Bighorn Canyon Research Center at Ewing-Snell Historic Ranch

Snell family & house

The Bighorn Canyon Research Center at Ewing-Snell Historic Ranch is in the heart of Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area. This four-season, 1,300-square-foot facility includes dormitory space for visiting researchers (with full kitchen, bath, and dining area), office space, and a conference room. In 2003, the interior was remodeled so that the building could serve as a science center with camp facilities and a classroom, but the exterior has been restored to preserve its historic integrity. A gravity flow irrigation and fire system has been installed and natural resource personnel are completing revegetation work. Electrical power is provided by an off-grid photovoltaic and wind generation system. The Ewing-Snell Ranch facilities are now used to host field schools, training sessions, and interagency meetings, and to house researchers. This historic ranch is on the National Register of Historic Places, borders the 33,000-acre Pryor Mountain National Wild Horse Range (BLM, NPS, and USFS), and is next to the Pretty Creek Archeological Site (also on the National Register of Historic Places), making it ideal for research access to study sites. For information on the availability of Bighorn Canyon Research Center facilities, call 307-548-2251.