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Pets allowed
Yes-restrictions
Elevation Gain
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Trail type
There-and-back
Distance
1.80 mi (2.90 km)
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The Upper Layout Creek Trail follows a canyon draw on the east side of the Pryor Mountains to a magnificent year-round spring. The draw’s steep cliffs make the perfect frame for your southeastern view of the Bighorn Canyon and the Bighorn Mountains.

Down the gravel road from the Ewing-Snell Ranch, find limited trailhead parking. The trail itself climbs steeply up dry rocky slopes with small stream crossings and waterfalls along the way. Some of the creek’s man-made irrigation system can be seen not far from the trailhead, a reminder of how important water was, and still is, to thrive in the harsh climate.

The vegetation becomes strikingly lush and vibrant as the draw narrows to Layout Creek Springs. Water falls down the rock face of the canyon in spectacular fashion, creating the feel of a hidden oasis. Water from the spring also creates a unique riparian environment rich with biodiversity. Protect this space for future visitors and generations by staying on the trail and not climbing on the spring or surrounding vegetation.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Low

Parking Pass

General Day Use Fee

Pros

Waterfalls. Excellent views. Year-round spring.

Cons

Limited parking. Steep.

Trailhead Elevation

4,680.00 ft (1,426.46 m)

Net Elevation Gain

780.00 ft (237.74 m)

Features

Historically significant
Waterfalls
Bird watching
Wildlife
Big Game Watching
Big vistas
Wildflowers
Big Game Watching

Location

Field Guide

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