Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area, Fort Smith, MT |

Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area

For some birding listings, the street address is for the headquarters and not the actual bird watching destination. Call ahead for entry fees, parking information, and regulations regarding family pets.

Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area

P.O. Box 7458, Fort Smith, MT 59035, Tel: 406-666-2412


Established October 15, 1966, the Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area consists of a diversified landscape of forest, mountains, upland prairie, deep canyons, broad valleys, high desert, lake and wetlands. Activities include auto touring, biking, bird watching, boating, camping, cross country skiing, fishing, hiking, hunting, snowshoeing, stargazing, swimming, and wildlife viewing.


Swans, Geese, Ducks, Mergansers, Loons, Grebes, Pelicans, Cormorants, Plovers, Sandpipers, Vultures, Hawks, Falcons, Turkey, Grouse, Pheasant, Partridge, Egrets, Herons, Cranes, Rails, Gulls, Terns, Pigeons, Doves, Cuckoos, Owls, Goatsuckers, Swifts, Hummingbirds, Kingfishers, Woodpeckers, Flycatchers, Larks, Swallows, Jays, Magpies, Crows, Chickadees, Nuthatches, Creepers, Wrens, Mockingbirds, Thrashers, Thrushes, Bluebirds, Kinglets, Pipits, Waxwings, Vireos, Warblers, Shrikes, Starlings, Weaver Finches, Blackbirds, Orioles, Tanagers, Grosbeaks, Buntings, Finches, Redpolls, Siskings, Goldfinches, Crossbills, Towhees, Sparrows, Longspurs, Snow Buntings.


Bird listings may include resident and migratory birds and common and rare sightings.