• Red cliffs descend into the water of Bighorn Canyon

    Bighorn Canyon

    National Recreation Area MT,WY

Bighorn Canyon Announces Three Entrance Fee Free Weekends

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Date: June 3, 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.   


Bighorn Canyon would like to invite you to come and enjoy the park during the following weekends in which entrance fees will be waived:

·         June 20-21  (Father’s Day weekend)

·         July 18-19

·         August 15-16


The first weekend corresponds with the 2009 Bighorn Lake Celebration.  The entrance fee for Bighorn Canyon will be waived that weekend from noon on Friday, June 19 through June 21.  The entrance fee free weekends in July and August remain as stated above. The utility fee for the improved campsites at Horseshoe Bend campground will not be waived.  


Ranger lead programs are scheduled for the all three weekends.  Times for these programs will be posted at the Bighorn Canyon Visitor Center, in the campgrounds, and on the Bighorn Canyon website, www.nps.gov/bica. 


Enjoy Your National Parks!

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