Barry's Island Trail

Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area

Big Horn Basin, Montana

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Barry's Island Trail


  • The Barry's Island Trailhead is off the parking lot for the Barry's Landing boat ramp.- Barry's Island Trail
  • The wide trail narrows down to a doubletrack dirt path.- Barry's Island Trail
  • Find juniper and sagebrush by the trail.- Barry's Island Trail
  • Low water levels in Chain Canyon.- Barry's Island Trail
  • Looking south across the colorful canyon.- Barry's Island Trail
  • To the east of the canyon, find the Bighorn Mountains.- Barry's Island Trail
Overview + Weather
Wide canyon views. Cliff jumping in summer.
Trail can be partially submerged with high water.
Big Horn Basin, MT
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Net Elevation Gain: 
125.00 ft (38.10 m)
Parking Pass: 
General Day Use Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
4.00 mi (6.44 km)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
3,730.00 ft (1,136.90 m)
Current Local Weather:
Hike Description

Hike Description

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The Barry’s Island Trail is an easy hike along the Bighorn Canyon rim with impressive views of the canyon and the Bighorn Mountains. The trail cuts through an open landscape of juniper and sagebrush, vegetative species characteristic of the Great Basin plant group.

The trail begins from the Barry’s Landing parking lot and follows a red dirt track along Chain Canyon to Barry’s Island. The trail provides hike-in access to one of the Canyon’s few campgrounds not already accessible by road. The Medicine Creek Campground has six sites, all of which are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

When the lake elevation is high, cliff jumpers can be seen from the Barry’s Landing Trail. High water may also cause some parts of the trail to be covered. For hikers, a higher alternate trail is evident above the main trail. When the lake is low, see just how high it normally is by finding the clear waterline on the canyon walls.

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