Horseshoe Bend Campground, Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area, Wyoming

 Tuesday, September 5 (continued)

The crew and I return to the desert!

“Goodbye, Montana!  It’s been fun!  Hope we see you again someday!”

We leave Red Lodge, Montana, and follow the route shown in the map below to Lovell, Wyoming and Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area.

It’s an easy drive of 75 miles, give or take.

After entering Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area, we bypass the self-pay station because I have a senior discount pass which waives the entrance fee.

We’re in red rock country now!

The drive to Horseshoe Bend Campground is dramatic, to say the least.  It’s the kind of road where you come over a crest and say, “Wow.”

Horseshoe Bend is situated with views of the water and red rock cliffs.  

There’s a day use area with swimming beach and boat ramp, flush toilets (no showers), dump station, and receptacles for trash and recyclables.

Sites without hook-ups are $10 regular/$5 with senior pass.  Sites with electric and water are $20 regular/$10 with senior pass.  As I type this, no reservations are taken at Horseshoe Bend.

Many of the sites have shelters like this one.

Gravel parking pads are large, big enough for a big rig and a boat trailer.

I choose an electric/water site at the rate of $10 a day.

That’s only five bucks more a day!  A good deal . . . all the electricity my electronics want to drink and all the air conditioning the crew and I want to loll in.  (The weather forecasters say the next few afternoons will be hot.)

In typical, first-day-at-camp fashion, we roam around to get a feel for the place.

The day use area . . .

The swimming beach . . .

Wednesday, September 6

Before starting the process of unhitching, I want the crew out of the way, for their own safety and so I can concentrate on what I’m doing.

I throw down an old comforter with one of their toys and fasten their tether away from the PTV and BLT.

I get The Look.  

Translation:  “How DARE you move us away from you!”

“Okay, boys.  We’re all set.  Come on, we’ll take a ride over to that pretty bay.”

 “Isn’t this great?”

The photos answer that question!

Gee, this is a good place for them to go off-leash.  Hardly anyone comes over here.  It’s open space blocked on one side with water and two sides with rock cliffs.  

We’ll come over here in the morning and I’ll let them run free.

They are gonna’ love it!

And I have the feeling I’m gonna’ love this camp.


NOTE:  One of the drawbacks of delayed posting is the weather information shown in the sidebar doesn’t match the weather we experience in this post’s story.  When we were at Horseshoe Bend temperatures went into the high 80s and low 90s.  — Sue


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