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Pryor Mountains, Billings

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The Pryor Mountains are a mountain range in Carbon and Big Horn counties of Montana. They are located on the Crow Indian Reservation and the Custer National Forest, and portions of them are on private land. They lie south of Billings, Montana, and north of Lovell, Wyoming.
The mountains are named for Sergeant Nathaniel Hale Pryor, a member of the Lewis and Clark Expedition who vainly pursued horses stolen from the expedition in the area. The Crow Nation, a Native American tribe which lived nearby, called the mountains Baahpuuo Isawaxaawuua ("Hitting Rock Mountains") because of the abundance of flint there (which was chipped into arrowheads).
According to Crow Nation folklore, Little People (a race of 18-inch (46 cm) high dwarf-like people with spiritual powers) lived in these mountains.
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  • Taking our four wheelers loading them onto the trailer and heading for the priors mountains, best weekend ever. Roads going in or a little rough. Great riding for four wheelers. hiking is awesome...  more »
  • Rough roads getting there! We usually take quads and explore the various roads. We seen black bears, wild horses, dusky grouse and coyotes. The wildflowers are beautiful late June.  more »
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