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    Bighorn Canyon

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September 25, 2014
Fee Free Day September 27
There is no entrance fee on September 27, 2014 for Public Lands Day in all national parks.

August 21, 2014
Fee Free Day for NPS Birthday
August 25, 2014 is fee free because it is the National Park Service's birthday.

August 04, 2014
Parking Lot Work In Lovell
There will micro-sealing at the Lovell visitor center August 7-8.

July 10, 2014
Mustang Sign Dedication
New mustang signs in Bighorn Canyon to be dedicated.

July 10, 2014
Lockhart Ranch Tour
There will be a tour of the Lockhart Ranch on July 20, 2014.

June 27, 2014
Guided Kayak Program Information
Guided kayak information for this summer.

June 18, 2014
Parking Lot Work for June
Parking lot work will start soon in Lovell, WY.

June 07, 2014
Marinas Opening Soon
The marinas in the north district and south district will open soon.

May 30, 2014
Marinas Still Closed
Marinas still closed due to low water levels.

May 23, 2014
Opening of Ok-A-Beh Marina Delayed
Delay of Ok-A-Beh Marina

April 18, 2014
Fee Free Weekend April 19-20
Fee free weekend April 19-20 for National Parks Week.

March 21, 2014
Campground Hosts Needed
Volunteer campground hosts are needed for the summer of 2014 at Bighorn Canyon NRA.

November 04, 2013
Artist in Residence Program Kick Off
The Artist in Residence program at Bighorn Canyon NRA will begin ove Veterans Day Weekend.

November 04, 2013
Fee Free Veterans Day Weekend
No fees will be charged over Veterans Day Weekend, November 9th to 11th.

October 31, 2013
Bighorn Canyon Photo Contest Winners
Photo contest winners announced.

September 19, 2013
Kane Boat Ramp Closed for Improvements
This fall Yellowtail Habitat users will notice a few changes. Three projects will be completed this fall with project funding from the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission through the Federal Aid Sport Fish Restoration Funds.

September 19, 2013
Celebrates National Public Lands Day at Bighorn Canyon
Saturday, September 28, 2013 is National Public Lands Day. It is the country's biggest day of volunteering on public lands all year. It is also entrance fee free at all National Park Service sites, Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation and US Forest Service.

August 16, 2013
Living Off the Land Exhibit Open House
Open house for the Living Off the Land exhibit.

August 10, 2013
Black Bear Destroyed at Black Canyon
A black bear had to be destroyed after attempts to scare it away from Black Canyon failed.

August 01, 2013
Yellowstone Yesterday Book Signing
Book sigining at Bighorn Canyon Lovell, Wyoming visitor center.

July 02, 2013
JULY PROGRAMS AT BIGHORN CANYON
Rangers at Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area have a variety of campground programs planned for the month of July on both the North End of the park and the South End of the park. There is a program for everyone this month. All campground programs start at 8 p.m. The Speaker Series program starts at 7 p.m.

July 02, 2013
Visitor Center Landscape to become Environmentally-friendly
Bighorn Canyon NRA’s Cal S. Taggart Visitor Center in Lovell, Wyoming, will begin a landscape transformation process from its expansive lawns to more environmentally-friendly native plant beds with limited lawn areas.

July 02, 2013
Bighorn Canyon Annual Pass Photo Contest
For the first time Bighorn Canyon is holding a photo contest looking for a dynamic new photo for the 2014 Bighorn Canyon Annual pass.

June 23, 2013
River Before the Dam Presentations
Jonathan Hall, a PhD candidate from the University of Montana, will be performing presentations about the Bighorn River before the Yellowtail Dam.

June 23, 2013
August 8th Talk Added
Talk on eagles of Bighorn Basin on August 8th.

June 23, 2013
Three Talks left
Speakers will be giving interpretive programs on various subjects.

May 25, 2013
Kane Clean Up Day June 8th
Kane Day 2013

May 25, 2013
Campfire Programs 2013
Campfire talks for summer 2013 start in June.

May 10, 2013
LOVELL FFA WORKS WITH BIGHORN CANYON STAFF WITH REVEGITATION PROJECT
On May 9th, a group of 18 FFA students from Lovell High School worked with Bighorn Canyon staff to reclaim a short segment of an abandoned road that was used as an access road for construction of the power line in 1956 and 1966 with in the National Recreation Area.

May 09, 2013
BIGHORN CANYON RECEIVES 2013 ACTIVE TRAILS GRANT FROM THE NATIONAL PARK FOUNDATION
Bighorn Canyon is one of 22 national parks across the country selected to receive a 2013 Active Trails grant from the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks.

April 02, 2013
Lovell Area Community Earth Day Festival
Bighorn Canyon invites and encourages you to come and enjoy the Lovell Area Community Earth Day Festival on Saturday, April 20, 2013 at Mural Park, north of the stop light in Lovell, from 10AM to 1PM.

March 14, 2013
Life Guard Jobs
Life guard jobs available at Bighorn Canyon NRA.

March 01, 2013
Local Economic Benefit
Bighorn Canyon NRA helps bring nearly 6.3 million dollars to the local economy.

March 01, 2013
Last Winter Speeches in March
Last two speeches about wild horses and historic preservation.

February 19, 2013
Two New Staff Members Welcomed to Bighorn Canyon
Bighorn Canyon has welcomed two new staff members. David Marshall has accepted the position as Administrative Officer and Curtis Rintz has accepted the Chief of Maintenance position. Both will be stationed in Fort Smith, MT. Both are relatively new to the National Park Service (NPS) and are dedicated to its mission.

January 14, 2013
BIGHORN CANYON WINTER SPEAKER SERIES
Bighorn Canyon has put together an exciting line-up for the 2013 Winter Speaker Series. The speakers are a mix of park staff and local partners from the Bighorn National Forest, Homesteader Museum, and the Pryor Mountain Wild Mustang Center.

December 20, 2012
Job Openings at Bighorn Canyon
Have you have ever considered or know someone that may be considering a job in the National Park Service? Bighorn Canyon has several openings.

December 20, 2012
Bighorn Canyon works with the Town of Lovell to Recycle Christmas Trees
Bring your Christmas trees to the Lovell Visitor Center parking lot between December 26 and January 15. All trees will be chipped and chips will be available for the community to collect from January 19 to February 15.

September 09, 2011
Archeology Tour of the Two Eagles Site at Bighorn Canyon
Join Park Archeologist Cindy Norum for a guided tour through the winter home of generations of American Indians. Participants should meet at the Cal S. Taggart Visitor Center in Lovell, Wyoming where they will follow Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area park rangers to the Two Eagles Site via their personal vehicles at 10:00 a.m., September 24th, 2011.

September 01, 2011
Bighorn Canyon NRA Requesting Public Comment On Proposed change To Current Entrance Fee.
Bighorn Canyon NRA Requesting Public Comment On Proposed Change To Current Entrance Fee

August 19, 2011
August 18th - Hoss Fire Update
08/18/2011 Hoss Fire Update

August 18, 2011
Bighorn Canyon NRA Proposes New Trails and New Trail Uses
Bighorn Canyon NRA Proposes New Trails and New Trail Uses

August 15, 2011
William Babingtons Subterranean Experiences - Spelunking And Geology of Area Caves
William Babington, presently a National Park Service lifeguard and avid caver, will be presenting a program on the geology of local caves and sharing his personal experiences of caving across the country and in some of the local cave systems.

August 14, 2011
Bighorn Canyon NRA Lovell Visitor Center Operating Hours
Bighorn Canyon NRA Lovell Visitor Center Operating Hours

August 02, 2011
OK-A-Beh Swim Beach To Reopen
Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area is pleased to announce that the Ok-A-Beh swim beach will be reopened no later than Friday morning, August 5th.

July 19, 2011
Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area Prepares for Peak Lake Levels
The Bighorn Lake level is expected to peak at about 3657 ft sometime in the next week and may well continue at high levels throughout the month.

July 11, 2011
Yellowtail Dam - 50th Anniversary Celebration
Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area To Recognize The 50th Anniversary of the Construction of the Yellowtail Dam on July 30th

July 06, 2011
Bighorn Canyon Preparing For High Water Levels
Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area prepares for high water levels due to record inflow into the Yellowtail reservoir.

June 12, 2011
BIGHORN CANYON RIVER PROJECTS SCHEDULED TO START ON JUNE 14
During the public meeting on Thursday, June 9, 2011 to review new proposals for work at the Afterbay Dam North River Access and the 3-Mile River Ranch Access, the proposal recommending work starting as soon as possible was determined to have the least impact to stakeholders. It was also recommended that work begin at 3-Mile parking and launch ramp first according to park Superintendent Jerry Case.

June 06, 2011
BIGHORN CANYON RIVER PROJECTS MEETING SCHEDULED
Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area has scheduled another public meeting on Thursday, June 9, 2011 to review new proposals for work at the Afterbay Dam North River Access and the 3-Mile River Ranch Access

May 25, 2011
Yellowtail Dam Visitor Center To Open Memorial Day Weekend
The Yellowtail Dam Visitor Center at Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area will begin its 2011 summer season by opening on Saturday May 28th. The visitor center will be open seven days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. through Labor Day, September 5th.

May 24, 2011
NATIONAL PARK SERVICE ANNOUNCES OK-A-BEH MARINA WILL BE OPEN WITH LIMITED OPERATIONS OVER MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND
The National Park Service announces that the Ok-A-Beh Marina will only be open under limited operations during the Memorial Day weekend due to recent flooding and road closures.

May 24, 2011
NATIONAL PARK SERVICE ANNOUNCES OK-A-BEH MARINA WILL BE OPEN WITH LIMITED OPERATIONS ON MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND
NATIONAL PARK SERVICE ANNOUNCES OK-A-BEH MARINA WILL BE OPEN WITH LIMITED OPERATIONS OVER MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

May 12, 2011
Scoping Meeting For Construction Work At Fishing Accesses
Scoping Meeting for National Park Service Parking Lot Construction Work

May 10, 2011
Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area River Projects Delayed
Due to concerns expressed by a variety of stakeholders, Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area will delay the scheduled improvements to the Afterbay Dam North River Access and the 3-Mile River Ranch Access, according to park Superintendent Jerry Case.

May 05, 2011
Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area Seeks Oral Histories of Park Resources
University of Montana graduate student, Jonathan Hall will be at the Cal S. Taggart Visitor Center in Lovell, WY conducting interview with residents who have information and or stories to share regarding the following: 1) history of the Bighorn River and its inhabitants before construction of the dam; 2) building of the Yellowtail Dam; and 3) the life and work of Eddy Hulbert. If you feel you may have information to share regarding these topics please plan on visiting with Mr. Hall between the hours of 9 -5 p.m.

March 19, 2011
Bighorn Canyon Seeks Oral Histories From Area Residents
Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area in conjunction with the University of Montana is conducting a historic research project aimed at preserving the history of the river before the dam, the building of the dam, and the history of Eddy Hulbert the self taught silversmith of the Hillsboro Ranch.

March 03, 2011
NATIONAL PARK SERVICE IS NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR A COMMERCIAL USE AUTHORIZATION TO SELL BOAT GASOLINE AT THE HORSESHOE BEND MARINA
The National Park Service is now accepting applications for a Commercial Use Authorization to sell Boat Gas at the Horseshoe Bend Marina for the 2011 summer season.

December 01, 2010
Bighorn Canyon Visitor Center Hours To Change For Winter
The Cal Taggart Visitor Center at Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area will be changing to winter hours effective December 5, 2010. From December 5, 2010 – March 26, 2011, the visitor center will be open five days a week from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday – Monday.

October 21, 2010
Bighorn Canyon Visitor Center Hours To Change For The Winter
Bighorn Canyon Visitor Center Hours to Change

October 11, 2010
Bighorn Canyon And Lovell Wyoming Recycle
No abstract supplied.

October 10, 2010
Bighorn Canyon And Lovell Wyoming Recycling
Bighorn Canyon and the town of Lovell, Wyoming recycling program

September 06, 2010
The Last Best Hike
On Saturday, September 11, 2010 meet Ranger Jim Staebler at 11:00AM at the Crooked Creek Contact Station, across from the Horseshoe Bend turn off, for the Last Best Hike.

September 06, 2010
The Last Best Hike At Bighorn Canyon 2010
On Saturday, September 11, 2010 meet Ranger Jim Staebler at 11:00AM at the Crooked Creek Contact Station, across from the Horseshoe Bend turn off, for the Last Best Hike.

August 29, 2010
New Chief Ranger At Bighorn Canyon
New Chief Ranger At Bighorn Canyon

August 11, 2010
Kane Cemetery Vandalism
No abstract supplied.

August 11, 2010
Lets Move Outside More actions And New rewards for Junior Rangers
Today Bighorn Canyon becomes one of 36 national parks that offer Let's Move Outside Junior Ranger. Let's Move Outside provides tools and information to parents to make it easy to enjoy the outdoors and be active and healthy.

August 11, 2010
Lets Move Outside Junior Rangers
We dare you to try to keep up with the Junior Rangers at Bighorn Canyon! It’s fun and healthy to play in the parks and now National Park Junior Rangers get an extra reward for movin’ it outside. Today Bighorn Canyon becomes one of 36 national parks that offer Let’s Move Outside Junior Ranger. Let’s Move Outside, led by the Department of the Interior and the Department of Agriculture, provides tools and information to parents to make it easy to enjoy the outdoors and be active and healthy. It is part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s nationwide campaign to end childhood obesity within a generation. “Young people inspire us; we want to help them be healthy and curious for life. It starts with family fun. We want to help parents learn the skills they need to enjoy the outdoors with their kids,” National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis said. Young people who complete at least one physical activity in pursuit of their Junior Ranger badge receive a special sticker that designates them as a Let’s Move Outside Junior Ranger. The activities range from adventures like hiking with a ranger to body surfing and canoeing. “Bighorn Canyon’s Let’s Move Outside Junior Ranger program offers kids and parents the chance to hike to and explore one or more of the parks historic sites. Junior Rangers can choose to hike to one of the historic ranches on the south end or hike the Beaver Pond Nature Trail or the Headgate Trail on the north end. These hikes are not only great exercise, but also incredibly fun ways to see and learn about the park,” Chris Wilkinson, Chief of Interpretation said. By summer’s end, 50 national parks will offer Let’s Move Outside Junior Ranger programs. Young people can become Junior Rangers at more than 200 national parks nationwide. Before heading out, families can look at www.letsmove.gov/letsmoveoutside.php for more information about activities and participating parks. This website hub will link families to the great outdoors and give tips and ideas on how to best plan and enjoy an active adventure. The National Park Service provides 84 million acres to explore, so there are many places and ways to move outside!

August 11, 2010
Kane Cemetery Vandalism Prosecution
On Wednesday August 4, 2010, three local individuals, who were juveniles at the time of the crime, pled guilty in federal court to vandalizing the Kane Cemetery between October 31 and November 4, 2009.

August 11, 2010
Lets Move Outside Program For Junior Rangers
No abstract supplied.

July 27, 2010
August Ranger Programs
No abstract supplied.

July 14, 2010
Fur Fortune and Empire Book Signing
Eric Jay Dolin takes us on a dramatic journey through the fur trade and delivers a compulsively readable, richly detailed account of the most important, lucrative trade in early American history.

June 30, 2010
July 2010 Ranger Programs at Bighorn Canyon
Rangers at Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area have a variety of campground programs and guided tours planned for the month of July on both the North End of the park and the South End of the park. There is a program for everyone this month.

June 30, 2010
Crow Skills and Trade Fair
No abstract supplied.

June 26, 2010
Fireworks at Fort Smith
The annual Independence Day (July 4) fireworks display held at Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area’s North District at Fort Smith, Montana has been canceled for 2010.

May 31, 2010
June Ranger Programs at Bighorn Canyon
No abstract supplied.

May 24, 2010
Summer Vacation Planning
No abstract supplied.

May 06, 2010
BIGHORN LAKE GEARING UP FOR ANOTHER GREAT SUMMER
As of May 2, 2010, the lake level was 3630.57. The public docks are in at Horseshoe Bend, Barry’s Landing, and Ok-A-Beh. The concession docks will be installed at Horseshoe Bend and Ok-A-Beh by Memorial Day. Floating restrooms are located at Black Canyon, Day Board 9, Box Canyon, and Dryhead Creek. Floating restrooms at Devil Canyon and Medicine Creek will be in place by Memorial Day. All of the campgrounds are open. On May 15, 2010, the electricity and water to the Horseshoe Bend campsites will be turned on. These sites are $15 per night. Registration slips and the pay station are located near the restrooms in Loop A and B of the campground. The unimproved sites in Horseshoe Bend and the sites at Trail Creek and Afterbay campground are free. Dump and fill stations are located at Horseshoe Bend and near the Afterbay Campground. Fish cleaning stations at Horseshoe Bend and Ok-A-Beh are operational. Hiking trails are open and offer a variety of scenery.

May 06, 2010
Pack it in Pack it out and Recycle
No abstract supplied.

May 02, 2010
THE BIGHORN CANYON COMMON CORRALS HAVE BEEN REBUILT
The project to rebuild the Common Corral began on site, February 17, 2010 and was completed on March 14, 2010. During this time period, 27 volunteers donated their time, working around their busy schedules as ranchers and farmers. Every rancher who submits a cattle trailing permit to Bighorn Canyon donated a minimum of 20 hours toward the project. Some volunteered gave more than 100 hours of their time over a two month period.

April 21, 2010
May Day Flower Tour at Bighorn Canyon
No abstract supplied.

April 08, 2010
MAKE EVERY DAY EARTH DAY
The Arbor Day Committee, Earth Day Committee, and Bighorn Canyon invite and encourage you to come and enjoy the first annual Earth Day Festival on Saturday, April 24, 2010 at the Western Sugar Park, one block north of the Western Sugar Factory, from 9AM to 1PM. Several organizations, businesses, and agencies have worked together to help make this day possible. There will be booths covering everything from composting, to mining methane gas in landfills, to environmental mining practices. The Arbor Day Committee will hand out trees starting at 9 AM until they are gone.

March 25, 2010
National Park Week Announced With Free Entry
National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis has just announced that National Park Week will take place from April 17 to 25. Entrance fees will be waived for the entire period

March 17, 2010
Printing Press Demonstration
No abstract supplied.

February 05, 2010
The History of Kane
For the past four years, Art Schatz has been working on a book about growing up in the Kane area. The book is not completed, but Art has collected oral histories and information about the Kane farmers’ way of life. On February 25, 2010 at 7:00 pm at the Lovell Visitor Center, Art will share the history and stories from the town of Kane, as well as talk about the trauma felt by the families that were uprooted when the Yellowtail Dam was built. 

January 15, 2010
Bighorn Canyon Movie Night The Canyon Before the Dam
On January 28, 2010, starting at 7 PM at the Bighorn Canyon Visitor Center, Wes Meeker will share his story and film footage of what has been referred to as "The Last Trip."  

December 14, 2009
Reward for information about Historic Kane Cemetery Vandalism
A $1000.00 reward is being offered by the National Park Service for the successful prosecution and conviction of the individual(s) responsible for the vandalism to the historic Kane Cemetery.

December 11, 2009
Bighorn Canyon is Now on Facebook
Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area is proud to announce its new Facebook page. The park is entering the realm of social networking in its continued search for innovative ways to perform outreach to the public and developing new audiences.

November 29, 2009
Book Signing at the Bighorn Canyon Visitor Center
WNPA is hosting a book signing at the Bighorn Canyon Visitor Center in Lovell on December 10, 2009 from 4 to 6 pm.

November 14, 2009
Kane Cemetery Vandalized
Between Halloween and November 4, 2009, someone entered the Kane Cemetery and maliciously vandalized thirteen grave sites. An additional nine sites were vandalized between the hours of 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm on November 13, 2009.

October 07, 2009
Geology Day Set for Bighorn Canyon
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.

September 29, 2009
Bighorn Canyon NRA Preparing for the Winter
No abstract supplied.

September 09, 2009
Bighorn Canyon Movie Night
No abstract supplied.

August 18, 2009
Bighorn Canyon Visitor Center Hours to Change
The Cal Taggart Visitor Center at Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area will be changing to fall and winter hours effective September 13, 2009. The hours of operation will be 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. seven days a week. 

July 30, 2009
August Ranger Programs at Bighorn Canyon
Rangers at Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area have a variety of campground programs planned for the month of August. There is a program for everyone this month.

July 14, 2009
Bighorn Canyon Announces the Second of Three Entrance Fee Free Weekends
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

June 30, 2009
July Ranger Programs at Bighorn Canyon
Rangers at Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area have a variety of campground programs and guided tours planned for the month of July. There is a program for everyone this month.

June 24, 2009
Bighorn River Flows High
No abstract supplied.

June 16, 2009
SOME THINGS YOU MAY NEED TO KNOW WHEN VISITING BIGHORN LAKE THIS SUMMER
Bighorn Canyon has activities for everyone. We invite you to come and see what Bighorn Canyon has for you this summer. 

June 03, 2009
Bighorn Canyon Announces Three Entrance Fee Free Weekends
Secretary Salazar announced three summer weekends where national park entrance fees will be waived.

May 25, 2009
Public Meetings Scheduled to Discuss Trail and Access Plan for Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area
Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area would like to invite the public to attend an open forum public scoping meeting to assist us in writing and establishing a Trail and Access Plan for the park.

May 07, 2009
Boat Inspection Times Scheduled
Boat inspections scheduled for May 16, 17 and 23, at Crooked Creek Contact Station. 

April 17, 2009
New Utility Fee at Horseshoe Bend Campground
Beginning May 1, 2009, Bighorn Canyon will implement a $15 per night utiltiy fee in the 19 improved sites at Horseshoe Bend Campground. 

April 17, 2009
State Line Fire Planned to Improve Bighorn Sheep Habitat
A prescribed fire in Bighorn Canyon near the Wyoming Montana state line is scheduled for this spring, if conditions permit,to improve Bighorn Sheep habitat. 

January 14, 2009
Public Comment on Utility Fee at Horseshoe Bend Campground
No abstract supplied.

May 22, 2008
Bighorn Canyon Gearing up for Busy Summer
No abstract supplied.

March 25, 2008
Bighorn Canyon Plans Spring Burn
Spring burn planned at Bighorn Canyon NRA

May 17, 2007
Bighorn Lake Ready for Visitors
All boat ramps on Bighorn Lake are open.

June 01, 2005
Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area Allows Personal Watercraft Use
Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area announces that personal watercraft use (PWC Use) on Bighorn Lake and Afterbay reservoir opens on June 3, 2005.

Did You Know?

Fisherman's Catch, photo by Doug Haacke

The Bighorn River is rated one of the world’s finest trout streams because of its abundant and large trout, dense insect hatches, and easy accessibility. When water is plentiful, populations of brown and rainbow trout can number almost 11,000 fish per mile. More...