The front range of the Rocky Mountains in northern Wyoming is the majestic Bighorn Mountain range, who's snowy peaks rise to 13,000 feet elevation. The Bighorn National Forest and the Cloud Peak Wilderness cover most of the mountain area. To most tourists the Bighorns are an unexpected obstruction while traveling from the Black Hills to Yellowstone, but for those rare individuals who want to miss the condos, crowds, and curio shops, the Bighorns are the off-the-beaten-path mountain experience they never expected. Solitary back roads and hiking trails lead to deer, elk, moose, bears, eagles and mountain lions. Nearby towns in the valley have rodeos, powwows, art museums, Indian wars history, polo matches, and a western lifestyle that's they thought was gone forever.