Big Sheep Creek

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Big Sheep Creek

Montana

(406) 683-2337

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Things To Do

Overview

Recreational opportunities abound in this area! This isolated, spectacular mountain valley is a narrow canyon with a good dirt road that often provides exceptional opportunities to view bighorn sheep and other wildlife, as well as hiking, picnicking, and auto touring. The Big Sheep Creek Back Country Byway is a 50-mile two-lane gravel road that has a short stretch of one-lane dirt surface. Road conditions vary dramatically, from very good to impassable, depending on the weather. From the south, the route passes the high rock cliffs of Big Sheep Creek Canyon. The byway then enters a long valley bounded on one side by the Bitterroot Range and Tendoy Mountains. Side roads lead to mountains and excellent hiking opportunities. The Butte area is called the "richest hill on earth," and the area is rich in mineral deposits for the serious explorer or weekend rockhound. Other important uses include livestock grazing and forest management.

Map of Big Sheep Creek

Latitude, Longitude: 44.662010, -112.764864

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Activities

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    Passing beneath the high rock cliffs of Big Sheep Creek Canyon, you can look down into the clear, deep pools of spring-fed Big Sheep Creek. Bighorn sheep, deer, and elk can often be spotted in the mornings and evenings. The 50-mile two-lane gravel road has a short stretch of one-lane dirt surface. Road conditions vary dramatically, from very good to impassable, depending on the weather. From the south, the route passes the high rock cliffs of Big Sheep Creek Canyon.

  • Hiking

    Side roads off the Big Sheep Creek Back Country Byway lead to mountains and excellent hiking opportunities.

  • Picnicking

    Deadwood Gulch Campground on the lower end of Big Sheep Creek provides a rustic campground setting with toilet, fire rings and picnic tables are provided, but no water.

  • Wildlife Watching

    This isolated, spectacular mountain valley is a narrow canyon with a good dirt road that often provides exceptional opportunities to view bighorn sheep and other wildlife.

Seasonality/Weather

The route can be safely driven from May through early October, depending on weather conditions.

Directions

Driving

The northern terminus is Montana Hwy 324 west of Clark Canyon Dam. Southern access is via the Dell Exit from I-15, 24 miles north of the Montana-Idaho border. Southern access via the Dell exit on I-15, 24 miles north of the Montana-Idaho border. Northern terminus is Montana Route 324 west of Clark Canyon Dam.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(406) 683-2337

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