New Utility Fee at Horseshoe Bend Campground
Contact: Karen Schwab, 307-548-5402
Beginning May 1, 2009, Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area will implement a new fee at the Horseshoe Bend Campground. This utility fee will be to recover the cost of electricity at the 19 improved sites.
With public input, the utility fee has been established at $15 per night. Unimproved sites will remain free. All vehicles are still required to obtain a valid entrance pass as they enter the park. To pay for the utility fee, Iron Rangers, a device designed to allow self payment of fees, will be located near the comfort stations in each loop of the campground. Fee envelopes will be available at the Iron Rangers to deposit your cash or checks for payment of the utility fee. Checks should be made out to the National Park Service. A flap on the envelope will tear off for placement on the clip at the camping site. Camp sites cannot be reserved and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
The Senior Passport, formerly the Golden Age Passport, and the Access Passport, will give you free entrance into Bighorn Canyon, but will not be accepted to discount the utility fee.
Did You Know?
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...