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    Bighorn Canyon

    National Recreation Area MT,WY

Bighorn Canyon Announces the Second of Three Entrance Fee Free Weekends

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Date: July 14, 2009
Contact: Christy Fleming, 307-548-5406

Mark your calendars! America’s Best Idea – the National Parks – gets even better this summer…it’s free. On Tuesday, June 2, Secretary Salazar announced three summer weekends where national park entrance fees will be waived. Visitors to Bighorn Canyon during the first Entrance Fee Free weekend, June 20 and 21, had a great time. Don’t be left out!

We invite you to come and enjoy the park during one of the remaining weekends when entrance fees will be waived:

· July 18-19

· August 15-16

The utility fee for the improved campsites at Horseshoe Bend campground will not be waived.

On July 18th, Ranger Jim Staebler will be presenting his program, “The Undiscovered Jewel”. Using amazing slide photography taken at Bighorn Canyon, Ranger Staebler will illustrate why Bighorn Canyon is considered one of the undiscovered jewels of the National Park Service. This program begins at 9:30 at the Amphitheater in the Horseshoe Bend Campground.

Western National Parks Association is also participating in this special weekend. All items in the bookstore at the Cal S. Taggart Visitor Center and the Afterbay Contact Station are 20% off. The 20% discount is in addition to sale or marked down prices but does not combine with regular membership or educator discounts. Your purchases through WNPA support education and interpretation at Bighorn Canyon.

If you would like to start your weekend one day sooner, Ranger Kayla Green will be presenting “Zap the Zebra”, an informative program on how boaters can keep Zebra mussels from invading our waters. Ranger Green’s program starts at 9 pm on July 17th, at the Amphitheater in the Horseshoe Bend Campground. July 17th is not part of the Entrance Fee Free Weekend.

Ranger led programs are also scheduled for the last Entrance Fee Free weekend of the summer, August 15 – 16. Times for these programs will be posted at the Bighorn Canyon Visitor Center, in the campgrounds, and on the Bighorn Canyon website, ww.nps.gov/bica. Enjoy Your National Parks!

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