Wyoming: Big Horn County

Big Horn County (pop. 11,668) is west across the Big Horn Mountains from Sheridan County and south across the Montana border from Big Horn County, Montana.

Big Horn Mountains

Basin (pop. 1,285), the county seat, got its name because it’s in the middle of the Bighorn Basin; the 461-mile Bighorn River (a tributary of the Yellowstone River) flows north through the area on its way to Montana.

Basin is the second-smallest county seat in Wyoming and only the third-largest town in Big Horn County. Both Lovell (pop. 2,360) and Greybull (pop. 1,847) are larger.

Big Horn County Courthouse (1918)

Greybull is the home of the outdoor Museum of Flight and Aerial Firefighting.

By appointment only in winter

In Lovell, the Hyart Theater (1950) – with its unique exterior design – still has movies on Fridays and Saturdays.

A turquoise metal lattice screen

In Cowley (pop. 655), the former Big Horn Academy (1916) is now used for school administrative offices.

It was Cowley High School for many years.

In the northern part of the county, the Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area includes Bighorn Lake on the Bighorn River; the lake was created by construction of Yellowtail Dam in 1965.

Bighorn Canyon


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One comment on “Wyoming: Big Horn County

  1. Margie says:

    Our family spent nearly a year in the town of Kaycee working and did a lot of sight seeing through the Big Horn Mountains. This is one of the most beautiful Mountain ranges around the area. If anyone has the chance to see these mountains they should not miss them.

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