Bighorn Brigade

Sheep Lakes is an important mineral source for sheep--especially during lambing season. The sheep usually get to the lakes by descending a steep mountain and crossing Fall River Road. With hundreds of cars an hour passing, this is no easy task. So the park calls out the Bighorn Brigade.

The Bighorn Brigade is a group of volunteers stationed at a small kiosk along Fall River Road near Sheep Lakes. They are on duty all day every day of the summer. They teach visitors about sheep ecology. And they control traffic when sheep try to cross the road. In 2004, the volunteers gave 2500 hours to the park -- that's the equivalent of $42,500! The summer of 2007 marks their seventeenth year helping sheep and visitors alike.

To join the Bighorn Brigade, or any other volunteer group, contact the park's volunteer office at (970) 586-1330.

Last updated: March 31, 2012

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1000 US Hwy 36
Estes Park, CO 80517


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