• Red cliffs descend into the water of Bighorn Canyon

    Bighorn Canyon

    National Recreation Area MT,WY

Geology Day Set for Bighorn Canyon

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Date: October 7, 2009
Contact: Jim Staebler, 1-307-548-5403

The beautiful scenery of Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area is the result of a variety of geological processes.  As one of the park’s activities during Earth Science Week, the public is invited to gain a better understanding of the canyon during Geology Day October 17, 2009 beginning at 9:00 A.M. at the Bighorn Canyon Visitor Center in Lovell, WY. 

 

Park Ranger Jim Staebler will start with a short film The Dynamic Earth – NASA Observes Our Ever-Changing Planet. Then we will bring things to the local level and view the park’s new film The Geology of Bighorn Canyon. The relief map in the visitor center will orient us for the day’s activities. At 9:45 A.M. the group will car pool and head out to the park.  A short walk will take us to some fossil bearing layers in Sykes Mountain. Visiting Horseshoe Bend will let the group look at the relatively younger formations missing from so much of the canyon. A short hike on the State Line Trail will take us to the rim of the canyon to consider how erosion has played the dominant role in forming the canyon.  A visit to the canyon would not be complete without a visit to Devil Canyon Overlook to sum things up.

 

After the program ends around 1:30, if you’ve brought your lunch we’ll walk south along the rim to “The Balcony” to dine with a view of Bighorn Canyon. Bring water, sturdy shoes and sun protection.  Ranger Staebler added that after lunch the canyon is available as a marvelous place to spend some more time.

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