak Skyway offer breathtaking views of the autumn landscape. These drives provide ample opportunities to stop at overlooks, take photographs, and simply enjoy the beauty of the season.

Hunting: For many, fall in the Bighorns is synonymous with hunting season. The mountains are a popular destination for hunting deer, elk, moose, and other game. Hunters seek not only the challenge but also the connection with the wilderness that hunting in the Bighorns provides.

Botanical Exploration: As the flora of the Bighorns prepare for winter, it's an interesting time for botanical enthusiasts to explore. The changing colors of the vegetation and the preparation of plants for winter offer insights into the natural cycle of the mountains.

Fall in the Bighorn Mountains is a season of vivid beauty and diverse activities. It offers a quieter, more introspective experience compared to the bustling summer months. The fall landscape, with its array of colors and clear skies, invites visitors to explore, photograph, and simply enjoy the serene beauty of nature. Whether it's hiking through colorful forests, fishing in cool streams, or enjoying the wildlife and cultural heritage of the region, fall in the Bighorns is a season that captivates and delights all who experience it.

Visit Bear Lodge Any Time!

This list barely scratches the surface of all of the incredible things to do here in the Bighorn Mountains. With hundreds of miles of isolated and rugged terrain, there are countless opportunities for adventure to be found here. Bear Lodge Resort has direct access to all of these activities which makes it the perfect launching point for your visit.

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