Wednesday, March 21, 2018

The remains of a military encampment, Fort C.F. Smith, sit near present-day Fort Smith. The site was established on a bluff 500 yards from the Bighorn River and two miles from Bighorn Canyon on Aug. 12, 1866 to protect Bozeman Trail travelers from Sioux warriors.

Bighorn Canyon to present programs celebrating the National Park Service’s 100th and Fort Smith’s 150th anniversaries

In addition to campground programming, Bighorn Canyon will be presenting programs that celebrate the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary and the building of Fort Smith’s 150th anniversary.  
On July 8, Ranger Amanda Allred will be leading a campground sing along with John Allred. John has written several original songs about that area that he will be performing, along with songs everyone can sing.  The program will start at 7 p.m. in the amphitheater at Horseshoe Bend in Lovell, Wyo. 
Ranger Kyle Corthay will explain the geology of Bighorn Canyon along the State Line Trail on July 9. The guided evening geology walk will start at 7 p.m. at the State Line trailhead.  Participants should dress for the weather, bring water and wear sturdy hiking shoes. The trail is one mile round-trip and the program will take approximately one hour. 
On July 15, Ranger Ben Goodlad will be giving an atlatl demonstration and explaining the importance of this tool to prehistoric people. The program will start at 7 p.m. in the amphitheater at Horseshoe Bend. 
Bighorn Canyon has had several requests for a talk about the Natural Trap Cave and an event has been scheduled.  Cory Redman with the Natural Trap Cave research team will be here on July 21 to present information about the most recent exploration of the cave at the Lovell Visitor Center from 7-8 p.m. 
Find Your Park is the theme for the National Park Service 100th anniversary.  On July 23, Bighorn Canyon invites visitors to the Horseshoe Bend Amphitheater to Find Their Park. The Green Expedition River Before the Dam movie will be shown at 9 p.m. It is a silent film with footage of the wild, untamed Bighorn River. It is approximately one hour. Lawn chairs are suggested.  
Ranger Ben Goodlad would like to invite children of all ages to join him on July 29 at the Horseshoe Bend Amphitheater to learn and participate in Native Games. Bighorn Canyon has been home to several Native America tribes. Ben will teach and demonstrate games from some of these tribes. Participants will get the chance to play as well.  The program will begin at 7 p.m.  
This year is the 150th Anniversary of the Bozeman Trail and the building of Fort Smith.  Ranger Lauren DeVore and Americorp VISTA Sarah Davis will be hosting History Day to celebrate this anniversary. There will be programs and activities throughout the day. Native artists will also be on hand. These activities will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on July 30 at the Yellowtail Dam Visitor Center in Fort Smith.
For questions about these or other programs for the summer, contact the Cal S. Taggart Visitor Center at (307) 548-5406.