• Red cliffs descend into the water of Bighorn Canyon

    Bighorn Canyon

    National Recreation Area MT,WY

August Ranger Programs

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Date: July 27, 2010

Rangers at Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area have a variety of campground programs and guided tours planned for the month of August on both the North End of the park and the South End of the park. Author Eric Jay Dolin will be part of the program line-up signing books at the Bighorn Canyon Visitor Center in Lovell and also presenting a 45 minute power point presentation from his research on August 6th.

There is a program for everyone this month. Times vary depending on the type of program. Please mark your calendars for these August programs:

August 6 Fur Fortune and Empire Book Signing at the Bighorn Canyon Visitor Center with Author - Eric Jay Dolin at 7:00 PM

August 7 The Uranium Walk, Meet at the Bighorn Canyon Visitor Center at 7:00 PM with Ranger John Kissner

August 7 Hidden Mysteries: Secret Places of Bighorn Canyon at Afterbay Campground Amphitheater at 9:00 PM with Ranger Margaret Joyce

August 8 Hillsboro Tour Meet at Barry’s Landing Parking Area at 10 AM with Ranger Kathryn Wiggins

August 13 Bad Pass Trail: Then and Now at Horseshoe Bend Campground at 9:30 PM with Ranger Kathryn Wiggins

August 14 The Undiscovered Jewel at Horseshoe Bend Campground loop B Amphitheater at 9 PM with Ranger Jim Staebler 

August 14 Bear Jeopardy at Afterbay Campground Amphitheater at 9:00 PM with Ranger Margaret Joyce

August 15 Lockhart Ranch Tour Meet at the Lockhart Ranch at 1:00 PM with Ranger 

August 20 Bighorn Sheep, Namesake of Bighorn Canyon at Horseshoe Bend Campground at 7 PM with Ranger Fleming 

August 21 Our National Parks at Horseshoe Bend Campground loop B Amphitheater at 9:00 PM with Ranger Staebler

August 21 Yellowtail, More than Just a Name at Afterbay Campground Amphitheater at 9:00 PM with Ranger Richard Godin

A new Cell Phone Tour has been developed by the Bighorn Canyon staff for the Mason Lovell Ranch east of Lovell, Wyoming. Visitors can pick-up a map at the Cal S. Taggart Bighorn Canyon Visitor Center or out at the ranch. This cell phone tour is free but cell phone plan minutes do apply. There are seven stops along the tour averaging 1 minute 49 seconds in length. During the tour visitors will hear the story of one of the most prominent ranches in the eastern Bighorn Basin, of how the M-L cattle grazed across an area stretching from Thermopolis to the Crow Reservation in Montana and learn why it is a significant part of our nation’s history. Visitors can take this tour at any time.

If you have questions about the August programs, need directions or arrangements made for accessibility, please call Christy Fleming at 307-548-5404 or Chris Wilkinson at 406-666-2351 in advance.

Did You Know?

Fort Smith Monument, photo by S. Dalby

Fort C.F. Smith, was the most isolated of the posts which guarded the Bozeman Trail. Active from August 1866 to July 1868, it was under constant threat from the Sioux and Northern Cheyenne tribes during Red Cloud’s War. The U.S. government was forced to abandon the fort and trail. Some historians have called this conflict, “the first war the United States ever lost.” More...