Summer Vacation Planning

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Date: May 24, 2010
Contact: Christy Fleming, 307-548-5406

Summer is heating up and soon all of the mountain passes will be open for travel.  This is the time of the year when we all start thinking about where we should go on our summer vacations.  This year, take a look at Bighorn Canyon.  The following information will help you plan your next Bighorn Canyon Summer Vacation.

The Bighorn Canyon Visitor Center in Lovell, Wyoming, is open year round.  From Saturday May 29, 2010 until Labor Day the visitor center will start summer hours and be open daily from 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM.  The Afterbay Contact Station and Yellowtail Dam Visitor Center in Fort Smith, Montana, will be open daily from May 29, 2010 to September 11, 2010.  The Afterbay Contact Station hours will be 7:30 AM to 3:30 PM and the Yellowtail Dam Visitor Center hours will be 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. 

Evening campground programs will be presented at the Afterbay Campground and Horseshoe Bend Campground amphitheaters throughout the summer.  Saturday Afterbay Amphitheater programs will begin on June 12, 2010.  Horseshoe Bend programs will begin on Saturday May 30, 2010.  Some Friday evening programs will be presented at Horseshoe Bend as well as Sunday Ranch or Geology tours. By mid-June, visitors will be able to enjoy a ranger guided cell phone tour at the Mason Lovell Ranch any time.

Don’t forget to pencil in the Bighorn Lake Celebration on June 19 and the Fireworks Display on June 26.  Please note that the entrance fee of $5 per carload will not be waived for these events. 

This summer entrance fees will be waived on the following weekends: June 5-6, August 14-15, and Public Lands Day, September 25, 2010.  This includes all National Park sites, National Wildlife Refuges, and certain Bureau of Land Management Sites.  This will provide a great opportunity for visitors to connect with the outdoors and to engage in healthy activities while learning more about their National Parks and Federal Lands. 

For the vacationing boaters, a couple weeks ago Bighorn Canyon sent out a press release stating that the Marina at Horseshoe Bend would be open on Memorial Day weekend and that gas would be available.  The Horseshoe Bend Marina Store may not be open as scheduled by Memorial Day Weekend.  Gas for boaters is unavailable until further notice. 

For more information or help planning your Bighorn Canyon Summer Vacation, call the Afterbay Contact Station at 406-666-2452, the Yellowtail Dam Visitor Center at 406-666-3218 or the Bighorn Canyon Visitor Center at 307-548-5406.  You may also visit the website at


Last updated: February 24, 2015

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